Lexus IS-F takes on BMW’s four-door M3 and the Merc C63 AMG
2 April 2008

The new Lexus IS-F is the first saloon to be produced by Toyota’s premium brand and we wanted to find out how it stands up to its established rivals.

So we took the new V8-powered IS to a runway and laid on a warm reception, in the shape of the Mercedes C63 AMG and the BMW M3 saloon – plus a Vauxhall VXR8 to keep them all honest.

Then we set a series of challenges to find which one was best able to combine pace and practicality – with senior road tester Jamie Corstorphine putting the four through their paces.

A drag-race, a practicality test and then a ‘drift off’ produced our winner – and you can see the whole story by clicking here.

Our Verdict

Vauxhall VRX8 2011-2012

The Vauxhall VXR8 is an unsophisticated sledgehammer that is engaging, entertaining and very different from the German super-coupés that it rivals

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