25 June 2004
LEXUS LAUNCHES IS300 SPORTS
Lexus has re-set value benchmarks in the six-cylinder prestige and luxury segments with a new Sports grade IS300 model and a significant feature upgrade for IS200 Sports.
The new IS300 Sports is designed to enhance appeal to younger buyers and increase choice within the Lexus line-up - increasing the IS line-up to four models.
It is part of an overall specification upgrade across the IS200 and IS300 line.
Lexus will now offer two IS300 models, Sports and Sports Luxury. The new IS300 Sports offers highly competitive specification levels for its recommended retail price of $65,500*.
In addition to the introduction of the new IS300 model, Lexus has increased feature levels on the six-cylinder IS200 Sports and IS200 Sports Luxury.
Recommended retail price for IS200 Sports is now $51,500*, representing outstanding value in the Prestige segment.
The new Lexus IS300 Sports has a three-litre VVT-i equipped engine that delivers 157kW of power at 5800rpm and 288Nm of torque at 3800rpm.
It is matched to an electronically controlled five-speed automatic transmission with E-shift.
The mechanical specification enhancement for IS300 Sports (over current IS200 Sports automatic) includes three-litre engine, five-speed automatic transmission with E-shift and 17-inch five-spoke polished alloy wheels.
In addition, the new IS300 Sports has self-levelling high-intensity discharge headlamps with washers, and rear spoiler.
IS300 Sports has the additional interior features of full-face Alcantara and leather seat trim, and power-operated and heated front seats.
It also has an anti-glare electro-chromatic interior rear view mirror, metallic sports pedals, metallic scuff plates and a leather-bound shift lever.
The specification enhancement for IS300 Sports Luxury over IS300 Sports is 11-spoke alloy wheels and DVD-based satellite navigation, moonroof, full leather and Vehicle Stability Control.
The new IS200 Sports manual and automatic models have received a significant feature upgrade over the current IS200 Sports. The exterior feature list for IS200 Sports now includes 17-inch five spoke alloy wheels.
Added interior appointments include Alcantara and leather seat trim, leather-bound shift lever, heated power-adjustable driver and front passenger’s seats, metallic sports pedals and metallic scuff plates.
IS200 Sports has a VVT-I equipped six-cylinder engine which delivers 114kW of power at 6200rpm and 195Nm of torque at 4600rpm.
IS200 Sports is offered with the choice of six-speed manual or electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission.
Models with six-speed manual transmission will have the additional mechanical specification of a 4.100:1 limited slip differential to optimise acceleration.
IS200 Sports Luxury has been upgraded with 11-spoke alloy wheels, full-face leather seat trim, self-levelling HID headlamps with washers and moonroof.
* excluding dealer delivery & statutory charges.
A realignment of the Lexus IS line includes a significant specification upgrade across the model lineup and the introduction of a new IS300 Sports model (pictured).