Well, as we both started about dead even, and I had 4 other ppl in my car, we were so close, for a while. Then, ever so slightly, the IS300 was pulling away up near 90. Im wondering if maybe the outcome would have been different if I didnt have a full tank of gas and 4 other ppl in the car. Sorry its not a kill, or whatever, but I really dont know how close an auto IS300 is to a *new* (180 hp) manual 1.8t. Im not trolling, I just like the IS300, and wonder in the real world, how they stack up to other cars.