A new IS 500 on the horizon

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    A new IS 500 on the horizon

    Detroit Show: Lexus to Show IS Cabrio/Coupe Concept in Motown

    Date Posted 11-22-2005

    TOKYO — Lexus is ready to spring the next development in the compact IS story, according to sources in Japan.

    North America has already welcomed the impressive new 2006 IS 250 and IS 350 sport sedans. But at January's Detroit show, Lexus will unveil a concept teaser pointing to a sleek and different new IS coupe/cabrio, sources say.

    A successor to the U.S.-designed LF-C concept displayed at the 2004 New York Auto Show, the Detroit 2006 IS concept is much closer to production, it's said, and points to what will be appearing in U.S. showrooms in August 2007.

    Complete with power-operated top, the Detroit car reportedly packs a 5.0-liter V8 with 450-hp output. This will be a bored-out version of the 4.6-liter V8 from the new Lexus LS 460 premier sedan, which will have its official production launch at Detroit. Lexus is also tipped to be readying an IS 500 sedan to target the likes of the Mercedes C55 AMG and BMW M3.

    Full story here: http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do...ticleId=108126

    sounds awesome! hope it sees light of day!

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    Re: A new IS 500 on the horizon

    Well, I guess GM's gonna have to stick the LS7 in the CTS-V and hose the highway with the Lexus.
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    Re: A new IS 500 on the horizon

    I just hope Lexus makes a coupe version of the IS250. If it is as awe inspiring as the IS sedan only in coupe form, then I think I found my next new car.

    The 450 hp 5.0 IS with a manual could very well lay claim to being one of the best sport sedans out there. Lexus is already there with the interior, top-notch quality, luxury equipment, and style. Now, it just needs improved road feel and even more kick butt acceleration from a V-8. We'll see what Lexus does.

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    Re: A new IS 500 on the horizon

    This should be ringing alarms over at Cadillac. The next CTS needs to be a full range to be equipped to take on the BMW 3 series and the Lexus IS series.
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