To mark the milestone sale of more than 5,000 IS 250's in Australia, Lexus have announced the release of a limited edition model - the IS 250X.

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Only 260 examples of the IS 250X will be sold, and the model will be adorned with unique five-spoke, 18" alloy wheels and "X" badging. Available in either a custom Vermilion (posh for 'red') finish, Metallic Silver ir Onyx (black), with all colours matched to a black leather interior, this exclusive model is due to hit showrooms in late July.

The interior will also feature a 14-speaker Mark Levinson Stereo system, moonroof, satellite navigation, smooth and luxurious leather seats, sports pedals and metallic scuff plates.

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The suspension has been given the sports treatment, delivering a lower, firmer ride. The limited edition model will be available in automatic or manual transmission, with an RRP of $64,390 for the manual model.

Lexus Australia divisional manager John Roca has expressed his enthusiasm in the future of Lexus' IS range.

"We are very excited about some of the upcoming developments for the IS Line, including the V8-powered IS-F and potentially, an IS coupe in the future,"