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  • Altezza?

    My buddy just loves the altezza and thinks its just the best car ever.

    And im trying to tell him that it's really not that great of a car. In my Fujifast DVD some guy tests a TRD prepped one and says that normally, the car has poor cornering balance.

    Can somebody please help me and give me some pros/cons about this car from a technical point of view?

    PS. chassis code JCE10L, i think :P

  • #2
    I haven't seen that Best Motoring, but Altezzas are suppose to have very good handling, they were made to compete with BMW's 3 series. also on the contrary, the IS300 we have in the States has near 50/50 weight distribution.

    Altezzas use a BEAMS 3S-GE engine, which was used in the late model MR2's. It accelerates smoothly

    I think a reason why someone might say the Altezza might have sluggish balance is the fact that there's a million systems and computers governing the car. I heard the traction control really rags on your fun.

    Altezzas are probably not as refined as a 3 series car, but they're definately pretty cool. A personal favorite.

    Also, Imamura used to drive one in D1 before his FD


    • #3
      The Altezza has very good traction and it rides great. I can tell, because my dad owns a one... And I used to drift it. Despite having no torque at all (in contrast to the US-spec, it has a 1G-FE 2,0 liter six-banger, probably available only here in EU) it's a lot of fun to drift one of these. Swap a latest generation 3S-GE (210 horses - nice one) and upgrade it with a Blitz supercharger for additional 'wheel-spinning' ( ) or some high compression pistons + cams. Dunno if you've seen the "Best Motoring Roaring Vtec" movie (I personally dislike Hondas except NSX, which was the main car in the DVD), but in one race, a 3S-powered Altezza did pretty well hanging on a butt of a Spoon S2000. This car's simply great, and I love it!


      • #4
        thanks for the info folks!