2008 Lexus IS F vs. Its Competition

2008 Lexus IS F
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Lexus IS-F competes on performance and price directly with the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and the BMW M3 sedan.

The Benz C63 has a tad more interior room, while the BMW M3 gets a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission later in the year.

The M3 also is offered in coupe and convertible versions.

The Audi RS4 is the only car in this group to offer all-wheel drive, but its pricetag is also substantially higher.

2008 Lexus IS F 2008 Lexus IS FBrowse Used Listings2008 Audi RS 4 2008 Audi RS 4Browse Used Listings2008 BMW 3-Series M32008 BMW M3Browse Used Listings2008 Mercedes Benz C Class 3.0L Sport RWD2008 Mercedes-Benz C ClassBrowse Used Listings
Quick Specs
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The 2008 Lexus IS-F challenges the best from Germany, bringing 168-mph capability with an uber-high pricetag to boot.
9.0
The 2008 Audi RS4 sedan and cabriolet bring rocketlike power and price tags to the otherwise humble A4 lineup.
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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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More sport, more luxury, and more features for the money make the new 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class a more attractive possibility.
MSRP From   
$56,000$66,910N/A$31,600
Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V8Gas V8N/AGas/Ethanol V6
EPA Class   
Sub-CompactCompactN/ACompact
Style Name   
F 4-Door Sedan4-Door SedanN/A4-Door Sedan 3.0L Luxury RWD
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
45N/A5
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door SedanN/A4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
AutomaticManualN/AAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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