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Old 07-20-12, 08:51 AM   #31
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Since it took them this long to make a serious contender in the performance segment………..Whatever performance models they make, it better blow the Europeans out of the water! FASTER and more refined, or else there’ll be a lot of criticism for sure. It can’t just be up to par(leaving room for haters to hate). It has to decimate the competition. PERIOD. One more thing, i said it before and im going to say it again, will it kill them to make a proper true manual transmission sports cars, at least as an option in limited numbers or by special order, it just makes that much more of a difference as far as driving pleasure goes.
i guess you don't know toyota that well:P There's the rumor, that if Toyota decides to make GSF it'll only have around 480hp where E AMG has what, like 560hp ? Besides look at their engine lineup, "THE ALL NEW" GS, ES, and probably IS have/will have 12 year old drivetrains (except for hybrid in the ES).
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^^^ Yeah and while their old engines still are among the best in acceleration, refinement, MPG they can do better and will need to do so.
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12 years old? GR engine series was brand new in 2006 and UR debuted in 2007. Where are the 12 year old powertrains?
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12 years old? GR engine series was brand new in 2006 and UR debuted in 2007. Where are the 12 year old powertrains?
dunno... time flies fast :P
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Egads.. Are these publications going to write about every color car they see around the Ring?
I welcome every single photo...

Pay close attention to this Blue IS-F for instance...

There is for sure a Carbon Fiber Hood and Trunk on this one.. Also missing the F badges..

Bonus is that it "had something nasty under the hood,” and it “sounded very mean.”

My guess.. Just my guess.. There very well could be a V-10 Motor (LFA variant) stuffed inside there..

Those hood ducts are very reminiscent of the LFA and could very well be "Exhaust Heat Extractors" as seen on the LFA..


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I agree Joe.. I was just going to post this... hood pins, roll cage, etc is not your normal V8... just saying...
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Doubt its a V10, more inclined to believe the engine is along the lines of the TMG LS. TMG afterall is right in the neighborhood
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It might just be a final special edition to celebrate the CCR that is racing. You don't just slap a LFA V-10 into the IS F and not its tranny not to mention there is a full rollcage in the car which clearly won't be sold with the car.

It could be testing the new IS suspension in the black car vs the current setup in the blue IS F
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It might just be a final special edition to celebrate the CCR that is racing. You don't just slap a LFA V-10 into the IS F and not its tranny not to mention there is a full rollcage in the car which clearly won't be sold with the car.

It could be testing the new IS suspension in the black car vs the current setup in the blue IS F
One could wish....?! Those Hood "Heat Risers" are HOT...

AFAIK.. Those Lexus Engineers should be able slap just about any motor & trans into anything Lexus.. LoL

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^^ btw are those the Nurburgring LFA BBS wheels on the black IS?
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^^ btw are those the Nurburgring LFA BBS wheels on the black IS?
You noticed...? They very well could easily be the LFA Nürburgring BBS Wheels..... They do look like 20"s to me...

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New Lexus Model to Debut at Paris Motor Show?
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In an interview with GoAuto, Lexus Australia marketing manager Peter Evans has revealed that a new mystery model will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in late September:
  • LEXUS will officially launch its latest LS limousine to media in San Jose, California, on July 30 before its public world debut at the Paris show in September, where the Japanese luxury brand is also preparing to unveil a show-stopper.

    Lexus Australia marketing manager Peter Evans told GoAuto that, in addition to the new LS, the Paris show will “be worth looking at from our perspective”.

    Evans was reticent to provide more details as his employers would be “really upset if I blew the cover on what is going to happen at Paris”.

    The mystery unveil could be a product to fill one of the gaps in the Lexus line-up, such as a compact SUV or sports coupe – both of which Mr Evans said are “on the horizon and under consideration”.

Given that a production LF-LC is directly tied to the success of the new GS, I have to think a compact SUV is more likely — if so, Lexus will finally be filling the biggest gap in the lineup.

Of course, questions immediately spring to mind: Will it be a mini-RX or a larger CT? Will it debut as a concept or a final production model?

Evans also mentions the possibility of higher-powered CT:
  • Another likely unveil for Paris is a hot hatch variant of the CT200h and Mr Evans revealed its arrival is “a matter of when rather than if – or rather when and what because there are a few alternatives”.

A brand-new mystery model, a rumored hot hatch CT, the auto show debut of the new LS, and a low-displacement GS hybrid, all at the Paris Auto Show? Looks like Lexus is taking Europe very seriously.

(Please note, the above image is the RX 450h, and not a teaser for the new mystery model.)

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