Lexus IS 250 SR offers sports body kit and high spec for less cash
13 May 2008

This is the Lexus IS 250 SR, a new model that Lexus has rolled out in advance of the M3-rivalling V8 IS-F to offer a more sporting look for those on a lower budget.Don’t get too excited though, underneath the body addenda this is the base IS 250, which packs 204bhp from a 2.5-litre V6 and will go from rest to 62mph in 8.1 seconds.Priced at £24,990 in manual guise and £25,800 as an automatic, the IS 250 SR is only £1000 more than the base IS 250, and offers full body kit, 17-inch alloys, and a range of three body colours.Interior additions include aluminium sports pedals, heated front seats, climate control, cruise control, smart keyless entry and black fabric interior. Sales start on 19 May.

Our Verdict

Lexus IS 2005-2013

The Lexus IS is a sleek junior exec that makes for an interesting alternative but lacks a decent diesel option

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13 May 2008

I'm all for "special edtions" and "sports packs", I just prefer a little more horsepower with my "sport packs". However, with nearly 100hp separating the IS250 and IS350 you would think there would be room for a little horsepower boost to the IS250SR. A little cold air intake or free flow exhaust and the IS250 could have a little bump of about 15hp.

I guess the ultimate horsepower boost is the IS-F. It is nice to see Japan have a serious competitor to what the Germans have been doing with the RS-4s, C-class AMGs and of course the great M3.

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