If you like the look of the IS-F, but can do without the grunt, this is the Lexus for you!
Revealed at Australiaís Sydney Motor Show, itís called the IS250 Sports Concept. And itís much closer to a production reality than its name suggests. The newcomer is based around the standard IS250, and it retains that modelís 2.5-litre V6 petrol powerplant. But just about everything else has been tweaked.
A new braking package is fitted, adding larger cross-drilled discs all-round for improved stopping power. The suspension is also upgraded to include Bilstein dampers and springs, while body flex is reduced thanks to anti-roll bars stiffening up the chassis.
A performance air intake and a sports exhaust help up power to 210bhp, while other modifications include a harder-wearing clutch and a short-shift kit for the manual gearbox. And to make it look more like the V8-engined IS-F, Lexus has added front and rear lip spoilers, chunky side skirts and 19-inch graphite grey alloys.
Bosses say the IS Sports Concept is designed to attract younger customers to the brand Ė but sadly not in the UK. For the moment at least, Lexus plans to release the saloon only in the US and Australia.