In Reply to: test drive of a IS 300 posted by jake on September 14, 2000 at 21:53:08:
Pick up this month's Car & Driver and weep:
1. Transmission: M3 = 5-speed or Auto
IS = Auto only
2. Acceleration: M3 = 5.5/14.1
IS = 7.6/15.9
3. Road Course: M3 = 1.21
IS = Did not even bother.
4. Price: M3 = $32,000 (low mileage 1998)
IS = $34,600 plus dealer profit
The IS300 looks nice and is a decent concept. But, as it was executed, it's better compared to the Acura CL Type-S and other "personal luxury" SUV.
It will sell in the weak performance car market to be sure but, personally, for $34.6g, I'll take a three-year-old M3 and pocket the extra $3,000.