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LEXUS IS200 DELIVERS QUITE A PUNCH

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
That IS250 sport sedan (2.5-liter V-6) is history and ably replaced by an all-new IS200t, which boasts of a wheelbase up by 3 inches and 1/2-inch width increase from its predecessor. But probably the best part is the 2.0-liter twin-turbo and intercooled inline-4 cylinder engine putting out 241 horsepower @ 5800 rpm and 258 pounds-feet of torque @ 4400 rpm. It is more than enough to take the rear-wheel-drive car from 0 to 60 in 6.9 seconds with top speed at 143 mph. The ride is mated to an 8-speed auto gearbox with eco, normal, sport and snow modes.  The F Sport package ($3,545) fetches you a massive mesh spindle grille flanked by twin-projector LED headlights, 18-inch five-spoke wheels, cooled front seats, perforated shifter, black headliner, aluminum sport pedals and a backup monitor. And of course a forceful F Sport-tuned suspension that provides spirited driving. LFA-inspired instrument panel hosts a moving center ring for a digital speedometer, tachometer and a driver information center. Other goodies include silver metallic analog clock, stainless-steel scuff plates with Lexus logo, and a 60/40 fold rear seat and dual-zone auto climate control. A mouse-like, easy-to-use Remote Touch enables the driver to toggle navigation, climate, audio and phone controls, which are displayed on a 7-inch screen.
Dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, front knee airbags, vehicle stability and traction controls, front/rear crumple zones and side-impact beams, four-wheel antilock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, daytime running lights and a tire pressure monitoring system are standard.
It comes down to choice. If you like a slightly more aggressive ride than the base IS200t has to offer, we recommend adding the F Sport option. It will deliver a punch or two as you ride in style and safety to your destination.

IS 200
Wheelbase: 110.2 inches
Length: 183.7 inches
Suspension: double wishbone front, multilink rear
Steering: electric power
Fuel capacity: 17.4 gallons
City: 22 mpg
Highway: 33 mpg
Base price: $37,325
Web site: www.lexus.com

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