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After dinner and, yes, a drink or two at the Tarrytown, NY Press Preview for the new Lexus IS250/350, a number of us were chatting with Brad Nelson, Lexus' Motorsports and Events Consultant when the subject came up of what a future SportDesign-like special edition of the IS350 should look like and consist of. Our consensus was of an IS350 Manual equipped with the Performance Luxury Plus Package painted and trimmed as follows:

- Spectra Blue Mica exterior
- Black leather seats with Blue Alcántara (ecsaine) inserts
- Contrasting Blue stitching on the Black Leather steering wheel
- Blue Carbon Fiber inserts on the center console
- Body Kit

Do you agree, or do you have your own different suggestion for a my.IS Edition IS350?
 

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I like!!!!! Yes I remember the conversation......

I think Lexus is holding out till the M-fighter version (with the V8)comes out. Then we will see more bright color comobos.
 

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Yes, a very "Audi S4" liking to it... I think a different seat would be nice too, like a power Recaro version, (once again, Audi S4ish). It would also be nice to have some carbon fiber inserts on the body kit as well. Nothing too extreme, maybe a nice Carbon piece in the front lip, (think rmm). Don't forget, upgraded brakes (BBK), and a nice clean sounding exhaust, 19" staggered wheels, custom "flatline" grills too. Very subtle, no overkills here. Like what I did with my IS300... I made it look like something you could buy at the dealer.
 

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Given that Lexus will never provide a bare bones model strictly aimed at performance, ala lightweight M3, MY06 WRX TR, or EVO RS, I'd say at least it should sport a hefty 6-speed manual transmission and the ability to turn everything off, TRAC, VDIM, and even ABS. Else all attempts to make it a "SportDesign" model would be futile.

With that, stiffer suspension, lowered a few cm, lighter wheels, form fitting seats, better aerodynamics are probably just icing on the cake. Don't make it bloated like the L-tuned Stg I/II, which was all show and no go.
 

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Oh yea me like. to add crontab's and others:
- track worthy brakes. I dont know, they can outsource the brakes to endless or use the proven supra tt brakes (at least they can reuse the design),
- offer IS350 track edition which has options, such as no throttle by wire (use manual throttle by wire), no sunroof, cloth manual seats, way less sound deadening materials (for weight diet issue),
- cosmetic wise: smoked headlights and tails, staggered 18x8.5 and 18x9.5
- stiffer springs-shocks-sway bars
- oh yea, sport seats...

i can dream can't i :p
 

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Oh yea me like. to add crontab's and others:
- track worthy brakes. I dont know, they can outsource the brakes to endless or use the proven supra tt brakes (at least they can reuse the design),
- offer IS350 track edition which has options, such as no throttle by wire (use manual throttle by wire), no sunroof, cloth manual seats, way less sound deadening materials (for weight diet issue),
- cosmetic wise: smoked headlights and tails, staggered 18x8.5 and 18x9.5
- stiffer springs-shocks-sway bars
- oh yea, sport seats...

i can dream can't i :p
not sure about cloth seats. Now suede leather...I can go for that.
And the brakes, having tested the brakes on the 350, I can tell you, the are up to the task. The brakes are basically a transplant for the GS430, a hughe, I mean a huge 4 piston caliper, made out a solid chunk of metal. I stomped on those brakes repeatedly, and no brake fade whatsoever. Very solid.
I must have a pic somewhere.
 

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METEORO said:
not sure about cloth seats. Now suede leather...I can go for that.
And the brakes, having tested the brakes on the 350, I can tell you, the are up to the task. The brakes are basically a transplant for the GS430, a hughe, I mean a huge 4 piston caliper, made out a solid chunk of metal. I stomped on those brakes repeatedly, and no brake fade whatsoever. Very solid.
I must have a pic somewhere.
Darn those brakes are huge :jawDrop:. about the 4-piston caliper, is it 4-piston for both front and rear or just the front?
 

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Darn those brakes are huge :jawDrop:. about the 4-piston caliper, is it 4-piston for both front and rear or just the front?
Just the front. They are HUGE brakes!
 

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Darn those brakes are huge :jawDrop:. about the 4-piston caliper, is it 4-piston for both front and rear or just the front?
On the IS350, 4-piston alloy monoblock front callipers, 13" turbine vented front rotors
rear: single piston floating caliper/ ventilated disc.

On the IS250, they are basically a transplant from the current generation. 2-piston floating in the front, and single piston in the rear.
 

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assuming you test the car on a road track condition, how were they holding up? :)
The brakes were sure-footed and fade free surprisingly during our drive. Very positive and confident feel to the brakes throughout the twisties and even regular road driving. Plus it didn't seem too touchy/overassisted to me.
 

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The brakes were sure-footed and fade free surprisingly during our drive. Very positive and confident feel to the brakes throughout the twisties and even regular road driving. Plus it didn't seem too touchy/overassisted to me.
sounds like a good news to me :) but, based on a magazine test, how come the 350 stops 10ft longer thatn the 330i? a quick question for you, did you test the brakes under a road track condition, i mean nurburgring style or its US equivalent?
 

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sounds like a good news to me :) but, based on a magazine test, how come the 350 stops 10ft longer thatn the 330i? a quick question for you, did you test the brakes under a road track condition, i mean nurburgring style or its US equivalent?
The magazines attributed to the tires, saying that the bimmer had grippier tires and most likely that was the reason why it stopped 10ft shorter.
 

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The magazines attributed to the tires, saying that the bimmer had grippier tires and most likely that was the reason why it stopped 10ft shorter.
did they give you guys fresh new Dunlops to run on? Just before our drive, they replaced the tires on the IS350 and IS250awd. Both were missing tire sensors...granted the tire pressure warning blinked at us the whole time. I would have preferred to ride the car with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2's or something.
 

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sounds like a good news to me :) but, based on a magazine test, how come the 350 stops 10ft longer thatn the 330i? a quick question for you, did you test the brakes under a road track condition, i mean nurburgring style or its US equivalent?
We drove the cars on regular city streets, freeways and backroads. If you missed my write up...check it here:

CL First Drive: 2006 IS250 AWD & IS350
 

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On the IS350, 4-piston alloy monoblock front callipers, 13" turbine vented front rotors
rear: single piston floating caliper/ ventilated disc.

On the IS250, they are basically a transplant from the current generation. 2-piston floating in the front, and single piston in the rear.
If thats the case, looks like they could be a donor for a brake upgrade for the is300? The is300 still stops better than the is350 though doesn't it?
 

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i think blue alcantara inserts would be a tad tacky. and where would the blue carbon fiber go? i think black seats with blue stiching would be nice and not too tacky. and some real aluminum instead of painted plastic.
 

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did they give you guys fresh new Dunlops to run on? Just before our drive, they replaced the tires on the IS350 and IS250awd. Both were missing tire sensors...granted the tire pressure warning blinked at us the whole time. I would have preferred to ride the car with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2's or something.
Dunlops sportmaxx on our cars. They were not new though, they had some miles on them. Yeah, I would have preferred Michelins or Bridgestone.

Hmmmmmmm, they were missing the tires sensors? We were told that if the tire sensors were missing, the car would automatilcally go into "limp" mode.
 

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After dinner and, yes, a drink or two at the Tarrytown, NY Press Preview for the new Lexus IS250/350, a number of us were chatting with Brad Nelson, Lexus' Motorsports and Events Consultant when the subject came up of what a future SportDesign-like special edition of the IS350 should look like and consist of. Our consensus was of an IS350 Manual equipped with the Performance Luxury Plus Package painted and trimmed as follows:

- Spectra Blue Mica exterior
- Black leather seats with Blue Alcántara (ecsaine) inserts
- Contrasting Blue stitching on the Black Leather steering wheel
- Blue Carbon Fiber inserts on the center console
- Body Kit

Do you agree, or do you have your own different suggestion for a my.IS Edition IS350?

that sounds ok imo. But here's mine.

IS350 6 speed Auto Silver
18" Special edition 7 spoke wheels
Black leather sport seats with Lexus embroidered in black stitching
Lowered 1.5"
Special lip spoiler
3" cat back exhaust
special badging on exteriror and interior
 
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