2007 lexus is

2007 lexus is DEFAULT

Base 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan
2007 Lexus IS 350 Specs

Interior
Front head room37 "
Rear head room37 "
Front shoulder room54 "
Rear shoulder room53 "
Front hip room54 "
Rear hip room54 "
Front leg room43.9 "
Rear leg room30.6 "
Luggage capacity13.0 cu.ft.
Maximum cargo capacity13.0 cu.ft.
Standard seating5
Exterior
Length180.1 "
Body width70.9 "
Body height56.1 "
Wheelbase107.5 "
Ground clearance5.7 "
Curb3,527 lbs.
Gross weight4,497 lbs.
Fuel
Fuel tank capacity17.1 gal.
EPA mileage estimates21 City / 28 Hwy
Performance
Base engine size3.5 liters
Base engine typeV-6
Horsepower306 hp
Horsepower rpm6,400
Torque277 lb-ft.
Torque rpm4,800
Drive typerear-wheel
Turning radius16.7 ''
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2007 Lexus IS

The Lexus IS 250 and IS 350 sport sedans are quick, responsive and fun to drive. Designed to compete with BMW 3 Series sedans, the Lexus IS models are built on rear-wheel-drive chassis tuned for sporty handling. They stick in corners and stop with authority, aided by high-performance brakes and tires.

The IS 350 is propelled with authority as well, benefitting from a 306-hp V6. These are enjoyable and easy cars to drive. The IS 350’s VDIM electronic stability control steps in very early to keep the driver out of trouble. The IS 250 AWD model’s all-wheel drive makes it a good sports sedan for the Snow Belt. The automatic transmissions are responsive and feature paddle shifters for semi-manual control.

All of them look sporty, with bulging muscles and a purposeful stance. All come loaded with features and are trimmed well, with leather upholstery. A full complement of passive and active safety features comes standard.

New for 2007 is the X-Package, which combines a sports suspension and 18-inch alloy wheels with a bold front spoiler, sport pedals, and illuminated door scuff plates. Also, the electronic stability programs can be disabled by turning off the traction control. Lexus says this might be useful when trying to extricate the car from snow, and in other situations as well.

Model Lineup

The Lexus IS 250 ($30,255) is powered by a 2.5-liter V6, which sends 204 horsepower to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. The IS 250 is also available with a six-speed automatic with Formula 1 inspired paddle-shifters.

The IS 250 AWD ($34,285) comes with the automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

The IS 350 ($35,705) powered by a 306-hp, 3.5-liter V6 with the six-speed automatic. More sophisticated braking and electronic stability systems augment its additional performance.

Leather is standard; the IS 250 AWD comes with special perforated leather and Bird’s eye maple accents. Standard features: dual-zone climate control; SmartAccess keyless entry with pushbutton engine start; and a 194-watt, 13-speaker stereo with a six-disc in-dash CD changer. The audio system features digital signal processing, an electronic crossover network and built-in theft deterrence. It’s satellite-ready and includes an audio input jack that accepts external audio sources such as iPod, Walkman, etc.

Standard exterior items are fog lamps, projector beam headlamps, puddle lamps on the underside of the outside rearview mirrors (which are also heated), dual polished stainless steel exhaust pipes, infrared and ultraviolet reducing glass on all the windows, and a color-coordinated front air dam. Also standard are 17-inch aluminum five-spoke wheels fitted with low-profile high-performance radials. The IS 250 AWD comes with all-season 225/45VR17s at all four corners. The IS 250 and IS 350 come standard with all-season 225/45VR17 tires in front and wider 245/45VR17s in the rear, a staggered setup to increase grip under acceleration. Optional 18-inch wheels are available for the rear-drive models only, fitted with summer-only 225/40YR18 tires in front and 255/40YR18s in the rear.

Options include the AWD model’s perforated leather trim, wood accents, and heated/ventilated seats. The Luxury Plus Package adds outside mirrors with electrochromic, memory and reverse tilt-down, illuminated scuff plates, a power rear sunshade, memory seats, HID headlamps with AFS (they steer with the front wheels), rain-sensing wipers, and a power tilt/telescope steering wheel with memory. The Sport Package ($2956) adds a sport suspension, 18-inch wheels, sport pedals, and metal scuff plates.

The navigation system ($2168) includes voice activation, a rear backup camera (a great safety feature), and Bluetooth wireless technology; buy it with or without the Mark Levinson audio, which employs advanced discrete amplifier technology with 300 watts, and 7.1 channel speaker architecture. The Pre-Collision System ($2280) with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control is optional.

Safety features for all IS models include driver and front-passenger knee airbags. The brakes are large and effective four-wheel discs, clamped at the front by aluminum four-piston calipers. Augmenting the big brakes are ABS, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, and Brake Assist. Vehicle Stability Control and traction control (TRAC) come with every IS 250, while the IS 350 gets TRAC as well as a more sophisticated stability program Lexus calls Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM).

Walkaround

The Lexus IS sport sedans look sporty, with a purposeful stance. The nose presents the fierce glare of a car that wants to be first in line. The steeply angled hood, made of weight-saving aluminum, is framed by the determined glower of projector beam headlamps and a deep front spoiler and large intake. It's unmistakably Lexus but visually fresh.

The IS slips through the air with quiet stability. In addition to the distinct aerodynamic wedge of the overall shape, a number of small details contribute to the exceptional coefficient of drag (0.28). A front underbody structure creates downforce between the front wheels, a small air kicker integrated in the taillamps helps separate turbulence from the rear corners and reduces drag, and a small trunklid spoiler increases rear downforce.

Interior Features

Lush with creature comfort, trimmed with upscale materials, and crackling with electronic wizardry, the interior environment of the IS sport sedans is pure Lexus. But the cabin is more sports car than family sedan.

A prominent central console clearly establishes the driver and front-passenger zones. The controls wrap around the driver with every gauge and switch within easy scrutiny or close reach. The Optitron gauges are large and easy to read, and their light-saber indicator needles and dynamic redline indication are cool modern. The keyless entry and pushbutton ignition is handy.

Leather upholstery comes standard on the IS 250 and IS 350 with metallic accents appropriately placed around the cabin. The IS 250 AWD comes with perforated leather trim and beautifully crafted bird's-eye maple accents. Each piece is hewn from a single chunk of wood to ensure a perfect match from panel to panel.

The heated and ventilated front seats are a must-have. They come standard on IS 250 AWD and are available on the other models. Once you've tried these seats, there's no going back.

The climate control system features a sophisticated temperature calculation system called Neural-Net, a humidity sensor, a micro dust and pollen filler and, in IS 350, a smog sensor that detects excessive hydrocarbons and automatically reverts to a special recirculation mode until the atmosphere clears.

Driving Impressions

The Lexus IS in both rear- and all-wheel-drive forms is quick and easy to drive. It can pull serious Gs in the corners and it stops with authority. In short, these cars are serious sports sedans that rival the BMW 3 Series cars.

The IS 250 AWD is the best choice if winter weather invades your neck of the woods, when the all-wheel-drive system's increased grip is most welcome. The AWD model is heavier than the two-wheel-drive versions, but the IS 250 AWD hauled us over the San Gabriel Mountains on Angeles Crest Highway above Los Angeles without exposing any dire penalties due to its weight.

The IS 350 is the quickest model. Its muscular torque and free-revving engine delivers strong acceleration performance, something we saw driving one at Willow Springs raceway.

We drove several examples of the IS models at competition speeds relentlessly in temperatures that rose above 110 degrees and not one of them stumbled or misfired. Because of the hot, slippery track surface, the tires constantly fought for grip, but the advanced chassis electronics made it easier to keep the cars on the pavement. The inherent balance of the IS models made it easy to push it to the limit, causing the electronic aids to step in and dampen the thrill.

We prefer the automatic over the manual. The automatic is very responsive and offers the driver the ability to shift semi-manually using paddles on the steering wheels. The IS 250's manual six-speed isn't quite good enough to make us opt for it in lieu of the optional automatic. The automatic offers the driver more control over shifting when desired, but the computer steps in to protect against potentially damaging mis-selection of gears.

Summary

The Lexus IS 250 and IS 350 are true rear-wheel-drive sports sedans. They're quick and fun to drive. The IS 250 is a very enjoyable car. The IS 350 adds abundant power to the equation. And the IS 250 AWD boasts winter weather capability. Regardless of model, this is an easy car to drive quickly as it bonds with the driver, benefits of its balanced chassis and advanced electronic stability control systems. In fact, this bond that the car establishes with the driver is a key element for a great sports sedan.

NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Greg N. Brown filed this report from Southern California.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Lexus IS 250 6-speed manual ($30,255); IS 250 six-speed automatic ($31,425); IS 250 AWD ($34,285); IS 350 ($35,705)
Engines:204-hp 2.5-liter dohc 24-valve V6; 306-hp 3.5-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Transmissions:6-speed manual; 6-speed paddle-shift automatic
Safety equipment (standard):dual-stage front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, three-point belts for all five seats, automatic locking retractor for all positions except driver, who gets emergency locking retractor, ABS with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist, traction control, Vehicle Stability Control
Safety equipment (optional):Vehicle Dynamic Integrated Management
Basic warranty:4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Tahara and Kyushu, Japan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Lexus IS 350 ($35,705)
Standard equipment:tilt and telescoping steering wheel, power windows with auto up/down and jam protection; power door locks with anti lock-out; speed-sensitive, shift-linked automatic door lock/unlock; auto-dimming inside rearview mirror with compass; cruise control; Homelink; door courtesy lights and various ambient, map and dome lighting features; pass-through to the trunk; dual-zone electronic climate control with pollen/dust filter; keyless entry and pushbutton ignition; front fog lights; power heated exterior mirrors with memory; power windows; theft deterrent system with engine immobilizer; puddle lamps on outside rearview mirrors; electronic digital quartz clock; exterior temperature gauge
Options as tested (MSPR):none
Destination charge:$590
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$36295
Layout:rear-wheel drive
Engine:3.5 liter dohc 24-valve V6 with VVT-i
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):306 @ 6400
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):277 @ 4800
Transmission:6-speed automatic w paddle shift
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:21/28 mpg
Wheelbase:107.5 in.
Length/width/height:180.1/70.9/56.1 in.
Track, f/r:60.4/60.4 in.
Turning circle:33.5 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:39.0/54.1/43.9 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:36.9/53.7/30.6 in.
Cargo volume:13.0 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, double wishbones, coil springs, gas-charged shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r:independent, multi-link with high-mount upper arms, coil springs, gas-charged shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Ground clearance:N/A
Curb weigth:3527 lbs.
Tires:225/45VR17 front, 245/45VR17 rear
Brakes, f/r:disc/disc with ABS, Brake Assist, Electronic Brake-force Distribution
Fuel capacity:17.1 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of September 23, 2006.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-872-5398 (1-800-USA-LEXUS) - www.lexus.com
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A new transmission will facilitate power delivery to the wheels. A new sequential-shift 6-speed automatic is standard in the IS 350. Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the automatic are designed to provide maximum involvement and control for driving enthusiasts.

All new front and rear suspension, steering and brake systems will unite with Lexus’ new Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system to provide superior dynamics and control, while continuing the IS legacy of driving fun. The new suspension design optimizes dynamic wheel alignment to help provide precise, confident handling and maximum tire grip.

With its styling clearly influenced by Lexus recent LF-series of concept cars, the new IS shows a strong family resemblance with its stable mate, the 2006 GS, 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.

The new 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, yet no-nonsense ambience.

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

These and other features available on the new IS, such as the Adaptive Front headlamp System (AFS), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and ventilated front seats are normally found only in more expensive luxury cars.

New V6 Engine


A newly-designed fuel injection system and dual VVT-i will help the new 3.5-liter V6 engine achieve more than 300 horsepower, resulting in zero-to-60 mph acceleration in less than six seconds. With an estimated combined city/highway fuel economy in the high twenties, the IS 350’s fuel efficiency is similar to the EPA average for compact cars with 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines. Low-friction engine design and carefully matched drivetrains also make significant contributions to fuel efficiency. And all of the new IS models are expected to carry the ULEV-II emissions rating.

To add to the sporty feel of the IS350, the vehicle features ’light saber’ pointers and a multi-function display. The meter rings change colour depending on driver-designated values of engine rpm and vehicle speed.

With direct injection, gas is squirted directly into the cylinder, improving the air/fuel mix to deliver better mileage and lower emissions. Lexus promises a "substantial" boost in fuel economy, though it’s not yet ready with government-certified numbers.

The high-line IS350 features a new, 3.5-liter V-6. It also uses DI technology, but adds a second set of port injectors for even more control over ignition, an advantage during cold starts. Unfortunately, the larger engine is not available with either a manual transmission or all-wheel-drive, though considering the unexpected success of the AWD option in the recent GS series, Lexus officials broadly hint they may expand the technology’s availability. That would prove particularly attractive in northern climes, where sales of Lexus rear-drive sedans crawls to a halt during the winter months.

The bigger engine does come with a driver-friendly performance suspension package, a good way to keep all that power on the road. This package will launch you from 0-60 in an impressive 5.6 seconds, while top speed is governed out at 142 mph.


Interior Features


Lush with creature comfort, trimmed with upscale materials, and crackling with electronic wizardry, the interior environment of the new IS models is pure Lexus. Nothing escaped notice in the totally new environment. Even the front sunvisors were redesigned to help absorb noise.

The new keyless entry and pushbutton ignition is so handy we wish this system were standard on every car. It also removes a potential safety hazard, a dangling set of keys, from the steering column and eliminates one of the most abused components from any future repair orders.

A bit roomier than the outgoing model, the cabin is still more sports car than family sedan. A prominent central console clearly establishes the driver and front-passenger zones. The controls wrap around the driver with every gauge and switch within easy scrutiny or close reach. The new Optitron gauges are larger and easier to read than the previous cluster, and their light-saber indicator needles, "ignition on" meter movement and dynamic redline indication are cool modern.

The new, more efficient climate control system features a sophisticated temperature calculation system called Neural-Net, a new humidity sensor, a micro dust and pollen filler and, in IS 350 models, a smog sensor that detects excessive hydrocarbons and automatically reverts to a special recirculation mode until the atmosphere clears.

Still, for all its quality materials and refinement, the interior left this writer a little cold. It wasn’t a case of inferior design or materials, but the cockpit seemed to lack a signature element, such as Volvo’s floating center console, that could have made the IS cockpit as distinctive to sit in as it is to watch race off into the distance.

Plenty of luxury equipment is also available on the IS350, such as a 6-CD changer with 13 speakers and MP3 capabilities. A Mark Levinson audio system is available as an option. All models come standard with a leather and metal shift knob and dual exhaust pipes and come available with power tilt/telescoping steering wheel.
Finessing design

The cowl sits low, building into a rear-biased wedge. The tail sits high, a design touch that offers distinct aerodynamic advantages. And indeed, at 0.28, the IS claims about the lowest drag coefficient in its class.

The cabin continues the design theme, carrying over the subtle, reverse-Z lines incorporated into L-finesse. This is not nearly as sophisticated a cockpit as the GS or LS, but its also significantly less expensive. And with that in mind, you may forget you’re at the bottom of the luxury segment here. The look is generally handsome, but as with the exterior, one can say the theme is still evolving.

The L-Finesse design incorporates, as Lexus describes it, firm convex surfaces with bold concave areas and a tapered form for a sense of movement, even when parked. Inside, large surfaces and long character lines creates a sense of quality. Standard features inside the vehicle include auto air conditioning with dual zone control, soft-touch controls, cabin air filter and rear seat heater ducts; and full Optitron instrumentation featuring a multi-information display, tachometer, outside temperature gauge and dual trip odometers.

A completely redesigned suspension system is featured on the IS series of models. The front features an independent double wishbone design with anti-dive and anti-squat geometry and the rear includes multi-link control arms. A rear sport suspension is available on both RWD models.

The rack-and-pinion steering gear is mounted ahead of the front axle centreline for more linear steering response, according to Lexus and every IS model includes a standard anti-lock braking system.


New "X Package" for 2007


In their second year on the market, the next-generation Lexus IS 250/350 luxury sport sedans ratchet up both handling performance and comfort with reconfigured standard equipment, option packages, and the ability to disengage the stability and traction control systems. The V6-powered Lexus IS models, which debuted in 2006, combine striking styling with one of the most compelling packages of performance, luxury, and safety in this highly competitive segment.

The 2007 IS line again offers three models, each powered by a new-generation, high-output V6 engine. The rear-wheel-drive IS 350 leads the segment with a 306-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 and can accelerate from zero-to-60 mph in just 5.6 seconds. The IS 250 is powered by a 204-horsepower 2.5-liter version of the new V6 and is available as a rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive model.

New for 2007, the "X Package" option for the IS rear-wheel-drive models combines sport suspension and five-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels with a boldly styled front-lip spoiler, sport pedals, and illuminated door scuff plates. A new Premium Package has been made standard for the all-wheel drive IS 250 and optional for the rear-wheel-drive models and includes perforated leather seating trim and heated and ventilated front seats. The comprehensive "Sport" and "Luxury" option packages share much of their content, with the Sport Package also including sport suspension.

"Lexus alone offers a unique choice in the entry-luxury segment, with the rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive IS models emphasizing the sportier side and the front-wheel drive ES 350 focusing on ultimate comfort," said Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager Bob Carter. "The ES and IS models, of course, deliver the expected Lexus dedication to quality, along with true luxury that enhances the driving experience rather than distracting from it."

True to Lexus tradition, the IS 250/350 models have been rewarding customers with exemplary quality. Most recently, the IS was named Highest-Ranked Entry Premium Car in the in the 2006 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality StudySM.

Dynamic Appeal


The Lexus IS sedans show a strong family resemblance to the Lexus GS, while establishing their own distinctively upscale, sporty presence. A notably wide stance and long wheelbase, coupled with tightly drawn bodywork, give the IS an athletic yet sophisticated style. Carefully shaped body contours, a subtle ducktail-curved trunk lid and "air kick" tail lamps contribute to a low 0.28 coefficient of drag (Cd). Close attention to underbody-airflow management reduces drag and also helps minimize and balance front and rear lift to enhance high-speed stability and handling.

While the sound of powerful V6 engines will resonate with driving enthusiasts, all vehicle occupants will appreciate Lexus’ ability to keep undesirable noises to a minimum. A highly rigid body structure is the starting point for controlling noise intrusion. Strategically placed noise-suppression materials, including special window and door seals, acoustic windshield glass and asphalt sheeting, take over from there. The attention paid to reducing aerodynamic drag is also evident in the A-pillar and outside rearview mirror designs, which lower wind noise from a notoriously difficult area. No detail has been overlooked, down to sound-absorbing sun visors.

High-Technology Safety and Luxury


In addition to their performance-oriented powertrains, the IS models bring a wide array of standard and available features designed to convey the true Lexus feel throughout. Lexus’ focus on safety for the IS models includes standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) for the IS 250. The IS 350 is exclusively equipped with a sport-oriented version of the Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system, an advanced technology that integrates all of the car’s dynamic-control systems. All IS models feature eight standard airbags, and the IS was the first car in its segment to offer an optional pre-collision system that can help reduce collision damage.

The Lexus IS also offers premium, high-technology options more often associated with prestige-luxury models, such as Dynamic Radar Cruise Control; Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS); heated and ventilated front seats; a power-tilt-telescope steering wheel and – exclusive to Lexus – a 14-speaker Mark Levinson® Premium Surround Sound Audio System.

Powerful V6 Engine Family


The IS 250’s 2.5-liter V6 engine delivers 204 horsepower at 6,400 RPM and 185 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,800 RPM. The IS 350’s 3.5-liter version delivers a best-in-class 306 horsepower at 6,400 RPM along with 277 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,800 RPM. Both of these V6 engines use aluminum cylinder blocks and heads and employ dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), which controls timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts. A dual-exhaust system reduces backpressure at higher engine speeds, and a variable-valve system in the mufflers helps reduce noise at lower speeds.

A direct-type fuel-injection system provides a cooling effect in the cylinders, enabling the high compression needed to extract maximum energy from the fuel. Both engines benefit as well from reduced internal friction via chain-driven camshafts and roller-rocker arms. Aside from its larger displacement, the 3.5-liter V6 differs chiefly in that it augments the direct fuel injection with port fuel injectors. In light- and medium-load conditions, these additional injectors help produce a precise burn, increasing power and efficiency.

An advanced six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters is standard on the IS 350, IS 250 and the all-wheel drive model. The rear-wheel drive IS 250 comes standard with a crisp-shifting six-speed manual transmission, with the paddle-shift automatic offered as an option.

The high technology also pays dividends in fuel economy, with the IS 350 returning an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city/28 mpg highway. The IS 250 has an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city/32 mpg highway with the six-speed automatic transmission, 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway for the six-speed manual, and the IS 250 AWD model attains 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway. All 2007 Lexus IS models carry the Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV II) certification.

Sophisticated Dynamics Match High Power


The Lexus IS was engineered from the tires up for a sporty driving experience. The double-wishbone front suspension features a high-mount upper control arm, and the lower arm uses a large, liquid-filled bushing at the rear to minimize vibration and harshness. The multilink rear suspension emphasizes precise control of geometry in all dynamic conditions, helping make the IS sport sedans ultra-stable for confident driving. High-strength steel and aluminum suspension components reduce unsprung weight, helping the IS remain stable on bumpy surfaces and improving ride comfort.

Monotube shock absorbers employ larger pistons than conventional twin-tube shocks to provide superior damping-force response and control, especially at low piston speeds. The sophisticated shock-absorber design utilizes multileaf linear control valves to help improve damping force, plus rebound springs that offer improved body control without the typical ride comfort tradeoffs. Available sport suspension with 18-inch wheels further enhances handling response.

In the IS 250, VSC helps to control loss of lateral traction while cornering by using throttle intervention and applying individual wheel braking to help control any discrepancy between where the driver is steering and where the vehicle is heading. The IS 350 is exclusively equipped with Lexus’ innovative VDIM system to provide superior handling dynamics and traction control.

The IS 350’s sport-tuned version of VDIM allows a higher intervention threshold for more spirited driving. Combining input from a variety of sensors, VDIM is designed to anticipate the onset of a vehicle skid or slide and then help correct the situation with a combination of braking and throttle control in a way that is essentially transparent to the driver. VDIM integration provides precise management for Electric Power Steering (EPS), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), and engine torque (via the electronically controlled throttle). New for 2007, the IS models includes the ability to disengage VSC or VDIM via the Trac off switch, which can be useful in certain handling situations or when trying to extricate the car from snow, for example.

Advanced Steering, Powerful Brakes


The Electric Power Steering (EPS) rack and pinion steering gear helps to provide linear steering response, precise control and better straight-line stability. In addition, the vehicle-speed-sensitive system helps offer more precise control of steering assist than a traditional hydraulic system can, eliminates parasitic loss from a hydraulic pump, and reduces weight and complexity.

The Lexus IS braking systems are commensurate with their performance capability. A variable ratio link-type pedal and tierod-type booster enhance brake-pedal rigidity and system response. The IS 250 features ventilated front and solid rear rotors; the IS 350 steps up to larger ventilated front and rear rotors. In addition, the IS 350’s aluminum four-piston front calipers aid in heat dissipation and stopping power and reduce unsprung weight.

Standard all-season performance tires measure 225/45R17 in front and 245/45R17 for the rear (225/45R17 on AWD). Available as a stand-alone option or as part of the sport suspension, performance-tread ("summer") 225/40R18 front tires and 255/40R18 rear tires reward the enthusiast driver with even higher cornering grip.

Comfort Through Ultimate Convenience


The brand’s traditional attention to comfort and convenience is abundantly present in the overtly sporty IS. The luxurious and muscular cabin features intelligently designed displays and controls that are easy to see and use. Bright, clear Optitron® gauges and smartly integrated metallic or available Bird’s-eye Maple trim help create an elegant yet active environment. Premium interior materials and meticulous attention to detail strongly convey the Lexus identity.

Standard amenities include 10-way power front seats; dual-zone automatic climate control with rear-seat vents and pollen filter (plus smog filter on IS 350); power moonroof with one-touch open/close and seven open-position settings; manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel; all power windows with automatic up/down feature and jam protection, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

Lexus offers a refreshing approach to designing controls as compared to some competitors that are making controls more complex to learn and distracting to use. One example is the multi-information display located in the speedometer. This versatile feature integrates a trip computer that provides: outside temperature; driving range; average fuel consumption; average fuel consumption since refueling (per tank); current fuel consumption; and average speed. The display also includes an oil-maintenance reminder and system warnings, all grouped in one convenient location.

Additional features are added to the multi-information display depending on selected options. When an IS model is equipped with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, the display can show a car icon with the selected following distance; when equipped with Intuitive Park Assist, the display can show a car icon with the location and distance of objects detected near the bumpers. A multi-function switch allows the driver to set an adjustable speed warning and an adjustable-RPM shift light in the tachometer.

The SmartAccess keyless entry and push-to-start ignition allows the driver to keep the access fob in a pocket or purse. The standard HomeLink® programmable garage door opener also operates home security devices and other systems.

The Security of a Lexus


Passive-safety technology in the Lexus IS begins with a reinforced passenger compartment that helps protect the occupants with front-and rear-crush structures. Seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters are used for the front and outboard rear seats. In addition to the dual-front airbags and front seat-mounted side airbags, the Lexus Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) includes side-curtain airbags that extend from A-pillar to C-pillar, as well as a knee airbag for both the driver and the front passenger.

Advanced dual-stage front airbags are designed to deploy at one of two speeds, according to impact force. The driver’s front airbag also includes an extra low stage designed to deploy based, in part, on the seat’s position on its track. The front passenger’s airbag features two chambers, creating an indentation in the center impact area that helps to disperse the force of the bag.

First introduced on the previous-generation LS flagship model, the Pre-Collision System (PCS) can help reduce collision damage and is now available on all Lexus sedan model lines. The package includes Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which uses millimeter-wave radar to measure and maintain a set distance from a vehicle traveling ahead. PCS relies on the radar sensor to detect obstacles in front of the car, and a PCS computer with sensor inputs from vehicle speed, steering angle and yaw rate is designed to determine whether a collision is unavoidable.

In such a situation, PCS preemptively retracts front seat belts and pre-initializes Brake Assist so that increased braking will be applied the instant the driver depresses the pedal.

Increased Visibility


Visibility plays a major role in the Lexus safety portfolio. The available High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) helps to illuminate a curve as the driver steers into it. The rear back-up camera, included with the optional navigation system, automatically projects an image of what its lens can detect behind the car onto the navigation screen when the transmission is in reverse gear.

The optional Intuitive Park Assist (IPA) system uses ultrasonic sensors to detect objects close to the car’s front and rear bumpers, alerting the driver and showing distance to objects in the multi-information display within the speedometer. When any IS model is also equipped with the optional navigation system, information on objects detected is shown in greater detail on that system’s seven-inch touch screen display.

The Sound of Luxury


The standard Lexus Premium Audio System features a six-disc in-dash CD changer, 194 watts of total power and 13 speakers. Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL) maintains consistent sound levels at varying vehicle speeds. A convenient mini-jack in the center console enables connection of an iPod® or other digital music player.

Like all Lexus models, the IS offers its own version of the Mark Levinson® Premium Surround Sound Audio System that is available in conjunction with the optional DVD touch-screen navigation system. This 14-speaker system features discrete 5.1 multi-channel playback with 7.1-channel speaker architecture. Its 10 amplifier channels provide 300 watts total output at 0.1 percent total harmonic distortion (THD). The Mark Levinson® system plays conventional CDs and DVDs, plus MP3/WMA-formatted CDs. DVD movies can be viewed on the optional navigation system’s color seven-inch touch screen when the vehicle is parked.

Premium Protection


All new Lexus vehicles come with a 48-month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty with roadside assistance for 48-months/unlimited miles. Powertrain and restraint system coverage is provided for 72 months/70,000 miles. Corrosion perforation protection is covered for 72 months, regardless of mileage.


IS Chronology


The Lexus IS compact sport sedan is shown at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit and plans to sell the vehicle in mid-2000 are announced.

January 2000 – Lexus debuts the production 2001 IS 300 compact sport sedan at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

June 2000 – The IS 300 goes on sale.

October 2000 – Lexus introduces the IS 300 pace car for the CART/FedEx Championship.

January 2001 – Lexus unveils the IS 300 SportCross and the IS 300 5-speed manual transmission sport sedan at the NAIAS.

April 2001 ¬– Team Lexus debuts two IS 300 racecars in the 2001 Grand-Am Cup North American Street Stock Series.

April 2001 – Team Lexus debuts the IS 300 luxury sport sedan in Grand-Am Cup competition. The IS was competitive immediately and scored its first pole position in its fourth race and first race win in the fifth round at Virginia International Raceway.

August 2001 – The all-new IS 300 SportCross and IS 300 5-speed manual transmission models go on sale.

August 2001 – The IS 300 L-Tuned is launched as a limited edition in the western states.

March 2003 – Lexus added a distinctively sporty new edition of the IS 300 sport sedan with the introduction of the IS 300 SportDesign. IS 300 SportDesign Edition provides several exclusive enhancements including a special grille, fender emblems, special exhaust tailpipe, 11-spoke 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, black pearl trim around the headlights, fog lights and taillights, and Thundercloud Metallic as exclusive exterior color.

March 2005 – Lexus unveils the all-new IS 350 sport sedan at the New York International Auto Show.

October 2005 – Lexus introduces the all-new second-generation IS 250 and IS 350 models. Both feature new high-performance V6 engines. The IS 250 offers an all-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or manual transmission option, and the IS 350 is equipped with the new Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system.

September 2006 – New X Package option added for rear-wheel drive models (not available on all-wheel drive model) featuring sport suspension, sport pedals, illuminated scuff plates, front lip spoiler and 18-inch five-spoke wheels with a liquid graphite finish).


Pricing and options

IS 350 RWD - $35.705


Premium Package - $1,290

  • Auburn bird’s-eye maple interior trim  
  • Perforated leather-trimmed interior  
  • Heated and ventilated front seats  

   
IS X-Package - $1,455

  • Available with the following exterior colors:
    •  Tungsten Pearl
    •  Smoky Granite Mica
    •  Obsidian  
  • Sport-tuned suspension  
  • Aluminum sport pedals  
  • Illuminated scuff plates  
  • Aerodynamic front air dam  
  • Exclusive 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels

   
Luxury Package - $3,495

  • Auburn bird’s-eye maple interior trim  
  • Perforated leather-trimmed interior  
  • Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column  
  • Lexus Memory System to control power driver’s and front passenger’s seats (except lumbar), outside mirrors and steering wheel
  • Heated and ventilated front seats  
  • Illuminated doorsill scuff plates  
  • Power rear-window sunshade  
  • Rain-sensing intermittent windshield wipers with mist cycle  
  • Electrochromic (auto-dimming) outside mirrors with auto tilt-down in reverse  
  • Bi-xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps  
  • Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS)  

   
Sport Package - $3,695

  • Perforated leather-trimmed interior  
  • Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column  
  • Lexus Memory System to control power driver’s and front passenger’s seats (except lumbar), outside mirrors and steering wheel
  • Heated and ventilated front seats  
  • Aluminum sport pedals  
  • Aluminum doorsill scuff plates  
  • Rain-sensing intermittent windshield wipers with mist cycle  
  • Electrochromic (auto-dimming) outside mirrors with auto tilt-down in reverse  
  • Bi-xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps  
  • Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS)  
  • Sport-tuned suspension  
  • 18 x 8.0-in alloy wheels with 225/40YR18 tires front, 18 x 8.5-in alloy wheels with 255/40YR18 tires rear
  • Navigation System/Mark Levinson® Premium Audio System Package $3,990
  • Lexus voice-activated DVD Navigation System with backup camera and Bluetooth® technology  
  • Mark Levinson 14-speaker 300-watt @ 0.1% THD Premium Surround Sound Audio System with 7.1 architecture and in-dash, single-feed, six-disc DVD/CD auto-changer featuring DVD-audio and DVD-video playback  

   
Luxury Package w/18-in wheels - $4,215

  • Auburn bird’s-eye maple interior trim  
  • Perforated leather-trimmed interior  
  • Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column  
  • Lexus Memory System to control power driver’s and front passenger’s seats (except lumbar), outside mirrors and steering wheel
  • Heated and ventilated front seats  
  • Illuminated doorsill scuff plates  
  • Power rear-window sunshade  
  • Rain-sensing intermittent windshield wipers with mist cycle  
  • Electrochromic (auto-dimming) outside mirrors with auto tilt-down in reverse  
  • Bi-xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps  
  • Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS)  
  • 18 x 8.0-in alloy wheels with 225/40YR18 tires front, 18 x 8.5-in alloy wheels with 255/40YR18 tires rear  

   
Options and Accessories
  

  • Lexus Pre-Collision System (PCS) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control - $2,850
  • Lexus voice-activated DVD Navigation System with backup camera [6] and Bluetooth® technology - $2,550
  • 18-in G-Spider alloy wheels with 18-in tires - $2,450
  • 18-in ISP Mode alloy wheels with 18-in tires - $2,450
  • Ground effects kit - $1,500
  • Dual sport exhaust by HKS - $1,500
  • 18-in G-Spider alloy wheels - $1,375
  • 18-in ISP Mode alloy wheels - $1,375
  • Mark Levinson 14-speaker 300-watt @ 0.1% THD [8] Premium Surround Sound Audio System with 7.1 architecture and in-dash, single-feed, six-disc DVD/CD auto-changer featuring DVD-audio and DVD-video playback - $940
  • Bi-xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps and Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) - $875
  • 18 x 8.0-in alloy wheels with 225/40YR18 tires front [4], 18 x 8.5-in alloy wheels with 255/40YR18 tires rear - $720
  • Intuitive Parking Assist - $500
  • XM® Satellite Radi - $486
  • Rear spoiler - $355
  • Headlamp washers - requires Bi-xenon High-Intensity Discharge headlamps and Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) - $100
  • All-weather floor mats - $99
  • Trunk mat - $69
  • Wheel locks - $69
  • Cargo net - $59
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Is 2007 lexus

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Twenty years before the introduction of the 2021 Lexus IS last summer, the iconic rear-wheel-drive compact luxury sedan blazed a trail for the power of performance. This is the car that initiated Toyota President and master driver, Akio Toyoda, into the exhilaration of performance driving, and tapped into the desire for an emotional feel behind the wheel. In balancing a sports car with a sedan, the IS created an ideal synergy for a new kind of Lexus guest.

The IS may have evolved in shape, size, efficiency and power, but it has stayed true to its stimulating heritage, retained the craftsmanship expected from Lexus, and created a culture of style and expression all its own.

Now, the IS launches the newest chapter in its story of innovation at Lexus as the first of the lineup to feature the Lexus Driving Signature approach to design. To chart the course of this groundbreaking driving experience, here is a look back at major milestones for the model that shook up luxury and forged a time-tested bond between driver and machine.

Lexus Is Icons: A Sporty Sedan

A fusion of comfort and performance, Lexus in 2007 offered the typically high-tuned, well-equipped IS 250 along with its sportier sibling—the IS 350.

Throwback Facts:

  • The 350 offered a sizzling 0-to-60-mph acceleration with a time of 5.6 seconds.
  • The 2007 edition introduced the “X Package,” a collection of race car features like a front spoiler, sport pedals and illuminated door scuff plates.
  • In 2007, the IS F made its international debut as the first vehicle in the F performance line, it accelerated from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds.

The Lexus IS sedan continues to evolve, with the ultimate goal of delivering a new generation of Lexus vehicles that is more balanced, refined in control, and confident than ever before. Check out the next icon in the making, the new 2021 Lexus IS, here.

Originally published March 4, 2021

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Lexus IS (XE20)

For a complete overview of all IS models, see Lexus IS.

Motor vehicle

Lexus IS (XE20)
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2008 Lexus IS 250 (GSE20)

ManufacturerLexus (Toyota)
ProductionSeptember 2005 – April 2013
Model years2006–2013
Assembly
Designer
Class
Body style
Layout
PlatformToyota N platform
Engine
Transmission
Wheelbase2,730 mm (107.5 in)
Length
  • 2006–2008: 4,575 mm (180.1 in)
  • 2008–2013: 4,580 mm (180.3 in)
  • Convertible: 4,636 mm (182.5 in)
  • F: 4,661 mm (183.5 in)
Width
  • 1,800 mm (70.9 in)
  • F: 1,815 mm (71.5 in)
Height
  • 2006–2008 RWD: 1,425 mm (56.1 in)
  • 2006–2008 AWD: 1,440 mm (56.7 in)
  • Convertible: 1,420 mm (55.9 in)
  • 2008–2014 AWD: 1,430 mm (56.3 in)
  • 2008–2014 RWD: 1,415 mm (55.7 in)
Curb weight1,558–1,685 kg (3,435–3,715 lb)
PredecessorLexus IS (XE10)
Successor

The Lexus IS (XE20) is the second generation of the Lexus IS line of compact executive cars. Sold by Lexus since 2005, the line includes multiple V6 gasoline-powered models, in four-door sedan and two-door coupé convertible body styles. Additional sedan models also feature inline-four diesel powertrains, and an F marque version, the IS F, features a V8 engine. A pre-production car of the second generation IS model was first shown at the 2005 Geneva Auto Show, with the production version debuting at the 2005 New York Auto Show. The second generation was only available as a sedan until the two-door coupé convertible variants debuted in 2008.

The IS is built on a shortened version of the rear-wheel drive midsize platform introduced for the third generation Lexus GS,[11] and also used on the Japanese-market Toyota Crown and Toyota Mark X.[12] The chief engineer of the second generation IS was Suguya Fukusato, a rally driver.[13] The second generation IS sedans were sold until 2013, when the third generation (XE30) debuted; however the coupé convertible model continued to be sold through 2014.

History of development[edit]

Development[edit]

After commencement of U.S. sales of the XE10 in 2000, development begun on its successor, the XE20 under chief engineer Suguya Fukusato in 2001. Design work was done under Kengo Matsumoto for a period of 2 years from 2002 into late 2003 when the final conceptual design by Hiroyuki Tada, utilizing the new corporate styling theme of L-finesse was chosen. From 2003 into the first half of 2004, the conceptual design was further refined into the production design specifications, being then approved by the executive board.[14] Design patents were filed in September 2004 in Japan, on 18 February 2005 in Europe, and 25 February 2005 at the United States Patent Office upon conclusion of development in early 2005.[1]

Exterior and interior[edit]

2008 Lexus IS 250 (GSE20; U.S.)

The second generation Lexus IS was the second debut of Lexus' new L-finesse design philosophy on a production vehicle, following the premiere of the 2006 Lexus GS performance sedan.[15] The new IS design featured sleeker, coupé-like contours, a fastback profile, and a repeated arrowhead motif in the front fascia and side windows based on the Japanese concept of kirikaeshi, referring to angular movements.[16] The forward design was reminiscent of the earlier Lexus LF-C coupé concept. Compared to its predecessor, the second generation IS was 3.5 inches (89 mm) longer and nearly 3 inches (76 mm) wider, largely due to a 2.3 inches (58 mm) wheelbase stretch.[15] The grille was set at a lower level than the headlights. The new IS body resulted in a 0.28 Cd figure.

2007 Lexus IS 350 interior (GSE21; Japan)

The second generation IS interior features leather seats, lightsaber-like electroluminescent instrument display lighting and LED interior lighting accents, 10-way (including lumbar) driver and front passenger power seats, and the choice of faux-metallic or optional Bird's Eye Maplewood grain trim made by Yamaha piano craftsmen from sustainable plantations.[17] The interior design also derived elements from Japanese concepts, including hazushi, where an object retains individuality while being part of a large whole, as typified in side air vents.[18] Other available interior features include perforated leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, moonroof, electrochromic side view mirrors, power rear sunshade, and aluminum scuff plates.

Safety systems[edit]

2008 Lexus IS 250 (GSE20; Europe)

The Lexus IS features standard dual front airbags, front row knee airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, and front side torso airbags.[19] The new IS also debuted its manufacturer's latest twin-chamber, V-shaped front passenger airbag. Initially, the IS 250 came with the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system while the IS 350 used a more advanced VDIM system which reacts sooner with less intrusive operation. A Pre-Collision System (PCS) is the first offered in the entry-luxury performance sedan market segment.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash test results in 2008 rated the IS the maximum five stars in the Side Driver and Rollover categories, and four stars in the Frontal Driver, Frontal Passenger, and Side Rear Passenger categories.[20]Euro NCAP scores were the maximum five stars in Adult Occupant, four stars in Child Occupant, and two of four stars in Pedestrian test categories.[21] The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Lexus IS sedan a "Good" overall score for both front and side impact tests, and also ranks the IS "Good" in all other measured categories in the front and side impact crash tests but give it a "Poor" score for small overlap front.[22]

2010–2011 Lexus IS 250 (GSE20R) F Sport (Australia)

Technical features[edit]

For the IS 250, IS 350, and IS F, engines feature the manufacturer's D-4S direct injection system; these models are ULEV-II emission certified in the United States by the California Air Resources Board. The IS line also features an Electric Power Steering (EPS) system which replaces the previous hydraulic steering pump.

Technical features on the second generation Lexus IS further include rain-sensing wipers, Intuitive Park Assist (IPA), bi-xenon headlamps, Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Lexus' SmartAccesskeyless entry with push-button start is a standard feature along with a memory system that can recall driver's seat, side mirror, and steering positions. A high-resolution 7" touchscreen DVD-based Gen V navigation system with voice recognition, Bluetooth, a backup camera, and a 14-speaker Mark Levinson premium sound system are available as options.

2010–2011 Lexus IS 250 (GSE20R; Australia)

Updates[edit]

In response to criticism regarding the lack of a stability/traction control disable switch on 2006 IS models, Lexus added a VDIM/VSC off switch for the 2007 model year. For 2006 IS models, the stability control system/traction control system can be disabled through non-conventional methods by using a code during engine start.[23]

In the 2007 IS models, in addition to the on/off switch for the traction-control system, Lexus added a roof-mounted shark-fin antenna in some markets. (The Australian delivered IS models did not receive the fin-style antenna until its first appearance on the IS F in 2008).[24][25] For 2008 models, the steering system was tweaked for improved steering feel and the rear seats were modified to improve rear room.

The 2008 mid-cycle refresh for the 2009 model year (designed by Takahiro Kanno in 2007) included revised interior and exterior styling, the suspension and steering was retuned for improved stability and control, and the IS 250 also gained VDIM as standard for the 2009 model year. In 2009, Masanari Sakae designed revisions to the IS Line, which were patent registered in November 2009 in Japan and 27 April 2010 in Europe. In the second quarter of 2010 (2011 MY), these new revisions were introduced, featuring a refreshed exterior with new wheels, LED daytime running lights, additional interior features, and dedicated IS F-Sport production models.[26]

Standard models[edit]

GSE20 / GSE21 (2005)[edit]

The IS 250 (GSE20) went on sale in 2005 in Japan and North America in RWD (GSE20) and IS 250 AWD (GSE25) configuration, along with the more powerful rear-wheel drive IS 350 (GSE21) sedan. The IS 250 RWD comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, and a 6-speed automatic transmission is available as an option. All other gasoline-powered IS sedans are only available with the automatic.

2010–2011 Lexus IS 350 (GSE21; Australia)

The IS 350 shares larger braking discs and calipers borrowed from the GS 430; the IS 350's larger calipers are four-piston rather than the two-piston front calipers of the IS 250.[27]

Citing independent testing by auto research firm AMCI, Lexus highlighted the IS 350's acceleration as the "fastest in its class" at its launch (see also: Lexus IS performance specifications).[28] Some reviewers noted the second generation models as Lexus' first foray into the sport compact market that compared fairly well with its German competitors. However, some criticisms were that its steering was not as communicative as that of some rivals,[29] the rear seat legroom (while improved over the first generation) was still tight, and that the six-speed manual was only available on the IS 250. However, the IS' performance has also been praised, for example in a February 2007 Road & Track Japanese luxury sports sedan comparison, in which the IS 350 took first place.[30]

ALE20 / GSE22 (2006)[edit]

Lexus IS 220d (ALE20; Europe)

Introduced for sale in European markets in 2006, the IS 220d (ALE20) was the first diesel-powered Lexus ever produced.[31] The IS 220d featured a 2.2 L 2AD-FHVInline-4diesel engine, capable of 175 hp (130 kW), and rear wheel drive. The IS 220d was only offered with a manual transmission. Introduced to Chinese and Middle Eastern markets in 2006, the IS 300 (GSE22) was tailored to the fuel requirements of those regions, with a 3.0 L 3GR-FEV6 engine (without direct injection), 228 hp (170 kW), and rear wheel drive.[32] The IS 300 was also introduced to the Brunei, Indonesia, and Philippines markets.

2010 IS 250 C (GSE20; U.S.)

GSE20 / GSE21 (2008)[edit]

2010 IS 250 C interior (GSE20; US.)

After three years with only one body style, the IS returned with a second body style, this time in coupé convertible form, debuting as the IS 250 C on 2 October 2008 at the Paris Motor Show.[33] A more powerful IS 350 C also became available, with engine specifications analogous to those on the sedan models.

The IS convertible features a three-piece aluminum hardtop that can retract in 21 seconds, a roof-brake mechanism slows panels as they close and near the windshield. The IS 250 C and IS 350 C are offered with a six-speed automatic, while the IS 250 C was offered a manual transmission and all-wheel-drive version. However, as of 2015, the IS C is only available as rear-wheel-drive. The IS convertible's body has a drag coefficient of Cd=0.29.

Sportier models of both trims are available in the form of the IS250 C F-Sport and IS350 F-Sport. As of 2015 these models are the only F-Sport Lexus's to be offered with a wide variety of performance options such as a "F-Sport Air Intake" and "F-Sport Sway Bars" but just like the other Lexus F-Sport models it is offered with a wide variety of wheel choices.

Lexus IS 250 C (GSE20R; Australia)

The IS 250 C went on sale in Europe in 2009, with IS convertible sales for North America targeted for May 2009 as a 2010 model.[33] An IS 300 C is also being produced for certain regions.

ALE20 (2010)[edit]

In 2010, coinciding with the second IS line refresh, the IS 220d was replaced with the more efficient IS 200d, whose improved consumption figures were due to engine retuning.[26] All-wheel drive options were also expanded besides the IS 250 AWD with the addition of the IS 350 AWD model in major markets.[34]

F marque models[edit]

During 2005 and 2006, several automotive publications reported on rumors of a higher performance variant of the IS being tested at various stages of development. Spy photos of such a vehicle being tested in Germany and California were published in several magazines and websites. Among these spy reports, several photos were shown of a heavily modified and camouflaged IS sedan at the Nürburgring test track in Germany along with other disguised Lexus test vehicles. The previous generation IS 430 prototype vehicle was indicative of future possibilities for the IS series, including the likelihood that a second generation high-performance IS model could come equipped with a V8 engine. It was rumored that there would be a coupé and a convertible version for a 2009 model, as well as a convertible version of the V8-powered IS.[35][36][37]

USE20 (2007)[edit]

Lexus IS F (USE20; Australia)

In early 2004, just after the final XE20 design had been frozen for production, Lexus engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi, assembled a small team and on a limited budget began work on a higher performance IS. By the first half of 2005, XE20-body prototype mules with the 4.6L 1UR-FE V8 were spotted testing on the Nürburgring. These prototypes were nicknamed "IS 460" by the media. In late 2005, test mules were also spotted on the Nürburgring that were made using body panels from Toyota Crown Royals that were shortened by cutting out sections of the roof and rear doors.[38] The winning exterior design proposal by Hiroshi Okamato (supervised by chief IS designer Kengo Matsumoto), was finalized in 2005.[39][40]


On 6 December 2006, Lexus officially confirmed the existence of the vehicle which they called IS F in the press release.[41][42][note 1] At the North American International Auto Show on 8 January 2007, the new IS F sedan was debuted to the public along with the LF-A supercar concept. Images were leaked a couple of hours before the official announcement.[43] At its press debut, Lexus revealed that a separate "skunk works" team designed the IS F in a manner distinct from typical Lexus engineering efforts. The chief engineer of the IS F, Yukihiko Yaguchi, previously worked on the Toyota Supra. Much of the IS F's suspension tuning took place at Fuji Speedway in Japan.

2009 Lexus IS F (USE20; Canada)

The IS F vehicle body was lowered by 1 cm (0.5 inches) compared to the standard IS.[44] The hood features a bulged appearance, with sharper curve than the standard IS,[45] due to the added space needed to contain the 5.0 L V8 engine. The drag coefficient is 0.30 Cd. The exterior also features a wire-mesh grille, changed side fenders and skirts, along with side air vents.[45] One noticeable element of the IS F design were its faux quad exhaust tailpipes consisting of two vertically stacked exhaust tips on each side that did not directly connect to the actual exhaust pipes ( tips were part of the bumper, rather than the exhaust). The interior features a four-passenger cabin with braided aluminum panels, steering wheel paddle shifters, and F marque emblems. The IS F also features different seating, with bucket seats in front and rear.[45]

The Lexus IS F engine and transmission

The Lexus IS F features a 4,969 cc (5.0 L; 303.2 cu in) direct-injected2UR-GSE V8 producing SAE 310 kW (416 bhp; 421 PS) at 6600 rpm, while peak torque is 371 lb⋅ft (503 N⋅m) at 5200 rpm.[46] The engine redlines at 6800 rpm and also features a two-stage intake system, engine oil and automatic transmission fluid coolers and an oil pump designed for high-speed cornering. Along with both port and direct injection, the engine features VVT-iE camshaft timing, and has a compression ratio of 11.8:1.[47] The 2UR-GSE is derived from the Lexus UR-series V8 engines, which debuted as the 1UR-FSE on the 2007 Lexus LS 460. Of the UR-series V8s, the 2UR-GSE is most closely related to the 2UR-FSE used in the 2008 LS 600h. It features the same bore and stroke dimensions (3.70 in x 3.52).[47] However, extensive modifications carried out by the IS F engineering team in conjunction with Yamaha's Formula One (F1) engine program resulted in a cast-aluminum intake manifold, new cylinder heads, and titanium intake valves.[47] Additionally the engine features a forged crankshaft, connecting rods and cam lobes. At maximum acceleration above 3400 rpm, the secondary intake opens.[48] Compared with the LS 600h's 2UR-FSE (measured alone without its hybrid-electric motors), the IS F 2UR-GSE has more horsepower and torque at higher rpm, and 17 lb·ft less peak torque (see also Lexus IS F performance specifications).[47]

The Lexus IS F features an 8-speed Sport Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission with sequential shift which can lock-up the torque converter from 2nd through 8th gears (see also: Lexus IS transmission specifications). The SPDS is derived from the unit introduced in the 2007 Lexus LS, which was the first vehicle to carry an 8-speed transmission.[49] The SPDS allows for shifts to occur in 0.1 s (100 ms),[50] compared to 0.05 s (50 ms) of F1 race cars.[51] The wheel-mounted paddle shifters allow for gear shifting while steering, and a manual mode can be selected for added control. The 8-speed transmission also improves fuel economy,[52] with lower overall consumption than BMW, Mercedes, and Audi rivals,[50][52] and avoidance of the U.S. Gas Guzzler Tax.[53]

Rear quarter view of the Lexus IS F

The IS F uses an all-electric rack and pinion steering system with a 13.6:1 gear ratio. The drivetrain is linked to a new sport version of Lexus' electronic stability control system (Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management, or VDIM, featuring three distinct on-off modes).[54] The Lexus IS F comes equipped with Brembo cross-drilled brake rotors (14.2 in front, 13.6 rear) and 6-piston front and 2-piston rear aluminum calipers stamped with the Lexus emblem, along with 19-inch BBS forged aluminum alloy wheels.

2008 Lexus IS F interior (USE20; Japan)

In October 2007, the IS F premiered in Japan, with a 500-unit yearly target for that country, and a 5,000–6,000 yearly unit target for the U.S. market.[55] By the final model year in 2014, only approximately 11,500 units had been manufactured, with 5,118 sold in the U.S.[56] Top speed was listed at 168 mph (270 km/h).[56] The IS F went on sale in the US in early 2008 with the first 50 IS F units sold as a limited Neiman Marcus special edition. In 2007, the head of Lexus GB stated in an interview that 150 IS Fs would be allocated for the UK market.[57] For 2008, the IS F carried a base price of US$56,000.

For 2010, the IS F added a Torsenlimited-slip differential,[58] standard iPod/USB connectivity, Bluetooth streaming audio capability, casual language voice commands, and standard XM Satellite Radio.[58] For the 2011 model year the electric power steering system and suspension were revised, with tweaks to the front and rear spring rates, shock absorber dampening, rear bushings and rear camber angle.[59] An interior update included the addition of the Sport button to the steering wheel[60] and a redesign of the gauge cluster featuring a large central tachometer similar to the Lexus LFA. The exterior adds LED daytime running lights and according to Lexus the 2011 IS F can lap Fuji Speedway in 2 minutes, 3.4 seconds or nearly 2 seconds quicker than before.[61]

Aftermarket tuners, such as Wald International[62] and FiveAxis, have produced special IS F models, which have been part of the manufacturer's auto show exhibits.

IS F Racing Concept (2008)[edit]

At the 2008 Tokyo Auto Salon, the IS F Racing Concept was shown. Few details were released at the show, other than that the concept was the work of chief engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi who built the concept "just for fun", to show "true driving pleasure", and exhibit a potential IS F race car. The IS F Racing Concept had larger fenders, wheels, and spoilers, in a similar manner as DTM racing cars. Reports at the event suggested that the vehicle was not planned for actual racing; rather instead different IS F models were being prepared for racing.[63] The IS F later made its racing debut in VLN competition (see Lexus IS (XE20) in motorsport).

IS F police car (2009–)[edit]

The Humberside Police in the United Kingdom modified an IS F to use as a deterrent to high speed chases. Changes include computer platform to access all police records, 4 video cameras recording road in all directions, 2 hi-tech radio communication systems. The vehicle was used as the 'command car' for Humberside Police's Vehicle Crime Unit.[64][65]

IS F Circuit Club Sports (2010)[edit]

Lexus IS F CCS at the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon

The CCS is a version of IS F sedan with a carbon fiber reinforced polymer hood, trunk and rear spoilers, along with a rear titanium muffler, 19-inch magnesium wheels, and modified suspension and brakes. The carbon fiber components were produced using technology developed for the Lexus LFA supercar.[66] The vehicle also featured additional aero parts, and a separate bright orange color scheme, increased engine power to 428 horsepower (319 kW).

The vehicle was unveiled in 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon.[66][67]

IS F Evolution[edit]

It was reported to be a version of IS F sedan with weight reduction (by 300 lbs), handling mods and brake upgrades. Front and rear bumpers, along with the front fenders, are replaced by carbon fiber parts. It uses 245/35R19 front and 275/30R19 tires, carbon ceramic brakes. Interior also incorporates carbon fiber parts and Recaro racing seats.[68]

IS F-Sport[edit]

2009–2010 Lexus IS 250 F-Sport (GSE20R; Australia)

Further information: Lexus F-Sport

At the 2007 SEMA show, Lexus had a formal presence at the aftermarket convention for the first time, and launched a line of "F-Sport" parts and accessories for the IS 250/350.[69][70] The F-Sport line, including performance and accessory upgrades such as big brake kits, shocks, lowering springs, sway bars, chassis brace, light weight wheels, air intake, exhaust, engine cover, floor mats, shift knobs and also clutch for manual drive, was later expanded to the full IS lineup.[71]

At the 2009 SEMA Show, the F-Sport line also released upgrades for IS 250 AWD and IS Convertible models.[72]

Limited editions[edit]

Elegant White edition (2007–)[edit]

Lexus IS 350 (GSE21; Japan)

It is a limited (700 units) edition of the IS 250 and IS 350 for Japan market. It included a custom two-tone interior.[73]

IS 250 X (2007–)[edit]

Lexus IS 250 (GSE20) X-Package

Lexus introduced a new badge into its lineup in 2007 – a new "X-Package" which was introduced into a number of countries. In the Australian market, it was introduced to celebrate the sale of the 5000th IS 250 in Australia.[74] The IS 250 X came standard with: sport tuned suspension, exclusive 18-inch alloy five-spoke wheels, premium Mark Levinson 14 speaker stereo, moonroof, satellite navigation, illuminated scuff plates, rear camera and sports pedals, and a front lip spoiler.[74] The "X" also came in 3 colors: Onyx Black, Vermillion Red and Metallic Silver.[74] In order to retain the "exclusive" image, only 260 were released in the 2007 calendar year. The pricing started at A$64,390 for the 6-speed manual and rose to A$66,990 for the 6-speed semi-automatic.[74]

There were a number of changes made to the 2008 IS 250 X model. These included: changes to the steering system resulting in an improved steering feel, modified rear seats to improve rear room and the added choice of a new exterior colour – Arctic Blue. Lexus Australia also announced that 450 units would be released, compared to the 260 released the previous year.[75] Production of the IS 250 X ceased in 2008.

Neiman Marcus 2008 Lexus IS F Special Build Sedan[edit]

It is a limited (50 units) version of IS F sedan sold by Neiman Marcus. Priced at US$68,000, the Neiman Marcus edition had a custom black with white accented interior with exterior black color. Each vehicle was individually numbered, and the owner also received a training session at the Skip Barber Racing School.[76]

IS 250 SR (2008)[edit]

It is a limited (1000 units) version of IS 250 for the UK market. It included a full body kit, 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, optional 18-inch Tsuki rims, Worcester Black interior fabric, with optional sports pedals and heated front seats.[77]

Red-Edge Black edition (2009–)[edit]

It is a limited (500 units) edition of the IS 250 and IS 350 for Japan market. It included largely black leather interior with red trim.[78]

2010 IS 350 C F-Sport (2010)[edit]

It is a limited (100 units) version of IS 350 C with 19-inch alloy wheels, special edition badging, a new front grille, lowered and upgraded sport suspension, larger brakes, and special blue interior stitching on black leather seats.

The vehicle went on sale in late March 2010 for US$57,500.[79]

IS SUNRISE (2010)[edit]

It is a concept vehicle based on IS 250 sedan designed in conjunction with Spanish design duo Stone Designs, commemorating the fifth anniversary of the launch of Lexus Japan. The IS "Sunrise" model included a multi-tone interior with contrast seat leather hues of white, blue, and gray.[80]

Motorsport[edit]

See also: Lexus IS in motorsport

Lexus IS 350 Super GT racer

In 2008, the second generation IS 350 was entered in the Super GT race series in the GT300 class (cars with approximately 300 horsepower). Extensively modified from the factory car, with upgrades including a V8 engine,[81] the No. 19 Team Racing Project Bandoh IS 350 driven by Manabu Orido and Tsubasa Abe achieved its first victory in its fifth race at the Motegi GT300 race.[82] Other IS 350 GT300 competitors included those of the WedsSport and Green Tec/Kumho teams.[81] In 2009, two manufacturer sanctioned Racing Project/Bandoh and Team Reckless/Shift IS 350s were also announced for competition, both equipped with 3.0L V8 engines.[83] The Project Bandoh WedsSport IS 350, driven by Manabu Orido and Tatsuya Kataoka, won both driver and team title in the GT300 class that season.[84]

Lexus IS F race car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

In 2009, Gazoo Racing produced a Lexus IS F VLN racing vehicle, which was entered in the SP8 class of the ADAC-Westfalenfahrt VLN 4h endurance race. The vehicle finished second to the team's Lexus LF-A in the race.[85] The IS F VLN racer was also entered in the 2009 24 Hours Nürburgring race and finished third in the SP8 class.[86] The IS F was also later entered in the DMV Grenzlandrennen VLN 4h endurance race in August 2009 where it won the SP8 class.[87] In Gazoo's win at the DMV Grenzlandrennen VLN race on 29 August 2009,[87]Kazunori Yamauchi, the developer of Gran Turismo series who had little experience in actual motorsport, was also one of their drivers,[88] along with Peter Lyon and Hideshi Matsuda.[87] An IS F driven by Peter Lyon, Hideshi Matsuda, Kazunori Yamauchi, and Owen Mildenhall participated in the 2010 24 Hours Nürburgring and finished in 4th place in the SP8 class, behind the 1st place ranked Lexus LFA.[89]

In 2012, Japanese drift racer Daigo Saito entered an IS 250 C in the Formula Drift Asia series. The car, which was a victim of the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami and due to be scrapped, was purchased by Saito and heavily customized for drift racing use. The most notable modification was the swapping of the stock engine to a 2JZ-GTE from a Mark IV Toyota Supra. With 1200 horsepower under the hood, Daigo obliterated the competition in that season, winning all the rounds and earning the championship in convincing fashion.[citation needed]

Technical specifications[edit]

Powertrain information for all second generation Lexus IS models are as follows:

Model drivetrain specifications
Model year(s)Model no(s).Chassis code(s)Engine typeEngine codeTransmission(s)[email protected][email protected]
2006–2009 IS 220d ALE20 2.2 L inline-4 2AD-FHV6-speed MT 130 kW (170 hp) 400 N⋅m (300 ft⋅lbf) @2600 rpm
2006– IS 250 GSE20 2.5 L V6 4GR-FSE6-speed AT/MT 152 kW (204 hp) 251 N⋅m (185 ft⋅lbf) @4800 rpm
IS 250 AWD GSE25 6-speed AT
2006– IS 350 GSE21 3.5 L V6 2GR-FSE6-speed AT 228 kW (306 hp) 375 N⋅m (277 ft⋅lbf) @4800 rpm
2007– IS 300 GSE22 3.0 L V6 3GR-FE6-speed AT 170 kW (230 hp) 300 N⋅m (220 ft⋅lbf) @4400 rpm
2007– IS F USE20 5.0 L V8 2UR-GSE8-speed AT 311 kW (417 hp) 503 N⋅m (371 ft⋅lbf) @5200 rpm
2009– IS 250 C GSE20 2.5 L V6 4GR-FSE6-speed AT/MT 152 kW (204 hp) 251 N⋅m (185 ft⋅lbf) @4800 rpm
2009– IS 350 C GSE21 3.5 L V6 2GR-FSE6-speed AT 228 kW (306 hp) 375 N⋅m (277 ft⋅lbf) @4800 rpm
2009– IS 300 C GSE22 3.0 L V6 3GR-FE6-speed AT 170 kW (230 hp) 300 N⋅m (220 ft⋅lbf) @4400 rpm
2010– IS 200d ALE20 2.2 L inline-4 2AD-FTV6-speed MT 110 kW (150 hp) 360 N⋅m (270 ft⋅lbf) @2600 rpm
2010– IS 350 AWD GSE26 3.5 L V6 2GR-FSE6-speed AT 228 kW (306 hp) 375 N⋅m (277 ft⋅lbf) @4800 rpm

Transmissions[edit]

Lexus IS F transmission gear ratios are as follows:[90]

ModelTypeGear12345678DifferentialReverse
IS FATRatio4.596:12.724:11.863:11.464:11.231:11:1.0000.824:10.685:12.9372.18:1

Lexus IS transmission gear ratios are as follows:[91][92][93]

ModelTypeGear123456ReverseFinal Drive
IS 250MTRatio3.54:12.06:11.4:11:1.000.71:10.58:13.17:13.91:1
AT3.79:12.28:11.52:11.19:11:1.000.79:13.47:13.73:1
IS 350AT3.52:12.04:11.4:11:1.000.72:10.59:13.22:14.08:1

Performance data[edit]

IS F[edit]

Official and tested performance specifications for the Lexus IS F are as follows:

Road & Track tested the IS F in their January 2008 issue, attaining a 0-60 mph (97 km/h) time of 4.4 seconds, a slalom speed of 71.2 mph (114.6 km/h) and an electronically limited top speed of 170 mph (270 km/h).[45]Car and Driver also tested the IS F in 2008 and achieved a 0–60 time of 4.2 seconds.[52] It is also rumored that the IS F can break 200 mph (320 km/h) without the electronic limiter.[99][100] British television show Top Gear tested the Lexus IS F against the BMW M3. The time for the IS F was of 1'26.9, compared to the M3's time of 1'25.3 around their test track.[101]

IS 250/IS 350[edit]

Official performance specifications for the IS 350 are as follows:

In a February 2007 Road & Track Japanese luxury sports sedan comparison, the IS 350 clocked a 0–60 mph time of 4.9 seconds and a 1/4 mile (~400 m) time of 13.5 seconds at 103.1 mph (165.9 km/h).[30]

Official performance specifications for the IS 250 are as follows:

Awards[edit]

See also: List of awards won by the Lexus IS

Lexus IS 300 (GSE22; China) with adaptive headlamps

Several awards won by the second generation Lexus IS include J.D. Power best vehicle in the entry luxury class, 2006 Initial Quality Survey,[103]Ward's 10 Best Engines awards in 2006 and 2007 for the IS 350,[104] 2007 IF product design award from the International Forum Design group in Hannover, Germany,[105] and the Canadian Car of the Year Awards' Best New Technology award in 2006.[106] The IS was also the 2007 winner of the Intellichoice/AutoPacific Motorist Choice Award for Aspirational Luxury Cars, referring to the vehicle owners most desired in the luxury segment,[107] and a finalist for Wheels magazine's Car of the Year (COTY) awards and the World Car of the Year (WCOTY) award in 2006.[108]

In November 2009, the Lexus IS F was named Best New Sports / Performance Car over CDN$50,000 for the year by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).[109] In October 2008, the IS F received a Good Design Award from the Japanese Industrial Design organization.[110] In April 2008, Evo magazine's test of the IS F awarded the vehicle the publication's highest rating of five stars.[111] That same month, AutoWeek's comparison test of the IS F with the GT-R found the former to be the "more satisfying to drive" winner.[112] Also in 2008, Car magazine named the IS F as a finalist for its Performance Car of the Year award.[113]

Gaming[edit]

Project Five Axis Lexus IS F

In March 2008, Atari released the freeware computer game, Lexus IS F Track Time.[114] The program was created in partnership with Lexus and based on the IS F production model specifications.[115] Designed by Image Space Incorporated (ISI) using their rFactor computer racing simulator software, the program allows users to configure and race the IS F. Three race courses are offered, namely Orchard Lake (an oval and road course), Toban Raceway (a road course), and Essington Park, Lienz (a mountain road and rally course).[115] The software incorporates artificial intelligence modeling of competing vehicles, and its physics engine simulates actual driving conditions.[116]

The race-prepped Lexus IS F which competed at the 24 Hours Nürburgring race in October 2009 carried a prototype of a "GPS-track day" unit co-developed by the Gran Turismo game designers and Lexus supplier Denso corporation. The unit allows a GPS recording of an actual track drive, which is then stored on a memory card. The recording can then be plugged into a PlayStation 3 where one can view a virtual recreation of the race, or compete against one's own race record.[117]

Production[edit]

The second generation Lexus IS is produced in Tahara, Aichi, and Miyawaka, Fukuoka, Japan. In most markets sold, the IS has served as the compact member of the Lexus lineup, and it was the smallest Lexus model until the CT 200h.

Only 486 units of the Lexus IS F were sold in 2012.[118]

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