Flickr Find: Lexus IS 300, Museum Style


Ken Brown, who spends his days photographing coachbuilt classics for the Blackhawk Museum in California, managed to squeeze in a shoot with a coworker’s IS 300:

Ken Brown's Photo of the Lexus IS 300

Just wonderful, makes the car look like a diecast model, but it doesn’t even touch the other photos in Ken’s Flickr Stream. The ‘57 Mercedes SL300 is fantastic, but my favorite has to be the Bentley Badge. Brilliant.

Peacock & Lexus: A Love Story


The Blue Peacock Strikes

A gay blue peacock, living at the stately British home of Sir Benjamin Slade, apparently developed quite a liking to an employee’s blue Lexus, and as a result, caused £4,000 of damage with its attempted lovemaking:

The car was left with numerous scratches and dents as a result of the frisky bird’s amorous attack, and Sir Benjamin has now erected signs in his carpark warning drivers of blue cars of the danger presented by his bird.

“It started when he fell in love with this Lexus, which was in a very distinct peacock blue and looked like another peacock boy,” he said.

“He couldn’t control his urges and tried to shag it. He attacked the panels so hard that the car needs a total respray.

Let this be a lesson to you blue Lexus owners, beware the gay peacock. He will break your heart and your car.

Update: Turns out the blue peacock has struck before, all Lexus owners be on the lookout!:

(Thanks Dan!)

[Source: The Sydney Morning Herald]

The Official Lexus IS-F Numbers


The Japanese Lexus IS-F

It’s official, the Lexus IS-F was announced in Japan today at the Fuji Speedway, here are the details:

  • The V8 5-litre engine will have 417hp and produce 373 ft-lb of torque.
  • The Is-F will be available in Japan on December 25th, and will retail for ¥7,660,000 ($65,742 USD).
  • The Japanese version will be limited to 180km/h (111mph).

I’m not one to care about horsepower figures, but the IS-F’s final numbers have to be considered below expectations, especially in light of the absolute secrecy shown by Lexus.

Consider this fact, though the BMW M3 has 414hp in North America, it’s European/Japanese counterpart packs 420hp, as does Audi’s RS4. The Mercedes C63 has 457hp, meaning out of the gate, the IS-F is last. When you consider the importance of horsepower in this segment, that’s a bad place to be.

The saving grace is the 373 ft-lb of torque, which may be 70 less than the C63, but 80 more than the M3 and about 55 more than the RS4. At the very least, the IS-F should be able to keep up, depending on its weight.

Still, nothing can be determined through stats alone, and we’ll have to wait for the eventual comparison tests to see how the IS-F stacks up to the competition.

[Source: Toyota Japan]

Comparison: Lexus LS 600h vs. Mercedes S420 CDI vs. BMW 745d


The Lexus LS 600h, Mercedes S420 CDI, and BMW 745d

I would have thought that Auto Motor Und Sport’s comparison test of the Lexus LS 460 vs. Volkswagen Phaeton would be hard to beat in terms of bias, but they’ve outdone themselves, their comparison of the Lexus LS 600h vs. BMW 745d vs. Mercedes S420 CDI is a absolute gem.

Posted on Autospies, the bulk of the review sadly goes untranslated, but allow me to share the more salient points:

Interior Ergonomics and User Friendliness

  • BMW 20/25
  • Lexus 17/25
  • Mercedes 24/25

Comfort

  • BMW 20/25
  • Lexus 17/25
  • Mercedes 24/25

Active Safety Features

  • BMW 11/20
  • Lexus 11/20
  • Mercedes 14/20

Resale Outlook

  • BMW 7/10
  • Lexus 1/10
  • Mercedes 8/10

I understand the criticism of the LS 600h’s lack of trunk space, and sure, the gas mileage is a sore spot, but low scores in comfort, ergonomics and safety? Absolutely ridiculous.

However, my absolute favorite has to be the resale outlook, where the LS 600h scored a 1/10. Please, Auto Motor Und Sport, tell me how long it will be before I can get this $100,000 car for $10,000? I’ll even travel to Germany to pick it up.

Comparison: 2008 Lexus IS 250 vs. 2008 Mercedes C200k


The Lexus IS 250 vs. The Mercedes C200K

British car mag Auto Express has pitted the Lexus IS 250 against the Europe-only C200K version of the new Mercedes C-Class, with the Mercedes coming up with the win:

The IS’s V6 has more character than the C-Class’s four-cylinder engine, but isn’t any pacier, unless pushed hard. The IS250 costs more in SE-L trim, too, and it doesn’t ride as well, either.

Yet these aren’t the only reasons why the Mercedes takes victory. The new C-Class is simply more talented. Yes, the cabin is plain and finished in brittle plastics, but it has extra room, plus the driving position is better and the boot bigger. What’s more, the C200K offers a smooth ride, sharp steering and excellent composure in corners – the Lexus is uninvolving in comparison.

The IS has always been renowned for comfort, and that’s still the case: for refinement, the Lexus is unsurpassed. But against the C-Class, that’s not enough.

As Mercedes’ best selling model, the C-Class needed to make a real statement with its latest version, and reviews have been extremely favorable, so it’s not all that surprising to see it best a car now three years into production.

(Europe has the craziest cars, seriously, a four-cylinder C-Class? Wow.)