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In an attempt to steal another page out of BMW's sport sedan playbook, rumors have surfaced that Lexus is in the process of developing a lightweight version of the IS-F, in the same vein as the M3 CSL. Internally dubbed the IS-F Evo, this limited edition sedan will benefit from an expensive diet, including lots of fiber (the carbon kind) and a bare-bones interior.

The reduced weight, combined with the 400 HP V8, is expected to drop the 0-60 time to below five seconds and on to a top speed of 155 MPH. Naturally, there's no word on pricing, but according to AutoExpress, it should arrive at dealers sometime in 2009.

[Source: AutoExpress]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Lexus should concentrate on matching a regular M3 before they start worrying about the CSL. Or (IMO) even a regular 3-series like the 335i.
      • 7 Years Ago
      # 13 not much experience with topspeed?
      With 227hp you get pretty quick to speeds of 140mph... no 400hp is able to run out of sight of a 250hp car acclerating from 70-140mph... who cares if you need 10seconds longer to get to that speed if you drive 30-60minutes 140mph in a 227hp or 400hp car..
      • 7 Years Ago
      A 0-60 in under 5 seconds for what $70k? BLISTERING SPEED!

      That's Z06 money, son.
      • 7 Years Ago
      hmm I think I'll take an ls2 CTS-V with 400 hp AND 400 lb-ft of TORQUE.

      Not that this is a bad looking car either though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      # 10
      The word EVO is widely used in the car world. LONG befor Mitsubishi used it since 1992 for the EvoI.
      Some examples ..

      1989 Mercedes 190E 2.5-16V Evo
      1990 Mercedes 190E 2.5-16V Evo II
      1990 BMW e30 M3 Sport Evo, befor the 1990 Sport Evo they had the Evo I and Evo II.
      All that cars were street models of the DTM race cars.

      1991 Lancia Delta Evo build till 1994.. the Lancia Delta Evo had won 6 WRC championship in a straight...most successfull Rally car of all time!

      1985 Audi quattro sport Evo2

      and many more

      should they start a lawsuit vs Mitsubishi? ;-)

      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't help but think that anything with RWD and 400HP should already be getting 0-60 times of way under 5 seconds. Porsche's 911 Turbo was getting under 4 seconds back with the 993 (albeit, it had two extra driven wheels).
      • 7 Years Ago

      Thank you for the auto cultural background.

      Have a great day.
      • 7 Years Ago
      uh the IS350 has been timed as low as 0-60 in 4.9 sec

      - so adding this bigger engine I am sure will
      get 0-60 in ~4.5 sec, and if this is not true what's the point of getting the bigger heavier engine?

      and the 335i has been tested 0-60 in 4.8 sec
      • 7 Years Ago
      If the Evo name gets out on the market isn´t Lexus looking for a trademark lawsuit by Mitsubishi???
      • 7 Years Ago
      that top speed is probably the electronically limited top speed. 155mph is the magic number for some reason.

      But - will this thing have a manual tranny? (or at least an automated gearbox and not a slushbox automatic)

      no manual no cred.
      • 7 Years Ago
      @#6, what #7 said + it is not just about top speed, it is more about how fast you can get there. What good would it be it take you a year to reach 155mph?
      • 7 Years Ago
      BMW has almost always raced sedans for 3 series type events. That and of course the M3. Go back before the e46 and they raced the M3 sedan. I would always pick a sedan over the coupe and ill be in line for the new m3 sedan.
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