SALINAS, CA – At the heart of the new ’08 Lexus IS-F sport sedan sits an advanced powertrain combination capable of producing stellar performance without impeding the Japanese auto maker’s penchant for refinement. On sale early next year, the IS-F is tasked with confronting the formidable BMW M3 and Audi RS4 and their respective 4.0L (414 hp) and 4.2L V-8s (420 hp). The Lexus’ larger-displacement 5.0L DOHC V-8, known as the 2UR-GSE, is a solid match for the German thoroughbreds in ...

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