Lexus will take advantage of the partnership that Toyota, its moms and dad company, developed with BMW, according to a recent report. The next-generation IS will presumably include a straight-six engine obtained from the BMW parts bin.
Japanese magazine Best Car found out the six in concern is the 3.0-liter unit discovered in the Z4, the M340i, and the born-again Toyota Supra presented at the 2019 Detroit auto show. It makes and 382 horsepower in the Z4 M40i and the M340i, and 335 horsepower in the Supra. The IS will remain rear-wheel drive, but we don’t understand which transmission(s) the six will be available with.
The engine scheme will also include numerous four-cylinders, a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain, and, intriguingly, a version of the twin-turbocharged V6 found in the LS. The straight-six will power Lexus’ answer to the M340i, while the V6-powered, F-badged model will contend head-to-head against the M3.
The magazine also reported the next IS would keep the present model’s dimensions. However, it will weigh less since it will ride on a rear-wheel-drive variant of the modular platform found under recent additions to the Toyota family like the Prius, the Corolla, and the Camry. It will be sharper to drive than the present model, too; Lexus is doing all it can to re-establish the model as a true competitor in the sports sedan section. It’s affordable to presume the RC coupe will take advantage of the same upgrades– assuming it returns for a new generation.
Finest Car has been spot-on and totally off the mark recently, so it’s challenging to state how accurate the report is. If it’s true, it would be extremely ambiguous to see a car established particularly to remove the 3 Series get here on the marketplace with a BMW-sourced engine. Lexus and BMW haven’t commented on the story, so we’ll need to wait up until the next IS makes its debut in 2021 to discover what it’s powered by.
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