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Did you guys pick up your latest copy of Automobile magazine... There's a shoot out with the 330i, C320, and IS300. I just skimmed the article and saw at the the that the 330i won by a narrow margin.... The cover of the magazine reads "Audi Attacks" and gives a preview of the all new Audi A4 3.0 which does 0-60 in 6.9 seconds and hits 152mph (ofcourse a speed govenor will probably be used on production versions)....
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Car and Driver (this month) has a comparison as well.


Also I noticed a few things:

1> New Audi A4 sounds nice -
New 227hp all aluminum v6
Multitronic CVT auto
0-60 in 6.5 even with auto.

2> Rumors of IS300 wagon for 2002 model year continue to be published.
 

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I hope not, I hate waggons.
Originally posted by TEG:
Car and Driver (this month) has a comparison as well.


Also I noticed a few things:

1> New Audi A4 sounds nice -
New 227hp all aluminum v6
Multitronic CVT auto
0-60 in 6.5 even with auto.

2> Rumors of IS300 wagon for 2002 model year continue to be published.


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Yea Erick,

I picked up that Automobile Mag today also.
It had the cars finishing in the order below:
1. 330i
2. IS300
3. C320

They really complained about the Stiff Ride in the C320.

But really, lets be Real Serious Here
Every Mag you will read always gives the Bimmer the thumbs up over the cars in its class ie....IS300,C320,A4...
And you know something, I have NO PROBLEM with that.
Think about it. Look how much more $$$$ the Bimmer goes for. The Bimmer 330i has a larger Engine .... and so forth....
The C320 cost even more than the Bimmer....
So the fact that our IS300s are right there in the running (performance,handling,Looks...) with these Over Priced cars and for almost 10k Less Speaks Volumes!!

And when I said Over Priced I meant ALL OF THESE HIGH END IMPORTS not just the ones mentioned above.

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Not that it really matters, but I checked: the Audi will have a 217 hp 3.0L V6, not 227.
It looks nice. With more power, better (although not the best) styling, and, of course, the quattro, it should be a great car. I just hope they keep it close to $35K, or it won't really be worth it. If it costs North of $40K (loaded), one would tend to go for the Bavarian king - the 330i.
Anyways, competition rules. I wonder what Lexus has up their sleeve.

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If it costs more than 40k I'd by the S4. I went for a test drive with a psycho audi-guru salesman who knew every last detail about quattro. This guy drives first and is showing of the car (A4 1.8T). We are zipping around. I was not too impressed with the engine but still fun. Then this guy goes nuts and starts showing me the limits of the quattro on curvey 35 mph side streets. We are going 85 mph. We stop and turn around and he shows me how the auto-shift will shift at red-line if you don't. We red-line 1st thru 3rd and half way thru 4th. All this on a quiet backstreet. I was just hoping a dog or kid didn't run into the road. I feel sorry for whoever buys that car.

I was really impressed with the quattro handling. I hate the old A4 styling, but kinda like what the look of the new car. Sounds like the new car might be a crowd pleaser.
 

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I was noticing the test comparison in Car and Driver, and one thing that stood out was the 30-50 and 50-80 top gear passing speed in the IS300.

It was like 1/2 that of the other cars...

I didn't look closely but maybe the IS300 was the only auto tested (which puts it at a disadvantage in many categories) so maybe downshifting was unavoidable.
 
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