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Old 05-29-2005, 01:58 AM
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Japan's Future Rockets

"Nissan Chief Carlos Ghosn has a record for making good on his promises, and his vow to bring us a Skyline GT-R appears right on track, but Lexus may be cooking up a competitor."

At the Geneva Motor show in March, Lexus launched its new BMW fighters, the IS models, introducing the V6 powered IS 250 and IS 350. But is there another IS that will punch the performance even higher?

Rumors from Japan point to a high-performance uber IS powered by a modified 4.3 liter V8 producing 400hp, but speculation also suggests a possible 3.5 liter hybrid with equal pulling power. At the same time, the German automotive press is going gaga over word Lexus has registered the name IS 460 - suggesting the possibility of an even more powerful autobahner with a 4.6 liter V8 under the hood.

Recent photos from the Nurburgring show a disguised IS prototype with twin exhaust pipes, a hood vent and upturned trunk lid, all indicating this is the high-performance IS 430, if not the bolder IS 460.

Meanwhile the car Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn has promised in time for the 2007 Tokyo motor show - the Skyline GT-R - appears to be running through its paces in the form of a super-powered, special-bodied Infiniti G35 Coupe. The all-wheel-drive Skyline will be powered by a 450hp, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, with suspension tuned by Lotus engineers.
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After reading this, I was a little surprised that Lexus is upping the performance levels of the IS to such a high degree. Enough so that it may be a GTR competitor.
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Are there any date ? When will these cars be out ? It will be easier to make more power out of the V6 TT, than a V8 4.6

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Old 05-30-2005, 12:41 AM
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I know the new IS 350 should be out later this year. I'm guessing the 430 should be out the following year.

As for the GTR, who knows really. Some people are saying 2008 and some are saying 2007. I have a feeling that the car will be concidered a 2008, but will come out sometime in 2007. This year's Tokyo Autoshow should give us some more answers.
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