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For The First Time In The All-New 2006 Lexus IS Luxury Sports Sedans

Pasadena, Calif., July  12, 2005 – Mark Levinson, exclusive premium audio system provider for Lexus automobiles and SUVs, launches their “next generation” entertainment system in the all new 2006 Lexus IS luxury sports sedans.  This groundbreaking system introduces Lexus owners to a discrete 5.1 home theatre entertainment experience optimized for playback of music, music videos, and movies in the luxurious, mobile environment provided by the 2006 Lexus IS.

The introduction of a Mark Levinson Sound System in the Lexus IS luxury sports sedan completes the availability of Mark Levinson Premium audio available across the entire Lexus line up. 

This Mark Levinson Premium Surround System, designed specifically for the 2006 Lexus IS, is a high performance home theatre on wheels.  A product of over three years of engineering and development, the system improves on every aspect of the original Mark Levinson Premium Sound System introduced in 2001.  This 14 speaker, 300 watt* system features:
• Discrete 5.1 multi-channel playback via a 7.1 speaker topology
• 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS decoding of DVD Video and DVD Audio discs
• Proprietary metal cone midrange and tweeter transducers
• Full digital transmission from the digital source to the discrete output topology power amplifiers
• Mark Levinson Surround (MLS) audio software optimizes discrete 5.1 playback for Multiseat™ listening and provides a surround sound experience for stereo source material.

“Our latest generation of Mark Levinson systems for Lexus advances the scope of sonic performance and features available yet remain true to our original mission to recreate the emotional response evoked by the original musical and now, cinematic, event” said Phil Muzio, Director Acoustic Systems at Mark Levinson. “I’m proud to now introduce the first ever Mark Levinson Premium audio to be offered in the Lexus IS luxury sports sedan, completing our dedicated partnership pursuing excellence which launched with the Lexus in 2001.”

Mark Levinson Premium Surround Systems, featuring discrete 5.1 surround sound, were launched in the 2004 Toyota Crown Royale Saloon, 2004.5 Crown Majesta in the Japan market, and in the 2006 Lexus GS earlier this year for the US market.  A glimpse of this new Mark Levinson system, while under development, was provided in the Lexus IS 430 Project Car.

* All channels driven, 20-20kHz, with no more than 0.1% Total Harmonic Distortion.
Mark Levinson Surround Sound System for 2006 Lexus IS Luxury Sports Sedans
Features/Functions:

• 14 Speakers- four 25mm tweeters, five 65mm midranges, two 100mm midranges, two 16cm woofers, one 200mm inverted subwoofer.

• 10 Channels, 300watts- The all new Mark Levinson Processor/Amplifier in the IS will produce a total power output of 300 watts, all channels driven, 20-20kHz @ less than .1% Total Harmonic Distortion.

• Mark Levinson Surround (MLS) Audio Software- optimizes discrete 5.1 playback for Multiseat™ listening in a 7.1 channel speaker architecture and provides a surround sound experience for stereo source material such as CD and FM. MLS is the only expression of surround sound which has been designed and optimized specifically for the challenges and characteristics exhibited by an automotive passenger cabin.

• Discrete 5.1 Surround Sound

• Media Compatibility- CD, CD-R, DTS 5.1 CD, DVD Video and DVD Audio discs

• Format Compatibility- 2 channel Stereo (analog and PCM), 2 channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1 (from DTS 5.1 CD, DVD Video and DVD Audio discs), decodes MP3/WMA, and has an aux input

• 7.1 Channel Surround Sound Speaker Architecture- separate side and surround channels provide a greater sense of envelopment and depth for front and rear passengers.

• Proprietary Metal Cone Midrange and Tweeter Transducers- Metal cone geometries offer greater cone rigidity and lower mass. Neodymium magnet/motor structures provide higher magnetic flux levels in a smaller and lighter transducer package. The sonic benefits of both technologies are-
Lower distortion-Higher Resolution
•Greater Sound Pressure Levels-Natural Dynamics
•Extended Frequency Response-Harmonic Richness and Musicality

• 200mm/ 8 in. Inverted Subwoofer provides the deepest base tones in the most efficient and compact manner possible – An inverted Subwoofer has been designed and utilized for the first time in a Mark Levinson/Lexus system. This highly rigid, yet lightweight structure is the optimal environment for the high-energy low frequency reproduction required of a subwoofer.

• All Digital Signal Path from the Disc to the Mark Levinson Discrete Topology Power Amplifiers- Fragile audio signals are often transmitted from the front to the back of the car in an analog format. The analog medium is subject to sonic degradation from noise and magnetic interference within the car as well as numerous conversions processes between analog and digital. To avoid noise pickup and unnecessary and potentially degrading conversion steps, the ML Surround System transmits digital via SPDIF (Sony Philips Digital Interface Format). 24 bit word lengths are supported.

• Source Dependent MLS- your favorite MLS setting is retained for individual source types

• ASL- volume and tone adjustment for on-the-road system optimization, asymmetrical for surround sound sources

• ML3 Hardware highlights- switching power supply, 24 bit ADC and DAC, triple DSP farm, discrete output stages

• The IS Voicing- over 1000 man-hours of laboratory and on road voicing of the Mark Levinson Premium Surround System for the particular acoustic characteristics of the IS passenger cabin.
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Credit: Lexus USA







With Unprecedented Levels of Performance and Luxury in All-New Design

PASADENA, Calif., July 12, 2005 – In a road and racetrack setting that will challenge the best luxury-performance cars and their drivers, Lexus introduced the all-new IS 250 and IS 350 luxury sport sedans today.  First shown at the New York International Auto Show last March, the new IS family fully reveals surprising levels of performance, luxury and safety in a new-look Lexus design.

“The new IS sedans are designed to take Lexus to new heights of performance, luxury and style in the entry-luxury sport sedan segment,” said Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager Bob Carter.  “Our customers want best-in-class on every level and we have no desire to disappoint them.”

Offering three distinctly different models, the longer, wider and roomier IS sedan arrives with a new family of high-output V6 engines, using manual and automatic six-speed transmissions driving the rear wheels, or all four with available all-wheel drive.  Combining a strong new body structure, new suspension systems, powerful new brakes and a sport-oriented Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system (IS 350), the new IS sedans are poised to disrupt the class performance hierarchy.

As the second Lexus model to benefit from a new Lexus design language, the all-new IS takes a notably sporty, yet more luxurious turn, in order to bring the best of both worlds to demanding customers.

Expanded Lineup and New Features Broaden Appeal
Three models form the basis of the new IS family:

The IS 250 features a responsive 2.5-liter V6 engine and either a six-speed manual transmission, or a new six-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters routing power to the rear wheels.

•The IS 250 AWD also has the six-speed paddle-shift automatic and delivers the power to all four wheels for driving confidence in slippery conditions.

•The top-line IS 350 is powered by a potent 3.5-liter V6 engine backed by the paddle-shifted six-speed automatic transmission.

2006 Lexus IS 250/350/2-2-2-2

In addition to the all-new powertrains, the new IS family also brings a fresh array of standard and available features designed to enhance every aspect of owning and driving an IS. 
Notable standard equipment such as the convenient SmartAccess keyless entry and engine start system, six-disc in-dash CD changer, driver- and front-passenger knee airbags, 13-speaker premium audio and dual-zone automatic climate control are a luxury statement by themselves.

The new IS also brings premium options more often associated with higher-priced models including the Adaptive Front headlamp System (AFS), heated and ventilated front seats, Pre-Collision System (PCS), a power tilt-telescope steering wheel, and a new 14-speaker Mark Levinson audio system among others.

Powerful Technology for New V6 Engine Family

Two brand-new V6 engines debut in the new IS sedans.  The 2.5-liter version found in the IS 250 uses dual Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVT-i) and a new direct-to-cylinder fuel injection system to help deliver 204 horsepower and 185 lb.-ft. of torque.  The new 3.5-liter version develops a best-in-class 306 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. of torque, resulting in an estimated 0-60 mph time of 5.6 seconds.

The 3.5-liter engine utilizes both port- and direct-fuel injection as part of its higher state of tune.  This optimizes the fuel mixture, particularly in both light and medium load conditions, creating a precise burn, higher output, aiding drivability, lower emissions and fuel economy.  The new direct fuel injection system provides a cooling effect in the cylinders, which allowing higher compression ratios.  The results are substantial improvements in engine efficiency with increased power and fuel economy. 

Both engines also benefit from reduced internal friction via chain driven camshafts and roller rocker arms, again aiding efficiency.  And both use aluminum heads and cylinder blocks that feature special cast-in “spiny” cylinder liners to improve liner stability and cooling by increasing surface contact area with the cylinder block.

A dual exhaust system reduces exhaust backpressure at high rpm while a variable valve system in the mufflers helps reduce noise at lower rpm.  Extensive use of stainless steel in the exhaust system minimizes weight while improving durability.

2006 Lexus IS 250/350/3-3-3-3

The combination of these technologies contributes to substantial improvements in both performance and fuel economy.  The prelimary combined miles-per-gallon estimate for the IS 250 and IS 350 is between the mid-20s and high 20s.  All 2006 IS models carry an Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV II) emissions certification from the EPA.

Transmission Speeds in Multiples of Six
Standard in the IS 250 (not available in the IS 250 AWD and IS 350), a new six-speed manual transmission is designed to take full advantage of its free-revving 2.5-liter V6 engine.  Gear ratios are carefully matched to the engine horsepower and torque characteristics.
A new sequential-shift six-speed automatic will also be offered in the IS 250 and will be standard in the IS 250 AWD and IS 350.  It’s designed to provide smooth yet crisp shifts for comfort and response.

Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the automatic are designed to provide maximum involvement and control for driving enthusiasts.  Robust construction and mounting help ensure rapid operation and response with appropriate feedback.

Sophisticated Dynamics Matches Aggressive Power
All-new front and rear suspension, steering and brake systems unite with standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) in the IS 250 while the IS 350 receives Lexus’ new Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system to provide superior dynamics and control, while continuing the IS legacy of driving fun.  The new suspension designs optimize dynamic wheel alignment to help provide precise, confident handling and maximum tire grip.  A performance suspension package with 18-inch wheels and tires is available for even better handling response.

At the front, a redesigned double wishbone system with a high-mount upper control arm serves up several benefits.  High-strength steel and aluminum suspension components keep unsprung weight low, which helps keep the vehicle stable on bumpy surfaces while improving ride comfort.  The lower arm uses a large, liquid-filled bushing at the rear to minimize vibration and harshness.

A new multi-link rear suspension employs the same design approach that places high value on precise control of geometry in all dynamic conditions, helping to make the new IS ultra stable and yet exciting to drive.  A combination of high-strength steel and lightweight aluminum components is also utilized, again to improve both handling and ride comfort.

2006 Lexus IS 250/350/4-4-4-4

New mono-tube shock absorbers with rebound springs are used front and rear.  These make use of much larger pistons than conventional twin-tube shocks of the same size and their larger size offers superior damping force response and control, especially at low piston speeds.  Multi-leaf linear control valves also help in this regard.  The rebound springs offer improved body control without typical ride comfort tradeoffs.

A completely new Electric Power Steering (EPS) rack and pinion steering gear is now mounted ahead of the front axle centerline, providing more linear steering response, precise control and better straight-line stability.  In addition, the vehicle speed-sensitive system offers better control of steering assist, eliminates parasitic loss from a pump, and reduces weight and complexity.  The new system is easily adjusted to the driver’s comfortable position via manual or an available new power tilt/telescope steering wheel.

Large and powerful new brakes are used on all IS models.  The IS 350 adds spiral fins to the vented 13.15-inch front rotors and aluminum four-piston calipers for excellent heat dissipation, low unsprung weight, and tremendous stopping power.  They’re controlled by a variable ratio link-type pedal and tie rod-type booster, both of which improve brake-pedal rigidity and system response.

Standard high-performance low-profile 225/45R17 front tires and 245/45R17 (225/45R17 on AWD) rear tires, link the new IS firmly with the road.  Optional ultra-high performance 225/40R18 front tires and 255/40R18 rear tires provide the serious enthusiast driver with the utmost cornering grip.  They’re available as a stand-alone option or as part of the performance package.

The available performance package offers enthusiast drivers a way to further enjoy their passion for cars by notably sharpening an already excellent dynamic package.  The performance package includes 18-inch wheels, sport-tuned suspension with firmer shocks and about a half-inch lower ride height.

Power + Control = Driving Pleasure
All of the sophisticated dynamic hardware is managed by a Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System (VDIM) on the IS 350.  Most recently introduced on the 2006 Lexus GS 430 and RX 400h, VDIM is designed to complement the inherently excellent dynamics of the new IS. 

2006 Lexus IS 250/350/5-5-5-5

VDIM enhances handling, traction and brake control systems that normally react to an already unstable condition by anticipating tire slippage before a skid, slide or wheel spin occurs and make stabilizing corrections that maximize dynamic capability.  This coupled with tight integration of all systems makes VDIM feel transparent to the driver, minimizing distractions during the driving task. 
To do this, VDIM uses an active-control strategy that takes its cues from a comprehensive range of sensors, including steering angle, yaw rate, deceleration, brake pressure, brake pedal stroke, wheel speed and others.  Their signals are used individually by the various traction control systems and collectively by VDIM.  These systems include electronic throttle, traction control, ABS, EBD, VSC and EPS.

For the IS, VDIM is programmed to allow drivers to probe deeper into the limits of handling before discreetly, but effectively applying braking, throttle and steering assistance.  This approach is designed to maximize driving fun without giving away control to the elements.  At the same time, control in marginal driving conditions is maintained to help drivers on even the most difficult roads.

Fresh, Dynamic, Functional Design—with Luxury in Abundance
With its styling clearly influenced by Lexus recent LF-series of concept cars, the new IS shows a strong family resemblance with its stable mate, the 2006 GS, while capturing its own distinctively sporty, yet upscale essence.  A notably wide stance and long wheelbase, coupled with tightly drawn bodywork, lends a muscular and sophisticated style. 

Both interior space and dynamic performance benefit from increases in overall length (3.5 in.), width (3.0 in.), wheelbase (+2.4 in.) and tread (1.9 in. rear).

The roomy, luxurious yet sporty cabin is complemented by intelligently designed displays and controls designed to make driving both simple and pleasurable.  Bright, clear Optitron gauges, and smartly integrated metallic and available bird’s eye maple trim, help create a luxurious, yet no-nonsense ambience.  New interior materials and attention to detail leaves no doubt that this newest IS represents the heart of Lexus – quality.

2006 Lexus IS 250/350/6-6-6-6

An important contributor to performance, fuel economy and stability lies in the new IS aerodynamic package.  Carefully shaped body contours, a subtle ducktail shape of the trunk lid, and specially shaped “air kick” tail lamps contribute to a low exterior drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.28.

The low Cd is enhanced with careful attention to underbody-airflow management, which not only reduces drag but is also designed to minimize and balance front/rear lift.  Carefully designed underbody elements help smooth the surfaces or re-direct air around obtrusions in order to promote airflow and minimize turbulence under the car.

The resulting low-drag body makes best use of engine power, and the low lift enhances high-speed stability and handling balance.

Luxury, Comfort and Convenience Not to be Missed
While the sound of more than 300 hp will resonate with driving enthusiasts, everyone will appreciate Lexus’ ability to keep undesirable noises from spoiling the party.  A highly rigid yet lightweight body creates the starting point.  To this Lexus adds strategically placed noise-suppression materials, including Lexus-like attention to detail such as noise-absorbing sun visors.  Acoustic-windshield glass also contributes to the quiet cabin.

The attention paid to aerodynamic drag also pays off here with low wind noise – above and below the car.  IS designers also gave careful thought to the A-pillar and outside rear-view mirror shapes in order to suppress wind noise in a notoriously difficult location.  And special seals around doors and windows help keep what little noise is generated, outside. 

The newly luxurious and sporty demeanor of the newest IS sedans are fed by a comprehensive list of safety, comfort and luxury features seldom found in its class.  For example, SmartAccess keyless entry with push-button start is standard, and features such as a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel and touch-screen navigation system with back-up camera are available. 
These and other features available on the new IS, such as new dual (low and high beam) High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and heated/ventilated front seats are normally found only in more expensive luxury cars.

A dual zone automatic climate control keeps temperatures from becoming a point of argument, while back seat passengers enjoy their own A/C vents.

2006 Lexus IS 250/350/7-7-7-7

Safety in Mind
Like all Lexus vehicles, the new IS packs a wide range of dynamic and active safety systems like Traction Control (TRAC), anti-lock brakes (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Daytime Running Lamps (DRL).  A new Tire Pressure Monitor System helps the driver maintain tire pressures that are both safe and optimal for ride and handling.

The new IS body construction plays a central role here as well, with a rigid passenger cell and careful design of sub-structures to absorb or dissipate collision energy.  In addition to an advanced driver-side front airbag, the all-new IS has a new twin-chamber front passenger airbag, a world-first development designed to reduced secondary injuries related to airbag deployment.  The IS also comes with driver and front passenger knee airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags and front seat side-mounted airbags to greatly enhance the passive safety of the new IS.  First introduced on the LS 430, Lexus’ pre-Collision System (PCS) is now also available on the new IS.  The PCS uses a millimeter-wave radar sensor to help detect obstacles in front of the car and a pre-collision system computer with vehicle speed, steering angle and yaw-rate inputs that help to determine in advance whether a collision is unavoidable.  It then preemptively retracts front seat belts and pre-initializes Brake Assist so that increased braking is applied the instant the brake pedal is depressed.

Music Power – With Sophistication

The standard audio system in the IS plays like the Lexus Premium Audio System it is.
With 194 watts of music power and 13 speakers, it puts many “premium” systems in stark contrast.  It includes a convenient mini-jack in the center console that will allow iPod and MP3 players to send their music through the IS’ amplifiers and speakers.

Like its Lexus stable mates, the new IS now offers an optional Mark Levinson Premium Audio System to please the most discerning audiophiles.  The system offers 300 watts of power, 14 speakers (including a center speaker and sub woofer) and 7.1-channel speaker architecture.
The new Lexus IS luxury sport sedans will go on sale in North America in October.  Prices will be announced near the on-sale date.

Credit: Lexus USA

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Aluminum bearing cages?? No thank you. What's next- aluminum rollers?? The weight this saves is completely meaningless and undetectible even with sophisticated instrumented testing. But whatever. I would hope they're well-proven but they would not install confidence in me at all. Lovely 'plood'. ^ ;)
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I like the chromed door handle (the big one), but I can already see the fingerprints that will get all over it.
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Just wait till the fuel economy for the new IS comes out ... a lot of people will be in for quite a "surprise".
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Just wait till the fuel economy for the new IS comes out ... a lot of people will be in for quite a "surprise".

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Any elaboration on that? :huh:
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Any elaboration on that? :huh:

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I'm not one to brag ... but the fuel economy will be very good, likely class leading.

Check out Lexus.ca, and the specs posted there ... the fuel economy is already up ... but Transport Canada tests a bit differently than the EPA ... EPA ratings are not out yet.

Oh and don't be fooled by the MPG numbers on the Lexus Canada site .... it's a unit conversion difference ... Imperial vs US Gallon. Edited by gmrebirth
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I'm not one to brag ... but the fuel economy will be very good, likely class leading.

Check out Lexus.ca, and the specs posted there ... the fuel economy is already up ... but Transport Canada tests a bit differently than the EPA ... EPA ratings are not out yet.

Oh and don't be fooled by the MPG numbers on the Lexus Canada site .... it's a unit conversion difference ... Imperial vs US Gallon.

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Ah.

IS250 AWD (city/hwy): 27/37 mpg
IS250 RWD: 29/42 mpg
IS350 RWD: 26/37 mpg

If the EPA numbers aren't too different, this really will be impressive.
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Ah.

IS250 AWD (city/hwy): 27/37 mpg
IS250 RWD: 29/42 mpg
IS350 RWD: 26/37 mpg

If the EPA numbers aren't too different, this really will be impressive.

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No no ... that's what I meant to not be fooled ... those are in Imperial Gallons which are about 25% larger than US gallons.

Here are some estimated economy numbers based on US gallons from Lexus forums:

IS250 AWD (auto) - 23/30
IS250 RWD (auto) - 25/35
IS250 RWD (manual) - 20/30
IS350 RWD (auto) - 22/30

No doubt these are still impressive ... especially considering the 2IS is quite porky and is RWD.
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No no ... that's what I meant to not be fooled ... those are in Imperial Gallons which are about 25% larger than US gallons.

Here are some estimated economy numbers based on US gallons from Lexus forums:

IS250 AWD (auto) - 23/30
IS250 RWD (auto) - 25/35
IS250 RWD (manual) - 20/30
IS350 RWD (auto) - 22/30

No doubt these are still impressive ... especially considering the 2IS is quite porky and is RWD.

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Oh, well I knew Canada has different "gallons"...I just didn't know it was 25% different. :ph34r:
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Didn't we see some Cobalt SS (non-S/C) window sticker and when we converted it to US gallons it was like 40MPG highway but its really only rated at 34?
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There is plans for a IS hybrid already, but MPG looks good already, that makse no sense to me like the Civic hybrid
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Based on the Canadian fuel economy ratings for both the IS350 and current IS300, the newer model will have about 20% better fuel economy despite having an increase of over 40% more horsepower. That's very impressive. On the other hand, the current IS300 has exceptionally poor fuel economy (18/24 mpg for the U.S. model) due to the old inline engine and short gearing. If real-world fuel economy proves to be this good for the new model, that would be a major advantage over the thirsty Infiniti G35.
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