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Click above for high-res gallery of the Lexus IS 250 Sports Concept

At the ongoing Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, the same show where Australian sportscar-maker Elfin took the wraps off its new Type 5 Clubman, Lexus unveiled a new version of its IS 250 sports sedan called the Sports Concept.

So what, you ask is the Lexus IS 250 Sports Concept? Think of it as IS F-light, but not quite as light on substance as appearance packages from its German rivals (think Audi S-line or Mercedes AMG sport packages). The show car has been outfitted with 19" wheels hiding cross-drilled two-piece rotors clamped by six-pot calipers up front and four-pots in the rear, painted trademark Lexus F blue. It also sports Billstein shocks and springs; sway bars and chassis braces; an enlarged air intake and cat-back exhaust; a new clutch and short-shift kit; a carbon fiber engine cover and an assortment of spoilers and skirts.

In short, what we're looking at is an IS F, only without the 5-liter V8. The revised breathing systems squeeze out a modest 1.5 percent increase in output from the 2.5-liter V6 for a total of about 213hp. The add-ons are currently being considered for the Australian market, but we're sure there are plenty of fans of the IS F on this side of the globe who don't need to hit 60 in the fours and wouldn't mind a more affordable alternative given the current economic climate.


[Source: Lexus]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Lexus' design is boring. That front really is boring as hell.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Boring as hell. Hella boring. Hell and the word boring just don't work together. Its like saying "sorta righteous" or "kinda glorious"... Can't combine an extreme metaphor with a so-so adjective.
      Kumail
      • 6 Years Ago
      honestly, i like it
      • 6 Years Ago
      the rims are terrible
      • 6 Years Ago
      Worst part is the rear door.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I drove this car at a Lexus Driving School this summer. My fastest time of the day at the autocross portion was in this car with a 6mtx. It drove way better than the stock IS250 and handled better than the ISF, mainly because it didn't have that heavy engine hanging over its front axle. It's still not worth $36,000 for 190ish hp, though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My understanding is that extremities only include words that can substituted for the word "very" and another adjective. Example "very big" could be replaced with "huge". One can be "very bored" or "very excited", but saying "very huge" would be redundant. One can be "very important' but one would not necessarily say "very essential". By your definition bad, good, small, large can be all extremities. But you are right "As hell" is a simile
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice but those brakes are way over kill for a weak motor like that. Again, just my opinion. Give it 250HP with a 6 speed tranny and i might consider it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is just lexus throwing a bone to the Sydney motorshow which once again sucks. Not many manufactures do unveilings at Australian motorshows and if they do it's usually the Melbourne show.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's like BMW 320d with sport package and ///M badges all around: it looks sporty but it goes lazy.
      I prefer opposite way. Exapmle: BMW 540i without any spoilers, on basic whells and with badge 520d on back. :-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Only 213hp from a 2.5l V6!?!? Is that right? I get (unofficially) 243hp from a chipped 2.0l turbo.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What's the issue? The base 2.0T gets ~200 hp. I could say that "mitsubishi gets near 300hp out of a stock 2.0 L turbo!"

        Neither of those two engines feel as smooth as the Lexus. Keep in mind who Lexus is selling to. It is not the same brand of people who chip their A4. They know who buys their cars. There's a reason they are the most profitable automaker in the US.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice, but a little rice. let's hope it can hold its own against comparable BMWs and MBs in a race, although Lexus can always lean on its quality and comfort to be its saving grace...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmmm, looks like it would have a functional visible exhaust, which is an improvement over the quad-exhaust fake-a-roo that the IS-F has.

      fyi: I walk past one in my work garage everday, and I almost laugh when I look through those 4 chromed exhaust "ports" to see asphalt beyond the plastic. Mmmmmm, rice.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exhausts in the bumper are impossible unless your bumper is made of stainless steel. So either you like the look or your get rid of it and put a real tail pipe below the bumper.
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