Well, its been long awaited, atleast for me. i always liked the is300, but i thought they were underpowered. i think they did a good job with the new IS making it more into a 'Lexus'. the old is just didnt fit the other cars. its definately alot like the new GS. at $43k+, i dont think the IS350 is going to sell to well. the IS250 AWD that we have is going for $35k. the IS250 has a 6 speed option, and you can also get a LSD for it.the IS350 unfortunately only comes in a slushbox. the paddle shifters on the steering wheel are pretty decent i must say. they respond pretty well to when you actually press them. AND, unlike before, you can put it in first gear while the vehicle is in motion, you couldnt do that before. there are the only 2 that we have gotten in so far. i havent driven the IS250 AWD yet, but the IS350 is pretty quick. the did an awesome job with this car. the handling feels really good. (havent really laid into it). you punch the car, and she straight gets up and goes. i think its definately the fastest car we have out yet. faster than the new GS430, definately faster than the 06 SC430. here are the pictures. the white one is the IS250. i wasnt the person to actually work on the car, hense i didnt drive it. i was trying to get a picture from underneath the vehicle to show the AWD layout. im assuming its like the new GS300 AWD where the front diff is beside the motor, and the right axle actually goes through the engine block. pretty crazy shit i think.