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I recently had a to sample the newest version of the sport sedan from the new 2006 IS 350. Driving car for the first time had me reminiscing to my childhood when my friends and I TV westerns. In those days, cowboys with white and shiny guns rode white or golden palomino When the hero got into he would whistle to his trusty who would come running, at time our hero would into the saddle and ride off in a of dust to right the wrongs of the

That poetry between man and has since become a symmetry man and machine with a handful of laying claim to having the steed for the modern day driving

This new IS 350 answers that with a premium compact that is sure to expand a complete lineup. For 2006, the IS models include the IS 250. IS 250 AWD Drive) and the IS 350. At this they are built on a single four door sedan style.

But judging by the LF-C car that was making it’s on the auto show circuit year, my bet is that a coupe and possibly with a retractable are in the works.

The rear-wheel drive IS 250 is with either a 6 speed transmission or a 6 speed sequential automatic. The IS 250 AWD and the IS 350 are only available the 6 speed sequential shift

During our brief introduction to the new IS, we had a to sample the IS 250 with and without AWD as as the more red blooded IS 350, is only available with drive. Each car exhibited a balance of smooth, refined along with a reasonably ride.

This second generation IS a platform and a number of components the larger Lexus GS. which is new for 2006. This is a good point as the Lexus GS has the goods to be the class leaders in the mid luxury sedan market.

The all new body of the IS the styling trend that started with the 2006 GS. is moving away from the me-too styling of the past and itself firmly on the road a more passionate look for entire product line. calls this new styling L-Finesse.

In fact, this is the line of LF concept cars got name.

Inside, the IS has gone upscale with better and leathers as well as a more look throughout the interior. behind the wheel, there is of a cockpit feel with all within easy reach. trim employs a metallic with a warmer maple accent as an available option.

In of the hard to read Chronograph-like cluster from the previous is a clean set of gauges that alive with light-saber and dynamic redline indicators. lighting is called OptiTron and the gauges always look bright and sharp both day and

The steering wheel incorporates control buttons on the left and Bluetooth phone buttons on the The wheel is adjustable for angle and with manual controls and a power tilt and telescoping as an available option. Automatic vehicles have paddle controls ala Formula One race which are well positioned for mode shifting of the 6-speed when the mood suits.

just leave the shifter in for normal automatic operation.

I was in the driver’s seat, another feature caught my attention. is no place to insert a key in order to the car. In fact, there is no just the transmitter which has to leave your pocket or As long as you have the transmitter you inside the car, you start the car by on the brake pedal, and pressing the Start/Stop button on the dash.

Just a tap will do it. The car will to crank until it comes to To shut the engine off, on the brake with the car in park and tap the again.

You also don’t to pull the transmitter out of your to unlock the IS. Just grab the handle and, if you have the transmitter on your person, the will unlock and let you in. The car seems to who you are and lets you open the door, like the western hero’s will only let him ride.

Now if we only figure out how to get the IS to come to you across the parking lot when you

Ok, time to drive this and see what she’s made of. new IS 350 is a true Lexus in every of the word. The first thing you is the legendary Lexus quiet. The is firm, but comfortable and the steering is the with a communicative feel. does refinement like and the IS is no exception.

If you drive conservatively, you never see the aggressive demeanor car is capable of. It will respond a perfect gentleman in a tuxedo, the Olympic track star In fact, there are some experts who dislike this Kent persona, preferring a car always feels edgy and with a throaty exhaust

We only had a couple of hours of time in these pre-production but it was enough to tell me that car has the moves to make it a true sedan for the enthusiast driver. you drive the three main (Lexus IS, BMW 3 Series, and the Infinity back to back, you would be to pick a winner. If I were to one of the three, it would be for styling, or interior comfort (which go to the Lexus, Hands down).

Any one of these three would me happy from a pure point of view.

The front and suspension system is all new and is based on the GS. The new suspension design incorporates a that allows for dynamic alignment. This causes the to always be in the ideal position for handling and road feel.

The IS 250 include standard Vehicle Control (VSC), while the advanced Vehicle Dynamics Management (VDIM) is standard on the powerful IS 350.

While Stability Control is great at a less experienced driver getting into trouble, will make a good even better. Both use electronics to anticipate an impending early on and make adjustments by individual brakes and controlling the in order to coax the the car to follow the course of the driver.

The difference VSC and VDIM is that most VSC feel like they are the wind out of your sails in to keep you from spinning while VDIM acts and more subtly so you rarely the intervention. Some automotive dislike the fact that the can’t be turned off to allow to be in total control, but my experience VDIM equipped cars me ask Why would you want to?

I had a chance to both systems back to on a race track and I can tell you hand, this system I was driving the GS 430 which had the VDIM installed as standard equipment. I that if I entered a corner a bit than I should, then the gas as I negotiated the turn.

I was able to the turn at the highest possible without veering a bit from I was steering. As soon as I straightened the I felt a rush of power the floored gas pedal accelerating me the straightaway. The cars I drove VSC got me around the course well, but as though they intervened a bit and cut the power more abruptly as the tried to gain control of a that had already begun.

The brakes on the IS 350 are huge, with inch spiral-vented rotors up and 12.2 inch vented at the rear. These brakes are the as the ones on the heavier V8 powered GS They incorporate the full soup of electronic aids ABS (Antilock Brake System), EBD Brakeforce Distribution) and BA (Brake

All these systems, as well as the power steering, are fully with, and controlled by the VDIM

But the heart of a true sport is the engine and Lexus has that with two all-new direct-injection These powerplants have a 24 DOHC (Dual Overhead layout and VVT-i (Variable Timing with intelligence) on the intake and exhaust camshafts. all this mumbo-jumbo translates is high power for the size with low fuel consumption and ULEV-II emission certification.

The in the IS 250 is a 2.5 liter V6 that produces 204 and gets 24 miles per gallon in the and 32 miles per gallon on the highway an automatic transmission. The manual IS 250 gas mileage is not as good which is unusual. Normally, a stick car will better an automatic in the department as well as in acceleration.

attributes the better showing of the to the efficient design and programming of the new and, to a lesser extent, the that the automatic unit is 20 lbs than the manual.

The IS 350 engine a 3.5 liter design with an 306 horsepower and fuel economy of 21 mpg 28 mpg Highway. Lexus pegs the 0 to 60 for the IS 350 at 5.6 seconds, which is a tenth of a better than the V8 powered GS The IS 350 felt alive and responsive powerful bursts of acceleration it was needed (or when we had an itch on our foot)

I can’t say the same for the short in the IS 250. The handling and braking almost as good, but the 204 horsepower muster up much excitement, leisurely, but adequate acceleration for a claimed 7.9 seconds to 60 for the rear-drive IS 250 and 8.3 for the All-Wheel Drive version. is more than adequate for any driving that most are likely to do, but falls short of the of the performance enthusiast.

There are a of high end options available for the IS features like: Adaptive lighting System (AFS), Radar Cruise Control, and Ventilated Front Seats, Windshield Wipers, Navigation Memory Seats and a Mark Sound System.

If you order the navigation system, you also get the camera which displays an view to the rear on the navigation as you back up. The camera is positioned above the rear license so you miss nothing. The light of the camera is excellent, even on a night, where the backup provide all the light that is for a clear view on the screen.

The safety systems in a car are there to you avoid accidents. But if a crash is Lexus has you covered with a of crash protection features lots of air bags that use the technology. There are, of driver and passenger front air with the first application of a chamber passenger front that is designed to spread the to the sides and protect against injuries from airbag

Other airbags include and front passenger knee front-side airbags and front and head curtain airbags.

One optional safety system is worthy of note is a Pre-Collision and is included when you order the Cruise Control. This system is a safety feature can sense an impending unavoidable and brace itself (and to lessen the severity of the crash. The uses radar to detect a before it happens.

It will cinch up your seat and pre-initialize the Brake Assist to brake reaction time.

The Radar Cruise Control radar to measure the distance you and the car ahead when the cruise is engaged. If the car ahead is too close, the will reduce your in order to match its speed. allows you to use your cruise in moderate traffic even the speed keeps changing.

If the car begins to slow, the system slow you down, first by the throttle, then by downshifting, by applying the brakes in order to an adequate distance.

Safety, comfort, performance and style, all and accounted for. If you are looking for perfect blend of performance and to carry you off into the sunset in a of dust and a hearty Hi Yo Silver, The IS 350 is a hard car to beat.


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