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  1. Therefore, I'm saying my NX has 362 BHP (154hp + 141hp + 67hp). I'd be wrong - and it will be the worlds slowest 362BHP car - but its going by the same math as what McLaren use lol here is how it works - EV output is limited by battery size. Bigger the battery, bigger the possible output. Since NX300h is not a plugin, it has smaller battery, so output is lower. Lexus puts larger motors so they can recover more energy, faster.... recovery is very important since you can only use what you can recover. This is why in real life, Lexus/Toyota hybrids have much better mpg than VW ones for instance, which have much smaller electric motors for recovering. So McLaren is a plugin hybrid, with lion battery. Which means it has much bigger battery and can output a lot more power. Thats all fine and dandy - problem comes when you are out of plugin range and you have to count on recovery to power the car, which likely means that once out of plugin power (which is 20-30km of EV range), McLaren loses some 120hp and its fuel consumption goes through the roof. But you wont see any journalist talk about real life mpg or what happens when plugin power is out. They all quote "false" official info that doesnt point out that the car spends most of the test in electric mode that does not spend any fuel. So basically, all the data on McLaren and other similar performance plugin hybrids is valid only for first 30km of your drive... after that, it all goes downhill.
  2. Hybrids are cheaper to service than conventional cars... for instances brakes last a lot longer, engine as well.... hybrid part of drivetrain is bulletproof, so no problems like IS220d for instance. As to the color... thats why i would get red interior :-)
  3. looks great, happy for you... I think part of the confusion is that these model designations are just marketing designations - they have various factory options which local Lexus distributor makes standard or not based on their own goals and plans. So "F-Sport" in UK, Germany and Sweden might be 3 different specifications with same name.
  4. if there is no S+, it isnt there... if you are happy with suspension now, then great... as usual, AVS is extra maintainance item down the 100,000-150,000 mile road.
  5. S+ in gear selector means you are manually changing gears, they call that Sport + mode.
  6. Ian - what i remember for instance, was Autocar or AE review of Honda Accord... they said wonderful car but short of best german cars... they pointed out the boot not covered as one of the big cost cutting moves from Honda - while none of the 3 series have it covered for quite a while. On the other side, then you get American reviews... they dont have any allegiance but generally they like BMW better because it has always been the sportiest. Now for both GS and IS, American reviews say Lexus has better handling and better interior than Germans and GS and IS win most tests in the class these days. It is night and day difference. I was trying to "sell" an F30 to my best buddy since the press crowned it as the best car ever built. It is certainly better than Passat CC he has right now, or so I thought. Then we go in, and ... disappointment - interior is pretty cheap unless you add everything to it (and who does that?), in fact, Passat CC probably has nicer interior than base/mid F30... then quality wise - i tried 7-8 F30's on the lot and all of them had at least one door thats hard to close... you literally had to slam the door. According to BMW forums, this is "normal" and it takes 12 months for seals to settle... what? Big disappointment. You never read this in any review and then I saw in Autocar, long term car, reviewer said that for some reason he has to slam to door very hard for them to close and which constantly makes everyone look at him as if he is crazy. In general, F30 felt like any other car in non-premium class, except for the badge... and they were discounting it heavily (we did like F10 btw). When it comes to mpg, even I bought it - 320 ED gets amazing MPG according to press, barely spends any fuel at all - apperantly spends less fuel than city cars, and IS300h doesnt... then they test them and strange thing happens - IS300h is better. What? These days I read UK press to laugh - no matter what the review says.
  7. i didnt talk about the boot lid only, but complete car... for instance BMW doesnt have boot covered from the inside... So just because Lexus used Aluminium on the boot doesnt mean that it has worse interior - I know that in UK press Germans automatically have everything better than Lexus. Like every review of GS said that it has great interior but of course not quite Audi level - on the other side, most people who sat in both know GS has higher quality interior... same goes for IS300h... it automatically has worse everything than Germans - like every review mentioned good mpg but worse than diesels ("of course"), and then AE tests them all and IS300h has better mpg :-).
  8. old boot lid was so heavy you didnt have to touch it to close... i hate it as every touch on the boot lid ends up slamming it. Not sure about Germans, because all of their interiors are worse than 3IS and on BMW you cant properly close doors, let alone the boot.
  9. i think healing will work on small scratches and swirls but chips probably not... might be stronger than regular paint though.
  10. Thank you, that's very helpful. Is it something you have to turn on, or if you have it you have it? And if it's a factory fit option, how do you know that you have it (particularly if it's "on" all the time)? Hope this makes sense it is always on, you can set several settings including Sport+ and thats how you know you have it. Basically US reviews between 335i and IS 350 with AVS said that BMW crashes through pot holes while IS goes over them properly. This is due to AVS adjusting to the road conditions properly. In fact, it is opposite of how older BMW's and Lexus's worked, where BMW was famous for its composed handling and Lexus wasnt... now tables have turned. Very interesting, thanks again. I read somewhere that is was some early reviews of the 300 which were a bit critical of the ride that led to Lexus including it on UK F Sports that have the Nav option. How true or not that is I have no idea, and it won't be until I take delivery on the 1st that I can be sure one way or the other. it is hard to take UK reviews seriously as they are not being serious... all of them said that IS300h gets worse mpg than all of the german diesels and then AE tests them all and gets best mpg in IS300h. http://www.caranddriver.com/comparisons/2014-lexus-is350-f-sport-page-4 I am willing to bet anything that you will not see this being written in any UK review :-)
  11. Thank you, that's very helpful. Is it something you have to turn on, or if you have it you have it? And if it's a factory fit option, how do you know that you have it (particularly if it's "on" all the time)? Hope this makes sense it is always on, you can set several settings including Sport+ and thats how you know you have it. Basically US reviews between 335i and IS 350 with AVS said that BMW crashes through pot holes while IS goes over them properly. This is due to AVS adjusting to the road conditions properly. In fact, it is opposite of how older BMW's and Lexus's worked, where BMW was famous for its composed handling and Lexus wasnt... now tables have turned.
  12. AVS is Adaptive Variable Suspension. Internally, it has 9 different settings that it can change based on road conditions, they can be changed several times a second and thats how you get firmer suspension that handles pot holes and rough roads better than softer one. It is definitely something you want to have in your car.
  13. red will probably have better resale than black as it looks great and is quite special in Lexus lineup... different colored interior may have worse resale only if it is done bad.... but if i buy used IS300h few years down the line, i will make sure that I get red interior.
  14. so what does that 3 year plan offer in terms of servicing? Seems a lot more expensive than here in Eastern Europe. When it comes to hybrids and cheaper servicing, it is further down the line than 3 years - for instance brakes wont need to be changed nearly as often but they are not including brakes in 3yr offer anyway.
  15. you have 2 USB ports for the music, you can put a lot of music there.