It’s not often that the husband and I get to drive around in a $100,000 car, but recently thanks to Lexus USA, we had such an opportunity. Although there are a few models that are not quite as much, Lexus provided us with their top of the line model with all the possible extras.
There were only 2 real complaints the entire week we drove this amazing car.
#1. Neither my husband nor I are fans of Lexus’s Infotainment/Navigation system. It may work better if we put in the time to really know all the in’s and out’s of how it works, but it just doesn’t feel intuitive after using the Android Auto system that seems much more user friendly and integrates with Google Maps and all Google can offer.
#2. I am not a fan of how low and difficult to get in and out of the car it is. I know, I know, its a sports car. So really, this is by no means the cars fault, its simply my preference. The nubby on the other hand didn’t mind and more than loved his drive time in the car.
The car is heavy for a small car, and that works in its favor when it comes to handling and how it feels on the road. It comes in just shy of 4400 pounds with the performance package. Adding to the feel and performance as well as the overall gorgeous look is the huge 21 inch forged aluminum wheels that come with Michelin Pilot Super Sport run-flat tires. Lexus tried to offset a little weight with the sexy carbon fiber weave sun roof. It didn’t open which I was a little disappointed in while we were driving along the beach in Palos Verdes, but it does let in the light which is certainly nice.
As far as performance, the hubby was pleased. He was a little upset that he had recently broken his arm and was still healing, so it just wasn’t safe to use the auto stick or paddle transmission options that were calling out to him. He also, didn’t get a chance to feel out the curves like he really would have liked to because without 2 strong hands, a car this powerful definitely needs two strong hands to control. The car comes in multiple drive settings to select from ( Eco, Comfort, Normal, Custom, Sport, and Sport+) and although he did try each one, as I said, with his arm, he didn’t really get to drive it like I am sure the engineers built it to be driven. The road felt almost not there most of the time and except for an occasional pot hole or bump. you really don’t feel like you are in a low sports car. It feels smooth like a luxury sedan. Kudos to Lexus for this engineering feat. With 471 horsepower and a 4.4-second 0-to-60 time, the most powerful Lexus V8 ever built is also one of the most powerful naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engines in the world. You will have no doubt about the power under your hood when driving this baby.
Lastly, when it comes to looks, this car is a beast! It looks as fast as it is and is as sexy inside as it is outside. I have never had so many people stop and stare at the car I was in or compliment me of the car. Of course, never once did I say, "its not mine". I simply smiled from ear to ear and said "thanks". The full leather interior (although as I said felt a little small for me) pleased the hubby very much. He said the seats were very comfortable, even on the drive from Vegas to L.A. which usually troubles his back. Not a complaint from him this time. He also commented on how he felt like he was in a cockpit and how it made him feel more in control, especially around corners and when changing lanes at higher highway speeds. He said it simply was a pleasure to drive.
Overall, even given my preference feelings about sports cars being so low and all, the ride in the car was amazing and I more than enjoyed my time in it as a passenger. Should you be in the market for a car in this price range or type. I couldn't give it a much higher recommendation. Other than the learning curve with the Lexus Infotainment system and joystick/pad feature, I really don't have anything to complain about. The combined rating from the Hubby and I for this car comes in at an amazingly high 9.8. Lexus has made a near perfect sports car and forever will have our respect.
So, now is your chance to comment and tell me what you think about this amazing automobile. Have you driven one? Do you own one? Will you run out and buy one now? If you do, let me know and come back and give me a ride, because I want MORE! See you online loves!