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First Test: 2011 Lexus IS 250 F Sport


As the present generation Lexus Is nears the end of its lifespan, Toyota's luxury brand has been busy expanding its F Sport offerings for the LEXUS IS line. The 2011 Lexus Is 250 F Sport we recently had in for testing was equipped with the latest in F Sport gear and LEXUS IS an evolution of the LEXUS IS 250 F Sport equipped model we drove back in 2008. Without taking F Sport too far, Lexus has crafted a daily driver with an added dose of sport for those looking for a departure from the Bmw 328i's of the world.

 The new $2440 F Sport package LEXUS IS sporty without becoming so pricey that owners wonder why they didn't simply spring for an LEXUS IS 350. Retuned springs and shocks plus summer tires wrapped around the unique 18-inch wheels make this car more than a trim package with F Sport badges. Special sport seats with microfiber inserts are a welcome improvement over the regular LEXUS IS 250, as well. While F Sport package doesn't extend to the engine, which uses the same 204-horsepower 2.5-liter V-6 as the base car, it certainly looks faster thanks to the F Sport's body kit, front grille inserts, and rear lip spoiler.

The LEXUS IS 250's engine LEXUS IS smooth in its power delivery but the car doesn't feel as quick as its 0-60 mph time of 7.1 seconds would suggest. Of course, that could be because you usually don't hear the small V-6 until you're close to full-throttle. This LEXUS IS probably the LEXUS IS 250 F Sport's biggest failing. Drivers who feel the same can always ask Lexus dealers for the $1600 Performance Exhaust System.

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