Spotted in Bukit Tinggi, Klang ... so sweeeeet!
Here are some notes from one of my favourite car sites ... Paultan.org
UMW Toyota’s luxury division Lexus Malaysia will be launching it’s fourth model today, the Lexus IS250. The IS250 will go against the BMW 325i and the Mercedes Benz C230 (or whatever it’s equivalent is in Malaysia for the W204), and is expected to account for a third of Lexus Malaysia’s projected sales of 300 units in 2008.
In overseas markets, the Lexus IS250 uses the 4GR-FSE, something that some of you might already be familiar with as it is the same engine in the 2.5 liter version of Naza’s Toyota Mark X. The 2.5 liter V6 engine makes 205 horsepower at 6,400rpm and up to 265Nm of torque at 4,800rpm, rather impressive torque figures for a 2.5 liter engine as usually you only get 100Nm of torque per liter of displacement for a normally aspirated engine. This might not be the exact state of tune that we’ll get in our Malaysian market, so more details will be posted here once Lexus Malaysia’s website is updated.
Expected price is about RM300k, which puts it somewhere at a premium over the normal 325i, but slightly cheaper than the 325i M Sport.
PaulTan.org UPDATE: Here’s the official deal on the car: RM313,166.20 on the road inclusive of insurance gets you a Lexus IS250 with a 2.5 liter V6 4GR-FSE engine complete with D4 direct injection producing 205 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 252Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm. This is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with sequential shifting and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Equipment includes HID headlamps, vehicle stability control, adaptive front-lighting, rain-sensing wipers, anti-glare rear view and wing mirrors, and of course the Lexus trademark here in Malaysia - an awesome Mark Levinson sound system with 14 speakers.
Ps. Here's a pimped up chromed and tinted version of the same car I found on Google images ...
Ju notes ... To date, I have only ever seen three units in the Klang Valley area, which includes a gorgeous WHITE one in one of the bridal shops along SS2, PJ. I do think many have chosen the BMW 325i Sports (E90) over this particular car, and it will soon be competing against the 'grows-in-your-eyes' C-Class (W204) as well!