• Jul 27, 2007
Since it's launch in Japan in 1998, the Lexus IS series has always had at least four doors and, for a while, was offered with five. But Toyota's 3-Series challenger has never directly taken on the Munich's coupe or convertible models. That may change soon though as Lexus' Australian Manager John Roca has dropped a hint about an IS coupe. In a press release for a limited edition IS250x Roca is quoted as expressing excitement about upcoming models including "the V8-powered IS-F and potentially, an IS coupe in the future." It will be interesting to see what Toyota has on their stand at the Tokyo Motor Show in October.

[Source: DieselStation.com]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Promised for the longest time now. Will believe it when I see it. If it's priced decent, I'll hit it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      wouldn't it not be an IS, but something-C.Sedans are S's, Coupes are C's, and SUV's are X's right?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The coupe should only be offered as an IS350 and priced above the sedan version of the IS350. BMW and Mercedes have been very successful in charging a few grand extra for the coupe, as coupes are often purchased as pet cars, rather than for utilitarian transportation. Mercedes has been doing this for years--take some C-class bits, make a coupe body that resembles an E-class, price it slightly below the E-class and...enter the CLK! I've read that M-B makes a huge profit margin on the CLK. Perhaps Lexus should also offer an IS430 in coupe form only.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Oh...Audi is also using this marketing model with the A4 and A5.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is a low quality photoshop done by a child. Please don't post such crappy impressions!
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is what I have been wanting from Lexus--a nicely styled IS coupe. The IS sedan is beautiful, and the 350 offers genuine power. Even just an IS250 coupe with AWD would leave me pleased.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i hope they differentiate it a lot from the sedan

      sedan is too bland and cost more than the G35 so no reasuon to go to Lexus
        • 7 Years Ago
        Not true. The Lexus is rides better, is a little smaller (if you like that--I do), is better-balanced (in IS250 form) and has a nicer interior.

        I would have taken the original IS300 over the original G35 in a heartbeat. This generation's difference is a little smaller, but I still like the IS over the G. Maybe it's a personal thing.

        I do wish Lexus had seen fit to infuse the IS with a little more "bad boy" than they did. The original IS was great that way--it was more raw than the 3-Series, and at the same time more trustworthy (in the the "it wont leave you with a $4000 repair bill" sense of the word), but it wasn't as muscle-car-crude as the G was. But the auto scribes complained about the lack of refinement and, as such, we have the current IS, which is nice for sure, but not the black sheep it was.

        I think Lexus (and Acura, back in the Integra Type-R days) had a real chance at wounding BMW's dominance. The 3-Series was definitely going softer: both the IS and ITR could have tried a further-to-left-field strategy and out-sported BMW, but for some reason they went the other way. It's a real puzzler in Lexus' case as they already have the ES for people who want a cruiser--they could easily have made the IS sportier without losing buyers who probably would have opted for the ES anyway.
      • 7 Years Ago
      the is350 is a great car. but i would pick the bmw 335i.

      the bimmer steering is tighter, suspension stiffer, and overall feels more solid and direct.

      not sure about the g35, i havent driven one of those on a track, yet.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I used to drive a BMW 325 and then a 328.

      While admittedly a bit more exciting in the handling department, the Bimmer had problems all the time. It wouldn't cool, it wouldn't heat. Meaning I fried in the summer and froze in the winter.

      Plus, the seating was not nearly as refined as the Lexus.

      Sure, if you want a pure sport sedan, go with the Bimmer.

      You'll have a rougher ride, throatier exhaust and pricey repairs after the warranty.

      I lease now, but bought my first 2 Bimmers. The last one cost me $9,000 in a single year for new brakes, new shocks/struts. and work on the AC which didn't help in the end.

      The IS is a no-brainer. I will absolutely buy another one. Likely the "F" when it comes out.

      • 7 Years Ago
      A wagon or hatch would be nice for people who want something more practical than the IS sedan, but not nearly as stodgy or expensive as the RX.

      I miss the old IS300 SC. Heck, I miss the old IS300 period. It was a little spartan, but it'd be reasonable to argue it was a sportier offering.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The old SC300/400 was amazing, too. It was like a Supra with an excellent interior for not much more money.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They really need a manual transmission in this car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I've driven the is250 stick...very quick and nimble. I'd take one over the is350 any day of the week.
      • 7 Years Ago
      2 door IS = new Solara. Bring it on. Toyota made a hit with the 1 - 1.5 gen Solara, very beautiful car (basically a SC with a Toyota badge). But the 2nd gen was ugly. Lets hope Toyota doesn't mess this up. It hasn't had the best luck now a days (Tundra problems, some quality issues.. etc..)

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        • 7 Years Ago
        You have no idea what you're talking about. Just because the Solara was designed after the SC, It does not share 1 mechanical piece of to the SC. The SC is based of the MKIV Supra chassis, that is why almost all parts, Engine, Suspension, Drivetrain are swappable.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The SC is so ugly, though... It is also RWD and is entirely unrelated to the Solara.
        • 7 Years Ago
        ummm...the solara is fwd, slow and hardly sporting. Hence, A 2dr IS != new solara
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