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Lexus IS


Let’s face it; after 9 years of mediocre history, Lexus is set to cut the lifeline out of the SC430 . But despite its lack of success, the last set of units that will be offered for the SC430 will come as a special edition: the SC430 Platinum Edition.

This special edition will be distinguished by xenon headlights, metallic paint, a rear spoiler, and 18-inch alloy wheels in six-spoke design. The interior will get air conditioning, electrically adjustable seats, a big audio system with CD changer and nine speakers, and a navigation system with maps for Europe.

Lexus announced no successor for the SC430, so - for now, at least - the Lexus IS Convertible will just have to be enough.

Source: Autoblog.nl

Motor Trend knows how to make the ultimate throw-down among rival manufacturers: pit them against each other in a good ol’ fashion fatal four-way Topless Drag Race!

For this event, MT brought together an Audi A5 , a BMW 335i , a Lexus IS350 , and an Infiniti G37 – all of which, incidentally, are convertibles. It’s the showdown of showdowns to determine which top-down machine takes home the coveted bragging rights for winning Motor Trend’s special Topless Drag Race.

We’d spoil you the result of the race but where’s the suspense in that? But just so you won’t get caught off-guard, we’ll give you a little teaser of what to expect – or not to expect, for that matter.

It’s not the kind of drag race you’re accustomed to seeing.

Source: Motor Trend

Lexus UK revealed today the first details about the forthcoming 2011 IS-F Sports sedan. For the first time in its history, the IS-F line will be offered not just with a limited slip differential, but also new high-tech features and a cool new all-white interior lead. The car, which is available exclusively in the UK, will come with a price tag starting at £55,595.

Thanks to its new standard limited slip differential, the IS-F offers better traction and stability in high-speed cornering. But as far as technical changes are concerned, this will be the only one the IS-F Sports sedan model will come in. Underneath its hood will be the same 5.0-liter V8 engine rated at 416 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 371 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 5,200 rpm.

Another thing: the 2011 IS-F will also get a new satellite navigation system, powered by a 40GB hard disc drive (HDD), 14-speaker Mark Levinson 5.1 surround sound system and a new white leather interior in place of the standard black finish.

UPDATE 08/27/2010: Lexus has given out some new details for the IS-F just ahead of the Paris Auto Show. 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. Check out more photos of the IS-F in the gallery after the jump.

Press release after the jump.


When Lexus unveiled the IS C in 2008 at the Paris Motor Show they had in mind models like Audi A5 Cabrio, BMW BMW 3-series Convertible, but also Volvo Volvo C70. And it seems they desire was a success, as the model easily combines the award-winning design of the IS sports saloon with outstanding open-top engineering ingenuity.

The IS Convertible is offered in two different versions: IS250 and IS350. The IS250C is powered by the same engine as the sedan version: the 2.5-liter V6 delivering 205 hp. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The IS350 is powered by a 3,6 liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 306 hp.

The IS 250C uses the front double wishbone and multink rear suspension format from the IS sedan range to give, which means it should have the same spirited drive as the sedan. Lexus says there are significant chassis revisions to handle the structural differences that comes with the loss of the roof.

The 2010 IS250C has a MSRP of $39,440 when equipped with a six-speed manual transmission; the IS250C with a six-speed automatic transmission will be $40,610. The IS350C will have a MSRP of $44,890.

UPDATE 08/19/2010: Check out our review of the IS250C by clicking here !

Press release after the jump.

The Lexus IS has always been one of the more impressive models to come out of Lexus and to keep up with the market demand for the car, the Toyota-owned car brand is offering a few new technologies and new optional packages for the 2010 model. Offered in four trim levels, the 2010 IS goes on sale at a price starting of $32,145.

The 2010 Lexus IS is offered with a choice of two engines: a 2.5 liter V6 with a total output of 204 hp at 6,400 RPM and 185 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,800 rpm and a 3.5 liter V6 variant that delivers 306 hp at 6,400 RPM and 277 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm. Both are mated to an advanced six-speed automatic transmission.

In terms of safety, the 2010 IS offers dual-front airbags and front seat-mounted side airbags, a Lexus Supplemental Restraint System, Pre-Collision System (PCS), High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), Intuitive Park Assist (IPA) and much more.

Full details in the press release after the jump.

Lexus UK announced that the 2010 IS range will go on sale with the addition of a new F-Sport grade available for both IS 250 and 220d models. The F-Sport grade is inspired by the IS-F and includes a lowered suspension (IS 250 only), exclusive 18-inch wheels and an IS F-style front grille and rear bootlid spoiler.

The interior gets aluminum sports pedals, IS F-style sports seats, steering wheel and (on the IS 250 automatic) gear lever.

The IS 220d with F-Sport is priced at £28.290 and the IS 250 F-Sport automatic at £29,365.

Press release after the jump.

Lexus announced a new special edition based on the IS350. The new F-Sport Special Edition will be limited to only 100 units, and will have a price of $57,500.

The IS 350C F-Sport will only be available in Tungsten Pearl or Obsidian exterior colors and is distinguished by: 19-inch forged alloy wheels, front and rear brake upgrade, F-Sport grille, Bilstein shock set, lowering springs, sway bar set, embroidered floor mats with F-Sport logo, leather-wrapped shift knob with F-Sport logo and exterior badging and an individually numbered badge on the center console.

Standard equipment includes: a seven-inch VGA touch-screen, Bluetooth® phonebook download capabilities, a rear back-up camera, Voice Command casual-language voice recognition system, Lexus Enform, XM® NavTraffic, XM® NavWeather, and XM® Sports and Stocks.

Press release after the jump.


The Japanese automaker Lexus unveiled a tuned version of their high performance IS-F sport sedan covered in a bright orange finish at the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon. Much like the original IS-F Evolution, the Circuit Club Sport Concept focuses on dropping as much weight from the fast four door as possible to improve handling and acceleration without having to squeze any more power out of the 21st century V8. Although Lexus hasn’t disclosed exactly how many pounds were shed from the concept, with a vast assortment of items like the hood, fenders, roof, trunk, side skirts and rear diffuser all made from light weight carbon fiber, we are pretty sure that they met their quota.

On the inside, the cabin of the Circuit Club Sport Concept has also been adorned with the black baked composite material adding a bit more hardcore racer attitude to the concept IS-F with carbon fiber covering the door panels, center console, steering wheel and shifter. Meanwhile under the hood Lexus has left the 5.0 Liter V8 intact, however the addition of a lightweight free flowing exhaust system has raised output all the way up to 422 HP, more than enough to have some fun in this tuner IS-F.


The Japanese luxury automaker Lexus has released a special edition of their entry level sport sedan with an appealing trim package for their domestic market called the IS250 X-Edition. Highlighted by some vibrant orange accent stitching, the X-Edition adds a little extra excitement to brake up the IS’s plain jane monotone interior. The special IS-X differs from standard IS250s with orange accents on the leather wrapped steering wheel, seat and door panels adding a stylish touch to the sporty IS250. The JDM X-Edition will be available in six familiar exterior colors including Starfire Pearl, Glacier Frost Mica, Tungsten Pearl, Smoky Granite Mica, Obsidian and Matador Red. The special edition IS is available with either 2WD or 4WD drivetrains is priced at 3,720,000 yen for the rear wheel drive IS and 4,145,000 yen for the grippier version.

How does a Lexus IS300 with $100,000 invested in it look like? Like this one! David Huang is the proud owner on this IS 1000 sports car and will show it to the rest of the world at SEMA Show.

As you might have guessed (from its name), the car develops a total of 1000 hp. It is painted in a custom color-shift Midnight Purple paint and sits on 20" VS-XX anodized-chrome with BF Goodrich KDW/TA tires.

Press release after the jump.


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