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Afternoon all,

I have recently been looking into the possibility of buying a lexus IS200.

When i was reading up the tech spec of them it states that they are 153bhp, however some of the cars on autotrader are being advertised as 210bhp.. Which I presume is the imported altezza???

The problem is when i buy my next car I will probably have just turned 22.. and insurance companies wont insure peeps under 25 (new policies) on imported cars, regardless of their spec.

I was wondering why the UK version is 153bhp, but the import version is 210... are they different engines?

Is there any way of getting the UK version at 210bhp?

Cheers

Mart

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Welcome to the club! Enjoy!

UK IS200 - 2.0 litre straight 6 cylinder engine

Jap Import Altezza RS200 - 2.0 litre 4 cylinder engine.

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the alteza rs200 210bhp is a different 4cyl engine then the uk IS200 which are all 153bhp straight 6 engines. you can get the uk engine up to approx 210 bph with a bolt on supercharger from TTE for about 3k

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Ahh that would explain that one then!

How easy is to get parts for the altezza???

I am wondering, does anyone know of any insurance companies which might consider insuring me on an altezza as they arent really a high insurance rated car!

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does scott do insurance aswell now :unsure:

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i think if insurance is your concern, id stick with an IS200..

plus it will be better specced, for the money, milage may be higher but its a 6 cylinder which lasts much longer than a 4 pot

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I wouldnt mind a IS200, the only problem is the amount of horses which it is pushing.

Im not a complete BHP junkie... or a boy racer.. but my car now has Just shy of 130bhp now.. and to fork out another £4k on top of the money I would get for my car, seems a lot of money to fork out for that extra 20 Hp.

I know that it isnt just the extra BHP i would be getting, as its all of the class which comes with owning a lexus, but i dont want to get 6 months down the line and think... I need something with a little extra poke.

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what do you drive now....have you actually driven the IS200 or Altezza yet? :blink:

i have to say, having driven plenty of both IS200 and altezza,s there isnt much init for "feel" when it comes to accelerating, the altezza and is200 you both have to rev the nuts of them to make them shift,

the 6 cylinder mind you, is much more torquey and far far smoother

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i felt the same mate (had a t5 volvo) BUT i then put a supercharger on and there you have it extra bhp on tap, power as well top speed 140 and nice car with it all. the supercharger is £3000 fitted. :D

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please dont flame me but i own a modified ford escort.

it not a fast an furious jobbie, but i figured i had to get the whole modified thing out of my system some time.

Its a nice car and is a nippy one at times too, but as im growing up a little so to speak, I wanted to look at something which was more of an investment!

if i could get close to 200bhp i would be chuffed as.

And to answer someone else question:.. Nope I have never driven a lexus... but a friend of mine owned a IS300, and it was amazing inside.

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well the is200 can easily attain 200bhp+ with the addition of the supercharger upgrade

which you can get once your insurance premiums come down a little......

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The insurance isnt tooo bad for me at this moment in time.

When i got quoted it was about £700 which for someone of my age wasnt too bad at all!

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please dont flame me but i own a modified ford escort.

it not a fast an furious jobbie, but i figured i had to get the whole modified thing out of my system some time.

Its a nice car and is a nippy one at times too, but as im growing up a little so to speak, I wanted to look at something which was more of an investment!

if i could get close to 200bhp i would be chuffed as.

And to answer someone else question:.. Nope I have never driven a lexus... but a friend of mine owned a IS300, and it was amazing inside.

so what escort you got

and what mods have you done :)

there is one way of getting supercharged performance out of a standard IS200

:whistling:

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What's that Barrie - do you mean NOS or the fiddling with the engine like Mr E has had done?

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What's that Barrie - do you mean NOS or the fiddling with the engine like Mr E has had done?

its a case of subtraction and not addition

none of Mr E`s fiddling either

think race car :winky:

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Ah you mean take the seats out :P

That could be my next mod, an IS with just one seat for me (but I still weigh more than the interior anyway!!)

should have bought an auto then I could chop my leg off which would increase performance.

Bugger :P

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Hi mate, i would recommend, driving both cars and making up your own mind.

I personally can`t see the point in buying an is200 and then buying a supercharger for around £3000... Just to get the same BHP as an Altezza has as standard.

If you want a car that is a nice easy drive buy an is200... but if you feel you have not outgrown that boy-racer inside ( Like most good folk on here!) go for the Altezza.

I don`t think the is200 is MUCH smoother at all... Hardly noticable in fact.. Until you get in a traffic jam, then admitidly the Tezz can be a bit of a bitch, as she just wants to shift!

They are both gorgeous cars and have little to put them down, i`m sure you will be happy with whichever you choose.

As for Insurance companies... Osbourne and Sons are the best, although like you say, won`t touch the under 25... try a few of these.

Adrian Flux:

08700 777 888

A-Plan:

08450 71 12 34

Tett Hamilton:

01275 856 618

Tesco:

08453 00 44 00

And there is alwys direct line..

Want any other info or help drop me a line mate :winky:

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i found elephant.co.uk to be the cheapest for me, and I searched round for quite some time. i am also 22 mate, so I know the feeling about insurance on these babies... :(

i own a is200 SE after an upgrade from a pug 306 and i certainly aint regretting it! :D

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Hi mate, i would recommend, driving both cars and making up your own mind.

I personally can`t see the point in buying an is200 and then buying a supercharger for around £3000... Just to get the same BHP as an Altezza has as standard.

If you want a car that is a nice easy drive buy an is200... but if you feel you have not outgrown that boy-racer inside ( Like most good folk on here!) go for the Altezza.

I don`t think the is200 is MUCH smoother at all... Hardly noticable in fact.. Until you get in a traffic jam, then admitidly the Tezz can be a bit of a bitch, as she just wants to shift!

They are both gorgeous cars and have little to put them down, i`m sure you will be happy with whichever you choose.

As for Insurance companies... Osbourne and Sons are the best, although like you say, won`t touch the under 25... try a few of these.

Adrian Flux:

08700 777 888

A-Plan:

08450 71 12 34

Tett Hamilton:

01275 856 618

Tesco:

08453 00 44 00

And there is alwys direct line..

Want any other info or help drop me a line mate :winky:

Cheers for all the information dude.

I will have to give them a call and see what they have to say for themselves.

I can understand why they wont insure under25's on some cars which are imports, but i cant quite understand it for all of them.

I will seriously have to go and see if i can test drive one of these babies at some point to see how i feel about it.

As for the question about my escort.

Its a 1800 zetec which the guy before had kitted out with the Wrc kit... it wasnt a full on rep, as it had the wrc spoiler and front bumper + sideskirts. Its had a few bits done to the engine, and was rolling roaded last year at just shy of 130 bhp. I know thats not really great but considering it is my second car i was quite happy with it.

I got my fingers stung well and truely tho, as although externally it was a brilliant looking car, he hadnt looked after it under the bonnet.

I have since had to lay out the best part of £2k on various repairs / replacements etc.

Some people might say im mad, but what else could I have done, considering I was not prepared to sell it onto someone else when it wasnt mechanically 100%, that would make me as bad as he was.

It runs pretty sweet nowadays, but after the bad experiences with it, I decided that it was time to move along onto another manufacturer, as I didnt wanna touch ford again... and I have always had a bit of a soft spot for the IS200 as i think its a very very nice car.

I havent told many peeps from the owners club im a member of with the escort, as I know what their reaction will be, I told one of them tonight and he laid into me big style about how expensive and crap VW and Lexus are... it just annoys me that people wont respect you decision.

I wont bother posting any pictures of my escort on here, as im sure you wouldnt want to see what it looks like anyway. THat and the fear that it might land itself on barryboys website :P.

Thats another reason for me to get rid of it. The whole modified car scene has been flooded by burrburry cap wearing nova driving twonks, who have given people like me a bad name. I drive down the street day in, day out and have people shake their head as if i am scum for owning an modified car.

I dont race my car, I dont go to cruises etc, but im in the same boat as them. Fair isnt it :(

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i moddify my car...people shake there head at me aswell, but thats cos im oldish.not as old as some of the older is200 modders on here :whistling:

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i moddify my car...people shake there head at me aswell, but thats cos im oldish.not as old as some of the older is200 modders on here :whistling:

:lol::lol::lol:

:huh:

:o

:blush:

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