It's safe to say that the last-generation Lexus IS wasn't much to write home about — unless you're talking about the IS F, which packed a potent 5.0-liter V8 good for 416 horsepower. But can it top the BMW M3?

That's what the pros at Best Motoring sought to find out in this video, which is also thankfully in English. They pit the IS F against the E92 M3 on the touge — or winding mountain road, if Initial D isn't your bag — as well as on the track. And on the latter, they throw in a Nissan 350Z Nismo and a Honda S2000 for funsies.

Which "FR sports" comes out on top? You'll have to watch this to find out. That's the whole point of Best Motoring!