Sunday, May 15, 2011

2011 Lexus IS 350 Review

Lexus has extended its popular choices Sport Sedan 2011 with the addition of a line 306-horsepower Lexus IS 350 all-wheel drive (AWD) model and offers a new Sport Package 250/350 F is rear-wheel drive (RWD). Revised front and rear styling sharpens all IS models in 2011. In addition, the IS sedan characteristic small internal changes.

The new front grille and bumpers distinguish the Lexus IS sport sedans in 2011, while the latter, the new models show the tail light cover and check the exhaust pipe design. The new HID headlamps with LED lamps are standard on the Lexus IS 350 and 250 are in conformity with attention Lexus' for details, 2011 IS models, the new design standard 17-inch wheels and optional 18-inch , and a review of exterior color options.

Lexus IS 350 AWD model is part of the IS 250 AWD, which represented 30 percent (nationally) of the IS 250 sales since the introduction of the model. Now customers can get traction and grip with four-wheel drive Lexus IS 350 is more efficient.

F Sport Package available for 2011 250/350 RWD IS F is based on the ultra-performance sedan that combines special suspension tuning and steering and 18-inch wheels with a distinctive design touches. Give the IS 250 and IS 350 F Package model behavior is a sporty front spoiler and rear wing, plus 18-inch alloy rims with a chrome finish black super sport. There is also a corresponding black-chrome grille insert, and a new Ultra Sonic Blue exterior color is available in R Sport.

Inside Sport front seats are equipped with special F microfiber insert special forces and leather side to give more grip on the driver and passenger when cornering. The package also adds R Sport emblem on the steering wheel gear knob and door sill threshold.

The engine / transmission / transmission performance

IS 250 engine 2.5-liter V6 produces 204 horsepower 6400 rpm and 185 Nm of torque at 4800 rpm. Lexus IS 350 3.5-liter V6 offers a more powerful 306 horsepower at 6400 rpm and 277 Nm torque at 4800 rpm. IS 350 rear-wheel drive model can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds. Both engines use two variable valve timing, and intelligence (VVT-i), which regulates the timing of both intake and exhaust cams.

In addition to its larger displacement 3.5-liter V6 also differs in that it increases the direct fuel injection with port fuel injectors. In light load average, these additional injectors help produce a precise burn power, and optimize efficiency. A dual exhaust system reduces back pressure against high speed.

An indication of the six-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddles is standard on the Lexus IS 350 and IS 250 AWD models. The IS 250 RWD comes standard with a manual six-speed network transmission with steering wheel paddles optional automatic.

Chassis / Body / Suspension / Wheels / Brakes

Lexus IS models are equipped with a sporty driving experience, but also offers a flexible, comfortable ride. Double wishbone front suspension and rear multi-link suspension uses high-strength steel and aluminum components to reduce unsprung weight. The sophisticated monotube shock absorbers integrated into the linear control valves for multi-Journal optimize the damping force, and rebound springs for internal control of the body more 'determined without compromising ride comfort.

All-wheel drive system available for the IS 250 and IS 350 offers more grip in various situations. planetary gear center differential and a wet clutch-type multi-disc front brake control and rear power distribution. normally sends 70 percent of the available power to the rear wheels to provide the performance advantages of a rear wheel drive cars and varies the torque-split ratio of 30:70 and 50:50 in response to driving conditions and driver input . The AWD system is an electronic control strategy takes inputs such as steering angle and throttle driver activity combined with vehicle signals from wheel speed and yaw rate sensors.

Help society traction and stability of the vehicle dynamic model VDIM (integrated). More advanced than other systems of traction and stability, VDIM is designed to predict the onset of a vehicle skid or slide and help correct the situation with a combination of braking and throttle control. VDIM integration provides precise management for Electric Power Steering (EPS), Vehicle stability (VSC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and torque motor (via the electronically controlled gas). The driver can turn off the VSC through "TRAC Off" which can be useful in certain situations.

Lexus IS 350 is equipped with a braking system with ventilated front and rear rotors and aluminum calipers on the front with four pistons. Standard performance tires 225/45R17 all-season 245/45R17 for the front and rear (225/45R17 on IS 250 and IS 350 AWD). Eighteen-inch wheels are available.

Safety / Security Features

A reinforced passenger compartment helps protect occupants with deformation structures front and rear. seatbelt tensioners and force limiters are used for front and outboard rear. Besides front airbags and front seat-mounted advanced side airbags, Lexus (SRS) for the IS includes side-curtain airbags which extend from one pillar to C-pillar and a knee airbag for driver and front passenger. The front airbags have two chambers, creating a depression in the center impact area that helps provide comprehensive protection for passengers.

IS 250 offers optional high intensity discharge (HID) headlights with LED lamps. Lexus IS 350 models of series HID headlights with LED lights and headlight washers. Rear back-up camera, including the optional navigation system, automatically projects an image of what its lens can detect behind the car on the navigation screen when the transmission is in reverse. Exterior mirrors integrated blinkers.

The intuitive choice of parking (IPA) uses ultrasonic sensors to detect objects near the car's front and rear bumper to help alert the driver and showing distance to objects in the multi-information display on the speedometer. When an IS model is equipped with the optional navigation system, information on objects detected is shown in more detail about this system of seven-inch screen with touch screen.

Luxury / comfort and amenities

Lexus IS models are equipped with standard leather lined with 10-way power front, with some competitive vehicles for the production of leather accessories. A number of basic structures and IS models are also dual-zone automatic climate control and rear seat vents and pollen filter (plus smog filter Lexus IS 350), power moonroof with one button open / close and seven settings open position, manual tilt and telescopic steering wheel, power windows in auto up / down and jam protection and HomeLink ® rearview auto-dimming mirror. AWD models also standard heated seats. Smart Access keyless entry and push-button-start ignition allows the driver to use the fob in your pocket or purse.

The standard Lexus Premium Audio system features a six-disc CD changer in the dash, 194-watt (maximum) of total power, 13 speakers, iPod ® / USB, Bluetooth ® hands-free and music streaming and integrated satellite radio receiver. The Automatic Sound Leveliser (ASL) maintains consistent sound levels at varying speeds.

Luxury Options

More than a luxury option package includes wood, perforated leather seats and heated and ventilated front seats, over three-position memory for seats, steering wheel and mirrors, windshield wipers, tilt and telescoping steering column and auto-dimming mirrors.

Like all Lexus models, the IS offers its own version of the Mark Levinson ® Premium Surround Audio System, which is available in combination with the optional DVD navigation system with touch screen. 5.1 speaker has 14 audio playback multi-channel separately with 7.1 channel speaker architecture. Its 10 amplifier channels provide 300 watts of total power by 0.1 percent total harmonic distortion (THD). The Mark Levinson system plays standard CDs and DVDs more MP3/WMA-formatted CD. DVD movies can be viewed on-screen navigation system with color display optional seven-inch touch screen when the parking brake is activated.

Lexus also offers a telematics system, Lexus Enform ® with security CONNECT ® which is available via subscription. Free one year trial subscription is included on all purchases of new Lexus vehicles equipped with these features. Safety Connect is standard on all vehicles, while the Lexus Enform Safety Connect for cars equipped with optional navigation system. Lexus Enform and security centers CONNECT response function 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.

Enform Lexus vehicles from the factory ready for subscriptions to a wide range of innovative services, XM NavTraffic ® including XM, XM and XM ™ NavWeather Sports & Storage services. XM requires separate XM subscription. XM Sports Stocks and service included in a subscription to XM Radio. XM offers all services free trial subscriptions of 90 days.


The Lexus IS sedans show a family resemblance to the Lexus GS models to establish its own distinct identity in sport. Includes a wide stance and long wheelbase, coupled with well-established body, proceed to a sport, the way is a sophisticated style with hunger. Carefully shaped body contours, a subtle ducktail curves, the cap and "shortness of breath taillights contribute to a low of 0.28 coefficient of drag (Cd).

A body structure rigidity is the starting point for controlling noise intrusion. Materials strategically placed noise suppression, including special window and door seals, acoustic windshield and felt, to take over from there.

Interior Design

IS cab models offer a display of luxury and intelligently designed controls that are easy to see and use. Clear and bright and intelligent instruments Optitron integrated metallic trim, or available eye maple trim, which contributes to an elegant and sporty. Premium interior materials and meticulous attention to detail convey the Lexus identity.

The multi-information display located on the speedometer includes a trip computer and a reminder of the warnings of oil and system maintenance, all gathered in one convenient location. When equipped with the provision Intuitive Park Assist (IPA), the screen can show a car icon with the location and distance of objects detected near the bumpers.

F Sport Performance Accessories

Lexus offers a choice of F Sport Performance Accessories for the IS models, including supporting improved performance as wheels 19 inch forged alloy brake upgrades, suspension, air intake, exhaust, etc.. F Sport Performance Accessories Lexus USA was developed by Toyota Racing Development (TRD). When installed by a licensed dealer is the accessories that are under warranty for 12 months or the remainder of the new vehicle warranty, whichever is greater.