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The Lexus IS was inspired by the BMW 3-series and arrived for the 2001 model year. The 300 sedan was joined by the SportCross wagon for 2002 an by mid-2005, all-new IS 250 and IS 350 sedans replaced the originals. The 250 had a 204-horsepower V-6, while a 306-horsepower V-6 came with the IS 350. For 2008, the IS F joined the fleet with a 416-horsepower V-8 driving the rear wheels.