Talk about a wolf in sheep's clothing - The Lexus IS350 F Sport is it. The 2nd generation Lexus IS was designed to take the BMW 3 series head-on. While they didn't quite reach that mark, it's nonetheless a great car.
Fitted with a potent 3.5-litre V6 engine developing 233kW @ 6400rpm and a peak torque of 378Nm @ 4800rpm, it has the raw numbers to provide some real shove. Mated to a six-speed sequential automatic transmission with paddle shifters, you can unleash your inner Alonso, with a 0 to 100km/h dash taking just 5.45 seconds. Tasty!
Courtesy of its parent company, Toyota, bulletproof reliability is built into the brand. And talk about lots of kit, it's competing directly with the Euro-crowd, so it's not short on gizmos. Check out just some of the features:
In-built SAT NAV with 8.0" touchscreen
Dual-zone automatic climate control air-conditioning
14 Speaker premium surround sound system
Six stacker CD player/DVD player
Full leather interior
Push button stop/start ignition
Heated and Powered front seats with preset memory
Rain sensing wipers
Alloy sports pedals
18" Alloy wheels
Sports body kit
LED daytime running lights
The IS350 F Sport just might be the ultimate sleeper. It won't draw a lot of attention, but when you put the hammer down, your mate in his BMW 335i is going to stand up and take notice. They sound pretty good too!
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