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There has been a lot of speculation about the direction of the all-new 2006 Lexus IS. Some rumors have hinted that the new IS will be a true performance sedan. Others have guessed that the IS will feature more technological innovations. And there are those who believe the IS will focus on adding more luxurious amenities and a bold new style, making luxury and design a priority. Because you've asked to be updated on the new IS, you're among the first to know that all of these predictions are correct. The new 2006 IS will be the definitive performance car with groundbreaking automotive technology, a stunning new design and luxury features never before seen in its class. Although the IS won't arrive until this fall, you just might need this time to prepare yourself to be swept away.

The new IS makes its racing ancestry proud with four powerful models to choose from: the IS 350 six-speed paddle-shift sequential automatic and the IS 250 manual, automatic and all-wheel drive. The IS 350 boasts a 3.5-liter V6 engine, fueled by more than 300 hp and more than 275 lb-ft of torque. It will allow you to experience the thrill of launching from 0 to 60 mph in under six seconds. The IS 250 features an energetic 2.5-liter engine that packs over 200 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. But acceleration is just the beginning of your thrill ride.

Forget your morning coffee–you'll be energized just by the way the IS expertly navigates every hairpin turn of the road. Its innovative suspension system is designed to optimize wheel alignment and provide precise handling. Driving enthusiasts will also appreciate the all-new front and rear suspension.

There's always something tantalizing about a new car's aroma. But that's nothing compared to the delight of experiencing a new technological innovation. A standard SmartAccess keyless entry system activates sequential lighting to illuminate your way. Once you're settled, the innovative Push-Button Start/Stop allows you to turn on the ignition with the touch of a fingertip. When the IS engine ignites, the console's electroluminescent gauges flash across the instrument panel with a "light saber" effect. The IS will intrigue you with other available features that include a voice-activated DVD navigation system [1] with backup camera and Bluetooth® technology [2], Tire Pressure Monitor System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and many other features that are typically found in only the most expensive luxury cars.

For those who believe it's what's on the inside that counts, the new IS will surpass your expectations. You may find yourself looking forward to traffic, when you get to be pampered, relaxed and entertained by the luxurious amenities in all four IS models. A breathtaking drive will be accompanied by an equally inspiring soundtrack, courtesy of a standard 13-speaker sound system that's MP3 and iPod® compatible. The sound system can also be set up for satellite radio [3]. Audiophiles can opt for the available Mark Levinson® Premium Surround Sound System [4], exclusively designed for the acoustics of the Lexus cabin.

You can admit it–you want a gorgeous car. The bold look of the redesigned IS will be love at first sight. With its sleek and aerodynamic new lines, the IS delivers. It's the next Lexus model to feature the new L-Finesse design direction, exemplifying simplicity and elegance. The exterior's muscular stance, combined with other refined style elements, makes the new IS appear both sporty and sophisticated.

With a car this stunning, you'll take every precaution to keep your IS from getting even the slightest scratch. You'll be relieved to know that the IS is designed to show you the same amount of attention. That's why all IS models are equipped with a total of eight airbags, including knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, plus a new front passenger airbag.

The IS possesses such intelligence, it can even help to predict an accident before it happens. The available Pre-Collision System (PCS) [5] uses radar to detect potential obstacles, while sensors determine if a crash is unavoidable. If so, the seatbelts and brakes are adjusted to optimize safety.

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