This Sunday August 18th Lexus held a public driving event that was so good it deserves its own review along with the 2014 IS 250 and IS350 sport sedans it was promoting. The cars are big news. Fully redesigned, the IS Series bodies and interiors are amazing and the carryover drivetrains still are among the best available at any price tag. The redesign really moves these new IS250 and IS350s to the top of the compact sports sedan pecking order. Driving the Lexus IS back to back with the Mercedes C350, BMW 335i, and Audi A4 2.0T revealed that the sports car of the group is not German.
Each of the three German “sports” sedans has lost its way, and Lexus has been tuning its already decent IS250 and IS350 to be what these cars were or might have been. In this list you will read why the Lexus is better on a twisty course than some of your favorite cars. If you are a fan of the German cars your first reaction will be disbelief. Your second will be anger. Eventually you will get around to accepting the facts. Those are the states of grieving and we all go through them the same. Unless you were at this event in Foxboro on Sunday, or are a professional auto writer you likely have not seen the IS, never mind driven it. We trust you will not like what you are about to read unless you are a Lexus sports car fan. To date there have been relatively few. There are about to thousands more.
If you want to go on believing that a sports sedan has to be made in Germany to be good, click away. We appreciate you trying out the story. However, if you are open to learning just how the Lexus smokes these three great cars on a closed course, read on by clicking “View the List” above in the picture.