• Mar 28th 2007 at 5:06PM
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Although the upcoming IS-F has got many a Lexus enthusiast's blood boiling, those that are already content with their IS350 can benefit from one of Japan's top Toyota tuners: TOM'S.

The aftermarket firm specializes in all things ToMoCo, including campaigning a number of vehicles in Super GT, Formula Nippon and Formula 3. As with all good tuners, that extensive motorsports experience filters down to its consumer-grade products and has served, up until the introduction of the IS-F, as Toyota's unofficial M and AMG tuning house.

[Source: Nihon Car and Bike]

The TOM'S version of the IS350 benefits from a mild tweaking of all the performance related components of the stock vehicle, with a revised ECU, new air filter and cat-back exhaust. In order to control and halt the 3.5-liter's forward momentum, TOM'S can outfit the IS350 with new brakes and lines, as well as a number of custom suspension setups -- from the mild spring/strut combos, to the full-bore coilovers, strut bars, sway bars and lower body reinforcement braces. Throw in one of their LSDs and you've got a streetable whip that can take to the touge with ease.

As for rolling stock, TOM'S gives its customers the options of three different wheel styles, all measuring in at 19 inches, along with some exotic rubber that we won't see here in the States. Exterior styling is subdued with some minor changes to the front and rear bumpers, plus the addition of a diminutive trunk lid spoiler.

Most of TOM'S wares aren't available Stateside, but with the rise of certain aftermarket suppliers, there's a good possibility that you may see a TOM'S massaged IS before you see its V8-powered big brother.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      They need to do a tranny swap...
      • 8 Years Ago
      To Dave, Bryan, and Stella:

      How can you say all Japanese cars are boring. What about all the naturally aspirated Hondas that put out 100Hp/Litre. Or rally cars like the Evolution or the Sti.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yay, more power.

      Still handles like a yacht. Hey, toyota, remember the MR2? How bout the celica? Some things that were fun to drive beyond stoplight go-go, yes?

      Lost cause I know. Camrys are profitable.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yup, looks better than the IS-F, also take a look at the LS460, SC430 and the GS http://www.tomsracing.co.jp/e/comp/lexus/index2.html
      • 8 Years Ago
      #20 Jason -

      There's nothing secret about the new IS. Every overpaid secretary I know has one.

      It's not exactly what I would call an impressive driving experience. Lots of power, to be sure, but not very involved, muted, disconnected, and certainly not very sporty. Perfect for the uninformed wannabe enthusiast who wants to show off the leather and HP numbers to the neighbors and coworkers.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Whofan is right: that back end is a total clone of the current Hyundai Sonata. Which is not a bad thing, imo. Hyundai/Kia have some formidable designers at the moment. The Sonata and new Kia Optima are total babes.

      Hey Autoblog, show us some 07 Optima pics side by side with the 06+ Sonata and Azera. Find ones in black paint and don't forget to bring the drool bibs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think they are boring and have zero imagination as for their style. They are appliances, functional pieces of metal with a motor and pedals. They should install a refrigerator under the trunk and a portable toilet behind the passengers seat, and call them street cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like Who ever designed the Hyundi Sonata is now working for Toyota.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Whats boring about Japanese cars, pleas talk for your self.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Harry we are talking about exterior styling. You can see a Mustang, F150, Fusion, Edge, 300, Charger, etc coming from a amile away. The Japanese have this way of playing it safe and make bland forgettable automobiles. If the IS did not have the L on the front no one would care much less think much of it.

      Owen...(laughs) you arent even worth the rebuttal.

      Dan...what happens when it sludges up? Toyotas quality is slipping big time, so that card is not even relevant anymore.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The IS is one of the best kept secrets. Elegant, modern, sporty, efficient, affordable, and reliable, all in one package. There is no shame in this car. But the name, "Tom's" has got to go. Have some class. May as well be named "Biff," etc.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm sick of this bullshet that japanese cars are boring. I'll take a japanese car over euro trash that is unreliable and breaks down at 30K.

      You people dont even realize what cars they have in Japan that we will may never see. A large amount of cars in Japan has a turbo with AWD or RWD and manual tranny. Skylines, Verossas, Toyota Marks, Silvias... if these cars came over to America, Euro companies would be put out of business. Open your eyes morons.

      And even the cars available here arent boring. Subaru STIs and Mitsu Evos eat euros for lunch... and dont break down while doing it. God, i hate stuck up euro drivers.
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