Toyota President is a huge fan of the Lexus IS class, this was made known during the introduction of the Art of Lexus book where he credited the IS as “the car that taught me what performance driving was, and it was the moment when my love affair with Lexus began.” I will leave no stone unturned in reviewing the specifications and price of 2021 Lexus IS in Nigeria. I will reveal everything Chief Engineer Kobayashi’s team worked tirelessly to achieve.
Specifications of 2021 Lexus IS
Chief Engineer Kobayashi’s team worked tirelessly with any available tool at its disposal to give the Lexus IS all the improvement it needs. Before the release of 2021 IS, countless test hours at the Shimoyana track and other test facilities were conducted on various road surfaces and conditions to ascertain the faults, so they can fix it to improve performance.
The engineers paid adequate attention to the body, they enhanced the body rigidity. Key areas such as reinforcing the radiator, side supports, increasing the number of front member weld points, and optimizing reinforcements structures from the C-pillars to the side of the roof were enhanced for higher performance.
The increased rigidity reduced the unwanted noise and vibration and also improves riding comfort and driving performance with an enhanced response to steering input.
2021 Lexus IS wheels
The 2021 model will is the first model to debut with larger 19-inch wheels to improve cornering force and also provide a greater contact patch with the road.
To accommodate these new larger wheels, the engineers revised the suspension layout and front pickup points.
Two variants of wheels are used in the 2021 model, the 19-inch and 18-inch wheels. The 19-inch wheels are available on F-SPORT models, while the standard 18-inch wheels will replace the outgoing 17-inch wheels on all other models.
The rigidity of the car is assured with the employment of lightweight hub bolts to secure each wheel to the IS. They are coated in black to reveal the newly redesigned wheels, they also allow improved fastening strength for enhanced braking and handling.
2021 Lexus IS 350 F-SPORT specifications
Lexus F-SPORT will be offered only on the IS 350 which is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 311 hp. The IS 350 stands out from the rest.
Among the exclusive features in 2021 IS 350 F-SPORT include a unique front bumper with functional aerodynamic enhancements, rear bumper, grille surround, rear lip spoiler, rocker molding, among other unique features. It’s unique in all ramifications, aside from the above unique features, it also comes with a unique center cap and larger rear tires for added performance [265/35R19].
Also unique on the IS 350 F-SPORT is a cool air intake with a sound generator and an F-SPORT exhaust and diffuser and a unique F-SPORT badges that adorn the side and rear of the vehicle.
The interior is breathtaking, inside the new IS, stainless steel adorns the door sills. IS 350 interior beauty is revealed when the front seats are dressed in the available new Circuit Red option. They also offer standard heated seats and ventilated functions.
IS 350 comes with a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel with unique center ornament, a perforated leather-wrapped shifter, and an F-SPORT combination instrumentation meter that awaits the driver. Everything is unique in this trim, even the accelerator pedal, brake pedal, and footrest are also unique.
Its two front seats offer available two-way power-adjustable lumbar support as well as a four-way adjustable headrest. An enhanced performance notes of the V6 engine is brought about by the Active Sound Control system.
Dynamic Handling Package [DHP] that includes Adaptive Variable Suspension [AVS] has been added to the 2021 model.
All the Rear Wheel Drive F-SPORT models come with DHP equipped with a Torsen limited-slip differential that improves handling and performance.
Available colors for the 2021 Lexus IS
Five new exterior colors are available for the 2021 Lexus IS, they include Iridium, Cloudburst Gray, Matador Red Mica, Infrared*, and Grecian Water.
The new colors will be added to other popular exterior options that include Ultra White, Eminent White Pearl, Atomic Silver, Caviar, and Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0.
Infotainment and entertainment
2021 Lexus IS features a standard 8-inch touchscreen that’s nearly 3 inches closer to the driver for easy access to the controls. An expansive new 10.3-inch touchscreen is available on vehicles equipped with navigation or Mark Levinson with navigation.
New multimedia features include Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatibility, and Amazon Alexa integration.
Enhanced Mark Levinson Premium surround Sound Audio System is available on the new model. This expanded from 15 speakers with 835 watts of power to a 17-speaker system with a new amplifier offering an impressive 1,800 watts.
The new enhancements are done to reduce interference, improve output, and improve overall sound quality with new EQ tuning. All the rear surround speakers have been changed to tweeter combination unity speakers.
The enhancements now produce a 7.1 surround sound listening experience.
Drivetrains in the 2021 Lexus IS
Rear Wheel Drive IS 300
Lexus is releasing 2021 IS in both All-wheel drive train and Rear wheel drive train. The Rear wheel drive IS 300 features a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, and intercooler inline four-cylinder engine. The engine is updated I 2021 to feature an adaptive transmission control that helps to determine the most appropriate gear for each driving situation based on driver input to achieve a linear response.
The 2.0-liter engine produces 241 horsepower and torque of 258 lb-ft at 1,600 rpm. The RPM can go up to 4,400 rpm. It makes use of the VVTi-W system.
All Wheel Drive IS 300
The IS 300 is also with an all-wheel drive. IS 300 AWD model is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 260 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque to all the wheels. It’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The AWD is electronically controlled and it’s designed to help enhance traction and grip by automatically varying front-to-rear torque distribution. Its torque is divided in the ratio of 30:70 front-to-rear on dry roads, but in certain conditions, it’s designed to send as much as 50 percent of the power to the front wheels.
All Wheel Drive IS 350
For high-performance drivers like me, I will go for the All Wheel Drive 2021 Lexus IS 350 F-SPORT. Although the IS 350 is debuting with AWD and RWD, both are awesome.
Both come with 3.5-liter V6 that produces 311 hp and a torque of 280 lb-ft. The rear-wheel-drive variant is mated to an 8-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission, while the All-Wheel Drive variant is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The RWD can accelerate from rest and attain 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds while the AWD variant can attain the speed in just 5.7 seconds.
Enhanced Lexus Safety system +
All the 2021 models released by Lexus are all equipped with standard Lexus Safety System+. The new safety systems include a Pre-collision system, frontal collision warning, Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Pedestrian Detection, and Bicyclist Detection, among others. This can also be found in the 2021 Lexus ES.
Global pricing of 2021 Lexus IS
The global pricing of 2021 Lexus IS will range from $39,900.
Price of 2021 Lexus IS in Nigeria
The price over here will be a bit higher due to the high cost of clearing brand new cars in the country. Price of 2021 Lexus IS in Nigeria will range from 30,000,000 Naira.
Where can I buy Lexus IS in Nigeria?
If you are looking forward to buying a 2021 Lexus IS in Nigeria at this time, am sorry you can get it because customers in the USA are yet to take delivery of the unit.
You can check out our listings on brand new, Nigerian used and tokunbo Lexus IS for sale in Nigeria.
If you are looking for a trusted dealer to talk to, you can contact Alpha Autos on 08107992356.