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Yeah~ the IS is still a sharp looking car after 3 years. The Altezza lights aren't aging nicely because of the wannabes and rice crowd. The aggressive stand on this car still looks very nice. Unfortunately the IS430 will not materialize this generation. The next IS330 should show up at the shows next year and be available in sedan/coupe version. I am looking forward to that.
I actually like the IS300. It's just too slow. I test drove one and was unimpressed with the performance. I really liked the interior though. Nice material and good finish. Just for fun I also test drove the Acura TSX last weekend and I think it beats the IS300 in just about every category. So unless the IS430 is really cheap, I don't see the point.
The first Lexus IS300 V8 prototype was caught earlier this week undergoing shakedown-tests at the challenging German NŁrburgring racetrack. Wider fenders front and rear, additional air-intakes besides the fog-lights, bigger wheels and a rear spoiler will clearly distance the V8 version from its less potent brothers.
Most impressive, however, will be the mid-mounted extra thick single exhaust pipe, releasing a storm of exhausts when the car is put to the limits. Those will come from Lexusí 4.3-liter 32-valve V8, developing some 320 HP in revised form.
Though thatís less than we can expect from the upcoming M3, the sports-version of the IS300 wonít be a slow car. And, after undergoing chassis refinements, itíll be a very comfortable one to drive, too, with perfect road manners and a smooth-running engine
No word yet as to when we can expect the new V8 version, but Lexus fans are already lining up.
Since this car came out I never liked it. It was made to compete with the 3-Series and it can't even do that correctly. I think the only reason people buy them is because it comes with those cleared out taillights stock, and cause I guess it's cool to say "Lexus". One of my best friends owns one too and there's nothing really special about it. The interior is the worst of all. You would think the luxury division of Toyota would actually make the car, you know, luxurious, but I guess not.
Tony, didn't you say Toyota wasn't going to enter the horsepower wars? You think they'll bring this over?
Oh, by the way, if anyone wants to check out the supposed 2004 Model IS then check out the link. IMO it STILL looks like doodoo.