Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mighty Lexus Oozes Luxury

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mighty Lexus Oozes Luxury

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Byline: Bill McCarthy

I HAVE had many cars of all shapes and sizes sitting on my drive, but very few have filled it like the mighty Lexus.

The neighbours looked puzzled when I squeezed the huge beast on to the drive, and then promptly jumped out to get in the back.

The huge all-wheel-drive hybrid V8 is the first of its kind in the world and oozes luxury.

The long wheelbase derivative of this luxury limo is packed with extras and hi-tech gizmos, which is like a leather-clad Aladdin's cave.

These include rear audio controls, seat heating and air-conditioning controls, body heat sensing temperature controls, electric seat controls, fold-out table, massaging reclining seats and a drop down roof-mounted DVD screen.

There is even a button to fold away the front rear passenger seat, so the rear passenger can stretch out.

Statements from the rear seats like, "We could live in this!" are not as crazy as they first sound.

Shiatsu shoulder and back massages, cameras for reversing, heated and air-conditioned seats, keyless car entry and a DVD screen that even tilts to keep off the sun is what pounds 83,000 buys you.

Other hit-tech kit includes self opening and closing boot, self closing doors, and a pre-crash safety system that monitors obstacles in the road and a detection system that checks if the driver is looking ahead at the road.

The interior features masses of cream-coloured hand-stitched leather, bespoke wood panelling (even on the drop down rear table), a stunning 19-speaker Mark Levison sound system and a touch screen satellite navigation system.

The all-wheel-drive hybrid runs off a combination of the V8 engine and a high-powered electric motor that delivers 430bhp and blistering pace.

It clocks the 0-60mph sprint time in just over six seconds and Lexus also claim a 30.4mpg economy and reasonable carbon dioxide emissions of 219g/km.

At low speeds, the car runs off the battery-powered electric motor and then switches to the main engine when picking up speed and under hard acceleration uses both. …

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