Lexus IS350 Review |CarAdvice

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Lexus IS350

Review

are a few highly capable cars in the Sports Sedan segment and the IS 350 F Sport is a bone fide of that club.

I’m pushing the IS350 across some twisty roads in Eastern and the car’s grip and stability is Pushing on even harder an endless series of s-bends, and changes, it’s still glued to the tarmac.

Folks, is no ordinary sports sedan and the engineers deserve high – the IS 350 F Sport makes good and use of an exceptionally well-balanced chassis and

While it’s been a time coming, it’s worth the wait, as the saying That said Lexus has been lobbying Japan for the IS 350 for The problem came down to the

Back when Australia requested the car in 2005, those sales numbers didn’t up. They do now. Australia is an Lexus market and only the to get the IS 350 model range behind the States, Canada and Japan.

you can’t go to war with the likes of Audi and Mercedes-Benz and their range of models and variants, sufficient inventory of high-tech – in this case, more that measure up to the likes of talented BMW 3 Series stable.

It’s a lucrative market if you can enough of it and that’s something aims to do with the introduction of the IS and I reckon they might be on to with this car.

If 400 behind the wheel of the F Sport me anything, it’s that is a car, which can go head-to-head BMW’s 335i and equivalent from Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

The point of difference is of course and true to Lexus form, the IS 350 an entry-level price of just is some $20,000 to 30,000 than its closest German

The IS 350 also plays a vital for Lexus in Australia, as it bridges the gap the IS 250 and the IS F.

Mind you, that’s a big gap if you to be a bit of an enthusiast driver. The IS line was billed as a sports sedan, but the never really delivered on promise and those buyers had to shop elsewhere, up until that is.

It#8217;s not that the Lexus IS 250 is it’s just not quite as as many had hoped for, it ticks all the right boxes it comes to luxury, comfort and handling. Hardly surprising given it’s the same as the IS 350 and the much-heralded IS F is built on.

Naoki Assistant Chief Engineer, when he said,

“In 2005, the generation IS debuted with its styling and advanced safety However, its chassis was always for greater things.

Lexus has proven the chassis composure of IS in the of the IS F. However, for many customers IS F is one too far, and this is where IS 350 in: neatly between IS 250 and IS F.”

With IS buyers have the choice of grades, Prestige, F Sport and Luxury. If you enjoy your behind the wheel and are any sort of enthusiast, then allow me to no other than the F Sport, for a few reasons, one being the superb tune.

Next up on the list, you get bolstered sports seats, if not identical to those deployed in the IS F. Not do these pews hold frame bolt upright pulling a lateral ‘G’ or two in a hairpin, but they are supremely comfortable and in luxurious semi-aniline perforated

Other F Sport features special black roof and silver-blue centre console, with IS F style scuff sports pedals and gear as part of the revised interior/exterior on the entire IS model range.

are no such shortcomings with the IS 350, despite the absence of any induction. Under the bonnet a Quad Cam V6 developing 233 kW and 378 Nm. That’s enough to outpace anything in the

Try 0-100km/h in 5.6 seconds and on to a top speed of

There’s also a mountain of available too in each and every ratio, and that includes which pulls strongly at

Plant your right and leave it there for a bit, and I doubt you will need clarification of those numbers above. This is a proper car’ that also to do corners as well as it does sprints.

It’s uncanny how much the F Sport can carry into bends, and there are simply no bad effects. At one stage, during a tight section on the limit, I a hint of understeer, but pushed on as the traction control simply it’s magic with no loss of power.

It’s not the chassis you need to thank for, the 18-inch rims with split size and 255/40 series rubber, gecko-like grip and beg you to push on

And don’t think for one minute such extreme grip and has come at the expense of ride If anything, Fujisawa and his team dialed in more compliance the IS chassis, making for a cushioned over poorly maintained

As quick as this thing is, the V6 powertrain is exactly what you expect from Lexus; smooth with an effortless delivery while at the same being highly-responsive to the slightest input.

Similar praise can be on the electric power-assisted steering Initially though, on day one of the drive when I wasn’t quite as I thought the feedback through the wheel felt a little and somewhat typical of most power assist units. On day two when the pace got decidedly I can’t think of single (and we dissected hundreds), I felt the steering feedback and the of assistance wasn’t near for this kind of spirited

The same goes for the F Sport’s package, taken directly the fast charging Lexus GS You’ll need plenty of laps at Philip Island you#8217;ll induce any kind of fade with these

We tried hard on several to generate enough heat in the to weaken the brakes with scores of hard pedal but the stopping power was every bit as as it was during middle of the drive

If I had any criticism of the IS350 F Sport, it be the rather slow up-shifts using the steering wheel paddle shifters. A quicker unit would make the of difference to what clearly is an performance vehicle.

One of the questions I Fujisawa, when he was riding with us, was which cars he when tuning the F Sport? I him to say none other than the In fact, it was the IS F that was used to this IS 350 F Sport variant and that is blatantly obvious to who has driven the car with some

For those readers that concerned about rear in the IS line, I must apologise I didn’t get a chance to explore area in any detail with the IS except to say that several of the cars carried 3-4 … over several hundred and I’m not aware of any gripes about or the overall load space in the which in our case, which consumed 5 overnight bags and camera gear.

For those need to ask about Lexus and features on board the IS 350, include; satellite navigation, seats, reversing camera, HID with Daylight Running and metallic paint.

While the IS 350 represents unassailable value all similarly powered German so to does the IS 350 F Sport at $71,800. is not just a good effort, is an exceptional sports sedan at a basement price.

CarAdvice post a more complete and road test of the IS 350 model in the near future.

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