Turbo four-cylinder to replace Lexus V6 model

Turbo four-cylinder to replace Lexus V6 model

Lexus will expand its turbo engine model line-up with the launch of the IS 200t sports sedan towards the end of the year.

The IS 200t will replace the V6-powered IS 250 model and arrives in the country in the last quarter.

It will be the second Lexus vehicle to feature the luxury marque’s 2.0-litre turbo engine following the launch of the NX 200t compact SUV.

The engine features a D-4ST fuel injection, water- cooled cylinder head, integrated exhaust manifold and twin scroll turbocharger.

It also has a valve timing system known as VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing intelligent – Wide) to deliver better fuel economy by allowing the engine to switch between the Otto and Atkinson cycles.

The motor will deliver 180kW of power and 350Nm of torque and drive through the rear wheels via an eight-speed sport direct shift gearbox. The transmission also varies gear shifts in accordance with G-forces.

It automatically downshifts during hard braking before a corner, holds a lower gear through the turn for best control and then selects the most suitable gear on exit to provide greater throttle response.

Pricing and local specification will be announced at the time of launch.

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