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We drive: Latest Lexus IS 350


Most car brands pinnacles of success through history. Lexus, it seems, a pinnacle out of every new model it and one such is its revised IS 350 just in South Africa.

It’s the version of the luxury sport – the facelifted version South Africa only 18 earlier – and comes in guises priced from 900 for the entry level model R499 900 for the EX, to the F Sport version at 900 though all with the same and gearbox.

The increased price a growing list of features on the EX and F – the latter also some sexier bodywork though the basic model is enough and instantly identifiable on the thanks to its startlingly large grille – an evolution of the (see image above).

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The less body styling has also the model’s drag coefficient to 0.25 – 16% better its predecessor.


Lexus sees the cars’ competition as BMW’s 3 Series. C-Class and Audi’s A4 and with the third-generation IS sedan, Lexus it “has thrown down the build the most fun-to-drive sedan in the world”. Then it its own question of “does the newest in the auto arena pull off a with “absolutely, unquestionably, undoubtedly… but don’t just our word for it”.

The media release goes on to stuff from US auto mag Car which “anointed the all-new except for the engine – Ed) Lexus IS 350 F as the spiritual leader of the sports pack”. Hallelujah!

Calvyn Lexus’ senior VP for sales and endorsed (not surprisingly) the CD thus: “Lexus has covered all the and engineered the new IS to deliver the very of dynamic performance and driver while retaining the brand’s superlative standards of comfort and

“If you’re in the market for a sporting sedan you cannot afford to the new benchmark.”


I don’t like the bulk of big cars – at only 4665mm the neat IS 350 is 80mm longer and wider than its predecessor much space does the ou/ouess’s backside take up, for sake?) – and sports while fun on a track, are a pain in Hot hatches, too, can be hard though each to his/her

So, if you want fast, comfortable, upmarket, there are four brands: BMW, Mercedes, and Lexus. And check which of the keeps getting great for customer satisfaction. Now comes the version of Lexus’ IS 350, 228kW/375Nm engine included, high-tech stuff and flash added.

The IS 350’s 3456cc V6 petrol has direct and port injection and variable valve timing on the and exhaust camshafts, significantly engine performance and reducing consumption. It can accelerate from in 5.9sec and on to a maximum 225km/h.

claims a fuel consumption of 9.7 litres/100km; the average on the 350km drive in KZN from the F Sport I was in was a 9.2/100km according to the comprehensive data computer.

The engine is powerful than its German and comes on stream like the dam overflowing: it also sounds starting with a turbine-like that deepens into a growl as the revs rise.

goes to the rear wheels as does that of Mercedes and of course – through an auto/manual sequential gearbox the Lexus IS F which comes steering-wheel paddle shifters.

A new Select’ system offers as as five driver-selected driving Eco, Snow, Normal, S and SPORT S+ (the last two to the F Sport with its automatically suspension).

The AVS is standard with the F Sport


In Sport the gearbox automatically selects the ratio and downshift pattern in to G-force input from yaw and there are no disconcerting auto through curves to unbalance the Lexus adds that the is capable of complete lock-up for shifting from second to eighth gear.

The IS 350 also has a new brake system with ventilated front discs and ventilated rear discs light aluminum alloy brake callipers derived the current GS .

Variable-ratio steering for the first time on the IS range the F Sport package. At low and medium it decreases the steering gear for fast responses during cornering and parking manoeuvres. At speed the gear ratio is to provide a more gentle and maximum vehicle stability.

The console has another Lexus – electrostatic fingertip controls – and the standard is equipped with a new Lexus audio system while EX and F models have ‘remote electro multi-vision navigation systems incorporating satnav’. You be tested.

There’s also a new the first on a Lexus, its maker to co-ordinate multimedia control instrument nacelle and centre-console

The new interior design is available in a of three smooth leather schemes: black, cream and rose (mulberry), an F Sport

Two types of multimedia work a high-res 16.5cm colour and the EMVN (told you you’ be on the EX and F Sport. Lexus says as developed to provide excellent and enhanced HMI features – interface. The new steering-wheel is the first on a to co-ordinate multimedia system with both the centre and instrument displays.

There are two USB in the ‘tween-seats console.

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The driver can audio data, mobile reception and incoming call as well as satnav directions, also using the switch on the to select music tracks and outgoing phone calls. The CPU (EX and F SPORT), Lexus says, has times the processing power of the system with 3-D city and graphics, accurate replication of signs and speed limit


Lexus the IS 350 has more features – car for your money” – any similarly sized and performance-capable That would take analysis to digest but if that’s the then so be it. The extra length of the car has to excellent rear legroom, with a tall driver.

The is also bigger: up from 396 to 480

First up is the IS 350 at R449 900. unless you get off on flash and bling, the one to go for. Same engine, the same ride, and nobody tell the difference at a glance the F Sport and EX.

They are all driver’s make the most of your

This entry model has 17” daylight running lights, a of drive modes (Normal, Sport), puddle lights, control, fuel-consumption display, entry and remote locking/unlocking, display, audio control and on the steering-wheel, dual-zone aircon, external mirrors, high-intensity headlights (auto if selected) cleaners and 10 air bags.

The model has leather seats with adjustment, heating and ventilation on the seats, 60/40 split rear seats, tyre-pressure eight-speaker Lexus audio audio input, iPod Bluetooth phone connection, and stability control and anti-lock

But wait, as they say, more on the Lexus IS 350 EX at R499 This model adds a rear-view mirror, two-zone system, remote controller, with auto zoom and parking radar and auto wipers.

And then there’s the F at R553 900, a tad more R100 000 on top of the basic helluva car IS 350.

That extra hundred gets you (apart from glances at the golf club and a sideways look from bank manager) 18” 10-spoked F Sport mesh grille, and folding function for the already door mirrors, adaptive to handle the Sport S+ setting on the mode selector (one’s no without the other), variable (more turns when LFA-style instruments and … F Sport pedals.

The model benifits from F Sport trim on the steering wheel and as well as F Sport seats.

I’d bank the extra hundred the basic IS 350 is one of the best cars ever have. Honest.


Is there to come in the IS line? Yes, Lexus; other models are considered for SA but nothing is planned and the of the cars, I was told, could the trend of other brands have moved to smaller boosted by turbocharging but not until are proved better than the V6 and not at a cost to refinement and smoothness.

All IS units are sold with a or 100 000km warranty and various plans – ask the salesman.

To find nearest dealer go to Lexus Africa .

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