Tuesday, 22 May 2012 9:46 AM
The new plug-in Porsche hybrid supercar is possibly the most eco-friendly fun you can have fully clothed, but Lexus is getting in on the act by adding some F Sport action to their RX 450h hybrid SUV.
The F Sport has a new lateral damper system for better handling and ride comfort. This is a similar system to the CT 200h F Sport and it uses a front lateral damper instead of a fixed bracing between the suspension towers. A second damper unit at the back connects each side of the lower back panel. The units are designed like a monotube suspension damper and adjust in line with changes in body rigidity, noise and vibration of their surroundings.
Styling-wise, the RX 450h has a deeper front bumper, mesh on the upper and lower grilles, dark 19-inch alloys, aluminium-effect sports pedals, leather upholstery and steering wheel and black roof lining. It also features head-up display and adaptive LED headlights whereby the light beams flash in line with the direction in which the car is turning.
The other RX 450h models also benefit from spruced-up styling - there's a spindle-shaped grille, a new trademark for Lexus design, now seen on the whole RX 450h range and LF-LC concept car, and soon to be seen on the GS saloon.
Across the range, the equipment levels have been boosted with LED daytime running lights for SE model, DVD player and digital radio for Luxury version and head-up display and tilt/slide sunroof for the top-of-the-line Premier models.
Lexus has also added Selectable Sport drive mode to the full hybrid drive system. This means the driver can select Sport via a switch on the steering wheel and this will modify the throttle and power steering for faster responses and programmes the stability control and traction control so it doesn't intrude quite so much on your driving fun. Selecting Sport also changes the instrument panel to red illumination.
They're on sale now and prices start from £44,495.
By Georgia Lewis
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