I've owned my 5-speed for almost a year
(minus a month and a half for some
repairs ;)), and I can easily say it's
the most fun-to-drive car I've ever
driven. The car handles superbly; I
love the way it hugs the road in a turn,
the squeel of the tires as I round a
bank, the roar as I downshift to pass
someone who shouldn't have been in the
fast lane. The VVT-i engine is really
noticeable in a launch (push that TRAC
button to see what I mean).
Great manual transmission, sport
suspension, sound system, and acceleration.
Needs a 6-speed, turbo, AWD
option...something to take on the A4 3.0
quattro and 330xi. Memory seats anyone?
If there was a slightly more powerful
IS300 (IS330? IS400?) in a coupe or
cabriolet version, I'd have to get it.
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