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Lexus News: Lexus IS: First Generation

The Wild Ukrainian Lexus IS


Take a look at this mental Toyota Altezza/Lexus IS from the Ukraine that’s been featured on Stance Nation: The blue SSR Koenig wheels with the fresh white exterior is an unbelievable combo — I’m a traditionalist for the most part, but when I see something like this IS, it really gets my imagination going. What […]

Hiromu Naruse on the First-Gen Lexus IS Development


Stumbled on an insightful speech given by the late Hiromu Naruse, Master Test Driver of Toyota, at a Toyota Altezza/Lexus IS 300 owners event at the Fuji Speedway in 2007 — here are some direct quotes that detail his part in the car’s development: After enhancing the rigidity, I test drove 2,000 km for two […]

My.IS TO2kX Meet in Toronto


Members of My.IS & Club Lexus gathered last weekend in Toronto, Ontario for some time at the track and a highway cruise: There’s plenty of photos to look through in the My.IS thread — this one caught my eye with the red: Looks like a fun event, I’m hoping to attend myself next year. (Thanks […]

Next-Gen Lexus IS to be offered as a Wagon?


Autocar is reporting that the next-generation Lexus IS will be offered as a wagon—and will be hybrid-only: …while the original model did offer an estate variant, called SportCross, the current car – introduced in 2005 – has never been available in a wagon. Lexus insiders now admit that this policy has hurt sales of the […]

Classic Top Gear: 1999 Lexus IS 200 Review


In keeping with the IS theme from yesterday, here’s a throwback Top Gear segment from 1999, with James May test-driving the first-generation Lexus IS 200: James May certainly looks quite young—but still exhibits that special “Captain Slow” driving style. It does sound like IS 200 suffered the same sort of low-band power deficiency that I […]

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: 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 […]