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This V8-Swapped Lexus IS200 Is A Livid Mix Of Toyota, Mercedes And Opel

CT user Kevin’s IS200 uses a GS430’s 3UZFE V8 and an eclectic combine of parts from other brands

Lexus - This V8-Swapped Lexus IS200 Is A Mad Mix Of Toyota, Mercedes And Opel - Tuning

Final week, we learned that Lexus is sticking a V8 in its most original compact saloon to invent the lengthily titled ‘IS 500 F Sport Efficiency‘. An all-new, nat-asp V8 sports actions saloon in 2021 is a uncommon and improbable fragment of knowledge, but there’s a make a selection – it’s for the North American market ideal.

We Europeans will have to peek solace within the classifieds where we may maybe maybe perhaps (if we’re lucky) to find regarded as some of the few IS Fs Lexus supplied over right here. Or we produce something rather more provocative: practice within the footsteps of CT reader Kevin, who’s V8-swapped an IS200.

Lexus - This V8-Swapped Lexus IS200 Is A Mad Mix Of Toyota, Mercedes And Opel - Tuning

Spain-based mostly fully Kevin kept it within the Toyota family for his mission, opting to suit a 4.3-litre 3UZFE from the Lexus GS430. Resplendent for between 282bhp – 302bhp and 307lb toes of torque – 325 looking out on the version you hurry for, the 3UZFE is a broad possibility for the main-gen IS, in particular since its all-aluminium constructing helps preserve the weight down. Amusingly, Kevin experiences that on a motorway cruise, he indisputably will get better fuel economy than he did with the usual 1GFE inline-six.

It’s a quite easy swap, too. The V8 sits on OEM engine mounts and goes in with ideal a miniature widening of the transmission tunnel and a few changes to the utilize manifold flanges. Vitality goes to the rear thru a 5-hump automated gearbox, a modified prop shaft and a miniature-lope differential.

Lexus - This V8-Swapped Lexus IS200 Is A Mad Mix Of Toyota, Mercedes And Opel - Tuning

The twin utilize system runs straight from the manifolds to a pair of custom Cherrybomb resonators, with the possibility to divert to a few extra silencers by using a converse of valves when a more refined present is compulsory.

It sits on a brand new converse of coilovers, with the chassis extra spruced up thru the correct of adjustable camber hands and a homemade front expansive brake kit. The latter part is maybe the quirkiest bit of the general get, consisting of Mercedes W220 S-Class Brembo calipers (powder covered yellow, natch) and 345mm discs pinched from a W163 ML55.

Lexus - This V8-Swapped Lexus IS200 Is A Mad Mix Of Toyota, Mercedes And Opel - Tuning

The 2001 IS has been treaded to varied TRD parts, a personalized steel widebody kit, and a Vauxhall/Opel Astra OPC/VXR rear fly “in consequence of why now no longer,” Kevin says. It’s been given a converse of deep-dished Ultralite RSZ Shogun 18-creep wheels and carried out BMW’s Atlantis Blue. Toyota Altezza badging inner and exterior completes the witness of a car.

In all chance this Lexus’ ideal success is the formulation it so neatly blends parts borrowed from other Toyota products with surprising additions from in varied locations. There are more developments on that front too, with Kevin currently eying up a Ford SVT supercharger kit, of all things. A manual gearbox transplant is furthermore on the cards.

Lexus - This V8-Swapped Lexus IS200 Is A Mad Mix Of Toyota, Mercedes And Opel - Tuning

We’re no strangers to the functionality of the IS200, having overhauled one staunch into a monitor weapon a few years within the past. Our mission and Kevin’s trace that there are a couple of routes to head with the Lexus saloon, even if the IS maybe isn’t basically the most evident starting level for a get. Kevin, place in thoughts our hats well and genuinely doffed.

Lexus - This V8-Swapped Lexus IS200 Is A Mad Mix Of Toyota, Mercedes And Opel - Tuning

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