Lexus IS F

    Don’t let its suffix fool you: The letter F on this Lexus has nothing to do with failing. In fact, the Lexus IS F passes every test with flying colors. When BMW dropped a V-8 into the new M3, Lexus knew that its IS sports sedan would need a hefty supply of horsepower to keep up. By borrowing the 5-liter V-8 from a stablemate—the Lexus LS 600h L—the IS F rivals the BMW’s 414-hp output and reaches 60 mph in a respectable 4.6 seconds. Paired to an 8-speed sport-shift automatic transmission—which can be operated via paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel—the engine delivers all the power to its rear wheels while attaining up to 23 mpg on the highway. The IS F also features a beefy Brembo brake system consisting of 14.2-inch front discs with 6-piston calipers and 13.6-inch rear discs with 2-piston calipers, to rein in all 416 hp and 371 ft-lbs of torque. Finally, here’s a Lexus that makes the grade for the performance crowd. Pros: The first real performance car from Lexus. Cons: Has a hard time keeping pace with the BMW M3 around a track.

    Photo by Mercedes-Benz USA
    AMG GLE63 Coupe and AMG GLE450 Coupe boast impressive acceleration times…
    The two-seat sports car features contemporary reinterpretations of classic Bentley design cues…
    One of the most technologically advanced electric power trains to make its way onto a production...
    Photo by Royce Rumsey
    The annual springtime event highlights some of the world’s finest collector cars…
    The new vehicles are lighter and quicker than their gas-burning counterparts…
    The new car has a zero-to-60-mph time of 3.1 seconds and can lap the Nürburgring in less than 7.5...
    Photo by Richard Prince
    Robb Report puts the Corvette Z06—essentially a street-legal racecar—through its paces on the track…
    Photo by Darin Schnabel⁄RM Sotheby's
    One of the finest car collections in the country is paring down...
    The 458’s replacement is a street-legal supercar with racecar credentials…
    There may be no car collectors more fanatical than Porsche collectors...