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The gentleman's gentleman...

Summary: Robin Amlot experiences the (mostly) impeccable manners of the Lexus LS460 F Sport

This is not a boy racer's car but it is a car that will quite easily give boy racers a surprise! The Lexus LS460 F Sport struck me as a gentleman's gentlemen. The Jeeves, if you will, to my internal Bertie Wooster - well-mannered, impeccable sense of timing and knowing all the answers.

One of the hallmarks of the Lexus brand has always been the quiet ride. With refreshed bodywork for this model year, the drag coefficient has been reduced yet further and that makes the ride all the quieter. So you can have a calm commute or turn up the sound on the 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system and feel like the orchestra is all around you.

I choose the word 'orchestra' advisedly. I began by saying this is not a boy racer's car. It isn't. It doesn't snarl, it doesn't roar but it does have the muscle tone. Put your foot down and, as with all gentlemen's gentleman, it gets your attention with a polite clearing of the throat before leaving said annoying young boy racers behind as it accelerates.

Another way in which this is not a boy racer's car is that it is designed to appeal to people who actually have friends that may wish to join you for the journey. To put it another way, there is, in fact, a reasonable amount of leg-room in the back and a rear seat that is much more than a leather- covered bench. Further, there is a decent- sized boot (trunk for those who speak American English).

The ride remains impeccable. The Lexus is built for comfort, living up to the brand's reputation for quality and sensible luxury, and that is reflected in the cabin but I do have one complaint and I know for a fact that I am not alone in this issue. The car's large LCD screen is good and well- positioned but its control, oh boy. Why Lexus switched from a touch screen to the 'Lexus Remote Touch' (it's a joystick) is beyond me. I just could not come to terms with it, regularly overshooting the screen I wanted and then attempting to look down at the control - don't try this, really don't try it! Operating the joystick was easier while stationary but I really don't want to have to pull over every time I switch from one screen mode to another.

And it's not just me... I checked with other reviewers around the world. Some of the comments include: 'I hate it', 'navigating its systems... can be a chore', 'my least favourite infotainment input device' and 'only the presence of secondary controls for some functions saves the joystick from being a complete disaster'.

It may just be us and if you think I am obsessing over this particular issue you may also be right. This is a smooth-riding, comfortable, powerful and good-looking car. The LCD screen is great but I would have to say make sure you set it where you want it for the journey before you leave. In all other respects this is a luxury sedan that will satisfy on looks, interior finish, quality and reputation.

" Lexus LS460 F Sport struck me as a gentleman's gentlemen. The Jeeves, if you will, to my internal Bertie Wooster - well-mannered, impeccable sense of timing and knowing all the answers"

LEXUS LS460 F SPORT

Price: AED 395,000

Engine: 4.6l V8, Four Cam 32 Valve, D-4S

0-100 km/h: 5.7 seconds

Top Speed: 250 km/h

Maximum Torque: 50.3kg-m/4100 rpm

Fuel consumption: Combined 10.7l/100km

With thanks to Al-Futtaim Motors, the exclusive distributors of Lexus in the UAE.

www.lexus.ae

www.alfuttaimmotors.ae

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