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Carr Winery, Santa Barbara, 360 MAGAZINE, Lexus, GS F, Vaughn Lowery

LEXUS GS F

“The Lexus GS F is undeniably one of the most iconic vehicles of the brand’s history! Like a reserved bottle of wine, it ages well.” – 360 MAGAZINE

By Anthony Sovinsky × Vaughn Lowery

The ‘F’ marquee represents the high performance division of vehicles engineered by Lexus. The 2019 Lexus GS F has earned its right through rigorous testing to bear the weight of the ‘F’ stamp of approval. It’s graceful design and superior performance are on par with the BMW M Models and Mercedes-AMG line.

Design

The GS F is only in its third season, yet it’s overall traits are retro while still embodying Lexus’s luxurious appeal. The side profiles are simple – no excess vents or useless lines. At the front, there’s a gradual growth in aggressiveness which begins with fender cut-outs. The spindle grille is accompanied by two massive air ducts which lie beneath each Triple Beam LED headlamps. It has been masterfully carved to enhance aerodynamics with a 0.33 drag coefficient. The buttocks is the defining attribute on this sports sedan – clearly this car can deep squat. Reminiscent of its predecessors, however, this model has chrome quad exhaust pipes (diagonally stacked upon one another). 

Our test model came well-equipped with the 10th Anniversary Package for an additional $5000 USD. It has several unique style upgrades inside and out. Only 100 units were produced in the United States. Exterior refinements include a matte Nebula Gray paint and 19” contrasting BBS 16-spoke wheels. Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires come standard along side of painted blue Brembo calipers and ‘F’ logo puddle lights. 

Up front are a 16-way power adjustable driver and a 5-way adjustable passenger ‘F’ performance race-inspired seats. They encase passengers comfortably and firmly. An ‘F’ Sport steering wheel with racing ergonomics elegantly compliment the cabin. There’s electric blue carbon fiber along the door panels and dash coupled with alcantara door trim and armrest. Futhermore, there’s a F 10th Anniversary Limited medallion affixed just right above the blue shift knob. 

Performance

Unlike its competition, commonly turbocharging and supercharging their vehicles to boast extra power, Lexus decided to implant a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 in the GS. It outputs 467 hp and 389 lb-ft of torque. Although it’s not outpowering it’s German counterparts, it offers a nostalgic feel with balanced performance and predictability. Its force is distributed through an 8-speed automatic transmission that is best experienced in SportS+ mode. One should take advantage of the paddle shifters and row the gears through their more spirited ranges, 4800 RPM and above. 

This car exemplifies it’s athletic prowess on roads which test it’s balance. And, for those of us who don’t have access to a track, windy roads will serve. We drove through LA’s Mulholland Drive to PCH for a Sunday morning jaunt to Carr Winery in Santa Barbara for a tasting. Much to our surprise, the husky 4-door held its ground. The tires stuck around corners with great tenacity and body roll was almost absent. Moreover, the ventilated disc brakes with high friction pads were of great help in approaching turns. In gain, F Sport suspension with Ilachs-sourced shock absorbers kept the ride firm with little rebound in both Track and SLALOM modes. 

Safety

Plenty of features are included to keep drivers as well as passengers safe and sound. Essential characteristics that came in handy are the following: smart stop technology, blind spot monitor with cross traffic alert, all-speed dynamic radar cruise control (for long drives), lane departure alert with steering wheel assist and lane keep assist (are great for driver fatigue). Lastly, Lexus Enform offers assistance if the vehicle is involved in accident or stolen. You can also communicate with an actual representative to send directions straight to the car while in motion. Finally, a car concierge for a sports sedan that confortably seats four.

Technology

As much as we enjoyed listening to the sweet serenade of the exhaust, the audio system is just as satisfying. Our version came with a 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium sound system, with 835 watts of power ($1380 USD). It’s unquestionably one of the most powerful units its segment. In addition, there’s a 12.3-inch infotainment display that can be surfed with an armrest remote. To date, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto are unavailable. However, music can be played from your phone while connected to Bluetooth and/or plugged into the USB port. And, for $900 you can opt for an in color heads-up display (HUD) that offers metrics such as the speed limit, current MPH/KMH and tachometer. 

Conclusion

In short, the standard 2019 Lexus GS F is priced at $84,350 and the 10th Anniversary Edition retails around $93,250. For far less than its challengers, the GS F is an exotic with tons of intuitive amenities. A true head-turner and automotive beast.

For additional information on the LEXUS GS F go HERE.

Lexus, IS 350, F Sport, automotive review, Vaughn Lowery, 360 Magazine

LEXUS IS 350 F SPORT AWD

By Vaughn Lowery

Have you ever driven on the streets and wondered, “Why people purchased this small Lexus?” At first glimpse, it’s unassuming and subtle. But after testing out the 2019 Lexus IS 350 F Sport AWD, we possess an entirely different perspective. At roughly $51,640 USD, this model definitely is a contender for the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series.

DESIGN

The overall skeleton of the model hasn’t changed much in the last 20 years. The silhouette still appears somewhat the same. Of course, the most pronounced new features are the triple beam headlamps with a set of divorced daytime running lamps adjacent to an overly pronounced spindle grill. The front is aggressive and brave which fits in line with Lexus’s new mantra, “To be bold.” Once you stamp F Sport badging onto this vehicle, you get 18″ 5-spoke wheels and an interior which is unique in its class.

Inside, the cabin is quiet and the overall instrument panel dazzles. With the click of a button on the steering wheel, you can see different screens and reports which are mostly up to your customizations. The 10.3 inch infotainment system is sleeker and larger than its precursors. Middle counsel bears an arm control with a mouse-like joystick which allows you to toggle around the menu. The race-inspired front seats are heated and cooled as well as exhibits an F Sport insignia. Multi-adjustable, power front seating, allows the driver to feel more in control of the vehicle. There’s a ton of legroom in front if you push the seats back, only you lose most of the already non-existent legroom in the rear. All in all the car seats 4 comfortably but 2 of the adults shouldn’t be over 5’7. There’s no panoramic roof offered, but the sunroof makes it feel more receptive. Not to cite, the faux suede headliner makes the car feel luxurious. In accession, the analog clock in the center of dash adds a tinge of elegance with functionality.

Technology

Although Lexus Enform allows you to immediately speak with an operator for directions while in motion, there’s still no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Yes, you can split the screen to view music while you watch directions, but it can get quite cumbersome while driving. And, since you want to pay close attention to the road, the dual/triple view can make it tough to focus on the mapped out routes which were programmed for your road trip.

The 10-speaker Premium Sound System adds an element of enjoyment which most models in its it class can’t come near to. So if you love music with heavy bass lines like we do, then this system delivers. In gain, the static Bluetooth capabilities along with Siri Eyes Free should keep you somewhat intuitive in this compact world.

We highly recommend this model for youthful car enthusiasts who reside in overcrowded urban centers. Short wheelbase, parking assist and backup cam makes it easy to fit in small parking places.

Safety

Lexus Safety System+ comes standard on this trim. It offers an array of modifications which will come in handy on extended trips where driver’s fatigue can creep in. On plenty of occasions while in heavy street traffic, the Pedestrian Detection alerted us to be cognizant of jaywalkers which is the norm in NYC. Furthermore, since the car sits low, many cars couldn’t take notice of its small physique, but our Pre-Collision System managed to keep us on our toes while others proved to cut us off. Moreover, while on long distance trips lane departure and steering assists came in handy alongside of radar cruise control. In increase, the Intellingent High Beam headlights work like a charm on the Brooklyn Bridge and inside the Holland Tunnel, providing us with ample light while inside those dark pockets.

Performance

With virtually the same powerplant of the 2020 Toyota Supra, this 3.5L, V6 aspirated engine outputs 311 HP with 280 lb-foot of torque. It may not be as responsive as its predecessor, the 2014 IS which possessed a 5.0L V8, but it unquestionably has its soul. Overall the chassis is nice and has a stiff suspension. In Sport+ Mode, the steering feels stiffest and the exhaust notes are intensified. The AWD adds about 200lbs to the car’s weight, but it’s easily worth it. Particularly, if you like to claw around corners while being planted. With 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined, she’s worth her weight in gold.

In short, the Lexus IS 350 F Sport AWD is quick, nimble and delivers the right curb appeal at the right price. In fact, she’s approximately $10,000 less than a beamer which possesses far less features. Thus, if you’re in the market for a seductive compact sports sedan with a ton of driver intuitive amenities, then look no further.

For all things Lexus IS F Sport AWD go HERE.

Jeff Langlois, Jaguar F Type R Dynamic, 2020, 360 MAGAZINE

Jaguar F-TYPE R-Dynamic

Written by Vaughn Lowery

Photos by Jeff Langlois

Since its inception in 2013, the Jaguar F-Type has been responsible for revolutionizing the sports car industry. With it’s obnoxious exhaust and robust styling, this has come to be one of the most sensual vehicles in the chronicle of the automobile industry.

Design

Reminiscent of an Aston Martin Vantage roadster, this vehicle is sleek and seductive. Caldera red exterior with scarlet red interior. The race-inspired seats cup your derrière with the same type of firmness which NFL players display once a teammate makes a touchdown. Everything along the dashboard is loaded and takes on a minimalist approach to decadence. Contrast stitching intertwined with ambient cabin lighting pushes the driver’s vision. You literally feel like you’re in the cockpit of a fighter jet. LED designer head and tail lamps add a touch of menace to the overall skeleton. 20″ inch wheels on this vehicle’s small frame screams Matchbox hot rod. The infamous R package is badged on the front, sides and back. The skirt, ground effects and active spoiler (which deploys at 70mph) give it an aggressive stance.

Technology

The F Type 10″ infotainment screen is bright and easy to use. With Bluetooth and navigation capabilities, permits the driver to feel even more linked up. 380 watt Meridian stereo system provides a premium sound which mimics an Arclight movie theater experience. Retractable vents on the instrument panel go flush once AC/heating is turned off. The climate control package comes with heated/cooled seats, heated steering wheel and windshield. For 2020, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and front parking sensors are now standard on this manikin.

Safety

With adequate sensors for the driver, lane departure and cruise control keep the vehicle tucked in between the lines of road every bit well as ample space away from vehicles while on extended road trips.

Performance

Behind the wheel of this enthusiast’s ride is a dream come true. The sports seats are outstanding for long distances. The 3.0L supercharged V6 AWD vehicle delivers 380hp and 339lb-ft torque. Agile, responsive and brawny are the best adjectives to describe the overall handling and Powertrain. The steering is accurate and nicely weighted. Of course, the torque vectoring and braking is on par with many of its competitors but nothing to boast about. Let’s face it, if you are seeking a rambunctious roller coaster ride, you may desire to blast out another 50,000 USD for the SVR. And, if you’re in the mood for a manual transmission, then this may not be the sleigh ride for you as it’s no longer offered on this crop.

In short, if you’re in the marketplace for a sybaritic yet sassy vixen that’s just under a 100,000 USD – then this is the car for you. Strong curb appeal, decent gas mileage (mpg: 23 city/30 highway) apace with enough amenities to keep a ‘gadget head’ feigning. The 2020 Jaguar F-Typer R-Dynamic is the benchmark for come-hither coupes, especially with all-wheel drive.

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2020 Range Rover Evoque AWD

By Camila Isopo × Vaughn Lowery

City-dwellers rejoice! You have another compact vehicle to choose from for all of your summer events. Seating five people, the new 2020 range rover evoque AWD is here to fulfill your driverly needs. Right before this compact SUV hits dealers 360 Magazine had the opportunity to test out its functionality in one of the most dense urban areas in America – Los Angeles, California. With its curb appeal, sexy design edits on the new 2020 model – this car will be one of the top contenders within its market segment.


Price: $56,850

Design: 

The new 2020 Range Rover Evoque comes in nolita grey, seoul pearl silver or yulong metallic paint with a black contrast. There’s a massive pillarless and non-retractable moonroof that adds an element of spaciousness in the interior.  The steering wheel is duotone leather. As for the seats, they are 14-way adjustable and also made of leather. The seats come in ebony or cloud. This model stores up to three preferred seating positions in its memory. Branded tread plates and a trim finish are extra details included in this model. Some signature features that drivers can expect are 20 inch “5079” style wheels with dynamic 5 split spoke and a diamond turned finish that includes the land Rover logo in heart.

Tech:

The new interface and infotainment system is more sleek and dynamic than before. Other technological features included in this model design are: premium LED headlights. A touch pro duo feature allows drivers to view something on one screen while using other media as well.

Performance:

This Range Rover model has a 2.0L turbocharged 4-Cylinder Gas Engine. It also has a 9 speed automatic transmission with black gearshift paddles. Drivers have electric assisted steering as well as terrain response and terrain progress control. Hill descent is another available control feature. The mpg is 20 city/27 highway. This model also has 246 horsepower. The torque is 269 lb-ft. When you drive, this rover leaps forward. 

Safety: 

For the safety of the driver and their passengers, perimetric alarm and incontrol protect are included in this model. Of course, airbags are included both in the front and sides of the car. The tires have a  pressure monitoring system. ISOFIX system is included for child seat safety. Some control features are: traction control, dynamic stability control, and roll stability control. The breaking features are: emergency braking, anti-locking braking, and emergency brake assist. When driving, you have a rearview camera as well as lane keep assist and a driver condition monitoring system. 

With off road capabilities, this will become one of the fastest selling SUVs in its segment. Technology meets luxury with this model. Millenials and empty-nesters would do well to purchase this vehicle.

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Range Rover, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery
Range Rover, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery
Range Rover, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery
Range Rover, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery