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Lexus IS 200t

Lexus IS: 200t version coming

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30th June, 2015

Lexus will expand its turbo engine model line-up with the launch of the IS 200t sports sedan.

IS will be the second Lexus vehicle to feature the luxury marque's innovative new 2.0-litre turbo engine in Australia following the recent launch of the the NX 200t compact SUV. The engine will also be on offer with the fourth generation RX 200t mid-size SUV next year.

Lexus Australia chief executive Sean Hanley said the IS was an ideal platform for the new powerplant.

"This very advanced engine has already proven itself and been valued by Lexus customers in the NX 200t," Mr Hanley said.

"It will also be extremely well matched to the IS 200t, delivering excellent performance and fuel efficiency to complement the driving pleasure already offered by the IS."

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The engine features a raft of performance and efficiency features including D-4ST fuel injection, water-cooled cylinder head, integrated exhaust manifold and twin scroll turbocharger.

It also has a state-of-the-art valve timing system VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing intelligent - Wide) to deliver enhanced fuel economy by allowing the engine to switch between the Otto and Atkinson cycles.

The powerplant will deliver 180kW of power and 350Nm of torque and drive through the rear wheels via an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift transmission in the IS sedan.

The transmission also varies gear shifts in accordance with G-forces.

It automatically downshifts during hard braking before a corner, holds a lower gear through the turn for best control and then selects the most suitable gear on exit to provide greater throttle response.

IS 200t will replace the V6-powered IS 250 variant for the Australian market.

Pricing and local specification will be announced closer to the September release date.


Specifications are subject to change without notice.



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