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Old 07-17-12, 12:26 AM   #3
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BREAKING NEWS..!!

*Spy photos have emerged of a possible MY 2014 Lexus IS "Test Mule"..
This variant happens to be our first raw look at a Lexus IS-F Convertible Hardtop..!!! "It's Coming!!!"



Photos linked Edmunds Inside Line
  • The disguise is good, but under the skin is the next-generation Lexus IS. | July 16, 2012 | KGP Photography
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  • Don't put any stock in that rear wing. It's taped on. | July 16, 2012 | KGP Photography
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  • The heavy use of aluminum hits you first. | July 16, 2012 | KGP Photography

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See more here: Photos linked Edmunds Inside Line

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Just the Facts:
2014 Lexus IS F convertible is caught testing on the Nürburgring.
GS-derived rear suspension is capable of offering rear steering.
Aluminum lower control arms replace stamped steel currently in use.

NURBURG, Germany — The long-rumored Lexus IS F convertible has finally been spotted testing at Germany's famed Nürburgring, but it's what's under the car that is even more exciting.

Before the camoflauged 416-horsepower V8 convertible went for laps around the circuit, engineers put the IS on a lift and forgot to close the garage bay door, giving us our first look at the next-generation 2014 Lexus IS hiding beneath the convertible skin.

The key giveaway is the clearly-visible rear suspension that is all-new. Aluminum lower control arms replace the steel arms used on the current IS F, a nod to the fact that at 3,812 pounds, the current IS F sedan isn't exactly a lightweight. Separate dampers and springs replace the coil-over configuration in the existing IS. In the above photo, the lower spring perch can be seen as the bowed-out section of the lower control arm just slightly inboard of the shock. Furthermore, a new rear toe adjuster or rear-steer ball joint is evident on this mule, something that doesn't exist on the current IS F. See our suspension walkaround of the 2011 Lexus IS F or the above photo of the 2011 model for comparison.

Taking a closer look at the geometry and setup at play here, this next-generation IS's rear suspension is an adaptation of that found under the 2013 Lexus GS. Accordingly, the 2014 IS could employ adjustable damping as well as active rear steering — features that are currently optional on the larger GS sedan.

Inside Line says: The suspension gives it away. Expect the 2014 Lexus IS to break cover in the next 12 months.
Also, check out the same photos plus some more at Left Lane News

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