• Dec 6, 2006
This past Monday's article in Automotive News, let loose that Lexus was in the process of developing a new line of vehicles that seeks to compete in the luxury performance market currently occupied by BMW, Audi and Mercedes.
Well, word is that Lexus will be unveiling its IS-F sedan tomorrow, ahead of its official debut in Detroit, and decided to drop this teaser image on us. We're not salivating quite yet, but the thought of a 400+ horsepower IS that's ready to do battle with the RS4 and upcoming M3 certainly has our interest piqued. And that stacked, dual exhaust outlet is kinda cool too.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Memo to Toyota/Lexus:

      Grow some balls. Make it RWD and give it a 6-speed manual transmission. Don't even make an automatic transmission version. Autos are for pussies. If you must add electronic nannies, GIVE THE OPTION TO ACTUALLY, COMPLETELY, TRULY SWITCH IT OFF!! Yes, even the ABS.

      If you fail any one of these factors, then you deserve to fail.

      Don't screw it up.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #44 Of course, you just have to lower yourself to the level of committing ad-hominem attacks. No, my posts aren't about hate, but about the immorality of a state that will not own up to its sordid past. Furthermore, that government also happens to sanction illegal dumping and currency manipulation to destroy the American automobile industry. Toyota has been around prior to the war and did support the war effort making trucks and amphibious landing craft (with slave labor, more than likely). Nowadays, they spawn inferior copies of superior domestic and other foreign sports sedans, at the expense of the domestic auto industry. Why reward ill-gotten gains that have not been properly recognized or repented for? No, loyal Americans should not support war criminals, nor should they forget who those criminals are. Ask a Bataan Death March survivor, ask a Pinoy, Indonesian, Dutch settler or read the accounts of cannibalism of dead Aussie soldiers by Japanese Imperial soldiers before you bother to type another flippant response. This constitutes my last response on this topic. It is my sincerest hope that I've managed to place at least doubt in the minds of those considering a Japanese car. It's sad to witness the Japanning of American will against her own.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Cool, but I'm sure it'll have an automatic. Not interested if it does.
      • 8 Years Ago
      And don't forget everyone's favorite electonically controlled steering.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Laughable, if a domestic had stacked oval exhaust outlets you'd be saying "what a joke" put a Toyota badge on a gimmick and it's wonderful.

      If Toyota is really going to compete, it needs a stick.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It is going to take a while to get used to those exhaust tips, but overall its nice.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is their take on ultimate performance ... thought that was the GS450h? As it seems to be the consensus, this will be another "goes like stink, but quiet as a church" product that will be underpriced and overhyped by the media. At least Cadillac had enough balls to put a six-speed in the CTS-V and not put gimmicks on to sell it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I love Corolla. I grew up with it, and my kids will too. Just got a $400 `91 Corolla and sped down to LA (and back to SF), peaked at 100mph, man, as if I am still in my high school.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Agree #1 - dumshit marketing fool with big yellow tie will say "but our customers WANT automatics."

      Too bad really, I'd have gotten a new IS (the bigger one) if it had a 6 speed. Instead, got an S4. Listen up Lexus - my lease ends next fall!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      All derivative and typical Toyota ugly. Why would anyone choose this piece-of-crap over the real deal BMW or a domestic? Remember December 7th and slap-a-jap, even with questionable trade policies aside, nobody should buy cars from a country that never adequately apologized or compensated for its war-crimes.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Tacky, tacky, tails, Toyota. If the car has testicles, you won't have to resort to tacky tails to entice. Please, Toyota, do a crash redesign on some tasteful tails.
      • 8 Years Ago
      LIke duhh... everybody knows the IS is just a dressed up Corolla... right Dr1v3r (#4)?

      You should go and do some research you j _ ck _ s s

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