I don't personaly own an IS at this point but I'm in the market to do so. I orginally wanted the is300 but I held off. Which didn't turn out so bad since now I fell in love with the new body style of the 250/350. Well I never paid close attention but the AWD doesn't come manual?? What is that all about? don't get me wrong the paddle shift is nice, but call me crazy I love shifting gears. Anyone know if Toyota/Lexus will have a AWD manual model or has anyone gotten into a trans swap? I was thinking Evo or STI for a while but I'd preffer 250. I know the 350 has all the go go juice and the RWD, but I like the way the AWD handles, besides the STI and Evo are great platforms for an AWD beast why can't the 250 be one.