The Advertiser - Motoring - - FIRST DRIVE -

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.

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