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Old 04-16-12, 05:47 PM   #556
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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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Old 04-16-12, 05:48 PM   #557
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Old 04-16-12, 09:03 PM   #558
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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.
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   #559
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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   #560
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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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Nah it still says 350
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^ I hope this is the final design.
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^^ if that's final design...I will not ever upgrade...I'll keep this 2IS forever like I did with my 2GS....I'll boycot lol
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^ I hope this is the final design.
cosign, i dig the two tone paint job, way to go Lexus.
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If you look at how the bumper was cut the same pattern on each side for the exhausts, maybe the new exhaust tips will be bigger/more aggressive.
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I cant wait to see some spy photos of the new body and interior (which will probably match the GS/ES). Will this new IS be a '13 or '14?
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That just a photo of some guy in the middle of modding his car, NOT the IS redesign.
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Needs a turbo motor... and either a MT or a double-torque converter setup like the 8-speed transmission in the IS-F
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i doubt lexus will make a turbo engine since lexus has always been making natural inspired engines. Also, according to lexus dealership, the new model of the IS might be 2014 instead of 2013 because the convertible lexus came out in 2010
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i doubt lexus will make a turbo engine since lexus has always been making natural inspired engines. Also, according to lexus dealership, the new model of the IS might be 2014 instead of 2013 because the convertible lexus came out in 2010
I think you meant aspirated there bro....
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