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  1. Rabbers

    ASC button

    Very probably so. The result was to leave the CVT open to criticism of being so bloodless as to call for an injection of synthetic sound. One can only presume that customer research showed Lexus that a significant number of drivers still prefer noise to silence. Fortunately the ASC switch-off option caters for everybody.
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    ASC button

    When Lexus introduced this gimmick on its cars I recall someone suggesting the possible sale as an optional of a more varied soundtrack consisting of your own choice or choices of supercars. I’d be surprised if someone somewhere has not been working on the idea in the forlorn hope of getting an enthusiastic response...
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    ASC button

    Acoustic bling. Worth turning on from time to time if the fancy takes you, especially with bored kiddies on board.
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    High speed cornering

    My RC also came with OEM Sportmaxxes, and although I’m maybe not quite as enthusiastic about them as Chris, they are a good all-round performance tyre. My own preferred tyres for the IS300h in terms of grip and general handling were Pirelli PZeros, which I found marginally better than Michelin Pilots and far superior to Bridgestone Turanzas.
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    High speed cornering

    I can’t recall other reports of high-speed cornering instability over the years, and nor, as a former IS300h owner (though mine had the fatter rear tyres), did I ever experience the problem even when the tyres were coming up for replacement - and probably at speeds higher than you may customarily be aiming for in the U.K. Whatever the case, brand-new rears and relatively worn fronts may well represent a dodgy combination requiring expert advice.
  6. Every morning, before driving off in either direction after reversing out of my front gate, I need to do an upwards-downwards three-point turn on a very steep incline with a low-grip cobbled surface that calls for firm braking. Like my present RC, the IS managed this manoeuvre without undue strain on the brakes and perfectly noiselessly, so I can only echo Peter’s suggestion that you have your pads etc., checked.
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    Amazed with the 300H

    Not having followed this thread for some days I was surprised by the peevish tone of some of the later posts, which is a pity since it was interesting to hear from others who, like me, went from the IS250 to an IS300h. My own decision to buy a 300h (MY2013) after two successive 250s (MYs 2011 and 2008) required little or no analysis when, after setting aside my natural enthusiasm at the prospect of getting a new car, I became objectively convinced in the course of a day-long test-drive that a hybrid - which represented a form of technology then completely unfamiliar to me - was able to perform the duties I normally asked of my 250 just as well or perhaps even better, and certainly more economically in terms of fuel consumption. With direct comparison very much in mind, I focused on roads and situations that called for uninterrupted firm accelerations exemplified, for the most part, by approaches and entries to motorways, fast exits from slow curves etc., many of which were so familiar to me that I could concentrate pretty much undistractedly on how the car was handling and behaving. And, as I was later to confirm with ownership, it quickly became clear that the 300h reached and easily exceeded legal speeds of 110-130kmh from, say, 60-70kmh in an appreciably more linear, seamless and quiet - and therefore, to me, more satisfactory and pleasurable - fashion than the 250. In fact, while waiting for delivery of my 300h over the next few weeks, I found myself falling out of love with the 250, judging the ride to be choppier and too noisy by comparison. And although the shifts were no more perceptible or any less predictable than those of any other good automatic box I had ever experienced, the test-drive of the 300h had obviously given me a taste - which I have never lost - for the e-CVT. Any comparison of how the 250 and 300h perform at speeds higher than, say, 170-180kmh have in recent years been of little more than academic value even in Germany, where increasingly heavy traffic and speed limits on longer and longer stretches of the autobahn network have made them difficult to keep up for any length of time. However, on a few occasions when the opportunity presented itself, I found the 300h easily reached its declared top speed of 210kmh (225kmh shown) in its customary smooth and linear way, and with a well-modulated graduality of response to pedal pressure that was both pleasing and reassuring. It would hold this speed quite steadily and comfortably if required, though I generally (and wisely) preferred to return to a cruising speed of 160kmh or so, which it could keep up all day very happily. As, indeed, could the 250, which, however, had a tendency, with the accelerator floored for what always seemed to me to be an unhealthy length of time, to hesitate at around 190kmh before slowly creeping up, if ever required, towards a top speed of around 225kmh (235kmh shown). At these higher speeds it did not feel as safe as the 300h, an impression not helped by an alarming level of wind noise. That the declared 0-100kmh acceleration figures favoured the 250 (8.2' v. 8.6') held little practical meaning for me since I have rarely felt the temptation to race away from lights or shorten the life of my tyres or unnecessarily slurp petrol. However, the availability of a usually empty stretch of straight road close to where I live enables me to time cars over the 0-1000kmh distance, which I have generally done by moving off for a couple of car-lengths before flooring the accelerator. On a similar number of occasions, each of my IS250s, the 300h and my present RC300h clocked times of one or a maximum of two seconds either side of 29'. The 250 had the best average, maybe by 0.5', but, since I cannot see this as being of any practical significance, I offer it purely for the record.
  8. Rabbers


    Nice car. Would like to own it, especially as it's a lhd version. It looks to be the same item Jaguar were touting around mid-2017 at an asking price of £350K without, however, seeming to have found any takers for this or any other similar conversion from an XK engine base. So, unless Prince H. has actually bought the car rather than merely had it on loan for publicity purposes, I would guess it will go straight back to Jaguar for, now that some demand has been created, future high-class rentals.
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    I couldn't agree more. I don't think I've ever seen a more impressive car from a distance than a Tesla S and then been so disappointed from close up and inside because of the build and materials quality. That Tesla should build a reward for proprietary technology into its prices is more than fair, but it needs to get its quality act together in the face of imminent heavyweight competition, particularly from the Germans. Having said this, I have always been surprised at the numbers in which Scandinavians, in particular, buy the Model S and can only explain it in terms of probable fiscal advantages and genuine collective ecological consciences winning out over personal aesthetic considerations and tastes.
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    Prospective Tesla customers might want to follow the enquiry currently underway in Switzerland into the causes of an accident a few days ago when a Model S burst into flames killing its owner after hitting a motorway guard-rail. Local firefighters initially suggested the fire may have been due to rapid overheating of the lithium-ion batteries (a phenomenon known as "thermal runaway") resulting from the violence of the impact, but have withheld further comment pending more detailed investigation into, for example, whether the car was on autopilot.
  11. I must admit to slight embarrassment upon feeling the need to explain, as politely as I can whenever asked, that the F wing-badges on my RC do not mean that the car is is an RC-F or that I am trying pass it off as one. As a matter of fact, not being fond of an excess of badges in general, mainly because they are superfluous to design lines, I toyed with the idea of having these removed along with the HYBRID skirt-lettering, but finally decided to keep them if only in the interests of OEM originality.
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    Firm accelerator peddle

    Depends how fresh the air was to start with.
  13. Rabbers

    Firm accelerator peddle

    I remember thinking the accelerator pedal felt a bit heavier when I went to a 300h from an IS250, though not to an extent that required leg-strengthening exercises, and thought it may have had something to do with the hybrid set-up. You soon get so used to the relative firmness as to consider it perfectly normal.
  14. I think that Lexus would find it extremely difficult to separately characterise and target prospective GS or ES purchasers in terms of personal needs and tastes, especially in areas such as Europe where the potential volume of sales available to Lexus in this particular segment, as historically evidenced by the GS, is so limited as to make future investments in either car, let alone both, a risky proposition. For Lexus to go with the ES in a 300h version alone may be unadventurous but represents a low-damage option (though it remains to be seen if IS sales will be cannibalised). Any new toys added to the base model as single optionals or within packages in order to broaden attractiveness will be welcome as long as their quality and reliability in respect of equivalents offered by competitors are sufficiently high.
  15. Looks like a straightforward rationalisation of Lexus’ global range whereby the overlap between two products requires one, namely the GS, to be withdrawn. That a 300h ES might be preferred to an IS at parity of trims and generational improvements would purely depend on the customer’s size requirements and willingness to pay for the extra amount of metal.
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    Reversing Camera

    I have always found the reverse camera to be invaluable provided you don't start a manoeuvre without first inspecting your right, left and rear surroundings, especially when these are unfamiliar and/or the surfaces may contain protrusions or drops. I have rarely used any of the alternative diagrams except the one with the X and red horizontal line, which, by simultaneously showing the car's centre in any position and the distance from rear obstacles, provides all the information you usually ever need. Something I have hardly ever used because I find I can effect the manoeuvre quite well and sufficiently quickly without help is the guide for tight parallel kerb-parking between two cars, though I daresay more practice in using this particular aid would probably improve my precision.
  17. That must be true, not that laws and regulations founded on good sense are always easily enforced. Fortunately the days when Mini Mokes were advertised (not wholly inappropriately or uninvitingly but somewhat irresponsibly) with images of scantily-clad barefooted young ladies are long past.
  18. One must sincerely hope so ... but who knows?
  19. Was recently amazed to see a woman with 7+inch stilettos emerging from a 500 Abarth in what I suspected to be a three-pedal version. I thought of asking how she managed heel-and-toe gear-shifts but quickly backed off upon catching sight of her rippling biceps and barbed-wire tats...
  20. Has anyone else come across the following remarkably enthusiastic review, dated 1 December 2017, in trusted reviews.com: 4 ways the Lexus RC300h F Sport is the perfect hybrid for petrolheads? It is not the most in-depth of reviews, and nor can it be classed as "mainstream" motoring press, but, apart from consumption figures (presumably supplied by Lexus) that bear no relation to real-life ones recorded by owners in this Forum, it does paint an accurate enough picture of some of the car's virtues. Perhaps the most striking thing is the absence of comparisons with German marques.
  21. Michael: I'm guessing what you have on order is a special import model since Sirius, Enform and LoJack are not in the specifications of any IS model for Italy (or, as far as I know, any European country). If the importation is through an authorised Lexus dealer, there will be nothing to worry about, but if it is through a third-party importer you will need to check, if you have not done so already, whether the car corresponds to official local specifications as declared and registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles ("Motorizzazione") by Lexus Italia in its capacity as the manufacturer's representative.
  22. Rabbers

    funny occurance

    I can offer a couple of purely non-technical thoughts on the subject. It would have been interesting to know what border the satnav thought you were crossing. Had other functions besides Voice been affected by what seems to have been a momentary glitch, the message you heard would have been accompanied by a gong and the appearance on the display for the flag of the country you were entering, this being a nice little feature of the system, albeit one that is easily missed because the flag will already have disappeared by the time the message ends. When, only one or two decades ago, in-car GPS satnav was less common than today, concerns were occasionally voiced about our willingness to surrender one aspect of our lives to the U.S. Military, which owns and operates the GPS satellites. And indeed, there were occasional reports of system errors, usually of brief duration and connected to computations of distances, which always seemed to occur when the U.S. Air Force was re-programming or re-positioning (or whatever it does) its satellites in preparation for large-scale operations such as missile launches ! Could this have been the case yesterday in relation to Syria? I must add that I would have considered any such thought ridiculous until, some years back, the carillon of bells that greeted my approach to Home as my set destination sounded several times when I was hundreds of km away, only for me to discover, when I switched on a news channel, that the U.S. had started bombing Libya....!!!
  23. I was interested to read posts in the Jag Owner Buys a Lexus thread currently in the IS Forum in which some owners mention that they never use the Voice Command function. The RC I currently drive is my third Lexus with Voice Command, but despite familiarity acquired after a lot of initial perseverance and patience, I still don't use it as often as I feel I should. It works well enough, and certainly offers better safety than manual fiddling in situations that demand maximum concentration on the road. However, even if the number of times it asks me to repeat my commands (with concomitant leaps in my blood pressure) is now much lower as the result of generational improvements and, no doubt, of my having learned to articulate more clearly, my desire to use it remains far from instinctive. And yet, as in the case of other gadgetry that I don't regularly use and might therefore objectively consider unnecessary, I would be reluctant to omit it from the specifications list of my Lexus. This thinking has become more sentimental than logical over time and probably dates from almost two decades ago when the main reason why I first bought a Lexus was the convenient availability of a full-optionals package where most competitors merely offered long lists of expensive separately priced ones.
  24. My own belief, which Lexus clearly does not share (), is that an improved infotainment system would add value across the range, making good cars even better, and, as a result, boost overall saleability and give salesmen and advertising copywriters one more positive element to exploit. In order to quantify what increase in sales might derive from improving the system Lexus would first need to assess how much the performance of the present one counts in any broader list of negative factors that may be preventing some disappointed first-time customers from subsequently remaining loyal to the marque after having passively but wrongly assumed that the good car they were buying had infotainment of matching quality - and I would be willing to bet that the majority of the customers thus being lost fall into the desirable young/high-income category and are little inclined, unlike many of their older more tolerant counterparts, to forgive bad media technology. Incidentally, I recall once reading, I think on a French Lexus owner's forum, that the infotainment system, or maybe just the navigation part of it, is much appreciated by oriental users, especially the Japanese themselves, because what might appear counter-intuitive to us often constitutes a perfectly logical sequence of operations for them. Make of this what you will ....
  25. Yes, it is surprising after so many years of criticism by users and reviewers that Lexus has never seen fit to go to an outside company to have the infotainment system overhauled or even completely redesigned since the know-how appears to be lacking in-house. The right time to do it would have been with the introduction of the 10.3 inch display, but the opportunity has been missed.