2008 Lexus IS-F

The IS-F is a growling, 416-horsepower muscle car that would likely shock the brand's traditional owners into apoplexy

Stereotypes, they say, have their basis in fact. Well, at least in the automobile world, there's some truth to that. Take Lexus, the luxury arm of Toyota , which has a reputation for building beautifully appointed, bulletproof products that seem predestined for the sort of aging, affluent buyers who don't really enjoy driving all that much.

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