TO BE FAIR, the what exactly warrants an FSP badge? The IS500 has shown that it's too soft to be a true F product hence it's FSP, what makes the RX500h FSP any different?That's the point. Fast enough for RX buyers, but not enough for it to warrant an FSP badge.
Competitors' base model outperformed the "performance" version of yours.
TO BE FAIR, the what exactly warrants an FSP badge? The IS500 has shown that it's too soft to be a true F product hence it's FSP, what makes the RX500h FSP any different?
It’s not the sportiest of things - even the faster RX500h is more an athletic take on the RX formula than a genuinely fast vehicle - but the RX is calm, serene, efficient and priced well in context of the rest of the segment. If cruising is a priority then the RX is worth a look.
Lol you have missed the point of what the RX is. That is why you are making this argument. If Lexus wanted the RX to compete with the cars you have mentioned the base version will not be FWD. The RX and the ES has a secret that other car manufacturers are yet to have figured out it's why they are always best selling in their category most of the time. That secret is that they exist in within a category but don't directly compete, they are in their own special category. Expecting the same level of performance in the RX500 and the IS500 makes zero sense. The FSP badge is for increased performance when compared to regular F sport but not to F level of performance. Does the RX500 achieve that goal yes.IS500 was much closer to m340i in all performance metrics, despite its outdated tech and interior.
RX500h FSP was in no way, shape or form, came close to competitors' base model, let alone their performance versions.
RX500h >> L4 + hybrid, 0-60 in 5.9
IS500 >> V8, 0-60 in 4.4
Can you make sense of both belonging to the same "FSP tier"? Clearly I can't 😁.
Right. The RX invented its category and has done quite well with it for 25 years now. It's not a street racer, and it arguably shouldn't be.The RX and the ES has a secret that other car manufacturers are yet to have figured out it's why they are always best selling in their category most of the time. That secret is that they exist in within a category but don't directly compete, they are in their own special category.
Wishing future Lexus vehicles will handle more dynamically. Would moving to RWD-bias help significantly or is it just the way suspension tuning is done over at Lexus that keeps it comfy but not as engaging?
Tested: 2023 Lexus RX500h F Sport Performance Is Speedy, Not Sporty
The fifth-generation RX gets the F Sport Performance treatment, but its dynamic performance is largely one-dimensional.
The fifth-generation RX gets the F Sport Performance treatment, but its dynamic performance is largely one-dimensional.www.caranddriver.com
What is FSP?Just get the base model, since that's what most buyers are interested in. RX (in traditional sense) is all about stress-free driving, low-running costs, and relatively good ride comfort. For its asking price (FSP), I'd rather get rear-biased German trio. Don't get me wrong - it's still a very decent car if you can look past the fact that it's at "FSP tier", but with that price to performance - it's certainly a no go.
What is FSP?
My wife wants a SUV/CUV eventually and I'd like for it to be a BEV though I do read with interest all these tests on Lexus vehicles to keep informed of any improvements in handling dynamics. I guess 4DIRECT is a step in the right direction but still leaves me wanting more.
The below article talks about traction control improvements over the years, it doesn't even talk about torque vectoring, which is at least one level up.
With all the issues with the Taycan, a hard pass on VAG BEVs lol. Not worth the entry price and experience haha.F Sport Performance.
There's only so much you can do to improve handling with software (Direct4). That's why most competitors are using rear-drive platform (for ICE at least). Less understeer, grips better, better weight distribution.
For BEV, perhaps wait for Macan EV?