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?

1999 Lexus GS 400, VIP

VIP 1999 Lexus GS 400

The latest Import Tuner has a feature on the VIP’d 1999 Lexus GS 400 pictured above. Here’s a basic breakdown:

Using a genuine Junction Produce body kit, including the bumpers, side skirts and rear wing, Johnny added a Ugo roof spoiler and JDM rain guards, chrome door handles and a trunk bar. To highlight the gleaming white paintjob, he painted the roof and part of the trunk black. Lowered to touch the ground, the chassis sits above a set of 20-inch Fabulous Profounds with an offset of +23 in the front and +29 in the back. Falken FK-452 tires stretch around these ridiculously deep dished wheels that tuck perfectly underneath the fenders. These tires avoid tragically rubbing against the car through the use of an Air Runner suspension kit with an eight-valve electric solenoid upgrade-the choice system for VIP cars in Japan.

Really like the contrasting roof, but only because it reminds me of the ES 350 and its panoramic glass. (I had to laugh at the owner’s motivation: “My previous car was a Mazda RX-7 and I was tired of being cooped up in it like a coffin and not being able to take my friends out.”)

Ad: Lexus RX 330 “Road Optional”

As funny as it may be, I think this might be the first time I’ve seen mud on a Lexus RX ever:

Lexus RX 330 Print Ad

[Source: Coloribus]

Motor Trend: Lexus LS 460L Long Term Test

Lexus LS 460

Motor Trend has wrapped up their year-long stay with the Lexus LS 460L, which had its share of ups and downs:

…our staffers lauded the interior’s rich ambiance and excellent ergonomics, the buttery V-8’s power and acceleration, and the first-rate bumper-to-bumper build quality. And with an eight-speed automatic transmission, it didn’t force us to visit the gas pump that frequently. Over its year stay, the LS delivered an impressive 18.7 mpg, highlighted by a best tank average of 30.2 mpg.

As we spent more time behind the LS’s wheel, however, our admiration shifted to dissatisfaction…Complaints ranged from minor grumbles (“Side mirrors are too small”) to major grievances (“If you’re a driver, you’ll just find the whole experience numb and uninvolving. There is no emotion to this car. None”), all of which made us wish Lexus had produced more of a driver’s car than a curtailed limousine. “Too soft” and “floaty” were common notebook entries, as was, “more wind noise than I expected.”

I always find myself bristling when I read complaints about “numb steering” and “uninvolved driving”, but then I remember that I’m reading a car magazine and that’s what they do. Nothing’s perfect, after all. (But seriously, new tires and brake pads at 20K? The car’s a limousine, not a track-star.)