Lexus IS-F Australian Pricing Announced


2009 Lexus IS-F

Good things come to those who wait!

Australia will finally be able to purchase the Lexus IS-F in late October, and even better, the super sedan’s pricing significantly undercuts the competition.

Retailing for $129,000 AUD (approx. $89,700 USD), the IS-F will be $15,365 AUD less than the Mercedes C63 and as much as $33,901 AUD less expensive than the BMW M3. Mr. John Roca, Lexus Australia’s Chief Executive, has more:

“IS F enters one of the most competitive categories,” Mr Roca said. “This category is all about passion and brand values. With the IS F we have the brand values – the passion comes with the first drive.

“The core Lexus values are what will set us apart from the competition. Lexus is extremely excited about the arrival of the IS F and the new clientele it will bring. Furthermore, Lexus now has a hero car that will stimulate sales of other IS models,” said Mr Roca.

In North America, this trio of cars retails for roughly the same amount (before options), but in Australia, the difference between an IS-F and an M3 roughly translates to $23,600 USD. That’s staggering.

[Source: Japanese Sports Cars]

Lexus LX 570 Contending for Motor Trend SUV of the Year


2009 Lexus LX 570

The Lexus LX 570 is up for the Motor Trend SUV of the year:

Since last year’s contest, a lot has changed with regard to the SUV market. Most manufacturers are going for the smaller, more fuel-efficient, and in some cases car based vehicles, the 2009 Lexus LX 570 is none of those, and it’s damn proud of it.

This Lexus is an amazing luxury/utility vehicle, capable of a dash to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, while the quarter mile disappears in under 15 seconds at over 90 mph, and all this by a behemoth that weighs over 6000 pounds. Oh, did we mention the Lexus can also off-road with the best of them?

The LX is up against some stiff competition, though I certainly wouldn’t count the freakish BMW X6 among the contenders. Honestly, no matter how great the LX may be and how well it stacks up, the cost and fuel milage will sink its chances of coming first. (Really, if I had to guess, my money would be on the Infiniti FX35.)

The winner will be announced at midnight tomorrow. Update: The Subaru Forester took the prize.

WedsSport Reveals Lexus IS Drift Racer


Wedsports Lexus IS 350 D1 Car

WedsSport, a Japanese performance tuner, has revealed its Lexus IS 350 drift car, which is destined to compete in the D1 Grand Prix,  the preeminent professional drifting series. NZ Performance Car has some details:

…the company has been slowly developing this new car which is, not surprisingly, powered by a Supra derived 2JZ-GTE motor. The new Lexus sports an awesome wide-body look, a 780hp T04Z turbo power delivery and an awesome handling package custom made for the car.

Wedsports Lexus IS 350 D1 Car

It will be interesting to see how WedsSport’s IS performs in the D1GP. (It certainly gets bonus points for those fantastic yellow rims!)

[Source: NZ Peformance Car]

Lexus LS 600hL Commercial: Kite


What begins as a headscratcher ends up being a very effective commercial for some exclusive Lexus technology:

My first time watching the commercial, I immediately though of one particularly weird commercial from a while back, but in actuality it was a very convincing application of the driver monitoring system.

[Via: Steadywinds]

Fox Marketing Lexus IS-F in Dallas this weekend


The orange modded Lexus IS-F by Fox Marketing/Artisan Performance will be making an appearance at the Hot Import Night in Dallas this Saturday. Here’s a brand new photo of the car along with some other details:

Lexus IS-F Fox Marketing Artisan Performance

[Brian Fox will] have the car at the Dallas HIN on Saturday, and from there he plans to take it to his buddy Kenny Strickler, who will install a Turbonetics GTK350 twin turbo setup. After that the next stop is the Lexus booth at SEMA!

[Source: Car Domain]