|Lexus LC, starting at $92,950. I'll take one in red please! 471 Horse Power, Top speed 168mph, compression ratio 12.3:1, it'll haul your groceries!|
Sure, I know what you're thinking. The NMS guys usually write about their Miata, FIAT, BMW, Toyota, and other random bits of automotive stuff, but when are they going to go test drive some new cars they can't afford? Well, the answer is NOW! To better serve the public, or our readers, or just to fill the Internet with some more useless collections of letters and photos, NMS-North signed up for both the Cadillac Truth + Dare driving experience, and the Lexus Driving Tour. Both events were held at the spacious parking lots of Citi Field, home of the not-so-Amazin' Mets.
First off, since it's summer, I'm happy to report that unlike the BMW event that was scheduled last November at Citi Field, these events were not cancelled due to 6 inches of snow! Also, unlike one of the similar Ford events NMS attended at Charlotte Motor Speedway, it was not limited due to lots of rain. Unlike the Jaguar event we visited, there were no Jaguars to drive, just Cadillacs and Lexus vehicles. Or is it Lexi? Lexuses? Whatever, this is a car blog, not a grammar convention.
We much preferred the Lexus vehicles over the Cadillacs, here's why: We didn't go to the Cadillac event! I had good intentions, but the day of the event was right after a long stretch at work over 2+ weeks, I had a cold, and needed a day off. Honest, the sun was in my eyes, a train got in the way, I lost my license, the sun blacked out, there was a hurricane, and the dog ate my homework!
So seriously, the Lexus event was a ton of fun, and it's ALWAYS fun to drive someone else's car, especially if it's brand new and they keep telling you to go faster! Here's the photo-story:
|One quick Saturday morning drive to Citi Field, park right next to|
the stadium, and away we go!
|At the end of the event I filled out a customer survey, and|
it asked what my primary car was. FIAT was not one of the
choices, and there was no place to write in another brand, so
I just listed my wife's Camry, keeping it in the Toyota family.
|Hmm, life is full of choices, go left to drive Lexus, or go|
right to the clubhouse. I always wanted to be a baseball player!
|Mets Hall of Famers|
|and a tribute to Jackie Robinson|
|Signed in, and the Lexus people had good coffee. They also had|
hot water for tea drinkers, decaf, and plenty of milk products to add
if you like that sort of thing.
|So we're hanging out with the first driving group of the day, in the|
Mets stadium, drinking our free coffee and this fashionable
|A quick peek from the room where we saw an introductory video|
gives a quick view of the field.
|Walked out here from the stadium, and we're about to start driving in the|
first of four different stations.
|We took on the city drive, and got to experience the ES and LS models|
by driving a big loop around the stadium, on real NYC streets. If you visit
Citi Field, be sure to check out the tons of car repair shops just east of the stadium.
|I drove an ES, it was very nice, definitely higher on the luxury scale|
than our Camry and starts up around $40,000!
Then I rode in the LS, and it was very very nice, more like $75,000 and up.
|Driving cars around Queens, elevated train tracks in the background|
for the mass transit fans.
|Viewed from inside the LS, that's an ES in front of us.|
|Enough of driving normal cars, now on to the LC. a V8 two door.|
|The LC drive will be in the parking lot on a little autocross course.|
|Adam Andretti explains what we're going to do. His dad is Mario's twin brother.|
|The red LS looked nice.|
|The LC goes 0-60 in 4.4 seconds they told us.|
|Some drivers ahead of me are swapping places. Each of these|
cars had a phone mounted in it to shoot video of the driver. I'll
post that in the blog down below.
|From the staging area, there were white Lexus cones marking where|
to park before driving onto the course, and this driver managed to run
over a cone before they even really got going.
|Having driven an autocross or two over the years, I had to take|
a photo of these white Lexus cones, since they aren't orange!
|On to the next event driving some SUVs.|
|I drove a hybrid on this very tight course. This was not for|
speed, so they wanted us to feel the handling and small turning
radius. Hybrids still surprise me when they are so quiet.
|Lexus RC F|
|They explained that the huge Lexus grill is a tribute to the|
founding of the Lexus company long ago as a weaver or some
type of business that used spindles, so the grill is a spindle shape.
There's more to the story, but I'm still not a big fan.
|Another LC on display, this one had the trunk and hood open so you could|
check it out. Hope you like the grill more than me.
|You can see the design is built to be aerodynamic, and it does look|
very cool. The LC was a concept car at first, but they Lexus people
said let's build this thing!
|The trunk is popped open, so the fit is better than this.|
|I really liked driving this beast, and got a little sideways on the autocross course.|
|For each of the driving events we were on our own. No real|
driving instruction, no Lexus rep in the car, just get in there
and see if you like it! On the auto backup braking SUV, the Lexus
guy was just talking to me with my window down.
|Like most cars, the LC has this gigantic plastic cover over the engine.|
One cool feature was the rubber covers over the shocks, which pop right
off and then you can easily adjust your shocks I bet.
|Let's see, these things start at about $97,000...|
AND NOW, OUR FEATURE PRESENTATION...
The LC autocross had a camera shooting some still photos, and then through the magic of technology the Lexus folks zapped me this video, with some other footage from an LC somewhere else mixed in with my ugly mug. As a customer experience, I really enjoyed it, fully realizing that they are in business to make money selling their cars. Hey, I like driving other people's new cars for free, so everyone's a winner! If you want to spend some money and drive more Lexus cars on a real track that rhymes with Laguna Seca, see your Lexus dealer or Google it, and for just under a thousand bucks you can go have an awesome day on a world famous track!
HERE'S THE VIDEO...