WHEN you buy a Mercedes or a BMW or even a Bentley, there is a list of options as long as your arm to ‘individualise’ or ‘personalise’ your car.
But the latest Lexus LS comes with most of those options as standard – as the LS always has – but this time there is one, just one, option.
This is a night view camera system, which cleverly uses infra-red technology to display the area outside the headlight beams at night and warn of impending danger that you can’t see - like the hundreds of cyclists who wear black and ride without lights.
The new range starts from £71,995 for the 460 Luxury, rising to the full hybrid 600h L Premier at £99,495.
Firsts with the new model include the amazing ‘climate concierge’ system, which uses sensors to monitor the facial temperature of each occupant of the car.
It then individually adjusts the climate control, seat heaters/coolers and heated steering wheel to give everyone the most comfortable temperature.
Everything will be of the very best inside – this is a Lexus – so it comes with leather, electric reclining rear seats, automatic bi-xenon headlamps, and electric adjust front seats and steering wheel.
There’s a 19-speaker audio system with DVD, DAB, Bluetooth and USB/Aux ports. Sat Nav, audio and DVD information is displayed on the biggest touch screen yet fitted to any car – no less than 12.3-inches.
Lexus LS 460
Mechanical: 388bhp, 4,608cc, 8cyl petrol engine driving rear wheels via 8-speed automatic gearbox
Max speed: 155mph
0-62mph: 5.5 seconds
Combined mpg: 26
Insurance group: 48
CO2 emissions: 249g/km
BIK rating: 35%
Warranty: 3yrs/ 60,000 miles
Main rival: Mercedes S-Class