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They're here! Check out Page 5 of the Gallery for pictures of final production IS's at the Toyota HQ. You can see the Contrasting Piping in the Luxury Package, the Not-Quite-Drilled pedals, the Cup Holder and a Window Sticker...


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I also spot Goodyear tires...

Cool, they have folding side mirrors too (I love those).


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goodlord, even that white looks great.
 

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I can't tell from the picture what the difference is between the LP ivory interior from the LS. Anyone see the difference?
 

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The LP adds Contrasting Piping (looks like a darker beige) to the edges of the seats and Wood Switch Plates to the doors.
 

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Are side mirrors automatic...
Meaning...Is there a switch to fold them in automatically to reduce drag on the highway?
 

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azzet, I wouldn't wanna be driving down the highway with you with "folded" side mirrors. Can you say "blind spot"?
 

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No, azzetlA. Automatically retractable mirrosrs are not usually availabe in Lexus in North America, unlike in Asia. I guess it's because they are considered to be a low usage feature in North America where tight parking is not usually required.

For example, the Windom/ES300 in Asia have this feature but it's deleted in North American version of ES300.

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hey, i noticed there isn't any grill for the front dam. i don't remember but didn't the european or japanese version have upper and lower grill?
 

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Where's the lower grill???????? The car looks sweet but I don't like the wood switch plates.

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The lower grill is there... it is just hard to see. It is a bit easier to spot on the picture of the black car (as apposed to the picture of the white car). Turn up the contrast/brightness on your monitor. ]

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Originally posted by Kim:
azzet, I wouldn't wanna be driving down the highway with you with "folded" side mirrors. Can you say "blind spot"?
Hey KIM:
If you rely your blind spot on your
side-mirror instead of checking the "Actual Blind Spot" I'D be
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Do you even know what a blind spot is?
You cant check the blind spot with the side-mirror...
 

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Ummm....side mirrors DO help, especially the one of the passenger side. If you position it right, you can see it. Try it sometime. Side mirrors are better than NO mirrors at all. Why would anyone want to drive down a highway with their side mirror folded? How much drag do you think you'll reduce?
 

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U.S. spec Lexuses should have folding mirrors (at least, the sedans and coupe do), since my mother's '92 ES300 has folding mirrors. The MkI MR2's have folding mirrors as well (at least, mine does). As AndyL suggested, folding mirrors are for parking in tight spaces, *not* to reduce drag. If anything, it would probably *increase* drag, though probably not by much.

I have an anecdote about those folding mirrors...

When I was learning to drive on my mother's ES300, I accidently grazed the side of a stupid dualie pick-up truck because (a) those dualie trucks are WIDE and (b) he wasn't supposed to be curb parking because it was a RED zone since the street NARROWS. Fortunately, with the exception of the actual mirror (whose mounting brackets broke which caused the mirror to pop off), there was no damage. The mirror housing basically folded in to absorb the blow. Of course, you shouldn't go around swiping other cars just because you can.


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Does anyone know the final destination for those cars in gallery 5?

Anyone know who took the pictures and when?

The sticker shows options like heated seats and graphite wheels which (I think) aren't part of the production for California.

Are they special order cars for Lexus corporate employees?

Are they the cars that are being sent to Monterey for the press event?

Inquiring minds want to know!

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Hey JW - welcome to the 1st GEN MR2 -> IS300 club!
 

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TEG, the pictures came from somone at Toyota who prefers to remain anonymous...as to when, yesterday or the day before.

I don't know the answer to the rest of your questions except that Southern Region isn't getting Graphite Polished wheels either. But apparently we're getting Heated Seats!


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Goodyear tires, huh? I thought most of the info assumed they would be Bridgestones. I haven't heard many good comments regarding Goodyear tires. Any idea which ones these are?
 

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I haven't heard any good comments regarding the Bridgestones.


I can't make out any other markings on the tires from the pictures.
 
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