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Lexus IS (E20)

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Lexus IS (GSE20/XE20/USE20/ALE21). 2005–14 (prod. n/a). 4-door sedan, 2-door coupé–convertible. F/R, F/A, 2231 cm³ diesel (I4 DOHC), 2499, 2994, 3456 cm³ (V6 DOHC), 4969 cm³ (V8 DOHC). Much sharper and more stylish second-generation IS, with home-market model adopting Lexus nameplate, complemented by a price rise. Slippery shape, with Cd at 0,28. Toyota managed to get more power (318 PS) from the 3·5 here, thanks to engine tuning and exhaust system. IS F high-performance model from 2007, with V8. Annual improvements, with mild refresh and stability control system in 2008. Hardtop convertible announced 2008, on sale 2009. Good handling and extremely refined, with one of the best interiors in the segment. Excellent build quality. However, its steering lacked feel and the manual gearbox was notchy; rear-seat accommodation also a source of complaint.

Manufacturing location: Japan

Marque: Lexus | Model: Lexus IS | Predecessors: Toyota Altezza, Toyota Progrès, Toyota Brevis | Successor: Lexus IS (E30)

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