2014 Lexus IS 250 AWD F Sport – Wheels.ca

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2014 Lexus IS 250 AWD F Sport

on October 26th, 2013

BMW is a good thing.

Thanks to steely determination to romp in the sandbox as the BMW 3 series, we get the Caddy ATS sports sedan, featuring a that out-Bimmers the newest BMW 3.

And to B. The Lexus IS sedan has played BMW since it launched in 2006, but really had the right stuff. For the Lexus IS gets an all-new that elevates this sedan to a decidedly BMW-ish plane.

Of course the irony of all lies in the that fact BMW, with the latest of its 3 series, has backed off the sport and up the comfort, emphasizing cabin compliant underpinnings and fuel over touchstone handling and feel.

It’s almost as if BMW is saying, yerself out kids. Been done that. The game has on.”

Whatever the case, I what the new Lexus IS is all about a few hundred meters of leaving corporate headquarters. Its sharp alert steering, truly seats and harmonious cohesion of all immediately telegraph the car’s

This being the F Sport with AWD ($46,150, as tested), it has a suspension, 18-inch wheels staggered width performance sport seats and a heated F steering wheel.

So all the bits you for an engaging drive.

The engine? not so much.

As the entry-level and economy-minded IS, the 250 offers a 204 hp and 185 lb.-ft. (at a high 4,800 from its 2.5-L direct-injected V6. is versus the IS 350’s more 306 hp, 277 lb.-ft. 3.5-L V6.

Both are unchanged from the outgoing IS.

many competitors adopting four-cylinder engines in this of car, the 250’s paucity of torque is a bit off the pace. You have to get of 4,000 r.p.m. to find any thrust.

The extra weight and of the all-wheel-drive system knocks a of ticks off the performance, too, the payback is confidence in inclement and absolutely unflappable cornering.

The auto is fine, and responds reasonable alacrity to paddle-shift but this engine would benefit from the eight-speed that only comes the rear-drive 350. It would the wild r.p.m. swings calling for some geddy-up. No transmissions are available.

My fuel use of 10.5 L/100 km is far the 8.3 I achieved in a BMW 328i xDrive, its torquey 2.0-L turbo and eight-speed transmission.

On the plus this little six-pot is and makes a nice growl hoofed, thanks mostly a optimizer” that pumps noise into the cabin.

The IS is on a scaled-down version of big-brother GS It retains its front suspension the outgoing car but gets the multi-link setup and steering rack the GS.

Lexus IS250

Wheelbase is stretched by 70 mm, which legroom in both front and There is also a 60/40 rear seat back — a first for Lexus.

While the old IS was in a somewhat reserved manner, the model throws subtlety to the It comes at you with a highly and aggressive snout, baring a “spindle” grill and a riot of

A character line sweeps up the rocker panel, leading the eye to the rear lip spoiler. The whole is bold, dramatic and especially in Atomic Silver.

The interior is not quite so successful. The dash is a multi-layered and multi-contoured affair, enough nooks and crannies to even the best California a migraine. The style of switchgear is and there are too many textures and of dark plastics.

And this car could really use life-saving radio preset as the annoying Lexus mouse-type that has the little icon about on the LCD screen is distracting and

Okay, there is one very bit of F-Sport specific gee-whizziness has come directly from the LFA V10 supercar. Press a button on the wheel and the central gauge that houses the virtual and digital speedo glides a few to the right, exposing a new set of vehicle menus. Gimmicky, yes, but slick.

The new Drive Mode controller on the console calls up driving modes: eco, and sport. They alter weight, throttle response and mapping. In Sport, this car is an joy on your favourite back

All this talk of the 250’s nature does not suggest has abandoned its core values The cabin is quiet, the build high, and the ride, while and sporty, is still on the right of comfortable.

But if you’re serious your Lexus IS and want the out of this striking car with the chassis, pony up for the rear-wheel-drive, IS 350 F Sport at $45,650.

2014 IS 250 AWD F Sport

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