Lexus IS Chief Engineer admits that BMW is the one to beat.
Motor Trend magazine interviewed Junichi Furuyama, the new Chief Engineer of the Lexus IS about the new IS.
“My mission is to overtake the BMW 3-Series as number one in the compact sedan category,” says Furuyama. “That is the way I see it. That is the task we are assigned.”
Furuyama admits that the previous IS fell short in the performance department.
“As soon as I was assigned to be IS chief engineers of the IS, I drove all the rival cars and studies all the differences,” he says. “Unfortunately, while I thought the IS was one of the sportier and more enjoyable cars in this segment, I found out that the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class … CONTINUED
Here are results from the Sport Auto performance test comparing the 2013 Alpina B6 (F13) versus the 2013 M6 (F13) coupe.
The Alpina B6 Biturbo (full specs) is powered by BMW’s 4.4L V8 engine rated at 540hp and 730nm torque and top speed of 334 km/h.
The M6 features 560hp and 680Nm torque with a top speed of 305 km/h.
An F30POST member decided to have fun with some Youtube videos and have an unscientific look to see how the BMW Activehybrid 3 stacks up against other hybrids – the Activehybrid 5, the GS-450h, M35h.
The Activehybrid 3 appeared to corroborate BMW’s factory quoted performance numbers and beat out the AH5, GS-450h and M35h.
The Infiniti Q50 sedan (formerly known as the G37) made its debut at the 2013 NAIAS this week. As in previous generations, the Q50 sedan is Infiniti’s answer the latest 3 Series (F30).
Like the G37 that it replaces, the Q50 will be powered by a 3.7L V6 outputting 328hp / 269lb-ft (compared to the 328i at 240hp/255tq and 335i at 302hp / 295tq), powering the rear wheels (AWD optional) and paired with a 7 speed automatic transmission (paddle shifters optional). There is also a hybrid model coming.
The Infiniti Q50′s four-wheel independent multilink suspension is made from aluminum components, with a single pivot double wishbone design in front and multi-link design with coil springs and Dual Flow Path shock absorbers in rear.
The Q50 will debut Direct … CONTINUED
Check out the dyno results of an F10 M5 versus a C63 AMG Black Series and E63 AMG with Performance Package.
The first photos of the 2014 Lexus IS have just been revealed. In F-Sport guise, the IS is a direct competitor to the F30 3 Series M Sport.
Much like the BMW F30′s M Sport package, the IS F Sport package includes items such as an aerodynamic kit, larger wheels, lower suspension and sportier interior trim, with no changes to the powerplant.
The new 2014 IS has been built on a longer wheelbase and will offer more interior space than the predecessor. It will launch with a choice of two V6 engines – a 2.5L and 3.5L, with a four-cylinder hybrid powerplant to come later. Specs and comparisons to the F30 will be forthcoming, but for now, let’s see how the IS … CONTINUED
Sport Auto takes the BMW 1M coupe and M135i to the Hockenheim track for a track and performance showdown.
Listen to a back-to-back comparison of the factory F30 3 series 335i exhaust versus the F30 335i M Performance Exhaust System.
Auto Express UK track tests the new BMW M135i versus the Subaru WRX STI 340R. Here’s how they compare on paper.
3 liter inline 6 cylinder
316 hp / 450 Nm torque
0-62 mph (0-100kmh) in 5.1 seconds (manual), 4.9 seconds (automatic)
Weight: 3174 lbs
Subaru WRX STI 340R:
2.5 liter 4 cylinder
316 hp / 450 Nm torque
0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds
Weight: 3249 lbs