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Lexus boss John Roca has told The Australian that the Japanese luxury brand is currently developing multiple new variants as well as a new model.

First of the lot to arrive will be the Lexus IS-F, a competitor to the new BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and Audi’s aging RS4. The IS-F will pack a 5.0-litre V8, good for around 300kW. It will put its power down through the rear wheels using an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

But the “F” is not going to be limited just to the IS series, much like BMW with the M series, Audi with the RS series and Mercedes with its AMG models, Lexus plans to introduce “F” variants across the range, including GS-F and even LS-F limos!

Lexus GS-460

As important as the “F” variants will be, Toyota’s Luxury arm will also add hybrid variants to every model. So the choices will range from a full-blown performance machine to a hybrid system – all in the same model!

All this extra work is in preparation for Lexus to meet its goal of selling over 1 million cars in the next two-three years. But the “F” and hybrid variants just won’t be enough, there needs to be an entry-model Lexus, one to compete with the Audi A3 and BMW 1-series – and there will be.

According to Roca, Lexus is currently working on a smaller and cheaper Lexus model to compete in the bottom end of the luxury market. However that won’t be here for another few years.

IS250 X

Lexus will also bring the IS coupe/convertible to Australia later in the year, having recently lunched the IS250 X (a feature-packed IS250 from $64,790) to sustain interest.

Saving the best till last, the Lexus model which should scare the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini is the LF-A supercar, the car which has apparently set records around the infamous Nürburgring is now delayed till 2011.

Source: The Australian.




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