New addition to the garage: 2008 Lexus IS-F

2008 Lexus IS-F

I’m clearly behind on my updates, but this one takes the cake! Anywho, last summer I was lucky enough to find a great deal on a 2008 Lexus IS-F. My interest in this car was no passing fancy, as I’d read every magazine and website review of it before it even hit the dealerships. On paper, it read like my own perfect car creation. First, you start off with the everyday utility of a sedan, mix in the performance of a legitimate sports car, add one heaping cup of luxury and sprinkle in some real performance parts to taste.

Voila! My dream car. This was no new recipe, as the BMW M3 and the Mercedes C63 AMG have offered those features for years. While the IS-F follows the lead of those great cars, it is a different take on that successful recipe. Lexus simply borrowed the German stuff and added some Japanese game show flavor to the mix.

I’ve racked up enough miles in the last 12 months to know that I still enjoy this car as much as I did the first time I drove it. Although the 5.0 liter V-8 doesn’t have the scrappy character of my turbo four cylinder cars, the syrupy powerband and melodious exhaust note are driving enjoyment at its best. I’ll be updating the site with more on this car, so stay tuned!

Thanks for reading!

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6 Responses to New addition to the garage: 2008 Lexus IS-F

  1. Jason says:

    Hey, great pickup. I’ve always liked the IS-F as well. I remember reading your site many years ago, I think you just had the mirage and an evo? I just stumbled upon it again and was actually wondering if you still had the mirage since I see you’ve added a few other projects since then. I’m interested in buying a nice example. Let me know.


    • Administrator says:

      Thanks Jason! There were great deals to be had out there and I couldn’t pass it up. I have sold the Mirage, I just haven’t been able to bring myself to update the site with that info. Good luck on your search, as you know they are getting more rare by the day.

  2. i also like to purchase my dream car which is a porsche 911″,,

  3. Jason says:

    Congrats on your IS F purchase! I am obsessed with the IS F myself and hope to own one some day soon.

    I hope to read more posts about your driving and every day experiences with your IS F.

  4. KC says:

    Great Job on the muffler delete with the ISF… wanted to ask you though, what is the diameter of the muffler inlet on the stock pipes. Im thinking about doing it as well, or maybe welding on a pair of Flowmasters but I don’t know the Diameter of the inlet on the stock mufflers are.. Thanks

    • Administrator says:

      Thank you! The stock piping diameter is very close to 2-1/4 inches. That was the I.D. on the flanges I used and the O.D. of the summit racing piping I used.

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