Originally Posted by mjmonjure
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.
which is why we are carrying over the same engines from the last generation IS, which is probably #3 or #4 at best in the compact luxury/sport sedan category.
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