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2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport – Super Street Magazine

23 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport – Super Street Magazine
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2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport – Instant Satisfaction

Four hours—what can you do with that? Plenty. But when we’re talking seat time in one of Lexus’ more exciting—and affordable—offerings, four hours might as well have been four minutes. It’s simply not enough.

However short the driving experience, nonetheless it was an exciting one. But you already knew that. Equal portions tease (in that I can’t own one, yet), pleasure and performance, Lexus is ready to drop its third gen IS platform, with the IS 250 and 350 first (the IS C and IS F are both expected to come a year later). But besides the two standard issue models, each has an F Sport variant that are also worth taking a look at.

The one that will probably grab you most, I’m betting, is the 350; of the two, it receives the IS F’s highly-coveted, eight-speed, Sport Direct Shift transmission. On top of the already-impressive 306 horsepower 3.5L V6 2GR-FSE (the same engine found in the previous gen), the automatic trans can be controlled via paddle shifters (or by traditional shift lever selection) and features an all-new G-force Artificial Intelligence system—that means it’ll automatically drop into an optimum gear and downshift pattern based on G force.

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Being a complete redesign, there are the inevitable pros and cons that come with the territory. The front end is a toss-up, I’d imagine, for most people; I’m not opposed to it. This time the LED daytime running lights are separate from the headlights; both the 250/350 come standard with HIDs but can be upgraded to dual projector LEDs.

What may throw most aftermarket aero designers for a loop (besides figuring out what to do with the DRL situation) will be the spindle grille, as the hourglass design falls right in line with the IS’ elders, the GS and LS—and will either need to be completely replaced but at the same time might do simply with a lip spoiler. The back end has really nice lines that lead all the way out to the rear trunk/bumper, but what may come as a nice surprise to enthusiasts is that Lexus (similar to the Scion FR-S) has tailored the rear wheel wells to be nearly flat on the inner portion, giving you more track and options when it comes to wheel fitment. You will not need to roll these fenders (I’ve checked).

From there, the 250 and 350 share other similarities; both chassis have been made more rigid, incorporating new laser-screw welding and adhesive body-bonding techniques/added spot welds to help provide that extra strength. The rear suspension is now multilink while the front suspension and steering are derived from the GS. While the standard models come with a new Drive Mode Select, featuring Eco, Normal and Sport modes, the IS 350 F Sport will also have an Adaptive Variable Suspension that’ll give two settings to further fine tune the car’s handling: Normal, for daily driving, and Sport S or Sport S+ for sportier movements. As you c+an

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