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But the cars are waiting and the first job is a couple of track laps in the superseded IS to set the ground rules.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was well beaten by the Benz C-Class andBMW 3 Series in Carsguide’s comparison earlier this year and I’mreminded of the outdated cabin, cramped back seat and suspension that makes the car feel a bit skittish.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