LOUD AND PROUD

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Read­ing Corby’s ‘Flat six and out’ col­umn (Wheels, Oc­to­ber 2018) con­firmed for me once again that Stephen is one of the finest au­to­mo­tive journos in Aus­tralia. His shock and dis­ap­point­ment at the “farty and flac­cid and aw­ful” noise em­a­nat­ing from his Cay­man GTS tester struck a res­o­nant chord with me, al­beit for dif­fer­ent rea­sons.

Re­cently I had the priv­i­lege of at­tend­ing a Lexus drive day at Bris­bane’s Lake­side Race­way, where I was turned loose to play with the very best of Lexus’ ‘F’ cars: the RC F, LC 500 and the GS F. All are equipped with the now-en­dan­gered atmo 5.0 litre V8, putting out 351kw and 530Nm.

And boy, are they opera to the ears! Not the un­couth, un­burnt-fuel-emit­ting rum­bling of Amer­i­can ‘mus­cle cars’, nor the thun­der of AMG’S finest. No, these Yamaha-tuned en­gines sing a soft, sonorous lul­laby at low revs, ris­ing to a pow­er­ful Wag­ne­r­ian bel­low when you sink the boot. Say what you like about Lexus, but only those who’ve never driven (or heard a hard-driven) one could knock the noise, or the per­for­mance, of these Ori­en­tal bug­gers. Stu­art Kennedy, Bli Bli, Qld

Ev­ery staffer here adored ‘my’ long-term LC 500 for ex­actly that rea­son (and were so-so about the hy­brid ver­sion). What’s more, I’ve yet to hear a pro­duc­tion car that can give you goose bumps quite like the in­cred­i­ble V10 LFA. – Ed

“Only those who’ve never driven one could knock the noise...”

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