Lexus NZ puts ten IS F ‘Red Edition’ models on sale

November 7th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Lexus New Zealand has launched an exclusive IS F ‘Red Edition’ of its performance V8 model, which will go on sale from November.

Just 10 of the ‘Red Edition’ model, each with a limited edition personalised plate, will be sold in NZ. They feature a unique red leather interior, distinctive 19 inch alloy wheels and an individually numbered ‘Red Edition’ plaque inside the vehicle.

Lexus Manager Debbie Pattullo says: “The IS F is our flagship performance model, and with the introduction of the ‘Red Edition’ we’re giving our customers an even more aggressive vehicle for the true sports car enthusiast. With only 10 vehicles available, this special edition upgrades specification which will turn heads as well as being a dream to drive.”

Red leather accents feature on the front and rear seats, steering wheel and gear shift lever.

The wheel and tyre package features new 14 spoke BBS alloy wheels and larger tyre/rim size, up from 8 to 8.5 inch for improved grip.

The sequentially numbered ‘Red Edition’ dashboard plaque and licence plate starting with ISF001 highlights the exclusivity of this model. Continue reading “Lexus NZ puts ten IS F ‘Red Edition’ models on sale” »

Lexus shows off factory tuned metal at Tokyo Auto Salon

January 19th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus has been winning new fans at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon with a number of factory custom models. It’s good news for Toyota fans because both Toyota and Lexus are looking to gather more attention from tuners and the aftermarket industry for its latest models.

The custom Lexus vehicles shown in Toyko include the Lexus CT200h F Sport, Gazoo Racing’s Lexus LFA, the Lexus IS F Club Circuit Sports Racer and an IS F Club Performance Accessory range.

The most interesting and distinctive model was undoubtedly the Lexus IS F Club Circuit Sports Racer, or CCS-R, which is essentially a stripped out version of the regular performance sedan, with a number of its body panels being replaced by lighter carbon fibre pieces, and new front and rear spoilers fitted, as well as a frameless construction roll cage and polycarbonate windows. In the cabin more weight has been shaved off with a carbon fibre dashboard, centre console and door trims.

Mechanical modifications on the IS F CCS-R include a racing suspension set-up, upgraded brakes, cooling system and exhaust. There’s also a new LSD and forged alloys wrapped in slicks.

The IS F CCS-R is one mean track demon, no doubt. Check out images of all the Lexus vehicles on display in the gallery below. Continue reading “Lexus shows off factory tuned metal at Tokyo Auto Salon” »

UK cops use Lexus luxury to chase crims

July 30th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

LEXUS IS-F POLICE 3

Here in New Zealand, our esteemed officers of the law tend to roll the streets in Australian-built Ford and Holden vehicles. However, in other parts of the world the Police are known for driving vehicles a little more intimidating. One such place to adopt this theory is the UK. Previously piloting Subaru Imprezas around, the Police in the English county of Humberside have switched recently to something a little more sinister.

Plucked flesh from the Lexus range, the Police will be tackling the streets in the new 416hp 5.0-litre V8 IS-F. As far as Sergeant Mike Peck of the Humberside Police is concerned, they couldn’t be happier. “The final product provides a most formidable package and is undoubtedly one of the most advanced police vehicles in the world which in turn enables my officers to deal with the criminals who use the roads for serious and organised crime.”

Brilliant justification Mike, but no ones buying it. Check out some cool images of the performance Police cars in the gallery below.

Lexus IS F Convertible planned for 2011

July 13th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Lexus IS C Sport fq

Despite no official announcement from Lexus on a future IS Coupe or a high-performance F version of the new IS C Convertible, a new report claims that a Lexus IS F Convertible is in the works.

Coupe and convertible versions of the IS-F would be welcome by Lexus fans, and it would also likely be met with good sales, BMW has proved this with the M3 Coupe and Convertible together outselling the sedan by three to one. Lexus has a sporty IS Convertible, in the form of the F-Sport but a super-performance drop-top could still find its own niche. Especially packing a 5.0L V8 engine with 416hp combined with the sun on your face and the wind in your hair?

According to the report sources at Lexus say a new IS F Convertible is coming in early 2011 and would feature the same 5.0L V8 and quick-shifting 8-speed automatic as the four-door.

Lotus Esprit successor may use Lexus power

May 28th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Lotus Evora eagle f

Lotus has very interesting times ahead as the company pushes on with its five-year plan to update its entire model range, including successors to the Elise and Esprit. Lotus has already debuted its new Evora, but rather than sitting still with this car, work on the new Elise and Esprit is already progressing at the company’s UK headquarters.

While the future Elise may be seen as early as 2011, of more interest is the flagship Esprit successor, which recent reports state could come with an optional V10 engine sourced from Lexus. While this is unconfirmed at this stage, Lotus CEO Mike Kimberley has revealed that the new car is being developed with “a very well respected prestige carmaker.”

Most people thought that BMW would supply one of its V8 engines for the new Esprit but Lotus’ close ties with Toyota, from which it already sources engines, could see advanced Lexus motors being used. The 500hp (373kW) V10 engine, which is set to debut in the Lexus LF-A supercar next year, would be a fit for the range-topping model. Other potential powerplants could be the IS-F’s 420hp (312kW) V8 and a 300hp (225kW) version of the 3.5L Toyota V6 from the Evora.

To keep costs down and speed up its development, the new Esprit will likely share its chassis with the aluminum unit underpinning the Evora. Rising development costs and changing requirements, have reportedly pushed back the original 2010 release date to 2012. So stay tuned for more updates on the new Esprit.

Lexus IS F coming to New Zealand

September 9th, 2008 by Darren Cottingham

Lexus IS F 2009 fq

At its heart beats a 5.0 litre quad cam all alloy V8 engine delivering 311kW of power and incorporating the latest high performance engine technologies such as titanium valves and direct injection.

The responsiveness of the IS F engine is partly due to a world first for Lexus, Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Electric (VVT-iE). This is an electrically activated variable-intake valve timing system which uses an electric motor to alter the timing of the intake camshaft. Essentially it responds faster than conventional hydraulic systems, and delivers excellent torque and good fuel economy over a wider range of engine speeds.

The IS F swaps cogs with an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission with paddle shifters that upshift almost instantly (as quick as 0.1 seconds), a race-tuned suspension system and extremely powerful Brembo brakes that feature huge 14.2 inch cross drilled rotors and six piston calliper’s up front, (13.6 inch at the rear), 19-inch forged aluminium BBS 10 spoke wheels and a specially tuned stability control system that features a Sports Mode to support high performance driving.

On the inside the plush leather seats are trimmed in IS-F blue and feature the Lexus “F” logo.

The sports type seats in the front are heated, the Optitron instrumentation gives clear information at a glance, and the touch screen display on the seven-inch electro multi-vision colour display screen gives you control over many of the vehicle’s systems such as navigation, audio, climate control and Bluetooth wireless communication.

The audio system features a 14-speaker Mark Levinson premium surround system with an in dash six disc CD/DVD changer with Bluetooth and MP3 compatibility.

The bodywork of the IS F was fine tuned in the wind tunnel and during testing on racetracks around the world. Tracks include the Nurburgring, Circuit Paul Ricard, Zolder, Laguna Seca and Fuji, the IS-F’s home circuit.

IS F will be launched for public sale in New Zealand in October this year.

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