Manual transmission IS300’s feature firmer suspension (increased spring rates) compared to the automatic models
The IS300 was Toyota’s answer to the highly successful BMW 3 series: a driver focused sport sedan with a torquey inline 6 and available manual transmission
The IS300’s engineering development program was run by Nobuaki Katayama, who previously worked on the iconic AE86 Toyota Corolla
The IS300’s twin cam 2JZ-GE straight-six engine came straight from the bigger GS300. This engine featured variable valve timing, aluminum heads, and hypereutectic pistons
This is also the same engine found in the N/A Supra MK4. It is NOT the same motor found in the twin turbo Supra with the turbos removed (common misconception). The 2JZ-GE (naturally aspirated) and 2JZ-GTE (twin turbo) had many differences internally. The GTE is much stronger, with different pistons etc. The GE is focused more on efficiency. It’s still a fantastic engine, but it can’t compare to the over-engineered 2JZ-GTE!
The IS300 launched in the U.S with the GS300’s five-speed automatic, and no manual option. Foreign markets received an optional, less powerful IS “200” that came with a 6spd manual, but that transmission couldn’t be used on the IS300 as it couldn’t handle the torque of the 3.0L engine. Buyers had to wait until 2002 when Lexus finally offered a 5spd manual (the W55)
Key Model Year Changes:
Cupholders are revised
Very few notable changes occurred for 2003
The following year (2004) saw minor interior updates
The first gen IS300 was only sold in the U.S between 2001 and 2004
35k original miles
Genuine 5spd manual car (not a conversion)
Intensa Blue Pearl
SF Bay Area car
Regularly serviced at Putnam Lexus
Drives super smooth
Interiors in great shape
Smogged with a clean title
Location: Sunnyvale, California – (more photos below)
*SAE rated from factory. May not reflect current output.
*Performance numbers pulled from either the factory brochure or reputable automotive road tests.
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