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Time was when the notion of "Lexus performance" was measured in terms of panel gaps and service intervals. But as part of Toyota's plan to add driving emotion to the brand, the upscale marque is reportedly considering opening a series of high-performance driving schools... not unlike that of Ferrari or Land Rover. 

According to Inside Line, the academy could possibly focus on more driving-dynamics oriented models, like the 2006 IS 350.

[Source: Edmunds Inside Line]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      I drive the 2nd gen GS430. It is a performance car, albeit covered with a wool blanket. The thing does everything right except for communication (granted, I did upgrade the suspension to L-Tuned). I think it's a small gap to bridge - stiffer bushings and much less
      steering assist would do the job. With their new emphasis on performance, they could absolutely make those tweaks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm starting to worry about Toyota now. I think they're getting drunk with their own success and losing discipline.

      A huge increase in recalls, the introduction of a horrible looking full size truck two years late, another boring Camry, but this time with a Mazda front end...and now they're getting so far from ther core competence and into a driving school.

      A couple months ago I would have said Toyota was poised to take over the world. Now they seem to be losing focus. I'm starting to think they're a GM waiting to happen.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I drive the 2nd gen GS430. It is a performance car, albeit covered with a wool blanket. The thing does everything right except for communication (granted, I did upgrade the suspension to L-Tuned). I think it's a small gap to bridge - stiffer bushings and much less steering assist would do the job. With their new emphasis on performance, they could absolute make those tweaks.
      JayNorth
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like a TC with Lexus badging. Oh yeah, and 2 extra doors.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I went to a Taste of Lexus last October and had a blast driving the entire line-up including the IS250 and 350. Had a blast and I could see the same crew hosting a performance school. Thumgs up to Lexus for considering it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Actually, Alan, BMW has a dedicated Performance Driving Center. Their own private road course, skidpad, etc.

      I've been out there - had an absolute blast - but I don't see Lexus being able to create anything like the same environment with a travelling roadshow, which is what the article seemed to suggest.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wonder what Lexus' competitive advantage over Skip Barber Racing School would be?

      http://www.automobilesdeluxe.blogspot.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      Might I suggest to some of these people to actually drive (I mean really drive) the IS before making smart remarks about it, compared to the 3-series in Car and Driver Mag - the IS 350 was one of the BEST competitors in cornering and all over handeling. What other reason is there for the new 335i... so BMW can make up for that 51 horses its behind the 350.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "'Lexus performance' has always been a bit of an oxymoron..."

      That's exactly the kind of mindset I have about Lexus, despites it's superb quality, styling, and refinement. I believe Lexus's marketing and PR department will have to do a lot more than just establishing a driving school to change my perception on this.
      • 8 Years Ago

      "#5 YOU'RE A NONSENSE TALKER."

      He`s talking about the car`s traction control preventing you from skidding and the ABS.

      5.
      "We WOULD teach you how to regain control in a skid, but..."

      "We WOULD teach you how to power slide, but..."

      This does look like desparate self promotion for Lexus.

      If Cadiliac did this people would laugh.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The main advantage would be to learn how to drive your Lexus hard and keep it in control, vs. the cars that they would teach you with at Skip Barber (highly doubt they have any Lexus').

      If they do it right, it would be pretty fun for some owners to learn the limits of their new car in a safe environment...
      • 8 Years Ago
      #5 YOU'RE A NONSENSE TALKER.
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