Bought by our in-house mechanic, this one-owner higher-miler proves how reliable the Lexus IS-F can be.

The Lexus IS-F represents Japan's first crack at squaring-off with the Europeans in the super sedan ring.

279,000km is a lot of mileage.

However, this car was specifically bought by Mark at MCP automotive – our in-house mechanic – to prove the reliability of the platform and powertrain.

It has a full Lexus service history and has had just one careful owner from new. Alongside the wildly-expensive Lexus LF-A, it was the first time that Japan truly knuckled-down at building a high-cost, precision-engineered high performance metal.

Powered by a purpose-built 5.0-litre, quad-cam and 48-valve V8 masterpiece, even the powertrain was testament to the ethos of high-end performance.

Toyota’s 2UR-FSE V8 has a bright power band with an RPM threshold around 7000. Its induction-heavy soundtrack is absolutely mega, and the firm chassis provides a sense of agility and eagerness to the drive.

Unlike options from Europe, the Lexus IS-F is actually bloody bulletproof. You don’t find issues with rod bearing or stretched head studs here.

They go the distance – the F stands for Fuji Speedway– and the  product was developed in a motorsport environment with durability as a focus.

About the car pictured – 2008 Lexus IS-F

This example has amazingly covered just 279,000km from new and was a one-owner car in Japan.

It spent its entire life on the southern side of Japan and had never been modified.

It came with a detailed service history, Japanese de-registration paperwork and an auction grading of 3.5B.

Quick facts

What made this car special:

  • 279,000km! Loved and enjoyed.
  • One owner
  • Original paint – zero repairs
  • Zero modifications
  • Full Lexus service history and great provenance
I reckon rear end traction, grip and accuracy are a match for the BMWs, and the IS-F does have a truly bonkers engine, a proper roarer that goes rabid over 3700rpm.
Ollie Marriage – EVO Magazine

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