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This is kinda old, but I haven't seen this article mentioned so....

The IS300 New Kid on the Block

It does not reveal anything new, but it does talk about the origin of IS300.

The new IS 300 is the sharpest-handling, most responsive Lexus we've ever built.
I am really curious as to what kind of skidpad and slalom numbers the IS300 will generate. The Motor Trend measured 0.87G and 66.9 MPH on the "best" Lexus (GS400). (Note: Each magazine measures things differently.)
 

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A skidpad figure is really a tire test... Because the IS300 has Bridgestone RE040's (similar to GS400's RE030's), I'm sure it will hold the road well. However, because it's nose heavy it may have a greater tendency to understeer more heavily, thus hurting its times.....
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If the suspension is tuned properly, understeer may not be as pronounced (i.e., it may still be there, but it won't be as bad).


Originally posted by EricK:
A skidpad figure is really a tire test... Because the IS300 has Bridgestone RE040's (similar to GS400's RE030's), I'm sure it will hold the road well. However, because it's nose heavy it may have a greater tendency to understeer more heavily, thus hurting its times.....
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JW,
I'm sure they would have made suspension modifications on the IS300 because of it's heavier 3.0L engine... However, nose heavy is nose heavy and you still must obey the Laws of Physics.....

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I'm sure tires will be a big part of the handling characteristics......thank goodness for double wishbones all the way around...think of it as more precise and not as soft as the GS300/400. One article says that you can toss it around and still feel in control, and another (German Biased Publication) said it's not as "user friendly" as a BMW 3er. Thje proof will be in the ride and drive training that I'm heading to on June 2nd in Chi-Town!!!
 
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