SEMA 2008: Motorworld Hype’s Lexus IS-F


Lexus’ official car guide for SEMA 2008 was released today, and showcases six newly modified Lexus vehicles — and here’s Motorworld Hype’s IS-F:

SEMA 2008: Motorworld Hype's Lexus IS-F

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MotorworldHype has taken another path that is a bit less aggressive, yet more easily accessible for the average consumer. Lots of carbon to reduce some unwanted mass and a well-rounded package of suspension, brake, engine and cosmetic changes provide sharper responses in all directions.

Click here for the full modification list.

Exterior

  • Carbon fiber aero package featuring carbon front chin/splitter and rear diffuser
  • Weight reduction package featuring carbon fiber replacement trunk lid
  • Lexus Starfire White paint
  • Gloss black emblems
  • Gloss black window sills and roof
  • Matte black tips

Interior

  • Blue Alcantara seat inserts
  • Engine

    • Custom air intake system

    Exhaust

    • Borla high performance exhaust system

    Suspension

    • Tein Full Suspension System w/ EDFC

    Wheels

    • Rays Engineering Volk Racing TE 37 in matte black
      • Front: 19×8.5”
      • Rear: 19×9.5”

    Tires

    • Michelin Pilot Sport 2
      • Front: 235/35-19
      • Rear: 265/30-19

    Brakes

    • Brembo GT Big Brake Kit w/ 6 piston front calipers and floating rotors

    SEMA 2008: 0-60 Magazine’s Lexus IS-F


    Lexus’ official car guide for SEMA 2008 was released today, and showcases six newly modified Lexus vehicles — and rather than post them all up in a lump, I’m going to take it one at a time, starting with 0-60 Magazine’s Modifed IS-F:

    SEMA 2008: 0-60 Magazine's Lexus IS-F

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    With track performance a common theme among IS F builders, 0-60 Magazine ups the ante on their IS F project with a supercharger to tease out another load of horses from the big V8.  Carbon fiber body components reduce weight while lowering the center of gravity and a custom roll cage adds stiffness and protection.  A beefy brake-upgrade kit was added to balance the performance equation.

    Click here for the full modification list.

    Exterior

    • Seibon Carbon Panels: Hood, Fenders, Trunk, Spoiler

    Interior

    • Design Craft Fabrication custom roll cage
    • Sparco Chrono Road Seats wrapped with interior-matching leather

    Engine

    • Greddy MP92 Supercharger w/ custom aluminum intake manifold
    • Greddy Intelligent Informeter Touch
    • Greddy Intake and filter
    • Braille Carbon Battery

    Exhaust

    • Custom system using Greddy Spectrum Elite components

    Suspension

    • Tein Super Street Coilovers w/ EDFC Kit

    Wheels

    • Yokohama Advan Racing RZ Wheels
      • Front: 19×9”
      • Rear: 19×10”

       

    Tires

    • Hankook Ventus EVO V12:
      • Front: 245/35-19
      • Rear: 275/30-19

    Brakes

    • Performance Friction Lexus IS F Z-Rated brake upgrade kits (front and rear):
      • Forged 4–piston monobloc calipers
      • Radial mount caliper brackets
      • 2-piece rotor/hat assemblies (372mm front; 355mm rear)
      • Z-rated Carbon Metallic ® multipads specifically for IS-F chassis
      • Stainless steel braided brake lines

    Lexus GS Body Kit by Job Design


    Lexus GS Body Kit by Job Design

    The super-dropped angled-wheel look notwithstanding, this Lexus GS bodykit from Job Design ranks right up there as one of the best looking body kits in a while.

    The GS body-style really benefits from this type of attention, and every component of this kit looks to be top-notch, though I prefer the rear spoiler to the front, where it comes across as overly complicated.

    Here’s the full gallery:

    Lexus IS-F Wins Big in AJAC Test Fest


    Lexus IS-F

    When the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) gathered together for their annual event to name the best vehicles for 2009, they brought in two Lexus’ to compete: The IS-F in the Best New Sports/Performance Car over $50k, and the LX 570 in the Best New SUV/CUV over $60k.

    The LX 570 ended up being upstaged by the Mercedes M-Class Bluetec, but the IS-F took top spot in a category that featured some very fierce competition, with the BMW M3 Coupe, Cadillac CTS-V, Jaguar XF Supercharged, Mercedes-Benz C63, and the Nissan GT-R all eligible to win.

    I was particularly surprised that the GT-R didn’t race away with the honor, no matter how much emphasis is placed on “real world” testing. In fact, I’d be inclined to call this an upset, but one I’m sure Lexus Canada is very happy about.

    [Source: Canadian Driver (Thanks Jarrett!)]

    2010 Lexus RX 350 to Debut at LA Auto Show, In Dealerships in February 2009


    Lexus LF-Xh

    According to The Car Connection, the next-generation Lexus RX will be making its debut at next month’s Los Angeles Auto Show. When you consider this alongside the Lexus SEMA lineup, November’s looking to be a big month for Lexus.

    Also, after confirming it with three separate sources, I can now able to say with certainty that the new RX 350 will be in US dealerships starting February 2009. This has been the traditional release month for RXs, and we can expect the new generation to follow in the same footsteps.

    What an exciting week!