Photo Gallery: Lexus IS-F in Smoky Granite Mica

Kicking Tires’ Ian Merritt put together a really nice photoshoot of the Lexus IS-F, here’s a sample:

2008 Lexus IS-F

The Smoky Granite Mica is such a non-descript color, it really turns down the volume on the IS-F’s styling. (I’d almost say it’s my favorite exterior color for the model, but I have yet to see a couple colors up close.)

Additional Video of the 2010 Lexus RX Prototype

Edmunds has more spy footage of the Lexus RX prototype booting its way around Nürburgring (click on the image below to be taken to the video):

2010 Lexus RX Video

In their analysis, Edmunds points out the elimination of a portion of the rear side windows, which I had missed. Here’s a visual comparison:

Lexus RX vs Prototype Side Profile

There’s definitely little deviation from the current model, but I really like the improvements.

(Thanks Jarrett!)

Lexus IS-GTF to race in this weekend’s SPEED World Challenge

Lexus IS-GTF

Whatever the reason, every time the Lexus IS-F & racing are linked together, it ends up being super-confusing. Case in point: My.IS has posted a story about pair of race-modified IS-Fs owned by DRC Motorsports that are about to enter the GT class of the SPEED World Challenge — only they’re not really IS-Fs, but the two race cars purchased from Team Lexus.

Regardless, the cars are powered by a 510hp 4.7-liter V8, and the first one will be making its debut this weekend in Ohio. The driver, Jeff Altenburg, was last year’s SWC Touring Car champion. The race itself will be broadcast on SPEED TV on Thursday, July 24 at 1:00pm.

[Source: My.IS via Autoblog]

New Lexus IS-F Commercial, Pt. 2

Here’s a new riff on the Lexus IS-F commercial we saw last week with Jim Sloyan:

I have to say, I like the first one better, though it is nice to understand what Sloyan is saying this time round.

2009 Lexus IS Details Revealed

A number of details on the 2009 Lexus IS have been released by Lexus in the latest issue of their magazine. Here’s a scan:

2009 Lexus IS Details

This verifies the information revealed in a document that showed up on Club Lexus last week, which was very specific about the upcoming changes. Let’s summarize:

  • New Grille
  • New front & rear bumpers
  • Integrated turn signals in the door mirrors
  • Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management(VDIM) now standard on the IS 250
  • New color: Truffle Mica
  • Discontinued color: Desert Sage Metallic
  • New woodgrain trim: Dark grey bird’s eye maple
  • Discontinued woodgrain trim: Auburn bird’s eye maple
  • New 17″ & 18″ wheels
  • Wallet Smart Key standard on IS 350, optional on IS 250

All in all, there’s enough changes here to brighten the car up until the new IS. Looking forward to the new grille and bumpers, though I wonder which direction it will go: IS-F or GS-facelift?