Lexus IS250 F Sport Review
IS fun

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
8 Sep 2013


The IS has been the thorn in the sides of BMW and Mercedes-Benz since the first generation was launched back in 1998. It brings LS comfort to the executive sedan range coupled with the bombproof reliability of Toyota. Something the Germans have occasionally struggled with over the years.

With the latest model, Lexus has taken a new focus on its dynamic qualities. The development team has spent over 1.6 million kilometres fine tuning the performance of the new sporting executive sedan on race tracks around the world. Usually when a manufacturer proclaims their models are track tested, more often than not, it leads to a much harder ride than most drivers would prefer. Does it mean the IS is leaving its Lexus qualities behind?  

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Engine Capacity 2500cc
Engine Type V 6
Compression Ratio 12.0 : 1:1
Bore x Stroke (83.0 x 77.0)mm
Power 208bhp @ 6400rpm
Torque 252Nm @ 4800rpm
Power to Weight 133.8 bhp per ton


Acceleration 8.1s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 200 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 10.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type FR
Steering Electric


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4665 x 1810 x 1430) mm
Wheelbase 2800 mm
Turning Circle 5.2 metres
Kerb Weight 1555 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 66 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs