Price: $64,800. Engine: 3.5L V6 petrol; 233kW/ 378Nm. Transmission: Sixspeed sequential auto. Acceleration: 0-100km/h: 5.6 seconds. The great advantage of the new IS variant is that it looks precisely like the old one. The IS 250 is a top-quality but rather sluggardly executive compact sedan with an earnest but inadequate 152kW/ 252Nm 2.5-litre V6. The IS 350 adds performance to the equation, enabling full enjoyment of its rear- wheel-drive dynamics, abetted by a sequential auto with a genuinely useful manual override. When priced against the Germans, it’s the Lexus buyer who will experience schadenfreude.