Pikes Peak International Raceway-- In the lowest-key race track ride-and-drive that most could remember, journalists like yours truly recently had the chance to pilot three production models of a sporting rear-drive sedan: a wagon, a tuner variant and flat-out race car version of the same car around PPIR’s 1.3-mile road course.
Oh, did I forget to mention that we’re speaking of Lexus?
Excuse me, you might ask — a Lexus event at a race track? And multiple versions of the same model, including a tuner edition? Obviously, Robert, the mile-high air induced some hallucinations.
Not so, for even the bright orange Team Lexus IS 300 race car was real. So were the new-for ’02 SportCross (don’t call it a station wagon, Lexus pleads) and the five-speed-manual sedan. The SportCross comes only with the five-speed automatic found on the original IS 300 that debuted last summer.
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