• Apr 24, 2008
The image above is only a rendering we found on the interweb

We've been hearing about a possible Lexus IS coupe for what seems like eons, and by most accounts, it's likely to hit the streets sometime around the turn of the decade. A convertible is supposedly in the works too, but until now, there's been limited proof that Lexus was planning to offer the two-door version of its entry-level sedan. However, the crew at my.is has been scouring U.S. and Canadian trademark applications and has come up with three new filings from Toyota's luxury division that could mean Lexus is at least considering bringing the IS coupe to market.

The trademarks include alphanumeric names with a "C" affixed to the end, including the IS250C, IS300C and IS350C. "C" could mean a couple of things, but the smart money is on "Coupe." It's also telling that Lexus' lawyers have trademarked the IS300C designation, since there's nothing to slot in between the current entry-level IS250 and the markedly more powerful IS350. There's no filing for an IS-FC, but if Lexus finally decides to provide the coupe people crave and do serious battle with the BMW M3, it's just a matter of time before we see some derivation of that name pop up in the trademark office.

[Source: my.is, Photo: Unknown Source]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      why does that photochop look eerily like an 80's BMW 635?

      I think it is the soft line on the rear quarter window and the silver paint.

      IC350 sounds like a more apt name, to me. not that I care that much.

      I would so buy a G37 over an IS-based coupe, anyway. Maybe if there is an -F model with the V8, Infiniti will build the G50 with FX50's VVEL V8...
      • 6 Years Ago
      So let me get this straight the "S" at the end of the two letter Lexus vehicle name means "sedan" and a "C" means "coupe". Now the "IS Coupe" would be the IS ### C. Well, that's annoying.
        • 6 Years Ago
        To the best of my knowledge, IS always stood for intelligent sport. On the older model it was cuz of all the electronic crap and vvt-i, where 'i' stood for intelligent as well. so this is an intelligent sport coupe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ooh - what a cute car. I want one!
      • 6 Years Ago
      O and I forgot anything about a patent for a manual tranny?
        • 6 Years Ago
        You can a manual on 3-series, 1-series, A4, A3, G35, C-Class, 350Z, Altima coupe, TSX, TL, Accord coupe, G8. That is every car I can think of that may be considered or in the same class as or crossed shopped with the IS, and EVERY ONE offers a manual.

        Now do you seriously expect us to believe that COST is the reason that Lexus doesn't want to play with the real sport-sedan or sport-coupe market?

        IMHO it's because Lexus has taken Cadillac's place as the transportation of choice for "over 60" crowd and Toyota in general hasn't had a real "sport" model for years.

        There's nothing wrong with being the "appliance" manufacturer as obviously a lot of people want exactly that, but DON'T expect us to believe that they didn't put a manual in the car because of cost. It's because Toyota *doesn't do sport.*
        • 6 Years Ago
        until lexus starts thinking of manual transmission buyers as something other than 'too poor to afford an automatic', manual transmission buyers will continue to return the favor and think of lexus as 'camry + leather'
        • 6 Years Ago
        Forget the manual, what about the 8 speed automatic?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Have they trademarked the "Lexus IS-BORING" name, or is that just implied on every vehicle they make?

      I kid, I kid...would be nice to see an IS coupe. Better late than never I guess.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The 4-door IS already looks great with its large bonnet. I have really high hopes for the looks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "It's also telling that Lexus' lawyers have patented the IS300C designation, since there's nothing to slot in between the current entry-level IS250 and the markedly more powerful IS350"

      That's wrong... The IS300 still exists, it's actually the new bodystyle on the 3GR-FE 3.0L V6, meant for countries where Premium gas is largely unavailable and the new direct injection V6 platform isn't a fit.

      Look it up:
      http://en.lexus.com.cn/lexus_cars/is_new/is300/index.asp


        • 6 Years Ago
        To Nicolas St-Pierre: You are, of course, correct. In fact, when you read my original article, you'll note that a passage that reads: "...the filing of an IS300C trademark increases the likelihood that Lexus has answered our prayers and decided to build a 3GR-FSE-powered 2nd-generation IS300 for North America..." links to this article:
        http://my.is/forums/f41/what-should-lexus-build-2nd-generation-is300-rest-world-321143/

        As noted in the latter article, though, the lack of direct injection for the 2nd-generation IS300 in certain markets is not due to unavailability of premium fuel, but is, instead, an issue too much sulfur in their gasoline. For more on this:
        http://www.roadandtrack.com/article.asp?section_id=18&article_id=6577

        Oh, and thank you, Autoblog and Damon, for picking up on our story.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry, we're being too U.S.-focused.

        To everyone else that caught my gaff about patents vs. trademarks: it's been corrected. Thanks for pointing it out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Two things:

      1) IS300C could be problematic due to the Chrysler 300C already existing.

      2) If anyone ever wondered how a RWD Scion would look, well, there it is.
      • 6 Years Ago
      To Nicolas St-Pierre: You are, of course, correct. In fact, when you
      read my original article, you'll note that a passage that reads:
      "...the filing of an IS300C trademark increases the likelihood that
      Lexus has answered our prayers and decided to build a 3GR-FSE-powered
      2nd-generation IS300 for North America..." links to this article:
      http://my.is/forums/f41/what-should-lexus-build-2nd-generation-is300-rest-world-321143/

      As noted in the latter article, though, the lack of direct injection
      for the 2nd-generation IS300 in certain markets is not due to
      unavailability of premium fuel, but is, instead, an issue too much
      sulfur in their gasoline. For more on this:
      http://www.roadandtrack.com/article.asp?section_id=18&article_id=6577

      Oh, and thank you, Autoblog and Damon, for picking up on our story
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