The Lexus Family: Available for Weddings, Christenings, Bar Mitzvahs…..
There will always be a time when you want to look good and then there follows a feeling that you should look like that all the time and want to – so maybe it is time for you to look at a Lexus? And with new ones appearing as of by magic, maybe that time is RIGHT NOW?
It goes without saying that a Lexus, whichever model you choose, features a “high specification that is rich in advanced ‘world-first’ technology and luxury features, combined with precision fit and finish and attention to detail.” (Taking the words right out of my mouth, Mr Lexus!)
LS 600h L
Fully hybrid, the LS 600h only needs to be available in a single trim level, the long-wheelbase L Premier model – anything else would mean that you have a problem choosing which one. Lexus make it easy by making only one available with a 5.0 litre V8 engine delivering 439bhp (327kW), and featuring the widest range of comfort items available on any Lexus including what Lexus call the world’s first ‘climate concierge’ system.
Now, the ‘climate concierge’ system needs a paragraph all of its own. In reality it should be a whole blog article such is its amazing-ness. It’s like something from Bladerunner; it uses infra-red sensors to monitor the facial temperature of each occupant of the car. Imagine that! Personalised heating and cooling using the four zone climate control, seat heaters/coolers and the heated steering wheel – all controlled by the car itself - to make sure that each occupant is supplied with the most comfortable ambient temperature as quickly as possible.
The LS 600h L Premier is also fitted with an Advanced Pre-Crash Safety system with collision avoidance assist. What this does is try to predict any incidents ahead of the vehicle and help the driver avoid them – even down to helping minimise the effects should avoidance not be an option – for vehicle, passengers and pedestrians. And it can also operate at a variety of speeds, in daylight and in darkness.
To help it there is also Lane-Keep Assist and Blind Spot Monitor systems as standard.
Good news obviously for the driver, and the passengers who will probably be too relaxed in the electrically operated reclining rear seats with electric footrests to notice. The passenger in the front will probably be asleep having taken advantage of the power lumbar massage function with remote control.
The LS 460 is available in two trims, the fame-feted Luxury and, for he first time ever in the LS Range, an F Sport.
Both are powered by a 382bhp (285kW) 4.6-litre V8 Dual VVT-i petrol engine that has been brought back into the UK production line in response to customer demand. (Who says that car manufacturers don’t listen to their customers?)
Get ready for your tongue to loll and your jaw to drop. Have a look at this specification for the Luxury.
(Deep breath!) “18-inch alloy wheels, automatic bi-xenon headlamps, LED daytime running lights, leather upholstery, four zone climate control featuring nanoe technology, air-conditioned electrically adjustable front seats (16-way for driver and 14-way for front passengers), Dynamic Illumination System with soft white interior lamps, dynamic instrument panel lighting that moves and changes in intensity in line with vehicle start-up and switch-off, 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system with DVD player, DAB tuner, Bluetooth and USB/Aux ports, Satellite Navigation and on-board entertainment information presented on a 12.3-inch central display – the largest on the market today.” (And rest!)
How can that possibly be beaten? Just how good does all that sound? Now can you dream yourself into the driving seat of one of them?
The answer to the first question of the previous paragraph is actually the LS 460 F Sport; Everything that the LS 460 Luxury has and more. Should I take another deep breath or just let you think what could possibly make that Luxury better? How about 19”F Sport alloys, Brembo brakes, a lateral damping system, a Torsen limited slip differential, and suspension modifications? Maybe a more aggressive front spindle grille and sports styled bumpers, perhaps finished off with a dark cabin finish, perforated leather seats and steering wheel, Lexus scuff plates, aluminium pedals, and an aluminium effect finish on the dashboard?
I think that will do.
Colours and interiors
Yu want impressive colours? You’ve got them! The new LS Luxury and Premier are available in: Arctic Pearl, Sonic Silver, Celestial Black, Mesa Red, Mercury Grey, Atlantic Blue and Obsidian Black, while the F Sport model has a range of seven exterior colours, including the newly available F Sport White.
In the cabin Luxury and Premier models can be specified with Black, Light Grey, Ivory, Topaz Brown or White upholstery. F Sport models have Sport Black upholstery as standard, but can be specified with Sport White. F Sport models feature aluminium dashboard inserts as standard, regardless of interior upholstery.
Now try telling me that you don’t want a Lexus.