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MORE IS MORE The IS 350 takes the local Lexus IS range to four, but lots more Lexus models can be seen at Jims.

Lexus South Africa reckons the 2011 Johannesburg International Motor Show is its most exciting yet, showcasing the brand’s technical innovation and signalling great things to come for its local operation.

As promised previously, the IS 350 is being shown in South Africa ahead of its November 2011 debut.

Powered by Lexus’ 233kW 3.5-litre V6, Lexus SA plans to take the performance sedan fight straight to the current usual (German) suspects with this model. A six-speed automatic gearbox – with paddle shifts – drives the rear wheels.


In the typical Lexus fashion, the IS 350 comes with a high level of standard specification, including electric seats, keyless entry and go, cruise control and rear parking monitors. IS 350 will be available in two specification levels.

TRENDY STAR: The all-new GS sedan that was recently unveiled at Pebble Beach in the US.

However, the Lexus IS 350 is forced to share its limelight with the new-generation GS, recently unveiled at Pebble Beach, and coming to South Africa by mid-2012 with a range of petrol and hybrid powertrains.

The all-new GS sedan shows a more modern interpretation of Lexus’ L-Finesse styling design while bringing a range of innovative new features to the segment.

But for sheer firepower, the Lexus LFA supercar would be hard to beat. Just 500 units of this 412kW, V10-powered supercar will be built, of which three will be seen on South African roads. Only one lucky motorist is yet to receive his car…

Rounding off the Lexus display is the CT 200h hybrid hatchback, which was recently launched in South Africa. It uses a 1.8-litre petrol engine plus an electric motor to generate 100kW  of total system output while only requiring 4.1 litres per 100km of fuel, Lexus says. 

The RX 450h SUV and LS 600h L limousine are other hybrids on display to the publich from October 8 - 16, 2011.

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