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Lexus IS F (08-12) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

Astonishing pace, great V8 soundtrack, plenty of standard kit

CONS

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

PROS

Astonishing pace, great V8 soundtrack, plenty of standard kit

CONS

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

Other Lexus IS (2005 - 2012) models:

Verdict

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.

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