Lexus GS F-Sport Photos


Here are some photos of the F-Sport equipped Lexus GS at the Chicago Auto Show, courtesy of Inside Line (again):

Lexus GS F-Sport

Lexus GS F-Sport

Lexus GS F-Sport

Lexus GS F-Sport

Lexus GS F-Sport

This GS is also sporting a body kit along with a new grille (reportedly created by FiveAxis). No word if these accessories will also be offered in the F-Sport lineup.

I would have liked to see 20″ wheels on the GS, but it’s just nice to see the extension of the F-Sport line. It’s the perfect thing to carry the GS & IS through to their next generation.

Inside Line Tests Lexus IS 250 F-Sport


Lexus IS 250 F-Sport

Now that Lexus’ F-Sport accessories are available for the entire IS & GS lineups, the next question is which parts should be bought first. Well, Edmunds’ Inside Line has the scoop on F-Sport, testing the modifications on an IS 250. Some of the results were very surprising:

Powerslides are impossible with the big tires and little engine, but this car scorches our track with handling numbers that exceed the performance of the mighty IS-F. No, we’re not kidding. This IS runs 71 mph through our slalom, circles our skid pad at 0.89g of lateral grip and stops from 60 mph in just 109 feet.

The last IS-F we tested managed 70.2 mph in the slalom, recorded 0.93g on the skid pad and stopped from 60 mph in 112 feet.

We couldn’t believe it either. But the best part is the F Sport’s highway ride. If you bought an IS-F, you’re probably a regular at the chiropractor by now, but this IS actually rides well, and there’s even less impact harshness than in a stock IS 250.

The improved cornering was credited to the Blisten shocks — which should make them a priority for anyone looking to outfit their IS. Also recommended in the article were the anti-roll bars, the upgraded brakes, and the quick throw shifter.

Beyond that, Edmunds suggests that interested parties pass on the engine cover & exhaust system, and instead invest in a nice, sticky pair of tires.

TAS 2009: The Lexus IS 350C in Silver


Lexus IS-C 350 in Silver

Now a few days removed from the Toronto Auto Show, I’ve been going through the virtual stack of photos that I took, and have compiled my first gallery — here’s the IS 350C in silver:

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As I mentioned previously, convertibles just don’t do it for me (likely due to dealing with bitterly cold weather six months of every year). That said, I like the look of the IS-C’s hardtop roof, and was a touch disappointed not to see it in action.

Really, this vehicle is a puzzle, introduced very late in the IS design cycle. The thinking, and I’m going out on a limb here, is that the SC redesign is still a ways off, and there needs to be a semi-fresh convertible in the lineup or risk losing segment sales. The real deal will be happening when the IS gets its next redesign — which I would expect will come in 3-series assortments: coupe, convertible, sedan, super-sedan.

Pros:
  • IS front fascia remains modern and well suited to the convertible
  • Super wheel design suits the vehicle perfectly
  • Necessary addition to the IS lineup
Cons:
  • Bulky rear
  • Trunk looks like a table
  • Sales may suffer due to IS design age

More 2010 Lexus RX Commercials


Lexus is preparing a barrage of commercials signaling the release of the new RX — first we had a set of more “traditional” commercials, and now there’s these six testimonial style videos to watch:

Rear Seat Entertainment

Cargo Space

Airbag

Voice Command

Power Rear Door

Intelligent Highbeams

I like these significantly more when compared to the first set, though there’s a great balance in approach when viewed all together. This type of Apple-style commercial really works for Lexus, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it used extensively over the next few marketing campaigns.

2010 Lexus RX Commercials


Lexus USA has just posted up their new commercials for the 2010 Lexus RX 350 launch, which will start running nationally next week:

Smart move by Lexus to reinforce the familiarity of the previous RX — it’s their best tactic and definitely something that can’t be overstated. These commercials are both surprisingly technical, though that’s to be expected considering the addition of strong emphasis on the new features like Remote Touch and the Heads-up display.

(Looks like Lexus is also trying something different with their narrator, as these commercials have a voiceover that isn’t James Sloyan. )

Update: The voiceover actor is James Remar.

Update 2: Added a third commercial. (Thanks Roberto!)