Compare 2012 BMW M3 vs 2012 Lexus IS F

2012 BMW M3
2012 Lexus IS F
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2-Door Coupe
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 14 20 $55,290 $60,100
2-Door Convertible 13 20 $63,250 $68,750
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F 4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Manual RWD 19 28 $31,430 $33,795
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic RWD 21 30 $32,518 $34,965
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic AWD 20 27 $34,805 $37,425
350 4-Door Sedan RWD 19 27 $37,403 $40,220
350 4-Door Sedan AWD 18 26 $39,694 $42,680
250C 2-Door Convertible Manual 19 28 $38,308 $41,190
250C 2-Door Convertible Automatic 21 30 $39,396 $42,360
350C 2-Door Convertible 19 27 $43,374 $46,640
F 4-Door Sedan 16 23 $57,009 $61,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$55,290
$57,009
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$60,100
$61,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1002 / month
$1022 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
Despite the weight gain, the BMW M3's still one of the most stunning performance vehicles we've driven. The 2012 Lexus IS F is a unique take on the luxury/performance formula, and will appeal to those that find the Germans too performance-focused.
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Fuel Economy
City
14 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.2 52.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 43.9
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 54.1
Second Leg Room (in)
33.7 30.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 37.2
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 54.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
88.0 85.7
Second Head Room (in)
36.8 36.7
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
55.6 55.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.5 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
108.7 107.5
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.5 71.5
Track Width, Front (in)
60.5 61.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.7
Length, Overall (in)
181.8 183.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.0 13.3
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.8 x 0.9 13.6 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
14.2 x 1.2 14.2 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.6 16.9
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
12.5 13.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.4 33.5
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA T135/70MR18
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P265/40ZR18 P265/35YR19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/40ZR18 P225/40YR19
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3704 3780
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 9.5 19 x 9.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 19 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.4 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 100
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
414 @ 8300 416 @ 6600
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas V8
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
295 @ 3900 371 @ 5200
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
4.0/244 5.0L/303
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
14 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
16 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 23
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.68 2.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.40 2.72
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.85 2.93
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.19 1.46
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 1.00
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.06 4.59
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.58 1.86
Trans Type
6 8
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.23
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.68
Summary
Body Style
Coupe Sedan
Vehicle Name
BMW M3 Lexus IS F
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.6 10.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
1 3

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