...but still the same length! The extra 4" of cabin room is noticeable, and the 27% increase in horsepower makes it entirely more useful, especially for highway driving.
Only trade off's for me were looks....as I think the 451 is more proportional, and I miss the storage cubbies around the steering wheel, I found those very useful.
And the difference in transmission is wonderful... gone is the old herky-jerky manu-matic transmission, and in its place smooth shifting bliss.
I don't really miss the dash shelves, instead this car causes me to keep my cabin cleaner. But I do enjoy the new little drawer that opens up under the console, that's where I keep things now. The older glove box was a little larger, but this drawer makes up for it. And I don't know how I got along without this center armrest.
I actually prefer the new style body over the old 451, a little bit more pronounced hood, and I love my LED tail lights.
About the only complaint on my 453 is this stupid traction control system that kicks in at the most ridiculous times and scares the crap out of me. I bought the car with identical tires front and rear, and I'm sure that's triggering some calculations that throw the TCS on. As soon as these wear down, I'll pick up the correct tires for front and rear and hopefully this problem will go away.