It was a piss poor review, you're right, and that's because I've never cared for the IS-F and that sentiment sadly remained the same after my test drive. I've written it off. Now that being said, they only had pre-owned ISFs and the one I drove was an 08 model, so it didn't include any of the mechanical changes you just mentioned. I asked the sales associates what the differences were between the 08 and 13 models and unsurprisingly none of them knew jack shit. For example, I had no idea that the 2010+ models had an LSD, or that the ones before that year didn't have an LSD, for that matter. As for the transmission, I still stand behind my thoughts that it's terrible. I only drove in manual mode. The shifts were not extremely quick and I found that the transmission hung onto second gear in the 3-4K RPM range even though I was trying to upshift to third. This happened multiple times, which was odd. You should be able to tell when a car has shifted and with the IS-F, I could never tell. I found myself constantly looking at the information cluster to see which gear I was in. Turning radius was very, very good. I was surprised by how easy it was to bust a U-turn on a tight road. It's much wider than my car's turning radius. Torque was not immediately noticeable, but that's probably because I'm used to a V10 engine. The IS-F felt like an aggressively tuned V6, and not an 8. I liked the exhaust note a lot, though. Downshifts were atrocious, unsurprisingly. The rev matching was reactionary in nature and didn't feel crisp or deliberate. The car just was too smooth, and not smooth like a DCT's fast, seamless shifting smooth, but smooth as in a comfort-prioritizing 8-speed automatic transmission smooth, which is exactly what it is. That clashes with what I feel the IS-F should be. It should be sportier and raw. The looks ranked poorly, too, but looks are subjective. It doesn't look aggressive enough. When the associate pulled the car up, I thought it was a regular IS-F. The only hints of aggressive styling were the quad-exhausts, which, quite frankly, look stupid the way they're stacked diagonally on each other, and the slightly wider fender flare. I'm also not a fan of sports cars having prominent fog lights, which the IS-F has. I'll try out a later model year, but as it stands now, the IS-F's sales figures speak for themselves. Cars should sell themselves and the IS-F clearly hasn't been selling well. There's a reason why it hasn't.