It’s more than “fun to drive.” The 2014 Lexus IS cruises a very fine line between menacing and chic. It’s a badass babe. Yeah, I said it! It’s a girl and she’s on steroids. Having taken the F SPORT model for a spin around a NASCAR race track, the Rockingham Speedway, this writer knows this firsthand. The car whispered to me when the handler pulled up in the red one – Matador Red Mica to be exact. When I slid my long legs into the LFA-inspired cockpit, it was all she wrote. OK, I’m exaggerating a tad. I was a little intimidated after a test drive with a professional race car driver who showed me no mercy. But, I put her to the test my way, southern belle style.

Totally redesigned, the third-generation Lexus IS (Intelligent Sport) has an audacious exterior – vaunting a spindle grill and muscular hood. The IS 350 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. It’s equipped with a complimentary real-time traffic and weather indicator and has 10 airbags standard, including rear seat side airbags.

“The IS has always been precise and fun to drive,” Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager, says in a statement to press. “The all-new IS kicks it up a notch with true sport sedan driving dynamics, state of the art onboard technologies, and an all-new design that makes it look fast even when it’s standing still.”

The whip cream is she’s picture perfect from all angles and, the cherry on top, she’s priced 2.1 percent lower than her predecessor.

Check out the video below to see how she’s been restyled.