My Day at Road Atlanta.

As you may know. Last year I won the Jalopnik and Blipshift T-Shirt contest thanks to my "Smoking Permitted" design and the grand prize was a one day, High Performance, Skip Barber Racing School. I Registered for the course at Road Atlanta on March 18th, and hit the road! » 3/23/14 4:45pm 3/23/14 4:45pm

Top Gear Pits BMW M3 Vs. Lexus IS-F, We Translate Stig's Morse Code

If you had a chance to see last night's episode of Top Gear you'd have seen the four-door BMW M3 take to the track against the Lexus IS-F. You'd also see Stig take the IS-F for a power lap, again while listening to the sounds of Morse code. The inability to understand what Stiggie was saying / hearing due to all those… » 12/01/08 8:40pm 12/01/08 8:40pm

Lexus Tuner Sextet Heading To SEMA

Lexus is bringing a fleet of vehicles to the SEMA » 10/29/08 2:20pm 10/29/08 2:20pm show next week, including an as close to an F as possible without being a . Just in case you prefer the IS F, the company handed four of them over to various tuners and magazines, including one to our friends at , to do up for the Vegas extravaganza. In addition to…

Jalopnik Visits Hennesey Performance: Track Addicts, The Corvette ZR1…

With the demise of the Viper looming, Hennessey Performance is setting itself up to continue providing tuning services well into the future. Surprisingly, Hennessey will be working on the 2009 Corvette ZR1, a car that the company acknowledged as the Viper's enemy. They're also working on offering a kit for the Lexus… » 7/10/08 5:20pm 7/10/08 5:20pm

Mystery Lexus IS: Turbo? Hybrid?

Let the Nürburgring mysteries continue! Today's super secret car out testing on the 'ring is clearly a Lexus IS, but the intel from our spies at BridgeToGantry is limited at the moment. Under that camo, there's some sort of faded paint job inspired by a '70s custom van which leads us to believe the car may be displayed… » 5/08/08 4:20pm 5/08/08 4:20pm

Lexus IS Convertible Spied Testing in Germany?

One of the posters at Club Lexus managed to get their hands on a scan from some unknown German magazine with a shot of what is purported to be a Lexus IS convertible in light camouflage. The claimed horsepower numbers range from 177 to 423 horsepower, which covers the IS from the entry-level diesel (in Europe) to the » 2/26/08 9:30am 2/26/08 9:30am

Lexus IS-F, Part 4

Why You Should Buy This Car:
Lightning-fast acceleration, massive globs of handling and most likely the finest brakes we've ever stomped. World-class performance from an unlikely source, and that equals stealth. The eight-speed transmission means even with performance on par with the competition, you 'll get better… » 11/08/07 11:45am 11/08/07 11:45am

Lexus IS-F, Part 3

Exterior Design: ***
Among the people to whom I showed the IS-F, reaction was mixed. Some absolutely loved it. Others, not so much. I'm right in the middle. Not counting the fab-looking wheels there are three major differences between the steroidal F model and a regular IS. 1) Front end. The brake-cooling inlets both… » 11/07/07 11:00am 11/07/07 11:00am

Lexus IS-F, Part 1

Remember back 20 years when Mercedes and BMW scoffed at the idea of a Japanese luxury competitor? They weren't alone; basically everyone did. Well, we guarantee those companies are doing anything but scoffing now. This time around, with Lexus going after the Germans' most profitable niche - hottie factory tuners -… » 11/05/07 12:00pm 11/05/07 12:00pm