I love my car.
Not bad considering it's 425hp vs. 306hp.
You have an IS350? How do you like it? It wasn't really on my radar, as I was looking at either a Porsche Cayman or a Nissan 370Z, but those cars have small/cramped interiors. I was thinking about another BMW, but the 335i is more than I want to spend (and I don't trust the HPFP) and they nickle-dime you on every little feature on a 328.
The IS350 seems like a good deal. I can get a 306HP V6, leather, moonroof, HID's, power seats, etc. for a bit under 40 grand. I'm looking at getting one with the sports package (seats, wheels, suspension, pedals, etc.) and the sports package-exclusive blue paint. The only downside for me is having to drive an automatic, but in SoCal traffic I think I'd be okay with that most of the time.
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Check out the little electric White Zombie:
Longer story about this car here, he makes the BMW M3 look silly.
Those voices in your head aren't real, but they have some great ideas
They didn't show a run at 10.4 sec. but anything under 12 sec. is seriously fast. In the videos it does get a real good launch. I understand the part about high torque from the beginning and this explains their launch. It also takes good traction to do it. With their old batteries, the Datsun isn't that much lighter than the Corvette and the Corvette with less torque at launch is traction limited. I would like to know what the mechanics are of the electric motor connection to the tires. I saw a show on TV a year or so ago about an electric car that they thought would be fast in the 1/4 mile, but they couldn't launch it without breaking driveline components so they never found out how fast it would run. The other aspect of the car is how they get the current to the motor that fast. Any system that will expend enough current in under 15 seconds to require 60 times that for recharging is a serious system. The LiIon pack is impressive too, although that much LiIon battery power in one location can sure be dangerous.
The IS 350 is a real good car. It has a lot of good qualities, besides its power and performance. When the IS 250 came out it was supposed to challenge the BMW's but it never measured up. Then the IS 300 came out and it didn't do it either. But with the IS 350, now there was a good enough engine there that it could garner a lot of respect. I don't think they run 13.38's in stock form though. What are the mods on this one?
that doesn't surprise me.. I bet your IS is 800-1000lbs lighter than that tank of a Mopar. Most people just look at HP but weight matters just as much if not more! Very nice ride.
~~ John ~~
Chrysler 300C SRT8 is spec'd at 4046# curb weight
Lexus IS 350 is spec'd at 3527$ curb weight
Approx. 500# difference
It's a dirty little secret that Japanese cars these days are mostly heavier than they look.
The 2 cars have basically the same fuel economy ratings.
The SRT8 is a LOT more expensive.
you have to put weight into consideration
riding and pimpin again
Technically if you consider weight, then to be in the same class as the SRT8, the IS350 would need to have 370hp, and it's a long way below that. Also I seem to remember that the IS350 is not really that fast in stock form. I searched the net and found that a stock 300C SRT8 should do 13.2 in the quarter, a stock IS350 should do 14.2 according to Lexus, but some of the magazines have done as well as 13.5. There are several different factors that could explain this discrepancy, including traction, one might have better gearing for launching, or it might be that Lexus has better tuning. I also seem to remember that when the IS250 came out it was slow, but the IS350 is a whole different animal. (My internet search came up with 15.5 sec. for the IS250.)you have to put weight into consideration
SRT8 ran quicker....lost on a holeshot.