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Selected Style F 4-Door Sedan
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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
2-Door Coupe
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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
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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
Fuel Economy - City 16 mpg 14 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 23 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Sub-Compact Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
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
Front Hip Room (in) 54.1 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 30.6 33.7
Front Head Room (in) 37.2 38.4
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 13.3 11.0
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.9 16.6
Steering
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
Steering Type Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.9 - TBD -
Tires
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
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P265/35YR19 P265/40ZR18
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3780 3704
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Size (in) 19 x 9.5 18 x 9.5
Front 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
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
Engine Type Gas V8 Gas V8
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 23 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 14
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 18 16
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.87
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.59 4.06
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.82 NA
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
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.72 2.40
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.68 -
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
Summary
Vehicle Name Lexus IS F BMW M3
Body Style Sedan Coupe
Suspension
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
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 3 1
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 10.2 11.6
 
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