With All-Wheel Drive (AWD) and Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) models, two powerful V6 engine choices, F SPORT performance accessories and many standard and available amenities the 2013 Lexus IS sport sedan provides an engaging driving experience.
The all-wheel-drive system available for both the IS 250 and IS 350 helps provide extra traction in diverse driving conditions. A planetary-gear center differential combines with a wet-type multi-disc clutch to control front-to-rear power distribution. The system normally sends 70 percent of available power to the rear wheels to provide the performance advantages of a rear-drive car and will vary the torque-split ratio from 30:70 to 50:50 in response to driving conditions and driver input. The AWD system's electronic-control strategy takes inputs such as steering and throttle angle from driver activity combined with vehicle signals from wheel speed and yaw rate sensors.
The F SPORT Package available for the IS 250/350 RWD takes inspiration from the IS F ultra-performance sedan, combining special suspension and steering tuning and 18-inch alloy wheels with a dark graphite finish. A front lip spoiler, rear deck spoiler and dark-chrome front grille insert give the IS F SPORT models a sporty appearance. Ultrasonic Blue Mica exterior color is available in conjunction with the F SPORT Package.
Inside, special F SPORT heated front seats feature a microfiber insert and leather side bolsters to provide more support for the driver and passenger during cornering. The package also adds F SPORT badging to the steering wheel, shift knob and doorsill scuff plates.
Aiding the IS models’ traction and control is Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM). More advanced than other traction and stability systems, VDIM is designed to anticipate the onset of a vehicle skid or slide while cornering and help correct the situation with a combination of braking and throttle control. VDIM integration provides precise management for Electric Power Steering (EPS), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), and engine torque (via the electronically controlled throttle). The driver can disengage VSC via the "TRAC off" switch, which can be useful in certain situations like extricating the vehicle from mud or snow.
The standard Lexus Premium Audio System features a six-disc, in-dash CD changer, 194 watts (max.) total power, 13 speakers, iPod®/USB connectivity, Bluetooth® hands free phone and music streaming, and a Sirius XM Satellite Radio receiver. The Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL) maintains consistent sound levels at varying vehicle speeds. Vehicles equipped with the available Navigation also feature Bluetooth automatic phonebook download and HD Radio™ with iTunes tagging.
Navigation equipped vehicles feature Lexus Enform® with App Suite. The App Suite leverages the customers’ mobile phone technology to provide a new level of connectivity and information management. Users can conduct local searches through Bing™, utilize voice-enabled apps to make restaurant reservations through OpenTable®, get movie tickets via MovieTickets.com, tap into internet radio, including Pandora® and iHeartRadio, search business reviews on Yelp and check in on Facebook places. A one-year trial subscription is included for the App Suite.
Source: Lexus press