CT consumer Kevin’s IS200 uses a GS430’s 3UZFE V8 and a good eclectic mix of parts from all other brands
Last week, we found that Lexus is adhering a V8 in its most recent compact saloon to make the lengthily titled ‘ IS 500 F Sports activity Performance ‘. A good all-new, nat-asp V8 sports activities saloon in 2021 is really a rare and fantastic part of news, but there’s the catch – it’s for your North American market only.
We Europeans will need to seek solace in the classified listings where we might (if we are lucky) find one of the couple of IS Fs Lexus marketed over here. Or we all do something even more interesting: stick to in the footsteps of CT viewer Kevin, who’s V8-swapped a good IS200.
Spain-based Kevin held it in the Toyota family for his task, opting to fit a four. 3-litre 3UZFE from the Lexus GS430. Good for between 282bhp – 302bhp and 307lb ft of torque – 325 depending on the version you go for, the particular 3UZFE is a great option for the particular first-gen IS, particularly considering that its all-aluminium construction assists in keeping the weight down. Amusingly, Kevin reports that on a freeway cruise, he actually will get better fuel economy compared to he did with the first 1GFE inline-six.
It’s a relatively straightforward exchange, too. The V8 rests on OEM engine brackets and goes in with merely a slight widening of the tranny tunnel and some modifications towards the exhaust manifold flanges. Energy goes to the rear through a five-speed automatic gearbox, a revised prop shaft and a limited-slip differential.
The dual exhaust system operates straight from the manifolds to some pair of custom Cherrybomb resonators, with the option to divert for some additional silencers via a group of valves when a more delicate note is wanted.
It sits on the new set of coilovers, using the chassis further spruced upward through the fitting of changeable camber arms and a home made front big brake package. The latter element is perhaps the particular quirkiest bit of the whole create, consisting of Mercedes W220 S-Class Brembo calipers (powder covered yellow, natch) and 345mm discs pinched from a W163 ML55.
The 2001 IS continues to be treaded to various TRD components, a custom-made steel widebody kit, and a Vauxhall/Opel Astra OPC/VXR rear wing “because why not, ” Kevin states. It’s been given a set of deep-dished Ultralite RSZ Shogun 18″ wheels and finished BMW’s Atlantis Blue. Toyota Altezza badging inside and away completes the look of a vehicle.
Perhaps this particular Lexus’ greatest success could be the way it so nicely blends parts borrowed from all other Toyota products with unforeseen additions from elsewhere. You can find more developments on that will front too, with Kevin currently eying up the Ford SVT supercharger package, of all things. A guide gearbox transplant is also around the cards.
We’re no other people to the potential of the IS200, having overhauled one in to a track weapon a few years back . Our project plus Kevin’s show that there are several routes to go with the Lexus saloon, even if the IS perhaps is not the most obvious starting point for a construct. Kevin, consider our caps well and truly doffed.
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