Compare 2012 Lexus IS F vs 2012 BMW M3

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

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