Welcome to Newport Beach. Balboa Bay Resort to be exact. The setting was nothing short of a local paradise. The weather was the most pleasant of the entire summer, even if half of mine was spent in Europe!
The center of attention for this 2-day event was the all-new Lexus LS in all it’s glory. There was a sneak peek as well of the new ES, which will have to be explored in a completely different review! For now, all eyes were on the star of the show, the flagship Lexus that has unrivaled fit and finish at a value that makes most cars three times the price seem like a last resort. Whether you’re into the spindle grille design that has been the styling cue for their entire lineup for the last few years, or the feature-rich offerings of the interior, each of the brand’s models give you lots to choose from.
Fit and finish are pristine and classy, with material choices that give you a sense of luxury and performance. Buttons are firm, the steering wheel feels ample, and all of the pieces placed around the cabin are eye-catching. A large infotainment screen controlled by Lexus is still a hotly debated topic in the car world. Many at first don’t take kindly to the use of a touchpad to control everything from the audio to air controls and navigation. It does take a bit of getting used to, but once you’ve gotten familiar with the system, you find yourself feeling more and more comfortable with the engagement. Separate controls for air and music would be ideal, and it will have to be something Lexus may consider down the line. For now, this is the best iteration of the system today.
Presence. Simple matter of styling and execution set on 4 wheels and taking on any road you throw at it. The LS finds any road and gets acquainted immediately. The amount of comfort you find yourself immersed in will leave you speechless. It will make for quite a daily driving machine, if that’s your first need. The newest powerplant is found under the hood of the LS 500. The rear wheels are powered by a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Plenty of power to propel such a big luxury cruiser to the tune of 416 horsepower, and 442 lb-ft of torque to boot. Opting for the hybrid brings the power down to 354 horsepower with a very efficient 28 MPG combined.
The LS has come a long way from its initial release as the LS 400 back in 1989. We are seeing one of the most competitive segments in the car market starting to feel the Lexus effect. The fifth generation is upon us, and the styling and performance are both indicative of what’s to come from the Japanese giant. Are you ready to go for a ride in a car that was made for performance and a lot of luxury? Your vehicle has arrived then. Go see for yourself. www.lexus.com
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