The Lexus IS 300 (Toyota Altezza in Japan) is a mid-class four-door saloon/sedan from Lexus, which was offered with a 3.0L inline-six engine (2JZ-GE) and produced between 1999 and 2005 for the North American market.
The IS 300 was the fastest model of the XE10 series. For the Japanese market, the 3.0 litre inline-six was only available in Toyota branded Gita estate/wagon models.
It 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.
Need for Speed: Carbon
The 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 with a stock and modified variant with both only available in Quick Race or multiplayer.
In the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii release, it can only be driven in the bronze tier Canyon Duel event of the Challenge Series.
Compared to the Lexus IS 350, it has worse handling and a lower top speed, but compensates these traits with a significantly stronger nitrous boost. It also has weak acceleration, comparable to that of the Toyota Corolla GT-S, but has excellent pursuit durability.