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Lexus IS250 - Cool As Ice - Quickie

K&N Lets The Vip Kick It In Style

Justin Kaehler
Dec 1, 2007
Photographer: Henry Z. DeKuyper
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Get off in two pagesWe hate it when our corporate overlords attempt to coerce us into doing anything resembling "work" during our downtime. Our time away from the hustle and bustle that is Super Street is incredibly important to us. Time away from the magazine allows us to engage in activities that enrich our lives and improve our awareness of the world around us. Besides, our TiVo'd episode of Remaking: Vanilla Ice isn't going to watch itself.

Apparently the staff at K&N has yet to discover the joys of watching '90s icons try to reinvent themselves on reality TV. The ultra-clean VIP-styled Lexus IS 250 you see here was built by K&N employees who volunteered their free time to get this sedan ready for SEMA 2006. While we could talk about this sedan's bitchin' supercharger set-up, we're better off mentioning its massive ICE system that features not one, but two Xbox 360s.

It wasn't easy getting the Xboxes, monitors and assorted sound components to work together. This car's mission was to promote the Electronic Arts game Need for Speed: Carbon, so getting the gaming rig up and running was high on the priority list, to say the least. K&N called upon its IT gurus to hack all the factory systems so that this sedan could bust out the multi-screen high-definition racing action at a moment's notice. The most amazing thing about this SEMA-ready Lexus is the fact that it was done in just two months. That's but a blink of an eye in the world of building a SEMA car, and when we stop to consider that the work was done after normal office hours, we can't help but wonder how K&N managed to build the car so fast. Whatever, we're not going to think about it too much; Sebastian Bach is rapping on our TV right now!

Faster Facts
'06 Lexus IS 250

Owner: K&N Filters

Daily Grind: helping your car breathe better

Power: 380 hp @ 5000 rpm; 350 lb-ft torque @ 5400 rpm

Under the Hood: K&N Custom air intake; LMS exhaust; Procharger supercharger; XS Engineering intercooler; NX Nitrous spray kit

Stiff Stuff: TEIN Mono Flex dampers

Rollers: Volk GT-M 19-inch; Falken FK-452 235/30R19

Stoppers: Endless 6-piston calipers, brake pads, stainless steel lines

Outside: ings+1 aero kit, rear wing; PPG Street Rod Burgundy paint; Modern Image graphics; custom airbrushed hood by Craig Haynie Designs

Inside: Bride Stradia Carbon-Kevlar seats; burgundy leather inserts; tint

ICE: Eclipse AVN6600 HDD NAVI, XA1000, Single Channel Amps (2), XA2000, Dual Channel Amp, XA4000, 4 Channel Amp (2), SC8365 Component 3-Way System 6-1/2", SC8355 Component 3-Way System 5-1/2", SW9152 Pro 10" Titanium DVC Subwoofer (2), Front-Eye Camera, Back-Eye Camera; Xbox 360 (2); Dell 24-inch widescreen; Icon TV sun visors, 15-inch pull-down; Stinger wiring; Aura Pro Bass Shakers (4); 30GB Apple iPod

WWW: eclipse-web.com; knfilters.com; mackinindustries.com (Volk); procharger.com; tees-usa.com (Bride); tein.com;

By Justin Kaehler
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