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New Lexus Performance Vehicles to Make World Debut at 2007 North American International Auto Show

Wednesday December 6, 2:56 pm ET

TORRANCE, Calif., Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Lexus will stage the world premiere of the 2008 IS-F sport performance car and an exciting concept vehicle at a press conference at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The IS-F is an all-new high-performance version of the popular Lexus IS 250/350 sport sedans. It will feature unique styling and a substantial boost in power from a V8 powerplant that will captivate performance car enthusiasts when it goes on sale next year. In addition to the IS-F, Lexus will unveil an exotic sports concept.

The press conference will be held on Monday, January 8 at 11:25 a.m. EST in the Riverview Ballroom in COBO Center and simulcast live to the Lexus display area at the show. A video clip of the press conference will be available via the Lexus.com and pressroom.lexus.com Web sites immediately following the event.

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Lexus is going to have to learn that in order to satisfy performance enthusiasts they need to offer a manual transmission, and the IS-F is automatic-only.

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In fairness, AMGs are all autoboxes and people equate Lexus to Mercedes more than BMW.

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It should have a manual option. Those tailpipes are odd. The color however, is cool. What will be the real determining factor whether or not this is a true performance caris if the IS will finally get good steering feedback, and the electronic nannies can be turned OFF. Otherwise, it's just another Lexus with a big engine.

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Mommy, mommy, MOMMY... when I

grow up I want to be a BMW M3! :rolleyes:

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performance enthusiasts buy performance cars.  Porsche sells many more 997's than BMW sells Mcars.

The Corvette outsells 997's by 3:1

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And this means Lexus doesn't need to offer a manual because...?

In fairness, AMGs are all autoboxes and people equate Lexus to Mercedes more than BMW.

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This is true I guess, but what about all those people who simply won't buy an automatic transmission? I, for one, would not have an automatic if I had the choice.

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It means if someone wants a manual they'll buy a real performance car.  And don't be suprised if Lexus builds a semi-auto or DSG.

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What's the point of the Lexus F's other than being performance cars? If they're not going to be all-out performance models, why not just call it the IS500?

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What's the point of the Lexus F's other than being performance cars? If they're not going to be all-out performance models, why not just call it the IS500?

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it's a luxury performance car. Driver comfort is still a high priority. The few people who want a manual in such a vehicle will shop elsewhere.

That's my opinion, in one month we'll know what it'll offer. I'd rather see a new Supra but this one has more marketing value.

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