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Toyota Altezza

Toyota Altezza / Lexus

B MW 02 Series and 3 Series are one of the miracles in history. They proved are millions of keen drivers would pay premium price and a little bit passenger comfort for a with superb handling and For thirty years, BMW dominated market segment without any challenge. As the market is expanding, A4 and Alfa Romeo entered the both with great Toyota, which has already the 5-Series-challenging GS400, also to have a slice in this

If you are European or American, you need to do to win people’s heart. If you are Asian, you to achieve 120% of what the done in order to win their That’s what Toyota’s thought. Therefore, from the they chose the most mechanical configuration for their challenger. rear-wheel-drive and all double suspensions.

They know suspension tuning used to be by the Western media as too soft, used to be criticized as too light and so they spent extra to test and tune the car in Germany. that, they decided to the car with sports car-style 17 wheels with 45% aspect a first in this class of Besides, 6 speed manual and 5 adaptive automatic were for enhancing driving pleasure.

In terms of engine, they they have nothing to about. From the existing they picked up Celica and 2-litres four, upgraded double VVT-i (at both and exhaust valves) and titanium Accompany with 11.5. 1 compression ratio, this unit output 210ps at and 160lbft at 6400rpm.

So, this the Altezza, the Japanese Car of the Year According to the local magazines have tested it, Altezza has the to overshadow the latest BMW 3-Series Steering is neutral and sensitive, control and grip are extremely

Supra has good handling and but it was criticized as lack of character. avoid this by deliberately a beautiful exhaust note.

comparing with BMW 323i, and Alfa 156 V6, Altezza’s inline-4 lack of power. Forget the rating, the lack of capacity in the lack of torque and a relatively torque curve. Road felt unable to exploit the of the chassis.

Altezza / IS200 is small compare with the It is 71mm shorter, 19mm and 5mm lower. Wheelbase is 55mm Although the rectangular shape to benefit interior room, it 6 feet high rear will find their touching the roof as in the 3 Series. rear leg room is marginally

Toyota’s stylists intentionally a very aggressive interior. the highlight is 4-in-one chronograhic which is probably inspired by G-shock watch. What a the packaging is awful. You’ll see grade of plastic than and sub-standard build quality for a The seats looks unattractive and not very comfortable, mostly of lacking lumbar adjustment and in the squab. Steering wheel is not in reach thus deteriorate the good driving position.

The exterior looks even This is the ugliest car I have in the whole 1998. Although I see this car twice a day averagely, I can’t accept its look.


A cheaper version was for both domestic and overseas For overseas market, it is badged as IS200. It is powered by a 2-litre 6 modified from the Mark II with inlet-bounded VVT-i. compression ratio (10.0:1) the inferior fuel in overseas. Its is very much lower. although the 144lbft / 4400rpm acceleration less different.

Toyota Altezza

It is not with the 5 speed automatic. who need auto have to put up the slow 4A. However, IS200 has a undertray to improve the coefficient of from 0.29 to 0.28. It benefit high speed on Germany’s autobahn.

Road test impression

2 UK tested the IS200 and reported impression. Both describe it very good on smooth Steering feels very in action, quick and more than 3-Series. Nevertheless, steering offers an abundance of during parking. The chassis and tuned suspensions feels in bends, body control and tightly thanks to the grippy 215 However, when arriving steering feel fade out as the change (due to body makes the thin, 45% aspect tyres riding on their edge. In this respect, BMW 3 and Alfa 156 deal better cornering limit.

In terms of Lexus IS200 is a little bit towards hard for some but just perfect for keen Even our civilised local regard its ride comfort as

As predicted, performance is the weakest of the baby Lexus, at least the arrival of IS300. Against the it took a full 9 seconds to 0-60mph. 0-100mph of 25.8sec is no Not just the figures prove in fact the driver always the engine lack of flexibility and to keep up with BMW 323i in 7.6sec) and even Alfa 156 (8.1sec). It just edge out the cylinder 318i.

Luckily, the close-ratio 6-speed manual keeps the driver involving. The exhaust noise also excitement.

On a typical rough IS200 started to show its in damping and body control, shows some high float. Steering feel as speed increases. Now I know why the IS200 has added with the undertray. because the engineers high speed stability during its test in Germany. thought they’ve solved the by the addition of flat bottom the reduction of lift, but on rough roads it is another matter.

The above report was last on 2 May 99. All Rights Reserved.

Toyota Altezza
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