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by George Skentzos

The forthcoming Lexus IS 350 sedan can now claim a title in the performance stakes by boasting the highest specific power output of any naturally aspirated six-cylinder model in its class.

When it arrives in Australia later this year, it will use a 3.5-litre V6 engine developing 233kW, returning a specific output of 67.4kW per litre.

It is much the same story for the torque figure, with 378Nm on tap from 4800rpm – the highest of its naturally aspirated six-cylinder rivals.

“IS 350 is evidence of our moves to widen our product range and close up a few gaps that exist there, with IS 350 slotting nicely between IS 250 and our performance flagship IS F.

“We have no doubt that, with its new 3.5-litre engine and features, IS 350 will be a very popular vehicle,” Mr Cramb said.

Although of course these figures should be taken with a grain of salt, as other rivals do boasts an overall higher power output figure from larger capacity engines.

Regardless, Lexus is very excited about its new model which is scheduled to launch in the final quarter of 2010.




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