4 out of 5 4.0
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Lexus IS F (08-12) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £57,351 - £58,371
Used price £10,660 - £28,410
Used monthly cost From £266 per month
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £600
Insurance group 44 How much is it to insure?


Astonishing pace, great V8 soundtrack, plenty of standard kit


Doesn't look particularly aggressive, hard ride, not involving enough

Lexus IS F rivals

Written by David Ross on

Lexus is better known for luxury and refinement rather than performance so the IS F represents a first for the Japanese company. The hardcore saloon is designed to take on the likes of the BMW M3 and Mercedes C63 AMG and with a 5.0-litre V8 under the bonnet it certainly has the right credentials. Like its German rivals it has a rear-wheel drive set-up but it's not as engaging to drive nor does it have the same badge kudos - it's also pricey.

However with limited numbers coming to the UK exclusivity is assured. In 2010 Lexus updated the IS-F with new interior options including new sat nav system and white leather, a new metallic blue colour option and a limited slip differential that is ideal for track day driving.

Lexus IS F rivals

Other Lexus IS (2005 - 2012) models: