Role re­ver­sal

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An eight-speed au­to­matic with var­i­ous driv­ing modes re­places the cur­rent sixspeeder. Gauges are a new take on the im­pres­sive TFT lay­out in the Lexus LF-A su­per­car.

The IS line-up is ba­si­cally un­changed, although there is now a hy­brid— still to be con­firmed for Aus­tralia— and the IS-F could change into a coming IS coupe.

But the cars are wait­ing and the first job is a cou­ple of track laps in the su­per­seded IS to set the ground rules.

A sim­i­lar IS was well beaten by the Benz C-Class andBMW 3 Se­ries in Cars­guide’s com­par­i­son ear­lier this year and I’mre­minded of the out­dated cabin, cramped back seat and sus­pen­sion that makes the car feel a bit skit­tish.

Into the camouflaged new IS250 and the im­prove­ments are ob­vi­ous. First, I jump into the rear then check the boot. Two ticks there. On the track, the new trans­mis­sion is more ag­gres­sive in its re­sponse, the front end grips bet­ter and the

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