This one’s honed on the track

Lexus on Monday unveiled a new generation of its IS small sedan, one boasting sharper looks than its predecessor, new infotainment technology and a chassis honed on the track.

The new IS is due in showrooms this fall as a 2021 model and will be the first Lexus sharpened for the track, according to the automaker.

To ensure the new IS meets this newfound focus, the car was developed extensively on the track, specifically at the recently established Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama, which contains a series of separate tracks including one designed to simulate the Nürburgring.

As a result, the new IS has benefited from increased body rigidity and suspension upgrades to enhance its driving characteristics over the previous IS, with which it shares a platform. The new IS measures 185.2 inches long and 72.4 inches wide, wider and longer by an inch than the previous model. The wheelbase is

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From the Archives, Mercedes-Benz G-Wagens Do G-Wagen Things

Classic Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen: A Ride Fit for the Pope, 2007

The Vatican has a long, illustrious history with the tri-pointed star, so it’s no surprise we stumbled across this image of the Papamobil being used as intended. Of course, there are other interesting Popemobile’s, too.

Classic Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen: Variety Is the Spice of Life, 1984

It’s easy to forget the G is hardly the biggest truck to wear the Mercedes crest. Even the dimensionally impressive S-Class is absolutely dwarfed by the mighty Unimog.

Classic Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen: Using the Cabrio as Intended, 1979

If you’ve got the room, bring as many friends as you can, just like this cluster of people in a G-Wagen cabrio.

Classic Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen: Crash Test

We’re not saying the older G-Wagens are deathtraps, but we wouldn’t volunteer for any high-speed maneuvering, as there just isn’t much of a crumple zone.

Classic Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen: Gone Fishin’

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