Cars.com Faceoff: Audi S5, BMW M3, Lexus IS-F

Faceoff

Our expert reviewers begin with the assumption that the BMW M3 is the reigning heavyweight champion, the king, the Michael Jordan of high-performance luxury cars. Then David Thomas, Mike Hanley and Joe Wiesenfelder weigh in on whether or not two challengers to the crown have what it takes to top the M3. They'll take into consideration a host of factors, including engine performance, handling prowess and overall value. Check out this Cars.comparison to see if either the 2008 Audi S5 or the 2008 Lexus IS-F can beat out the M3.

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By Stephen Markley | September 25, 2008 | Comments (4)
Tags: Audi, BMW, IS, Lexus, M3, S5

Comments 

Cj

I've always thought that the IS-F looked ricy. It seems as if it would be more at home next to a Civic Si than a BMW M3 lol! I know the IS-F has the power to compete with the BMW, but why did Lexus have to make it look like a ricers car and not a true high performance machine. At least the LF-A looks good but that might not ever make it to production:
http://www.autoblog.com/2008/08/28/rumormill-lexus-lf-a-stillborn/
Anyway, why did you have 2 sedans and one coupe? Why didn't you guys use the Audi RS4 instead of the S5? The RS4 has 420 hp (more than the Lexus and BMW). Although it does cost a few grand more, you guys said in your comparison "A thousand dollars here and there shouldn't change the mind of anyone shopping for this type of car..."

Our thinking is always to test the latest models against each other and which ones we can get our hands on. Believe it or not most automakers aren't sending slews of these cars to test fleets and the new C63 hadn't come in time.

Cj

The C63 would have trumped them all lol!

CH

Give me the Audi please! :)

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