• Nov 30, 2010
If, like us, you've been racking your brain to figure out how Toyota is possibly going to be able to offer the FT-86 anywhere near its price target, Road & Track may have part of the answer for you. The magazine is reporting that the next-generation Lexus IS will ride on a stretched version of the low-dollar coupe's platform, allowing Toyota to spread the development costs between the two models. With the production version of the FT-86 due in dealerships in 2012, the IS is expected to bow shortly thereafter in 2013.
Of course, this also helps explain some of the IS Coupe rumors we've been hearing recently, too.

An added nugget of goodness in this news is that the next-generation IS may be a sharper car in every way thanks to its shared bloodline with the sporty FT-86. Toyota head honcho Akio Toyoda has already made it clear that he would like to see his company's products return to their sporty roots, and as a result, the new IS should be quite a bit more athletic than its predecessor. Don't expect to see the Subaru-sourced flat four in the nose of the Lexus, though. Chances are the four-door will still get its power from derivatives of the four- and six-cylinder options currently available.

[Source: Road & Track]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      What about a IS SportWagon?
      • 4 Years Ago
      here I thought the FT86 was already being sold...they just call it the Hyundai Genesis Coupe
        • 4 Years Ago
        Are you mad? As much as I want to love the Genesis coupe, it is at least 500lbs overweight to be an FT-86.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Have you seen FT-86 weight? I didn't know it was public knowledge. But if they plan to use the same platform on a 4-door, they will have a hard time keeping it 500lbs less than the Gen. Coupe. I hope you're right, but time will tell. If they can keep 500 less than a Gen Coupe, I'll do a backflip and grab my checkbook.

        That's the problem with a multi-model platform, the little guy always carries some extra weight (just ask the 350Z)
      • 4 Years Ago
      If Lexus used a stretched FT-86 platform for the IS, would also using it for a new Supra be an option?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm good with whatever it takes to get the FT-86 to market at a reasonable price.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wish they made a diesel here. 40mpg is that for real?

        Why even waste money on a hybrid? Extra weight and battery replacement sales?


        • 4 Years Ago
        "Chances are the four-door will still get its power from derivatives of the four- and six-cylinder options currently available."

        Both the IS250 and IS350 have v6 engines.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I thought the IS currently rode on a shortened GS platform. So they are taking it to what is basically a modded Legacy platform? Seems like they are dumbing down the IS. That doesn't bode well for the GS as it doesn't sell very well to have its own platform, unless it gets moved to a shortened LS chassis.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In the US. Overseas has a few 4 cylinder options including a diesel...
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Chances are the four-door will still get its power from derivatives of the four- and six-cylinder options currently available."

      The current IS doesn't have a 4 cylinder option, A 2.5 and 3.5 v6 rather.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In Europe it has a four-pot diesel.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Zach is still a AB-noob. He's learning. Go easy on him.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Road & Track really knows their vehicles!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The current IS already has rear seat space issues, and In fact is probably also done (and on the next gen GS platform) seeing that it should debut for MY2012.

      If anything, maybe Lexus will finally do a SLK class roadster using the FT-86 platform, but upsizing it to properly seat 5 people, deal with the torque from the V6 in the nose.... not likely.... No, dare I say, not gonna happen.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The original is200/300 were the same, tiny back seats. The rear seats were so small that most insurance companies considered them coupes, like a mustang or 911. The priority was always the front 2 drivers, great car for 2 people.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Waiting for Subaru version....
      • 4 Years Ago
      As always I’ll believe it when I see it. Toyota has been synonymous with vanilla and bland for so long it’s going to take a long time for enthusiasts to come to the brand. That’s assuming they make something sporting that doesn’t cost 300-400 thousand dollars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      An IS overhaul is 5 years overdue.....i'm not even sure how people are still buying this thing
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome, Awesome Awesome. Awesome. Awesome Awesome AWesome.

      AWesome.

      That is all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Through in Subaru's Flat-6 and a couple turbos in a RWD package (which Subie won't do) and you have a winner.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can we see a production-ready FT-86 first?

      That will be the 2+2 coupe competition to the likes of Miata, likely.

      I thought IS was supposed to be a shortened version of the upcoming GS re-design.

      Frankly, I think it should be a 2+2 GT coupe and convertible-hardtop version of the GS, which fills the RWD/AWD sedan role.

      If the FT-86 chassis makes Subaru AWD non-viable on a car with other Subaru hardware in it, which is entirely likely, I doubt a larger version would have a Lexus AWD variant, where GS likely will keep an AWD version on the table.

      IS needs to be solid, yet not hugely heavy... I wonder if basing it on a platform that is built to a much lower price-point in the FT-86 variant... if it will pass muster compared to other entry-lux, GT, and sport-lux competition.

      Personally, a car with a fairly straightforward style like the current IS, with a sleeker roofline and tail panel, perhaps like the roofline of the LF-A coupe, and a tail panel like the LF-A concept cars (which were oddly much smoother and better developed than the LF-A $$$$$$$ production car...)

      That might be pretty nice.

      If Toyota wants to add mixed port and direct fuel injection, and their valvematic variable valve-lift system to the heads of the EZ36 Subaru flat 6 engine, and put a RWD dual-clutch automated gearbox behind it that can handle what that sort of engine, tuned to it's potential, is capable of putting out (as much or more than the other 3.5-4.0 high-feature V6s and Porsches's main-line 3.4-3.6 flat 6 engines, similarly configured...)

      I would certainly give it some attention, if Lexus wants to put that under the hood of the next IS, as a 2+2 GT coupe.

      As long as it isn't so under-developed in the outward appearance department as the LF-A seems to be. It is powerfully ugly for nearly half a million bucks.
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