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Report: 2014 Lexus IS Will Ride On Stretched FT-86 Platform

By Viknesh Vijayenthiran

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November 29th, 2010

The current generation Lexus IS is only in the middle of its product life cycle, a lightly refreshed version having been introduced only a couple of months back, so it’s safe to say that the next-generation of the popular four-door is still some years away. According to a new report, the next generation Lexus IS will arrive in 2013 as a 2014 model and we can expect it to be sportier than ever.

That’s because the new car is expected to ride on a stretched version of the platform underpinning the upcoming rear-wheel drive ‘joint-sports coupe’ from Toyota and Subaru. The guys at Road & Track are reporting that Toyota engineers are working on a four-door version of the FT-86 and a more luxurious version of this car will be sold around the globe as the 2014 Lexus IS.

The Lexus will miss out on the turbocharged 2.0-liter ‘boxer’ engine destined for the Toyota and Subaru versions of the car. Instead, the new IS will reportedly feature a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-banger and a 3.6-liter six-cylinder mill, both engines based on Subaru’s horizontally-opposed boxer designs. The high-performance IS-F variant will retain a V-8 engine but could pick up an optional six-speed manual transmission.

With a sports car derived chassis, more powerful engines and potentially hybrid and wagon variants, the new 2014 Lexus IS will certainly give its German rivals a run for their money. We'll keep you posted on the latest as it breaks.

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http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1051989_report-2014-lexus-is-will-ride-on-stretched-ft-86-platform

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Rumormill: 2014 Lexus IS to ride on stretched Toyota FT-86 platform

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Nov 30th 2010 at 1:01PM

If, like us, you've been racking your brain to figure out how Toyota is possibly going to be able to offer the FT-86 anywhere near its price target, Road & Track may have part of the answer for you. The magazine is reporting that the next-generation Lexus IS will ride on a stretched version of the low-dollar coupe's platform, allowing Toyota to spread the development costs between the two models. With the production version of the FT-86 due in dealerships in 2012, the IS is expected to bow shortly thereafter in 2013.

Of course, this also helps explain some of the IS Coupe rumors we've been hearing recently, too.

An added nugget of goodness in this news is that the next-generation IS may be a sharper car in every way thanks to its shared bloodline with the sporty FT-86. Toyota head honcho Akio Toyoda has already made it clear that he would like to see his company's products return to their sporty roots, and as a result, the new IS should be quite a bit more athletic than its predecessor. Don't expect to see the Subaru-sourced flat four in the nose of the Lexus, though. Chances are the four-door will still get its power from derivatives of the four- and six-cylinder options currently available.

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http://www.autoblog.com/2010/11/30/rumormill-2014-lexus-is-to-ride-on-stretched-toyota-ft-86-platf/

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