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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Manual RWD 18 26 $28,174 $31,305
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic RWD 21 29 $29,226 $32,475
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic AWD 20 26 $31,440 $34,935
350 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic 18 25 $33,078 $36,755
F 4-Door Sedan 16 23 $51,082 $56,760
2008 BMW M3
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2009 Lexus IS-F is pricey, but it takes on the best from Germany. The 2008 BMW M3 redefines the performance envelope for BMW's 3-Series range--but at a significant weight and price penalty. You might be going too fast to notice, though.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 16 mpg N/A mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 23 mpg N/A mpg
EPA Classification Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 54.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) 85.7
Second Leg Room (in) 30.6
Front Head Room (in) 37.2
Second Hip Room (in) 53.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.4
Passenger Capacity 4
Second Head Room (in) 36.7
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.7
Front Leg Room (in) 43.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.6
Wheelbase (in) 107.5
Liftover Height (in) - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.5
Track Width, Front (in) 61.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 183.5
Height, Overall (in) 55.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 13.3
Brake Type Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 14.2 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.6 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.9
Steering Type Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.91
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 13.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 33.5
Spare Tire Order Code NA
Rear Tire Size 255/35YR19
Rear Tire Order Code NA
Front Tire Size 225/40YR19
Spare Tire Size T135/70R18
Front Tire Order Code NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3780
Rear Wheel Size (in) 19 x 9.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 19 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 371 @ 5200
Engine Order Code NA
Displacement 5.0L/303
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 416 @ 6600
Engine Type Gas V8
Fuel System DI/SFI
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 18
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.60
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.69
Clutch Size (in) NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.86
Trans Type 8
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.23
Trans Description Cont. Again NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.82
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.18
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.72
Trans Order Code NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.94
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.46
Trans Description Cont. Automatic
Vehicle Name Lexus IS F
Body Style 4 Door Sedan
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 4
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