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After years of asking, Lexus Australia has convinced Japan to send the Lexus IS 350 sedan model for the Australian market. The gap which had existed between the Lexus IS 250 and the Lexus IS-F will finally be filled with the arrival of the IS 350 in late 2010.

All those that complained the 2.5-litre V6 Lexus IS 250 was somewhat underpowered and the 5.0-litre V8 Lexus IS-F was too much will have their prayers answered with the IS 350 powered by a quad-cam 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine, coupled to a six-speed sequential transmission.

Power figures are 228kW and the car puts out 375Nm of torque, all that put together and it means the Lexus IS 350 will catapult from 0 to 100km/h in just 5.6 seconds.

We should feel lucky the IS 350 has been approved for our market, as there are only three other countries which currently have access to the car, United States, Canada and Japan.

“Lexus Australia has always stated that IS 350 would be a welcome addition to the local vehicle line-up and we are very excited about its arrival, the IS 350 will slot nicely between IS 250 and IS F, further strengthening Lexus’ performance credentials. IS 350, along with future product from Lexus, will go a long way to solidifying Lexus’ popularity in Australia,” Lexus chief executive Tony Cramb said.

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