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An artist impression of the Lexus IS500.



Despite rising fuel prices, high-performance petrol engines are here to stay _ to satisfy car enthusiasts with big pockets and to build on brand image for the car companies themselves.

Engines with large capacities coming in normally aspirated forms are becoming the norm again in luxury cars like junior executive cars, aka premium mid-sized saloons with sub-B10m pricetags.

As driven in Motoring two weeks ago, the C-class now ditches the supercharged V6-powered C32 AMG range-topper in favour of a naturally brewed V8-propelled C55 developing over 360hp.

In Europe earlier this year, Audi unleashed the mad RS4 eschewing turbochargers in favour of a high-revving V8 displacing 4.2 litres and generating 420hp.

The RS4 is not being considered for Thailand yet. Unlike the C55 that comes with a five-speed automatic gearbox, the RS4 only has six-speed manual shift. That's only if you don't mind dipping the clutch.

In 2007, BMW is gearing up for the M3 replacement. Since the current E46's inline-six engine has been stretched to its limits, a new V8 is being planned for the top-line E90.

The powerhouse is said to be a chopped-down version of the high-tech 5.0-litre V10 used in the M5. In the E90, displacement should be around 4.0 litres with power rated over 400hp.

Boosting its sales prospects in Thailand, where buyers usually prefer to leave their left foot idle, is the seven-speed SMG automated manual.

In the same year, Lexus _ for the first time _ is preparing an answer for its German bantamweights. After launching the IS220d diesel and IS250/IS350 petrol V6s, the Japanese grapevine suggests an IS500 crowning the range.

The IS500 is set to get a 5.0-litre V8 that will first be seen in the all-new LS replacement (LS500) next year.

In order to make the V8 potentially rapid in the IS, Lexus is said to be adding a bespoke eight-speed automatic transmission. To handle the 400hp-plus performance, the IS500 will get sporty tyres including 245/35 R18 up front and 265/30 R19 at the rear.
 

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would be nice, thats for sure...

only time and money will tell..
 

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Good post on your part, but whoever did the 'artist impression' is clearly not an artist...

Highly speculative article. And 8-speed auto? Since when has Toyota become gearbox pioneers?
 

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Haven't seen this LS500 they speak of, so unless Lexus is (again) doing a great job of keeping things secret, the IS500 (according to this article) won't be seen for another 2 or 3 years.
 

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pplz in thailand are kuku's that they can just do the damn v8 swap any given day and make more # than the stats they read here. :lol:
 

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If Lexus puts that hood on, I will no longer be considering anything in the Lexus lineup. That hood is very ricey to me. At least BMW and MB keep it classy.
 

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KraxyKanuck said:
That hood kind of reminds me of one on '04 Mustangs.
it's more like an mitsu evo hood actually. ;)
 

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Its more like a total piece of crap. Yup, that describes it.
 

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magoo said:
Its more like a total piece of crap. Yup, that describes it.

don't tell me not even the color do not appeal to you just a little bit....? :suspiciou
 

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Well if that is an evo hood on it

The "spy shots" of the one in Germany look a little more like reality
 

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Not really, I like red and silver. Orange & Blue on a car is just kind of meh, if thats what you were refering to.

I was commenting on the hood, however. Also, that hood makes the car look much smaller and slimmer. Hate it.
 

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magoo said:
Not really, I like red and silver. Orange & Blue on a car is just kind of meh, if thats what you were refering to.

I was commenting on the hood, however. Also, that hood makes the car look much smaller and slimmer. Hate it.
Nope this was a silver car with the black camo, but the hood had camo on it like it was an evo hood
 
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