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Old 06-15-14, 01:27 PM   #1
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Default Potential IS Buyer - question about the transmissions/shifting

Hi all, my first post here. I've been doing research on the 2014 IS and it might be my next purchase. However, I'm a bit confused about all the different trims / options how the transmission in each one performs. I've read a few reviews that say ALL the IS models rev match, but then a few threads say only the 350, or the F sport... I'm really confused was hoping somebody could just lay down the info for me.

Which models will rev match when down shifting? Is it F sport that rev matches or only the 350? Or the 350 + F sport?

I'm coming from an automatic FR-S and the shifts are NICE. Really precise, the paddle shifters / manual floor shift responds quickly and accurately. Has anybody driven one that could maybe give me and idea of what to expect compared to the FR-S/BRZ before I go in and test drive an IS?

I'm leaning towards the IS 250 RWD, non f-sport but I would change my mind if I knew it didn't rev match. Also, an unrelated note, does are fog lights installable in the F-sport model?

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Between the IS 250 and FR-S, I'd keep the FR-S, definitely more fun.
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Between the IS 250 and FR-S, I'd keep the FR-S, definitely more fun.
Defintely! I love my FR-S but unfortunately I'm reaching a point in my life, sooner than I expected, that I should have 4 doors and more practicality. I test drove the WRX and that's a really fun car with tons of practicality as well, but the IS seems like a much more refined/classy car. I wanted to give it a good hard look before taking the plunge with any 4 door sedan.
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You should test drive a non F Sport. I test drove the 350 F sport and it rev matches well but you can still feel the difference if you really pay attention to it.
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Get the WRX.
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Get the WRX.
Agreed, but only if he gets the manual transmission. If he gets the slushbox, he'll wind up with Subaru's crappy CVT. Better still, the OP should consider a '15 GTI. I drove one on Friday (with the DSG), and it's a great car. Aside from some turbo lag, the motor felt as strong as Toyota's 3.5 V6.
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