• Jul 17, 2006
The Lexus brand was built on the idea that no segment is sacred, and for too long the German automakers have owned the high-performance entry-level luxury market. The BMW M3, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG, and the Audi S4/RS4 go at each other like Rottweilers fighting over the last piece of Kibble, and now Lexus is planning to stick its snout in the fray with this IS500 seen track testing at the Nurburgring in Germany.
The IS500 will be a more potent version of the IS sedan that currently tops out at 306 horsepower in IS350 trim (that's with a 3.5L V6). The photos reveal flared fenders, an aggressive face and oddly stacked quad-tailpipes. According to The Car Connection, the IS500 will probably receive the 4.6-liter V8 from the new Lexus LS460 (wouldn't that make it an IS460?), which would up the power to around 380 horsepower. That's not enough in some cases to compete nose-to-nose with the Germans, but apparently Lexus says it won't get dragged into a horsepower war. We're sure it will find other ways in which to tussle with its German competition.

[Source: The Car Connection]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      There are so many people up BMW a$$ that they get clouded when they see and drive one. Part of it is they are good driving machines but they're not god's chariot, they are not even close. If god was to drive a car he wouldn't be driving a BMW he'd probably drive a Prius. Half of BMW owners don't even know how to drive their car and the only reason they have one is to say they have it. They're better off driving a ES350 than a 330i because they'll never drive it 6/10 to it's potential.

      Lexus doesn't need to be another BMW they're good at being Lexus.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Lexus says it won't get dragged into a horsepower war.

      Isn't that why you would purchase an M3, C-class AMG or an IS 500?

      The formula of gobbs of horsepower, coupled with nimble small car handling is the formula here. If Lexus can't get at least 400 HP, then don't even try.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Performance ? What's performance by the way ? If your BMW and Mercedes have to sit in the shop half the time. Give me my reliable Lexus and y'all can keep your high perfomance ultimate diving BMTrouble you
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why is it immediately assumed this is a manufacturer's car rather than a tuned up version from any if the German tuners that work on Lexi?
      • 8 Years Ago
      It willprobably still drive like the IS350 - numb, no roadfeel, understeer, lots of body roll. Lexus still doesn't get it. Odds are they'll stuff a crappy manumatic in the car too; if it's anything like the IS350 it will go fast in a straightline and that's what they'll call performance.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i like it, but i never really liked the is series
      • 8 Years Ago
      Every indication is that they will, yeah they don't make they don't make the supra anymore but they're bringing back the sports car. They're coming and BMW knows it, so does audi.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "....they will build cars that's a Lexus not a Lexus that acts like a BMW or Mercedes."

      Ummm.....that's why the IS model was developed in the first place, wasn't it? They brought that model out to specifically compete with the 3-series (it even had and inline 6!!). Then, they significantly updated it with the IS350 to be able to compete with the 3-series better. Now, they are developing a high performance version to be able to compete with the M3. Very Lexus and un-BMW-and-Mercedes-like indeed.
      • 8 Years Ago
      that's because of the VDIM being on, oh by the way they're going to have a on/off button for the 2007 model. Yeah and that's why Toyota's at the top and your sorry ass Ford is at the bottom lmao.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Almost any performance oriented rag you read says the same thing about the IS's handling; boring and numb. Until they can fix that, they aren't going to attract the performance oriented driver. Don't get me wrong, plenty of people will still buy this car, but the car itself will still miss the mark. I'm sure, outside of handling, it will be a great car.

      • 8 Years Ago
      What type of comment is that '(wouldn't that make it an IS460?)'??? Just look at Mercedes The old C180 diesel had actually a 2.2L turbodiesel engine in it. And what about BMW? 645i with a 4,4L and 760 with 5,9? (I'm not sure about the last one ;))

      And of course Lexus won't make it by far with the Germans if they don't upgrade the chassis and stuff like that as well.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just got back from Lexus regional headquarters. IS500 will have the new 5.0 liter V-8 in it. Horsepower will be 420-440hp range and go through the new 8 speed tranny. Price point should be around the 60k mark which will leave M3 and M5 owners in the dust.
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