TURIN — What the new Lexus IS200 needs is another 50 hp. That's not Ward's road testers talking but the official view of Toyota in the USA. Soon after Toyota Motor Corp. began development of the IS200/Toyota Altezza in 1995, the new model was offered to Toyota's American subsidiary, which quickly excluded it from future plans. The idea of a compact 150-hp 2.0L sports sedan held little appeal. At the time, the Lexus range included the ES300, then nothing more than a tarted-up 3.0L Camry ...

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