This is my third Lexus IS,” Dr. Loh Meng Woei announces proudly. He has owned three variants in the Lexus IS series at various points since 2003.
An anesthetist in private practice, Dr. Loh admits that he likes to drive fast, “but always within speed limits”, he clarifies. His IS fits his need for speed. “It offers a nice start and cruising in sports mode,” he says. “With 241HP, it is very easy to overtake on the highway.”
Dr. Loh enjoys evening drives, preferably less than 30 minutes, on a dry road and in cool weather.
Dr. Loh likes the renowned Lexus reliability and comfort. “I cannot overstate its reliability. I hardly had any problems with my Lexus cars for these past 16 years.”
On top of that, he finds the IS very enjoyable to drive. “It’s small and compact with a sleek design. With just a push of a button, you are ready to go. With 241HP, it delivers quite a punch in terms of torque. I’m mostly first off the blocks at the traffic lights.”
The other special features of the IS do not escape Dr. Loh’s attention; after all, the IS aims to balance exhilarating performance and thoughtful functionality. “For a sedan, I find that its trunk is quite deep, with enough space to pack in my foldable bike and two large suitcases easily.”
The interior is an amalgamation of style and refinement, which accentuated the dynamic expression of athletic strength and sporty ambience of the interior – a perfect fit for a sporty individual like Dr. Loh.
“The color of the leather seats is very rich, and the leather itself is long-lasting. The stitching, particularly on the steering wheel, is immaculate,” Dr. Loh marvels. “After driving for many years, it hardly shows any fraying.”
Dr. Loh particularly relishes the heater function for the front seat. “This is a very thoughtful creature comfort. I use the warming more than the cooling function. I would sometimes be freezing after a long day in the operating theater, and the heated seat warms me up instantly.”
The Lexus IS comes in IS Turbo and IS Hybrid variants. The IS Turbo is powered by a 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged engine with an Atkinson Cycle engine with Dual VVT-iW to deliver an exhilarating driving performance and excellent fuel efficiency. For dynamic driving and exceptional environmental performance, the Lexus Hybrid Drive intelligently combines the power of a highly efficient 2.5-liter gasoline engine with electric power from a high-output motor.
he Lexus IS is also now available in Manganese Luster. For test drive, call 6631 1388 or visit the Lexus Boutique at 33 Leng Kee Rd, Singapore 159102.