2008 Lexus IS | new car review

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 by

A true drivers’ car aimed at the German rivals BMW, the IS300 is definitely one of the most involving Lexus models available in the market today.

A sporty sedan, the IS300 employs a 3.0-litre V6, 24-valve engine rated at 228horsepower and 300Nm of torque sent to the rear wheels. A 6-speed sequential-shift automatic is standard. Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the automatic are designed to provide maximum involvement and control for driving enthusiasts.

Dynamic front and rear suspension, steering and brake systems unite with standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) along with Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system to provide class-challenging dynamics and control.

With its styling clearly influenced by Lexus’ LF-series of concept cars, the IS300 shows a strong family resemblance, while capturing its own distinctively sporty yet upscale essence. A notably wide stance and long wheelbase coupled with tightly-drawn bodywork lends a muscular and sophisticated style.

This smart look continues inside, where a roomy, luxurious yet sporty cabin is complemented by intelligently designed displays and controls designed to make driving both simple and pleasurable. Bright, clear Optitron gauges and smartly integrated metallic and available maple trim help create a luxurious, no-nonsense ambience.

A comprehensive list of safety, comfort and luxury features seldom found in its class is offered. For example, Smart Access keyless entry with push-button start is standard, and features such as a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel and navigation system with back-up camera is available as is a pre-crash warning system.

Technical Specifications
Engine3.0-litre V6
Power228 Bhp
Torque300 Nm
TransmissionAutomatic
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 124,000 upto 147,000*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at
the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check
with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

Competition

BMW 3 Series
Infiniti G35
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Cadillac BLS
Jaguar X-Type
Saab 9-3
Volvo S40

 

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