Sport Package ($6,185 -- includes Brembo brakes; 19-inch 10-split-spoke forged alloy wheels; 245/45R19 summer tires; sport-tuned air suspension; sport exterior rocker panel extensions, front spoilers and grille; black-and-saddle perforated leather interior trim and matte dark-brown ash burl interior trim; leather armrest; sport front seats; and sport leather-trimmed steering wheel with paddle shifters); Luxury Value Edition Package ($2,780 ? includes voice-activated, hard disk drive navigation system with color LCD display; XM NavTraffic, XM NavWeather and XM Sports & Stocks with 90-day trial subscription; Lexus Insider; Lexus Enform with Destination Assist and eDestination with 1-year trial subscription; Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound Audio System with in-dash six-disc DVD/CD auto-changer; 15-channel amplifier with 7.1-channel surround sound; 19 speakers with 450 watts; and Advanced Parking Guidance System); Comfort Package With Sport ($2,035 ? includes heated steering wheel; climate-comfort front seats with heat/cool knob; heated rear seats; Intuitive Parking Assist front and rear parking sensors; power rear sunshade; power door closers; power rear trunk open/close; and headlamp washers); Premium Floor Mats ($265); Trunk Mat ($95).
Very little technique to improve acceleration times. Doesn't really respond to brake torque -- just wood it and go. "Power" mode does little to improve time. Shifts in "D" come at redline. Minimal wheelspin.
Brake response feels somewhat isolated from pedal input. Distances, however, are respectable for this 4,500-pound machine.
Skid pad: Remarkable balance and feedback at limit. Can easily drive with throttle despite low limits and relatively slow responses. Slalom: Surprisingly, turning stability off actually means "off." Not much to be gained in doing so in the slalom, however. Rear loses grip first and this is a big car to slide at 65 mph.