Drive Fast, or Travel in Comfort
Since the day I passed my test I’ve wanted my ride to demonstrate to the world the way I thought I should live – in comfort and style, and at enviable speed. My mother, however, is not Maria Teresa de Filippis, so she tends to ask for details on fuel consumption, and safety features, and a host of other considerations that should arguably dictate my ultimate choice. Unfortunately something always has to give so, over the years, the choice has boiled down to a mutually satisfactory: drive fast or travel in comfort?
Fast is easy to qualify – it’s 0-60 in less than 8 seconds; it’s tight corners and open roads; it’s raw envy as Jeremy Clarkson races yet another dream machine; it’s as close to the legal limit as possible without scaring my loved ones. But comfort is a little harder to determine as that comes with a raft of personal specifications that will vary from individual to individual. For me, visiting the local Lexus dealer was invaluable as I got to see exactly what I would have to sacrifice in order to achieve the perfect personal balance between both and to be honest, it wasn’t much.
Full disclosure: despite the inclement British weather I have a deep-rooted affinity for convertibles. Top down; wind in my hair; every time I get behind the wheel I like to feel as if I’m starring in my very own Bond film, but not for me the Aston DB5 – arguably the most famous cinematic ride – instead I have found that the Lexus IS 250 C fulfills my glamorous fantasies whilst doing an admirable, yet more prosaic, job of getting me from A to B.
With the same 205bhp 2.5-litre petrol V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission as the IS 250 saloon, the convertible boasts a top speed of 140mph and an extensively revised design intended to make sure that all the comfortable trappings are just as efficient when the roof is down. Obviously speed is lost with weight – and the Lexus of my dreams weighs in at 1730kg – but as it offers minimal wind turbulence (with a drag co-efficient of just 0.29 when the roof is in place) and the body has been gifted with a steep windscreen and duck-tail rear that only adds to the model’s aerodynamic capabilities, it’s a barely noticeable reduction.
In terms of comfort, acoustic glass and optimised seals keep wind noise levels admirably low and with the six-way, manually adjustable front seats and touch-sensitive, electrostatic temperature controls provided as standard, and optional leather seats, the comfort factor is nothing short of luxurious. Keeping my mother happy, however, is a 5-star Euro NCAP crash test rating which – if I’m honest – makes the ride a symphony in peace of mind detailing.
Admittedly it’s not the most athletic car in its class, but I have found that the comfort and speed available have a very enjoyable balance in this particular model. All it’s really missing is revolving number plates for when my foot goes down just a little too hard, and an ejector seat for when the maternally concerned commentary from the passenger side gets just a little too loud.
Author Bio:- Kevin Maddox is a freelance journalist and blogger. He recommends Inchcape Lexus Nottingham for a great range of cars. Kevin loves nothing more than driving fast with the top down, in spite of her mother’s voluble lack of appreciation.