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History of the Lexus IS

Expansion of the range continued in 1998 the arrival of the IS 200. Slotting the compact executive market the GS (in Europe), and ES (rest of the world) the sporting four-door was designed to established players in the market, as the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and A4, but in a uniquely Lexus way to strengthen the marque’s values within the car sector following its birth in

Development of the XE10-series began in the Engineering the project was Nobuaki who had previously worked on the rear-wheel AE85/86 Corolla before on to the company’s Le Mans and rallying When it was launched in Japan in the first generation IS was known as the Altezza (Lexus remained an export brand until 2005), and was sold through a of dealerships called Toyota Store. It won that year’s Car of The Year award.

The Lexus IS 200 arrived in the UK in 1999, and was available only as a two-litre saloon. It won warm reviews in the It was clearly a driver’s car – as you’d from Katayama – and to get the best the sweet six-cylinder needed to be beyond 4500rpm. The driver make the most of this to its precise-shifting six-speed gearbox.

But it was a addition in a market sector with talented cars. For its design – especially inside – the main instruments were to look like an upmarket watch, it was praised. The sporting seat gave excellent in corners, handling was sharp, well-damped, and equipment levels, on the SE were high.

In 2001, the was expanded to include a 3-litre known – logically enough – as the IS Power rose from 158 to and top speed improved from 134 to At the same time, the five-door (Altezza Gita in Toyota was announced, significantly adding to the range. It was a further addition to the of the lifestyle/crossover estate car market.

The first generation IS remained in until 2005 and marked a milestone in the development of Lexus – the marque’s core values remain intact further the price scale. In the years its demise in the UK, the Lexus IS has become a choice with younger car who love its balanced rear-wheel handling, and wide tuning through TRD. In addition, the 200bhp four-cylinder RS model has to be a popular personal import Japan, despite never offered for sale officially in the UK.

Building upon the success of the IS-series, Lexus launched its version in 2005. And it really was a of all change, both visually and The new IS was now longer and wider and styled to the new ‘L-Finesse’ design philosophy, it visually to the larger GS and LS models. The use of in its construction managed to keep the gain down to an acceptable or so, depending on the car – impressive considering the was also stronger and stiffer.

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The of relatively compact dimensions, rear-wheel drive handling, and build quality marked out as more of the same – despite the And there were many. In a sense, the XE20 marked an point in the development of its maker, as it saw the end of the Altezza – because in Japan, cars were now sold the Lexus banner. The XE20 was with an entry-level four-cylinder unit (not in the UK); and it also be the first to be offered the option of a four-cylinder turbo

The diversification continued – all straight-sixes replaced by new direct-injection V6s, in capacity from 2.5- to (IS 250 to IS 350).  Once again, two were offered – but this around, the four-door saloon was later by a two-door coupe-cabriolet, as the IS-C.

Once again, the IS on delivering a sporting drive, the bulk-seller in the UK – the IS250 – being a car thrived on revs to deliver its performance. This was no hardship, as the was both quiet and smooth, and the gearbox light and positive to Like its predecessor, the handling and were both excellent – the suspended IS was firm and well-damped, the driver plenty of confidence. The was similarly set-up to deliver handling at high-speed, though at the of some low-speed smoothness.


In 2007, the 417bhp 5.0-litre V8 IS-F was added to the range. The was pitched directly at established super-saloons such as the BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz C63 and Audi RS4. A year the coupe-cabriolet IS-250C was unveiled, a feature of the new folding-hardtop Lexus that it maintained much of the refinement when the roof was up. The IS was launched to coincide with the facelift. Development of the car continued its life – so in 2010, the IS 220d was (by 25bhp) to become the cleaner, economical IS 200d, and a number of changes were incorporated – as as the arrival of the popular F-Sport

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