The Japanese don’t just make economical, boring economy cars. They make beasts too!
The Lexus IS is a small car by almost any measure. It’s short, low, and light. That’s why, when Lexus stuffed a 416-horsepower V8 under the hood, people paid attention. With a hood-bulge, 5-liter lump, and stacked quad pipes, the F is louder and torquier than a BMW M3 E92 and a whole lot more reliable than a Mercedes C63 AMG. It’s a brawling bruiser wearing a school-boy’s uniform, and a dwindling lunch money fund is a fair price to pay for the IS F’s powerful punch.
Experts seems to agree: In terms of real-world speed, there’s no car faster than a Nissan GT-R. It’s a few years old, but every year Nissan tweaks the car to keep it at the top of the heap. You can buy the strongest 600-horsepower Nismo version that, off the dealer lot, can do a 7:08 lap of Germany’s famous Nurburgring Nordschleife. The GT-R is an expression of Japanese spirit: super-sonic speed, outrageous style, and a relentless striving for dominance. To us, Kong is just Kong; Godzilla is King!