It's hard not to like the TL models and this one is no different however for almost the same money the competition is still a step above in my opinion and the article was dead on when they made mention of the is350 and BMW 335i. The performance specs on that new beamer is unbelievable for the price and will put many cars to shame!
Yea..Have you heard about the IS500???
Looks the same to me but they say it has better performance.
im sure it will be $$$
I don't think they will do that since it will cut into their RL sales. From what I understand its a decent AWD system but by giving the TL typeS that its just a RL w/ a diffrent body.Acura should have done thier "Super SH Handling" package with it, if it has a decent 4WD system I would look at it further....
What RL sales? The RL is a misbegotten joke of a car. The TL looks better, drives better, and is roomier. The Type-S trim is almost perfection (the middle of the lower front fascia should have extended the grillework full width). I am relieved they didn't add AWD to it, though. I like to feel the road.
Anyway, pricewise, the Lexus and the BMW aren't even competitive. The Type-S is VERY well equipped, forcing the Lexus into a $9000 options package to compete (and no manual transmission flunks it). You're mid-to-upper 40's versus $38,995. A comparably equipped 335i is almost $46,000. They're in a different class. Their compact size is also far less roomy for passengers and cargo than the mid-size Acura TL
The Infiniti can't be optioned the same, the closest is about $1000 less without satellite radio. I have not sat in the new G35 to compare interior room or ambience. However, you can at least keep these two as competitors within the bounds of reason.
The Type-S would have been better with one addition and one subtraction: add a folding rear seat and subtract the navigation from the standard equipment list. These two items, and I would have seriously done financial suicide and gunned for it.
I probably will go out to drive it, even though the money isn't there for me.