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Old 04-16-12, 10:47 AM   #556
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I'm starting to think they are going to do something similar to BMW with their M Performance packages, in that they will have the unoffensive bland styling for the volume sellers (non F-sport) and then have a much more aggressively styled F-sport version as well.

Here's hoping anyways... You would have to pay me to drive what has been shown so far.

If nothing else, I guess it will help keep our resale value up.
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Old 04-16-12, 11:06 AM   #557
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I was wondering when we would start seeing the mules!!!!
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Old 04-16-12, 11:18 AM   #558
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I don't like the looks of that one. Probably grow on me though. Looks more like another refresh to me
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Old 04-16-12, 11:24 AM   #559
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I don't like the looks of that one. Probably grow on me though. Looks more like another refresh to me
.... it's just a test mule...
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Old 04-16-12, 12:08 PM   #560
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it need to come out already!
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Old 04-16-12, 12:23 PM   #561
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I have a friend who reads and speaks Japanese translate some of it. It reads reads right to left and there is a part missing, so it begins awkwardly.

".... became a tapered rear end. but those wild ambitions will be inherited by the next model. it looks like this concept maintains the same old design, but its riding on the newest platform, and it now features the aforementioned 2.5L hybrid 4 also used in the new Crown as well as refined versions of the 2.5L and 3.5L V6s. its the base noel of the IS-F detailed earlier in this issue, so there should be no worries about the rigidity of the body or chassis. since its rival, the BMW 3 Series, features a wagon variant, this new model will add a sports wagon body style to the lineup. With the coupe and convertible there will be four styles total. it looks like the new wagon model will be dedicated to the hybrid technology, and it will serve to help Lexus's brand image. if the new IS isn't a a hit, then the entire Lexus brand won't be able to rise above [its competitors]. For that reason the new model..."

Top of the page says Feb. 2013 Debut

If that is what's to come, I'll be buying my currently leased IS at the end of the lease... or hopefully the IS-F won't change for a couple more years or something and then I'll get the IS-F


Seriously, what the hell?!!? that is ugly
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Old 04-16-12, 12:36 PM   #562
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You guys know what a test mule is right??

They are using a current gen body to TEST next-gen parts (like suspension/powertrain/etc).
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Old 04-16-12, 05:20 PM   #563
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it's got the IS300 look to it... hope it doesn't look like that though. i think it would look better if it was a coupe.
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Old 04-16-12, 05:33 PM   #564
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Words cannot describe how much I hate what Lexus is doing with all these new front ends...oh how I utterly despise how the bumper just flares out at the bumper instead of just following the angled aggressive line...brings a tear to my eye...
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Old 04-16-12, 05:47 PM   #565
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I don't know if anyone else read this...

"and/or a FLAT 6 engine" tho???


Rumors about Lexus working on a new generation IS sedan have been around for awhile, but this is the first time a mule of the next IS has been caught testing. The mule is still wearing a modified body of the current generation, but it sits on a new platform, a new drivetrain, and a new suspension.

This beginner mule was the first move towards keeping the new design language hidden from all of us camera-happy journalists, but it still can’t keep us from speculating a bit on the new model. The next IS will feature the same design language as the recently announced GS and LS. Under the hood, it has been rumored to feature a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder and/or a 3.6-liter flat-6 engine. The 2014 Lexus IS F will continue with a high-powered V-8 with an output of more than 400 HP. The IS-F will sprint from 0 to 60 mph sprint in about 4.5 seconds and will hit a top speed of about 170 mph.
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I don't know if anyone else read this...

"and/or a FLAT 6 engine" tho???


Rumors about Lexus working on a new generation IS sedan have been around for awhile, but this is the first time a mule of the next IS has been caught testing. The mule is still wearing a modified body of the current generation, but it sits on a new platform, a new drivetrain, and a new suspension.

This beginner mule was the first move towards keeping the new design language hidden from all of us camera-happy journalists, but it still canít keep us from speculating a bit on the new model. The next IS will feature the same design language as the recently announced GS and LS. Under the hood, it has been rumored to feature a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder and/or a 3.6-liter flat-6 engine. The 2014 Lexus IS F will continue with a high-powered V-8 with an output of more than 400 HP. The IS-F will sprint from 0 to 60 mph sprint in about 4.5 seconds and will hit a top speed of about 170 mph.
I highly doubt it. And this is all rumor mill. Its very unlikely that Lexus would develop a flat-6 for solely the IS considering the GS shares power trains, not to mention the next gen LS will get a base V6 to compete against the 740i 3.0T. So if their not developing it, then they would have to source the 3.6L flat-6 from Subaru, but it is nowhere near as powerful or fuel efficient as the current DI 3.5L V6 and they won't pedal backwards. It'll almost certainly be a "V"6 while the liter/displacement remains to be seen
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Old 04-16-12, 10:50 PM   #568
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Looks like the test mule has "IS300" emblems on the back.
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Old 04-17-12, 12:37 AM   #569
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^Good catch!

It could possibly be that lexus is just raiding the parts bin of a middle east spec build ...

or...

they are trying to send us a message
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Old 04-17-12, 01:18 AM   #570
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Nah it still says 350
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