The Lexus IS 300 (also known as Toyota Altezza in Japan) is a mid-class four-door saloon/sedan which was offered with a 3.0L inline-six engine and produced between 1998 and 2005.
The IS 300 was the fastest model of the XE10 series, although its "2JZ-GE" engine was only initially available in Gita estate/wagon models within the Japanese market - its subsequent release in Europe was indefinitely postponed.
The IS 300 has the best handling of all initial career cars but lacks in terms of speed. It is still a good candidate for Junkman performance parts due to a low weight and its consequently great handling.
A dark gold IS 300 is driven by Blacklist Racer # 14 - Taz. It features a widened body kit and a pronounced flame vinyl colour scheme. Players can obtain it via a pink slip marker.
The Lexus IS 300 appears in Need for Speed: Carbon as a Tier 1 Tuner class car and can be only unlocked through a reward card. It is featured as a stock and modified variant. Both are only available in Quick Race and multiplayer.
In the PlayStation 2 release, it is only playable in the bronze tier Canyon Duel of the Challenge Series.
Compared to the Lexus IS 350, it has a worse handling and top speed (127 mph/205 kmh), but compensates these traits with a significantly stronger nitrous boost. It also has a weak acceleration, comparable to that of the Toyota Corolla GT-S and good pursuit durability.