The quiet achiever

It’s a con­fi­dent buy. And it shows you’re a con­fi­dent buyer

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - PRESTIGE -

QUITE big. Quite quick. And quite . . . er, quiet.

In short, a Lexus limo, the lat­est ver­sion of the LS, the one that in 1989 started the whole Toy­ota lux­ury kick.

The mas­sive ap­pari­tion you see here is the 600h (hy­brid) F Sport. It’s a V8 limo with sporty pose; an ex­ec­u­tive ex­press with hatch­back fuel econ­omy. If an un­likely syn­the­sis, it is cer­tainly its own thing, a state­ment of in­di­vid­u­al­ity in a cor­po­rate car park full of dark, brood­ing Ger­man uber sedans and SUVs.


As ever, a com­par­i­son with any­thing roughly equiv­a­lent from Ger­many is no com­par­i­son at all. The $218K sticker buys the lot, fix­tures and fit­tings that would run the length of this page and to some 50 grand in op­tions when of­fered in a ri­val com­pany’s car.

It’s a ques­tion of dar­ing to be, if not rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent, then less pre­dictable. If you need some­thing more solid to swing about with the boys, you can point to the huge spec sheet.

There’s a yet big­ger, long wheel­base, one that pre­sum­ably comes with a non-op­tional grav­i­ta­tional field.


It’s all-per­vad­ing, from the dual in­jec­tion, elec­tric bat­tery en­hanced V8 through the vari­able sus­pen­sion into the quiet cabin with soft cowhide coated mouse to nav­i­gate the mul­ti­me­dia sys­tem.

Tac­itly con­ced­ing the LS’s rep for wal­low­ing like a rud­der­less air­craft car­rier in heavy seas, Lexus makes much

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