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      07-13-2006, 10:54 AM   #1
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Lexus IS 500 (M3 fighter) spied ??

http://blogs.edmunds.com/Straightline/1242
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      07-13-2006, 11:16 AM   #2
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look at the tail pipe
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      07-13-2006, 11:24 AM   #3
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yeah... those are some of the worst tail pipes I have ever seen...
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      07-13-2006, 11:31 AM   #4
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They're running out of ideas. These are much worst than Porsche's funky "overlapping" pipes.
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      07-13-2006, 11:57 AM   #5
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its just a test mule. an IS500 w/ a V8 and no VDIM and a true manual...the car wouls be pretty BAMF.
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      07-13-2006, 12:03 PM   #6
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Oh man. Lexus powered 5.0 liter presumably?

That thing is gonna haul a55. Comfortably!

Serious competition if it is released me thinx...
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      07-13-2006, 12:17 PM   #7
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They can pack all the HP they want in it... it needs to improve its handling...
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      07-13-2006, 12:19 PM   #8
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Its gonna be competition yeah, but not for performance reasons. I dont particularly like Lexus V-8 engines. They usually dont add up to other manufactuers. It is still gonna be fast, yes, but coming close to the new M3, doubt it.
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      07-13-2006, 01:14 PM   #9
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Not bad, not a big fan of the Gold rims though, then again it's a prototype so anything goes
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I dont particularly like Lexus V-8 engines. They usually dont add up to other manufactuers.
Lexus V8 = Toyota V8 = vast racing experience (F1, JGTC...)

Toyota may not be a good sports car maker, but they are definitely a good engine builder.
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      07-13-2006, 01:21 PM   #11
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I liked the IS300, too bad they messed it up. Who cares how fast it is if it only goes in a straight line and isn't fun to drive.
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Alot of their V-8s lack power and horses in comparison to other companies. for example take the GS430 in comparison to the M45, E500 and 550i. It is very much slower and lacks power compared to the rest. But I give it to them, if any company can make it happen, its Toyota. They do have a new 4.6L V-8 that should really put them back where they belong in power comparisons.
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      07-13-2006, 01:25 PM   #13
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oh wait, the new m3 is also gonna be v8 right? if its not, I think this lexus may take it.
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Those tailpipes are just stupid.

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Who cares how fast it is if it only goes in a straight line and isn't fun to drive.

Very good point.
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yeah... those are some of the worst tail pipes I have ever seen...
actually i kinda like it..if the tail pipes are joined into one single large pipe on each side..gonna look nice i think
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actually i kinda like it..if the tail pipes are joined into one single large pipe on each side..gonna look nice i think

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That car does not need cannons for exhausts
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      07-13-2006, 03:33 PM   #17
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I've been told by a few IS350 owners that when you turn off VDIM (traction control systems) the car becomes a whole different animal. They say the chassis dynamics are excellent. And this is coming from an avid autocrosser/track racer.

Lexus said their goal with VDIM was to make a system that was very transparent. I think they did their jobs too well, because now it's so transparent, that when the car doesn't handle well, people can't tell it's the electronic nannies that are causing it, and they think it's a crappy chassis.

Lexus is listening though, and they are now including a VDIM off button in the 2007 model year cars. It will be interesting to see auto journalists revisit the car with the VDIM defeated.

But if Lexus is stupid enough to release this kind of car without a proper manual transmission, then there's no hope for them.
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But if Lexus is stupid enough to release this kind of car without a proper manual transmission, then there's no hope for them.
I'm pretty curious why Lexus only offers the manual 6-speed on the IS250 and not the IS350...if the IS350 continues to lack the 6-speed I doubt the IS500 will be offerred a 6-speed manual tranny.
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      07-13-2006, 03:52 PM   #19
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ha ha those pipes look like eyes of an alien from a bad cartoon
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      07-13-2006, 03:58 PM   #20
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I wonder if all the people who talk smack about Lexus IS handeling have ever driven one.
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      07-13-2006, 04:08 PM   #21
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I've driven the IS350......that shit is wicked FAST!!!!

and SMOOOOOOTH!
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lexus should stick 2 lexury, having a V8 powered sports sedan isnt that easy

+1 for the ugly tail pipes
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