Car And Driver Reviews the Lexus LX 570

Lexus LX 570

Car And Driver has posted a short and sweet review of the Lexus LX 570 which might very well sum up both the good and the bad:

Never has it been more politically incorrect to sing the praises of a passenger vehicle that weighs 6180 pounds, attains observed fuel economy of 14 mpg, and costs $75,465. Poor Toyota. A perfect trifecta of bad timing.

Which is a little embarrassing for us because every C/D editor who drove the new LX570 came back to the office, looked sheepishly at his shoes, then said in a small voice, “Holy crap, I love that thing.”

Drive solo in this behemoth and enviro-conscious citizens give you the stink eye, as if you’ve fired up an unfiltered Camel in the produce section of Whole Foods. Which is a shame because the LX570 may well be the most desirable SUV on the planet.

There’s no doubt that with the current oil crisis plus the economic climate, the LX dips alarmingly into the obscene. The fact that it’s so brilliantly executed certainly confuses the issue, but in all honesty, the LX as it exists now won’t be able to last. (Personally, I’m going to enjoy it for as long as I can.)

Flickr Find: Lexus GS on 360 Forged Mesh Eights

It was only days ago that I posted a Flickr photo, but this new set from 360° Forged photographer William Stern (see previous feature here) is beyond stunning:

Lexus GS on 360 Forged Mesh Eights

Lexus GS on 360 Forged Mesh Eights

The wheels are 360° Forged Mesh Eights, matte black and super. You can see the rest of the set here.

(In fact, this car/wheel combo is right in line with my future car purchase, though I’m planning on the GS hybrid.)

1998 Motorweek Review of the Lexus GS 400

Youtube user bajabusta is back with another round of Lexus clips from Motorweek, this time a review of the then-newly released GS 400:

The last-gen GS is still a great looking car, but this video really demonstrates just how much the LCD screen improved the interior. The inside of the featured test-model doesn’t look much improved over the original LS interior, but add a touchscreen and the difference is astounding:

2000 Lexus GS Interior

That’s a shot of the 2000 2001 GS interior, which looks modern even now, though the tendency nowadays is to have a much more gradual slope.

National Post Comparison: Lexus IS-F vs. Nissan GT-R

Lexus IS-F vs. Nissan GT-R

David Booth, a columnist with Canada’s National Post, has posted up his latest column comparing the Lexus IS-F with the Nissan GT-R, and it’s just as expertly written and to the point as I’ve come to expect:

With the IS-F, you have time to prepare for the acceleration as the big 5.0-litre V8 gathers itself and builds up steam. If the Lexus feels like it’s being pushed out of the way by a 130-kilogram NFL lineman on his way to get a fresh libation from a scantily clad Budweiser girl, the Nissan feels like said Budweiser girl is his girlfriend and he smacked you, full-force, upside the head with a telephone book because he thinks you’re hitting on her.

It’s not that the Lexus is slow. Au contraire; it’s roughly as quick as BMW’s M3, which is plenty quick. It’s just that if you’re going to play with the GT-R, you’d better have one of those new supercharged ZR1 Corvettes or the very latest, 560-hp Lamborghini Murcielago.

The IS-F is as sporty as Lexus can make it without sacrificing one iota of luxury; the GT-R is as luxurious as Nissan can engineer it without sacrificing even a bit of performance. The IS-F is a slightly softer competitor to BMW’s M3; the GT-R is a stiffer, more committed alternative to Porsche’s 911 Turbo.

With both of these cars coming out of Japan and retailing within the same ballpark, it’s inevitable that comparisons be made. However, Booth’s last paragraph there accurately sums up the real competition and keys directly into the bigger picture — the Japanese have reset their eyes on performance, big time.

Flickr Find: Lexus LF-A Roadster Eye Level

Been a while since I featured an image from Flickr, and this photo of the Lexus LF-A by j.hietter is a perfect way to get back on track:

Flickr Find: Lexus LF-A Roadster

The colors are great in this picture, the LF-A just seems to photograph so well, from any angle.