2016 Lexus IS Details Unveiled, Turbo Makes 241 HP

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Lexus has revealed all the details on the 2016 IS that will be coming to the U.S. 

The car will now have three powertrain options, the newest of which is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 241 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission which sends power exclusively to the rear wheels. This powertrain replaces the old 2.5-liter V6, marking the discontinuation of the Lexus IS 250 in favor of the new IS 200t.

If you’re after all-wheel drive, Lexus has the IS 300, which is available exclusively with power going to all four wheels. It uses a 3.5-liter V6 to send 255 hp and 236 lb-ft torque to the wheels through a six-speed automatic tranmission.

At the top of the pack is the IS 350, available with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. It also uses a 3.5-liter V6, though in this car it makes 306 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. This car also now gets standard 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels.

SEE ALSO: 2015 Lexus IS 350 vs Mercedes-Benz C 400

The IS packs plenty of high-tech luxury car options, including selectable drive modes, a display audio system complete with a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Siri eyes free, dual-zone climate control, remote touch interface and a premium sound system with 835-watts. New for 2016, a heated steering wheel is available as a standalone options, while the Premium Plus package adds a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel and rain-sensing wipers.

All models can be had with the F Sport package, which brings along 18-inch wheels, special suspension tuning and unique looks thanks to new interior and exterior trim. On V6-equipped models, the exhaust note is also made more aggressive.

Safety is delivered thanks to numerous systems, including a pre-emptive pre-collision setup, which incorporates radar-based cruise control, blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alert and an auto-location tire pressure warning system.

Discuss this story at our Lexus IS Forum 

  • smartacus

    a pre-9/11 Altima ‘s 3.5 V6 also made 255HP.
    and 236 lb/ft was not even par for the course 15 years ago

  • Shiratori1

    You said the same shit on autoblog.

    You really don’t have a life…………

  • smartacus

    uh…autoblog does not even use diqus comments

  • Mike

    No, he actually doesn’t. He’s a huge troll. I feel sorry for him actually and his pathetic life. It’s quite evident from a mental standpoint, that he has issues.

  • Rocket

    Do they have to de-tune the V6 to pair it with AWD, or was it done voluntarily? I guess it really doesn’t matter … it’s pretty pathetic either way.

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