There are some strong rumors going around that the 2016 Lexus IS will get a new turbocharged base engine to make it the IS 200t. There is no official word on the availability of this engine option, but it makes a lot of sense. The all-new 2015 Lexus NX is the one to usher in the turbocharged 2.0L four cylinder to the Lexus lineup. The company spent a lot of development and testing time to make sure the new 2.0-liter delivers the power and refinement to satisfy Lexus customers.
The engine makes 238 hp @ 4,800 rpm and 256 lb-ft of torque @ 1,650 rpm. The power comes in early and the delivery is smooth. This engine can do wonders in the IS sedan, which is lighter than the NX crossover. Lexus currently uses a 2.5L V6 engine for the base IS model. It’s a smooth motor as well, but it does not have enough power or efficiency when compared to many turbocharged competitors from Germany.
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Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been writing and reporting at TFL since 2011.