The History of Lexus Is250

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LEXUS IS250C/350C

The History Of Lexus Is250

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The Lexus IS is a series of entry-level cars / compact executive sold by Lexus since The IS was introduced as an entry-level sport slotted below the ES in the Lexus (and outside of North the Lexus GS). The IS was originally under the Toyota Altezza word altezza is Italian for nameplate in Japan until the of the second generation Lexus IS The Altezza name is still at times to depict chromed car like those fitted to the generation model, known as lights’ or ‘Lexus-style’ lights.

The generation Altezza (codename was launched in Japan in October while the Lexus IS200 made its debut in Europe in and in North America as the IS300 in The first generation, straight-6-powered IS sedan and wagon variants. The generation IS (GSE20) was launched in 2006 with V6-powered IS 250 and IS 350 models. A high-performance V8 sedan the IS F, premiered in 2007. Hardtop versions, the IS 250 C and IS 350 C, debuted in 2008. to Lexus, the IS designation stands for Sport.

Produced as a direct to the luxury sport sedans of the European luxury marques, the was designed with a greater emphasis than typically on prior Japanese luxury The design received critical at its 1998 launch, and was awarded Car of the Year honor for 1998-1999. A later, Lexus began the IS equivalent models in Europe, and the IS in the U.S. as a 2001 model.

The came in 3 variants:

The AS200 code TA-SXE-10, sedan or FR Gita wagon, TA-GXE-15, 4WD wagon), powered by a 1G-FE engine generating 160PS JIS or 155PS DIN (114kW) and mated to a manual transmission (4–speed optional)

The RS200 (Chassis GH-SXE-10, sedan) powered by a tuned 3S-GE inline-4 generating 210PS JIS (154kW) and to a 6–speed transmission (5–speed optional)

The AS300 (Chassis TA-JCE-10 FR Gita Wagon, or 4WD Gita wagon) powered by a inline-6 engine generating JIS (162kW) or 215hp SAE (160kW) and to only a 5–speed automatic for the FR Wagon or a 4–speed automatic for the 4WD Wagon.

Lexus IS vehicles in North America, as well as the hatchback/station wagon version the Gita (called Lexus IS in the U.S. and Europe) were available in the 3.0 liter 6-cylinder (2JZ-GE). In the U.S. market, fell below expectations; hitting a high of 22,486 in 2001, IS sales dropped the 10,000-unit mark in 2004. The fared better relative to targets in Europe and Asia, still well short of the volume achieved by the Mercedes-Benz and other, mostly German-made This trend was indicative of smaller global status; Lexus’ range of cars is successful in North America, the sales still lag behind its rivals in Europe. In Europe the IS 300 was available with the 5-speed transmission; the lack of a manual option may have limited in contrast to its rivals, the BMW 3-Series and the C-Class.

The IS 200/300 interior featured elements not typically found in Lexus models. These a chrome metal ball pop-up navigation screen, and instrument panel (with gauges for temperature, fuel and volts). The styling cues of the light clusters on the first Lexus IS were copied by a of after-market accessory manufacturers for on other vehicles. This style of one or more internal units, covered with a (or tinted) perspex cover popular by Lexus, became in many circles as ‘Lexus-style’ or lights’.

Visually the exterior of the IS 200 Sport and 300 saloon were identical, the only differences the boot insignia and the larger model having clear indicators. Inside the IS 300 gained leather seats rather the leather/ecsaine of the 200, plus rear view and side plus HID headlamps.

The United Environmental Protection Agency‎ the first generation IS as a subcompact Although it technically had enough volume to be called a compact, seat room exhibited dimensions.

The engineering work was led by Katayama, who was responsible for the AE86

Tuning

The 2JZ-GE powered IS are popular amongst tuners in the because of their 6-cylinder The Altezza is mostly popular tuners not only because of its engine swap for the previous Toyota Supra’s 2JZ-GTE but as it is viewed as the successor to the AE86. versions of the 2JZ-GTE have seen with over 750 kW

In Japan, the RS200 has a wide of tuning parts, the engine is similar to the last of the SW20 MR2 and Celica but offers an upgraded VVT-i. As a result, a number of companies have modified the over the years.

TTE converted an first, and within a few years RMM in the US an IS300. The MillenWorks-built Lexus was unveiled at the 2003 SEMA in Las Vegas, Nevada. The IS430 is an IS300 fitted with a V8 from the Lexus GS. Lexus the IS430 a one-off with no for production. In Europe, Toyota Europe (TTE) shoehorned a 4.3L V8 into an IS300 the result is a 405PS (298kW) ECE capable of accelerating from in 4.5 seconds. TTE also produced an supercharger kit for the IS200, raising the output to 204PS (150kW) ECE .

At the mean time, a number of tuning firms, HKS, Top Secret, Sard, Power including Toyota’s own TRD, to develop plenty of performance typically from super turbo chargers, and even throttle bodies, and sometimes car conversions.

The RS200 is also by many racing teams, TRD (Toyota Racing Development), to in various touring car racing across Asia. A Lexus based on a heavily modified has also raced in the British Car Championship.

The IS was completely redesigned for the model year and was introduced in the of 2005. The Toyota Altezza ceased to be used with the of the Lexus name in Japan. A car of the second generation IS model was in the 2005 Geneva Auto The slow-selling SportCross station version was dropped from the worldwide.

The new IS was the second debut of new L-finesse design philosophy on a vehicle, following the premiere of the Lexus GS performance sedan. The new IS featured sleeker, coupe-like a fastback profile, and a repeated motif in the front fascia and windows. The forward design was of the earlier Lexus LF-C concept. The second generation IS its North American debut at the New York International Auto

For Japan, the United States and three IS models are sold by

IS250 — 2.5L V6, (153kW), rear wheel

IS250 AWD — 2.5L V6 with all wheel drive, (153kW)

IS350 — 2GR-FSE V6, 306hp (228kW), wheel drive

In parts of two IS models are sold by Lexus:

— 2.5L V6, 204hp rear wheel drive

— 2.2L Inline-4, (130kW), diesel engine, wheel drive, manual only

The IS250 is available in New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore, Kong, Chile (Automatic Taiwan, South Africa and Korea. For China, Brunei, and Middle East markets, one the IS300, with a 3.0L V6 engine (without gasoline injection), 228hp (170kW), and wheel drive, is sold. The IS 220d is only available in

The IS250 RWD comes standard a 6–speed manual transmission, and a automatic transmission is available as an The IS250 AWD, the IS300, and the are only available with the automatic.

Compared to the first IS model, the second generation IS offer a more typical interior with a focus on accoutrements. The interior features seats, lightsaber-like electroluminescent display lighting, and the choice of or Bird’s Eye Maple wood Lexus SmartAccess keyless with push-button start is a feature. A high-resolution touchscreen system, Bluetooth, a backup and a Mark Levinson premium system with 14 speakers are options. Other available include a moonroof, power sunshade, and parking sensors. A system is the first offered in the performance sedan market

The IS350’s performance was praised in the 2007 Road Track luxury sports sedan in which the IS took first and clocked a 0-60 mph time of 4.9 and a 1/4 mile (

400 m) time of 13.5 at 103.1mph (165.9km/h). Citing testing by auto research AMCI, Lexus highlighted the acceleration as the fastest in its class. say this marks Lexus’ foray into the sport market that compares well with its German However, prevailing criticisms are its steering is not as communicative as that of the BMW 3 the rear seat legroom improved over the first is still tight, and that the IS350 is only offered an automatic transmission. In response to regarding the lack of a stability/traction disable switch on 2006 IS Lexus added a VDIM/VSC off for the 2007 model year.

For IS models, the stability control control system can be disabled non-conventional methods by using a during engine start. involves starting the car with the brake engaged, releasing the brake, pushing the brake twice, holding it on the second engaging the parking brake holding it on the second, and repeating the vehicle traction light on the dash. This will disable the system until the car is off.

In the 2007 IS models, in to the on/off switch for the traction-control Lexus added a roof-mounted antenna. A new X-Package added a tuned suspension, special alloy five-spoke wheels, scuff plates, and a front lip

The introduction of the second generation IS marked a resurgence in sales, a 332% increase overall in compared to the previous year. In its year of sales, the IS sold 49,000 units, making it one of the ten luxury cars in the U.S. the Lexus IS spearheaded Lexus’ sales efforts in Europe, and South Africa, becoming the model in Lexus’ lineup in of the aforementioned markets.

IS F

Main article: Lexus IS F

On 6 2006, Lexus officially the existence of a high-performance variant of the generation IS which they IS F in a press release. The IS F sedan at the 2007 North American Auto Show on 8 January as the launch product of Lexus’ F lineup of performance-focused vehicles. The features a 5.0L direct-injected V8 416 SAEhp (423PS, 311kW) at while peak torque is (503N·m) at 5,200 rpm. The also features a two-stage system, engine oil and transmission coolers and an oil pump designed for cornering. Images were a couple of hours before the announcement.

The specifications upon are as follows: starting price is USD, 5.0L V8 engine, (310kW) at 6,600 rpm, (503N·m) torque at 5,200 0-60mph (97km/h) in 4.3 seconds and a seconds at 113.4mph (182.5km/h) in the and a top speed of 170mph (270km/h) limited). According to a test by Trend, the IS F recorded a 331hp 336PS) and 276pound-feet (374N·m) of on a DynoJet dynamometer.

The debut of the performance variant of the IS was preceded by spy of prototype testing in Germany and along with other Lexus test vehicles. The generation IS430 prototype was indicative of future possibilities for the IS including the likelihood that a generation high-performance IS model come equipped with a V8 It was also rumored that would be a coupe and a convertible for a 2009 model, as well as a version of the V8-powered IS.

The chief of the second generation IS was Suguya a rally driver, while the IS F was led by Yukihiko Yaguchi, who worked on the Supra.

IS 250 C/350 C

On 2 October Lexus debuted a hardtop version of the Lexus IS, the IS 250 C (2010-), at the Mondial de l’Automobile 2008 Auto Show). A more IS 350 C version was also reported, engine specifications analogous to on the sedan models. The IS convertible a three-piece hardtop that can in 21 seconds. The IS 250 C and IS 350 C will be offered a six-speed automatic, while the IS 250 C also offer a manual The IS 250 C is scheduled to go on sale in Europe in with IS convertible sales for America targeted for fall as a 2010 model.

Safety

The Lexus IS features dual front side driver’s knee airbag, front and rear head airbags, and standard front torso airbags.

The Insurance for Highway Safety gives the IS a Good overall score for front and side impact and also ranks the IS Good in all measured categories in the front and impact crash tests.

LEXUS IS250C/350C

The second generation IS already has a of tuning parts from Japanese tuning companies. the new IS has only been on the market for a period of time, there are a number of body kits for it, the high demand for aftermarket parts. In 2007, the Japanese aftermarket tuning firm a modified IS 350 with a revised new air filter, modified exhaust, and available performance enhancements from suspension to brakes. are currently no compatible turbochargers for the Superchargers however, are available by LMS, and TOM’S producing to 400horsepower (300kW) or more. The release of the 2008 Lexus IS F feature the debut of the first racing modifications to the second IS design. In 2007, Lexus a Project Vehicle Program for year’s SEMA show, around the high-performance IS F model. invited SEMA manufacturer to submit their project vehicles for its show exhibition. It was the time that the manufacturer had a presence at the aftermarket convention. At the SEMA show, Lexus launched a line of F-Sport and accessories for the IS 250/350.

J.D. and Associates named the second IS250/IS350 sedans the best in the entry luxury class in its Initial Quality Survey.

Power and Associates named the generation IS300 sedan and SportCross the best vehicles in the luxury class in its 2005 Quality Survey.

Ward’s bestowed the IS350 V6 engine one of its 10 Best Engines awards in The IS350 V6 engine was also to the Ward’s 10 Best Engines in 2007.

The 2007 Lexus IS was the of the Intellichoice/AutoPacific Motorist Choice for Aspirational Luxury Cars, to the vehicle owners most in the luxury segment.

The Lexus IS was the winner of the 2007 IF product award from the International Design group in Hannover,

The 2007 Lexus IS was the winner of the Steering Wheel Award in the category, according to German Bild am Sonntag. This selected by a jury panel of 25 experts, was presented to Lexus in a ceremony.

British automotive magazine Top named the Lexus IS as the Executive Car of the in 2006.


The Canadian Car of the Year selected by the Automobile Journalists of Canada, gave the IS350 its New Technology award in 2006.

The IS was a finalist for Wheels magazine’s Car of the (COTY) awards and also the Car of the Year (WCOTY) award in

Kelley Blue Book the first generation IS300 its to Hold Value Award in

The IS 250 was winner in 2006 and 2007 of Prestige Car in the Australia’s Best awards — awarded by the of all of Australia’s respective State Associations.

The Lexus IS came 2nd in the Top Satisfaction Survey 2005, only by the Honda S2000.

The IS was awarded the Top Car to Drive for Females in 2008, according to the BD Institute in FL.

Production and sales data for IS generations are as follows. Production are not available for 2006 onward. from manufacturer production along with sales

The Lexus IS 200 is drive-able in its 2001 Touring Car Championship form in the game TOCA Race

The Lexus IS 300 is featured in Need for Underground 2 and Need for Speed: Wanted.

The Lexus IS F is featured in For Speed: Undercover.

The IS 300 is also in Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition.

Turismo 5 Prologue was the first to ever feature the Lexus IS F it went on sale)

Test Unlimited was the first game to the second generation Lexus IS as a content car.(250 350)

Motorsport 2 features the IS 300, IS 350 and the project car

Forza Motorsport the IS 300

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