TRACK NOTES

Autocar - - ROAD TEST -

Al­though the LS’S han­dling is flat, flu­ent and rel­a­tively agile at road speeds, its dy­namic flair doesn’t sur­vive in­def­i­nitely when it’s driven quickly on a road as test­ing as the Mill­brook Hill Route. For a big lux­ury saloon, that’s no great crit­i­cism; we’d ex­pect the poise and han­dling ac­cu­racy of an Audi A8 or Mercedes S-class to de­te­ri­o­rate in a very sim­i­lar way, al­though a BMW 7-Se­ries or a Jaguar XJ might stand the test a bit better.

The LS can carry plenty of speed through cor­ners and stays bal­anced, flat and on line un­til you’re push­ing harder than you ever would in such a big car on the public road. When the han­dling pre­ci­sion fades, the car stays fun­da­men­tally sta­ble, slip­ping from the front axle first, but it can run wide quite quickly if you’re too am­bi­tious with your cor­ner­ing speed. Luck­ily, the pow­er­train isn’t likely to en­cour­age you to pour on speed too quickly as you pass an apex.

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