The Lexus LFA

A week in the life of an auto journalist: high speed fun

Day two of my exciting week of travel began this morning at 6am when I headed downstairs to breakfast with my fellow auto writers and the people from Lexus.

By the way, I found that this current event is not embargoed so while I wont get into much detail, this event was to introduce the new Lexus GS350, GS350 F Sport and GS450h to the media. The weather was amazing - perfectly clear and 73 degrees - a great day for racing.

After breakfast, we all loaded into an array of limo busses and headed out to Las Vegas Motor Speedway where we were briefed on the new models and what we would be doing during the course of our day. After listening to the highlights about the new models, we headed back to the shuttles where I was taken to my first module of the day - a timed autocross session with the new Lexus GS350 with the luxury package. These models were fitted with all wheel drive and the Lexus Sport/Sport+ performance modes; and while the autocross course was fairly short it allowed us to get a great feel for just how well these roomy sedans handled themselves in a performance venue. We began by making a prep lap at low speed but after that, we were free to really unleash the new Lexus GS350 with a target time of 34.99 which was set by one of the professional drivers on hand to assist us. My first wide open lap brought about a disappointing 36.78 but I was able to improve on my second lap with a time of 35.38. That time was slower than the best times turned in by the professional drivers but I that time ranked me above many of the other writers on hand.

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