Lexus's M3 rival spied
21 July 2006

This is Lexus's answer to the BMW M3, spied testing on the famous Norschleife circuit in Germany.

Sources suggest that the Japanese manufacturer is working on shoehorning a V8 engine into the IS chassis - and the larger wheels and quad tailpipes of this test hack would indicate that it is making progress.

Lexus already has a 380bhp V8 in its arsenal, but reports suggest that engine could be bored out to 5.0 litres to boost power and give the IS a fighting chance against the next-gen M3 and Audi's RS4, both of which use V8s.

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