I know what you're thinking. Wasn't the Lexus ES300 that Toyota Camry with leather that old people and maybe your mom liked to drive? The answer to that is "no." Well, it's also "yes," but if you really looked closely, you'd see nothing but the sportiest sportster of sports sedans.
The second generation of the Lexus ES is so misunderstood. A truly comfortable, quiet, and solidly-made Japanese speed machine, it was sadly bought by mostly dentists. It was the Acura MDX of its day, if the MDX had the pungent stench of that certain je ne sais quoi of "potential" bubbling up underneath it.
It came with a 185 horsepower V6 known as the 3VZ-FE, with a block made out of cast iron. And all the best things in the world are made out of cast iron. Don't believe me?
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Plus it had 189 pound-feet of torque, which is basically 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR territory, or something not at all close to that.
Plus, it was available with a manual transmission. A five-speed manual transmission, which is more speeds than any pedestrian human being knows what to do with. But when you're doing the sports, with the sportiness, you know exactly what to do with.