One of the most impressive vehicles displayed at the Tokyo Auto Salon was the Lexus IS F Circuit Club Sports Racer (CCS-R), and if anyone thinks it looks a bit familiar then they would be right. Seen as a concept at last year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, the CCS-R is making its comeback in a more production ready form.
The Lexus IS-F Circuit Club Sports Racer upgrades the standard sports car by changing all of its major components like the exterior, interior, and engine. It has been given the full on carbon fiber treatment and has also received a power boost to boot! Since no racer is complete without an additional racing overhaul, Lexus has made sure that the IS-F received all of the necessary components to keep the vehicle safely on the track, including a unique frame-less construction roll cage.
All in all, this version of the Lexus IS-F Circuit Club Sports Racer hasn’t changed all that much from the concept that was shown last year, but we still can’t help but ogle it just as we did last year.
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Some customers haven’t even had the chance to fully break in their new Lexus IS 350 sedan and already the company is offering them the chance to spice up their vehicle with some F Sport Performance accessories. Only some of the most important attributes can be updated, such as forged alloy wheels, brake upgrades, suspension systems, air intake, and a sports exhaust system.
The F Sport accessories can take your everyday IS 350 and push it in the right direction towards becoming more like the IS-F sports sedan. They will get the Lexus to look like one, but getting the same power as the IS-F Sport will need a completely different trip to a willing and able tuner. Without that trip, the IS 350 with F Sport accessories will get a 3.5-liter V6 engine producing a total of 306 HP at 6,400 RPM and 277 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm.
The IS 350 is priced at $38,570 in the RWD version, or at $41,030 in AWD version, but the F-Sport package will tack much more depending on the options chosen.
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Like with the sedan version, the Lexus IS Convertible is entering the 2011 model year with interior and exterior updates. Customers will have to choose from two versions: the IS 250C and the IS 350C, with prices ranging from $39,890 to $45,340.
The headlamps are now offered with new LED daytime running lamps and there is a new exterior color - Deep Sea Mica - that replaces the Ultrasonic Blue. For the interior, the IS convertible receives black metallic and silver finished trim to complement its sophisticated and sporty style. Vehicles with the optional Luxury package can now be equipped with Saddle Tan or Light Gray interior selections in addition to Black.
Both versions can be equipped with F Sport Performance Accessories that include performance enhancing parts such as 19-inch forged alloy wheels, brake upgrades, suspension systems, air intake, exhaust systems, and more.
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Lexus has revealed the "Gap" commercial for their latest IS sedan that will go on sale at a price of $32,145. For 2011, all IS models will come equipped with high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, gain LED daytime running lights, receive new wheels and rear light designs, and a revised choice of exterior colors. The 2011 IS will also get a new front grille and bumper, a new tail lamp cover, and a revised tailpipe design.
Also for 2011, the IS250 gets a 2.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 204 HP at 6,400 RPM and 185 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,800 rpm. The IS350 gets the 3.5-liter V6 engine that now delivers a total of 306 HP at 6,400 RPM and 277 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm.
Watch how the 2011 Lexus IS delivers all-out performance with accurate and unflinching precision.
The current Lexus IS line-up includes a sedan and a convertible model. But the future will look a little bit different. Lexus will unveil s new generation IS in 2012, but next to the usual models, the Japanese company will also offer a coupe version. This will compete with models like Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe and the BMW 3-Series Coupe. The coupe version will arrive a year after the new generation will make its official debut. An F version will be also offered.
So, if we’ll get a coupe version, most likely the F version will feature the same 5.0 liter V8 engine as the IS-F sedan. This means a total of 402 HP at 7000rpm and 500Nm of torque at 5200rpm. That sounds more like a sports car, right? Top speed will most likely go up to 170 mph.
However, until we’ll get a new IS, Lexus will bring a new redesign version for the GS sometime next year.
We have reviewed these machines thoroughly and a clear winner was actually hard to come by. At first, we would have easily picked the BMW M3 to win this battle, but something amazing happened. The Lexus IS-F has changed the way we think about the Japanese premium brand.
The IS, GS, ES, LS, and all those other models have been the sort of things we think about in order to fall asleep and in fact, they worked better than counting sheep. While we were sound asleep with the thought of more exciting cars filling our heads, Lexus must have invaded our dreams, as they created a car for us - the driving enthusiasts - who take to a soft suspension like we take to swine flu; not well.
BMW on the other hand has always been one of our favorite brands. The 3-Series has been fantastic for years and the 5-Series and 7-Series sedans are brilliantly luxurious, but fun to drive. They might be a bit confusing at the moment, but nothing cures that quite like the M division.
Let’s spice things up a little shall we? We reviewed this car a while ago, so consider it an old neighbor. The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG is like an ax murderer who lives next door, always plotting a way to destroy its next victim. While that might not sound all that wonderful in real life, it’s fantastically invigorating in car form.
Three cars with monster motors; two with four doors, the other with two. Which would come out on top, the IS-F, C63, or the M3?
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The last commercial we saw from Lexus was none other than the "Pursuit of Perfection" which featured the LF-A shattering a crystal glass with the use of its "perfect pitch". And since Lexus is a good display of class and creativity, they have released another commercial that highlights the musical talents of the new IS sedan. The spot is called "Music Track" and features "122 percussion instruments arranged to create a precision-driving course full of angles and straightaways." Each instrument comes equipped with a lever that is positioned to allow the cruising IS sedan to press it as it passes by. This positioning allows the Ultrasonic Blue 2011 Lexus IS sport sedan to become a master musician with each note it creates.
The commercial highlights the precision of the IS sedan, but the main man behind the wheel of the luxury vehicle is professional stunt driver, Eddie Braun. Together, the car and man duo are successful at playing each note without even coming close to knocking any of the instruments over. Nicely played, Lexus.
The new 2010 Lexus IS-F is the brand’s first attempt at creating a performance machine to rival the German juggernaut. The car started life as an IS350, so we didn’t have high hopes for it right off the bat. The normal IS is a reliable and capable sports sedan; boring and plain in mostly every way. Then, it found the steroid cabinet.
The IS-F is very interesting to say the least. It’s got bulging front fenders, a 416 horsepower mountain of power, an eight-speed transmission, and a hard ride that would scare away most Lexus owners.
A useful car to Lexus? No, not even close. As pointless things go, the IS-F is on top of the pile. But, it makes a little sense when you remember that the one major flaw with the company was that it could never rival the Germans and their high-performance sedans. The sort of cars that sell in small numbers, but help automakers land big spots on automotive magazines and websites, like this one for example.
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Next to the standard IS, Lexus will also unveil a facelift version for the top of the line IS-F at the Paris Auto Show. For 2011, the sports sedan will get an updated interior, an updated exterior, and a revised engine.
On the exterior, the sedan gets HID headlamps with integral, arrowhead, LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) and a new a new Starlight Black GF finish. In the interior, it gets new dark sliver fiber inserts, and a change of contrasting stitching for the leather upholstery from white to blue. A revised front seat design offers improved driver support, and a new steering wheel improves grip and feel.
The 5.0 liter V8 engine delivers a total of 402 HP at 7000rpm and 500Nm.ft of torque at 5200rpm and is mated to an 8-speed Sports Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission with manual, paddle shift override. The IS-F makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 4.7 seconds and can hit a top speed of 167 mph.
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Lexus unveiled the current generation IS back in 2005 and, in its 5 years of history, this is the first time the model gets a real facelift. The official debut will be made at the Paris Auto Show and sales are to begin in early 2011.
For 2011, all IS models come equipped with high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, gain LED daytime running lights, receive new wheels and rear light designs, and a revised choice of exterior colors.
The IS 200d comes to replace the 220d and is powered by a new 2.2-liter diesel with an output of 148 HP. Also for 2011, the IS 250C will only be offered as an automatic model. Under the hood there will be the same 205 HP V6 engine, but with improved fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
And finally, the top version, the IS F-Sport, is heavily inspired by the ultra-high-performance IS F. It gets a new deep front spoiler with faired-in fog lights, new grille design, and a rear spoiler with integrated stop light. On the interior Lexus will offer F-Sport steering wheel, gear lever and sports pedals, and front seats finished in leather and Alcantara.
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