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2021 Lexus IS To Get a Slew Of Updates; Next Generation Still A Few Years Away

It appears as though the current Lexus IS generation will live on longer and go out with a bang.


  • Unlike the GS, the IS will live on as the car we know but with a number of upgrades.

  • One upgrade may be the return of the 5.0-litre V8, if only for a short while.

  • Rumour has it the next IS will be sourced in part from Mazda, remain RWD and get a straight-6.


There’s no need to argue: The last two, of three, generations of the Lexus IS never lived up to expectations and the hype that the first-gen IS created. Thankfully, the IS always retained its RWD or AWD layout but it never managed to threaten the Germans, once more, as the 1998-2003 IS did. The current Lexus IS was introduced for the 2013 model and id ageing. A full overhaul was expected however it would seem as though it will only be updated.

 

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2021 IS 500 WITH V8 COMING ? ?? ______________________________________ [5/18/20] #acnLexus Last week I posted an updated on the upcoming 2021 Lexus IS and how it will not be ALL new and instead will use the same N-platform it is on now though being heavily retuned and revised with wider tracks and other changes. This means a true ground up new IS is still in the works, possibly on a Mazda RWD platform, but the 2021 IS will come with a new IS 500 model and the glorious 5.0L V8! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ? @Allcarnews Spec Sheet: Now the rest of The 2021 Lexus IS lineup will keep all of the current engines which include a 2.0L Turbo 4 making 241HP and 258 lb-ft of torque and two 3.5L V6 options ranging from 260HP and 236 lb-ft of torque and 311HP and 277 lb-ft of torque. Originally, the IS500 was rumored to come with a 416HP 3.5L TT V6 but I can gladly say it will have the last application of the Lexus naturally aspirated 5.0L V8 which currently makes 472HP in the RC-F! All engines will have an 8 speed gearbox for RWD and AWD models. The IS-F name though has been and will remain dead even though the upcoming IS500 has the same engine. ? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Outside expect to see styling just like in the renders above, sort of like a sportier baby version of the new LS! Now this is not a facelift but is more of a mild new generation version so we are getting all new body panels, new LED lights, wider front and rear track and more! The biggest feature is expected to be the new interior with a touchscreen/mouse infotainment, new steeringwheel, buttons, gauges and more! An unveil date is not out but I have heard it should be shown off later this Summer or Fall! ________________________________________ ACN EXTRA: You people better buy up the new IS-500 with F-Sport appearance pack and cherish the last Lexus with this engine! ________________________________________ Text by @allcarnews #Lexus #LF1 #Lc500 #V8 #Urus #Toyota #LS500 #LFA #LCF #drive #carbon ||#powerful #performance #turbocharged #supercharged #advanced #SupercarsRevamped #Supercar #HyperCar #ItsWhiteNoise #CarLifeStyle #MadWhips #CupGang #Carstagram #Black

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The “bad news” is that the Lexus IS will carry on with only aesthetic changes both inside and out – changes that are unlikely to increase the car’s appeal, which has dwindled quite a bit over the last few years. We say “bad news” as fundamentally, the IS is not a bad car. The “good news” is that when it will be updated, assumingly for the 2021 model year, Lexus will drop a 5.0-litre V8 under its bonnet for the final time. All of this comes from allcarnews on Instagram.

2012 Lexus IS F | Photo: Lexus

At one point, all thought that Lexus was to set up a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 in the car but we think costs were a factor in going with the superbly smooth and responsive 5.0-litre. If you’re keeping tabs, the IS will become the only car in its segment with a V8, if it actually happens. Interestingly, Lexus might simply name the car IS 500 and not IS F as it once did for the V8-equipped IS.

Mazda Is Working On A New Inline-6 Cylinder Engine And An 8-speed Automatic Transmission

Finally, the next-generation Lexus IS may become the Lexus IS enthusiasts all want. Rumour has it that Lexus will make good use of Mazda’s upcoming RWD platform and straight-6 cylinder engine.

2012 Lexus IS F | Photo: Lexus

2020 Lexus IS | Photo: Lexus

Lexus IS | Photo: Lexus

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