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#15809 of 16274 Re: August Sales [anythngbutgm]
Sep 10, 2012 (7:43 am)
Last time I went to Summit Point raceway I sat and watched those race around, pretty much doing circles around cars twice their size (weight, more accurately).
#15813 of 16274 Re: Lexus concept previews IS [ateixeira]
Sep 27, 2012 (9:48 am)
That rear won't make it, nor the front end detailing that's a mix of 61 Plymouth and Alien gaping maw. It's unique anyway, different for the sake of it.
How much longer can the current IS live? I think it dates back to the middle of the Grover Cleveland administration.
#15814 of 16274 Re: Lexus concept previews IS [fintail]
Sep 27, 2012 (12:17 pm)
It has too many sharp edges everywhere, but most of those won't make production.
Interesting that they made it a coupe. Wonder if they'll do an IS coupe?
Also, the gauges remind me of the original's chronographic display.
They say it's a 2.5l DI 4 cylinder + electric hybrid, so not the current 2.5l V6 DI engine, which is their most trouble-prone engine (carbon build-up in the intake).
#15815 of 16274 Re: Lexus concept previews IS [ateixeira]
Sep 27, 2012 (1:38 pm)
Seeing as the IS cabrio sells fairly low volumes, I don't know. But then again, C coupe and 1er/3er coupe are successful, so maybe.
I can't imagine all will be hybrid.
#15816 of 16274 Re: Lexus concept previews IS [fintail]
Sep 27, 2012 (1:42 pm)
Lexus did sorta promise a hybrid variant of each model, so we may indeed see an IS hybrid.
You get conflicting requirements, though, when you engineer a platform for a hybrid. I think the CT and ES are more than enough to fill that role.
Do an IS and IS coupe. Cabrio maybe later, or not at all.
#15817 of 16274 Re: Lexus concept previews IS [ateixeira]
Sep 27, 2012 (6:58 pm)
I don't know if a hybrid of everything is a good idea. LS hybrid was an epic fail. The platforms certainly don't seem to work well with driver engagement.
I bet we will see an IS coupe. Join in with the competition.
#15818 of 16274 Re: Lexus concept previews IS [fintail]
Sep 28, 2012 (7:40 am)
I dunno, Toy/Lex has this hybrid halo over the brand, from a brand perception stand point it could have value.
Doesn't mean we'll like it, though.