Photo Comparison: F30 BMW 3 Series M-Sport vs 2014 Lexus IS F-Sport

3-Series | January 11th, 2013 by 7
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Ahead of its Detroit Auto Show debut, the 2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport was released on the interwebs. The new compact luxury sports sedan …

Ahead of its Detroit Auto Show debut, the 2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport was released on the interwebs. The new compact luxury sports sedan shows a bold update that will compete against the BMW 335i M Sport and the similar offering from Mercedes.

At the front, the new IS stands out with its spindle grille which incorporates two extra openings on each side of the lower front fascia. The headlights haven’t gone through a major change and are not drastically different than the outgoing IS model. The side mirrors continue to be mounted on the body of the car.

Unlike the previous model, the 2014 IS has L-shaped LED daytime running lights that have an independent housing from the actual headlights.

Photo Comparison: F30 BMW 3 Series M Sport vs 2014 Lexus IS F Sport

To add more sportiness to its body, the Lexus designers gave the IS a swooping character line that starts on the lower body. At the rear, the taillights with L-shaped LEDs stretch from the rear of the car down toward the rear wheels.

Inside is where we believe the IS really shines. The 2014 Lexus IS appear to be influenced by the LFA supercar, including a more driver-focused seating position.

Photo Comparison: F30 BMW 3 Series M Sport vs 2014 Lexus IS F Sport

We’ll know a lot more about the IS next week in Detroit but for now, enjoy the photo comparison below, vote on the poll and share your opinions with us.

  • jason bourne

    The hourglass-shaped front end of the Lexus is pretty damn ugly.

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  • http://twitter.com/ChuckVossler Chuck Vossler

    I dont get how Lexus could have made the IS uglier. They must have beat the shit out of it with the ugly stick.

    • http://twitter.com/GiangcK Truong Giang

      Yeah, I’ve got to give them credit for that, doing the impossible =))

  • Giom

    The Lexus is just too crass for my liking. No elegance there…

  • fredyschiftan@aol.com

    Ugly car, all the lines are a mess with bad proportions. The front is just a mess !

  • JRobUSC

    Since the only IS F Sport photos they’ve released are of a white one with a brown/red interior, could you use photos of a white M Sport 3-Series and the red M Sport interior in the comparison? I imagine there are photos of both available.

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