Compare 2009 Lexus IS F vs 2008 BMW M3

2009 Lexus IS F
2008 BMW M3
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F 4-Door Sedan
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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$51,082
N/A
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$56,760
N/A
Monthly Payment Estimate
$946 / month
$0 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
9.0
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
City
16 mpg N/A mpg
Highway
23 mpg N/A mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
43.9
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
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
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.6 x - TBD -
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9
Steering
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
Tires
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
Trailering
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
Wheels
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 -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD -
Engine
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
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.60
Clutch Size (in)
NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.86
Trans Type
8
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.23
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Lexus IS F
Body Style
4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4

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