Lexus Renames Turbocharged IS & GS Models

Lexus IS 2018

Lexus USA has announced their 2018 IS & GS sedan lineup, and there’s one significant change coming to both models — the IS 200t and GS 200t have been replaced with the IS 300 RWD and GS 300.

Of course, the engines will remain the same 2.0L turbocharged engine — this is nothing but a name change that moves away from actual displacement in favor of a more virtual engine designation.

Beyond the badge boost, the IS 300 AWD and both IS 350s will be getting a five horsepower boost, bringing them up to 260 & 311 horsepower respectively. The adaptive front lighting system is also available, and the IS 350 RWD F SPORT can now be optioned with a limited slip differential.

(Here are the full press releases for the 2018 Lexus IS & 2018 Lexus GS models.)