Hit the road Test­ing the new Lexus LS 500

for a car that looks as good as it drives, the lexus ls 500 is our new favourite.

Glamour (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - Words by Wendy Robin­son

STYLE IS EV­ERY­THING Ja­panese crafts­man­ship is tan­ta­mount to cu­rated mas­ter­pieces that can­not be thrown to­gether overnight. The pas­sion of mas­ters at work takes years of an ob­ses­sion to build the per­fect mas­ter­piece. This Ja­panese mar­que prides it­self on the phi­los­o­phy of takumi, a skilled worker who prac­tices trades or hand­craft with in­vis­i­ble pow­ers that makes one deeply moved.

This is the essence of the Lexus LS 500. De­sign that is in­spired by time­less, Ja­panese art forms. Pre­ci­sion, cul­ture, and a phi­los­o­phy of com­fort and hos­pi­tal­ity are reimag­ined through the en­tire de­sign lan­guage of this ve­hi­cle.

TURBO BOOST What makes the LS 500 stand apart from the rest? The twin turbo en­gine paired up with a brand new 10-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. So if you’re in the mood for a per­for­mance-ori­en­tated car, you’ve hit the jack­pot.

Crea­ture Com­forts Many of the de­sign el­e­ments in the in­te­rior are in­spired by Ja­panese art forms. The in­te­rior em­braces the medium of origami in the cre­ation of ex­clu­sive or­na­men­ta­tion and hand-pleated door pan­els. Ad­di­tion­ally, the new front and rear seat de­signs even of­fer spa-level massage func­tions. Com­fort right at the touch of a but­ton.

PEACE OF MIND No need to stress about those long drives any­more. The in-cabin tech­nol­ogy in­cludes a 12.3-inch mul­ti­me­dia screen with rear-seat DVD en­ter­tain­ment, as well as Mark Levin­son 23-speaker QLI Ref­er­ence Sur­round Sound Au­dio Sys­tem.

THE SPECS Econ­omy Fuel ef­fi­ciency is 9.5l/100km. Safety fea­tures Safety is tan­ta­mount in the LS 500 and in­cludes a Sup­ple­men­tal Re­straint Sys­tem (SRS); airbags in the driver, pas­sen­ger, side, knee and cur­tain ar­eas with rear cush­ion­ing; and a Pre-crash Sys­tem which de­tects the risk of an im­pact. Price From R2 141 400 with a sev­enyear/10 500km war­ranty and a full main­te­nance plan.

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