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LS Hybrid

2019 LS Hybrid: The Rolls-Royce of Lexus

By Yuan Chen × Vaughn Lowery

If you are in the market for an elegant yet bespoke type of vehicle, you definitely should consider the 2019 Lexus LS 500h. As of late, we decided to take this extremely luxurious sedan on a drive around the NYC metropolitan area to rendezvous with our east coast counterparts. Unlike the 2019 Audi A8L, 2019 BMW 740e or 2018 Mercedes-Benz S650, 2019 Lexus LS 500h is a vehicle which is filled with passion, performance and a boat load of technology.

Design

The design team was inspired by traditional Japanese design and culture for the 2019 Lexus LS 500h, offering meticulous craftsmanship with an array of appointments and newly pronounced spindle grille. Outside – the silhouette is sleek and athletic. Inside – the art wood herringbone, ambient lighting and hand pleated trim (reminiscent of origami) makes everyone who enters the cabin feel like Japanese royalty.

“I want those who see the grille to appreciate the design and to wonder at its creation. I want them to be amazed at first glance.”– Lexus Takumi craftsman Yasuhiro Nakashima

It’s astonishing how the company’s master craftspeople were able to fabricate their idea from a single piece of mesh (interlocking L-shaped pieces) into a reality. The complex process of its mouth started with the designer’s pen, and then a computer rendering took it further. But most importantly, the fine-tuning of the final production mold utilized Lexus Takumi craftsman Yasuhiro Nakashima’s highly trained hand. He helped it become more evocative and daring.

Technology

LS Hybrid is loaded with a vast amount of features which are comparable to many top luxury manufacturers such as Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, Lexus Enform Remote, Rear-seat Touchscreen Controls, Satellite radio, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth capability and Remote Touchpad. Additionally, if you enjoy concert hall sound while driving, upgrade to the Mark Levinson Quantum Logic audio system. With this immersive 2400-watt audio package, the LS 500h provides an unprecedented listening experience for every person in the vehicle. This can be attributed to their 16 channels, 23-speaker injected surround system (four in the ceiling speakers and the largest subwoofer the manufacturer has ever used).

Performance

“The car hovers with both sophistication and poise unlike any other. One of the main reasons we fell back in love with Lexus” – Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

The LS 500 was built on the platform of the high-performance LC coupe, the LS 500 features Lexus’s first-ever twin-turbocharged engine. LS 500 has shared the same turbocharged V6 engine with the newest Audi A8L. However, LS 500h has 354hp with 257 lb-ft of torque (achieving 0 to 60 in just 5.1 secs in RWD or 5.2 secs in AWD). After six generations, the purveyors of this prestige hybrid sedan managed to maintain the industry’s leading benchmark in its class. It’s the first multi-stage hybrid luxury sedan and, contains the instinctive feel of a 10-speed automatic transmission, the most responsive and fastest LS Hybrid with a potent 354 valve Atkinson-cycle gas engine alongside of compact dual electric motors. Their lightest and most compact self battery. If you select different drive modes (from ECO to sport) you can transform from a town car into a spunky 4 seat space ship which rockets into action. With a 22.2 gallon tank, this 3.5L 6cyl gas/electric EVT flagship gets up to 25 mpg city/33 mpg highway.

Safety

LS 500h comes with anti-lock brakes and AWD which aids the vehicle’s ability to turn while braking, effortlessly gripping/stopping on most road conditions/terrains. Also, this model comes well-equipped with airbags: front, knee, overhead and seat side impact for the driver and their co-pilot. Another safety feature worth mentioning are the seat belt pretensioners which automatically tighten straps when abruptly coming to a halt.

Have you ever been on a road trip with traffic and consistently worrying about the sudden stops of the front car? There are no more worries when it comes to 2019 Lexus LS 500h. This model contains features like drivers assist, lane departure assist, park assist and the 360 backup camera which will assist you the best while driving on the highway as well as backing up on tiny roads. While driving in Manhattan in bumper to bumper traffic with pedestrians on all sides, tons of sensors and alerts warned us as people/vehicles (within our blind spots) approached the vehicle. The aforementioned came in handy as this vehicle has a longer wheelbase than its predecessor.

Ergonomics/Additional Features

Best of all, the driver’s seat (28-way adjustable) has 7-massage options for both you and the passenger. This is important for driver’s fatigue on long drives and helps circulate the blood in the lower/upper extremities. Even more, the model also has powered operated privacy screens in the back to block out the sun. Moreover, this model allows you to raise higher and lower by the press of a button so that you can avoid unnecessary scraping while driving up steep driveways.

Not to mention, with the executive package the backseats automatically recline when passengers enter (with ottoman). The climate concierge allows for massage features along with heated/cooling, ventilated seats for added comfort. Most of which can be controlled with the rear seat controls. If this doesn’t make you feel like an emperor/empress, we don’t know what will.

In short, the 2019 Lexus LS 500h is a perfect match for someone whom likes to drive and to be driven – a high profile executive, celebrity and/or a member of an elite dynasty. At approximately $107,000, this vehicle will provoke a certain level of importance. Instead of driving to meetings, most likely meetings will be held inside of it. It’s quiet, smooth suspension as well as hospitable yet intuitive tech make it one of the best in it’s class.

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Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine, Vaughn Lowery

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine, Vaughn Lowery

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine, Vaughn Lowery

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine, Vaughn Lowery

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine, Vaughn Lowery

*Photos courtesy of Vaughn Lowery

CULLINAN

CHANGE IS GOOD.

by Vaughn Lowery

As of late, Rolls-Royce invited a slew of journalists and digital influencers from around the globe to test out their newly introduced SUV. Jackson Hole, Wyoming is notably recognized for it’s elite residents and celebrity visitors alike, including Kanye West, Sandra Bullock and Harrison Ford. Yet, this time around the Snow King Resort and one of its steepest slopes had become acquainted with the Cullinan. Not the largest rough diamond found in South Africa in 1905 but the manufacturer’s first-ever sport utility vehicle. Yes, we couldn’t conceive that a Rolls could ever climb a mountain but seeing is believing.

As we ascended to the top with the 6000 lb gem, she started to metamorphose from a stately Caterpillar into bodacious butterfly. We went over unpaved trails and ruts all the way to the summit (8010 ft above sea level) for pastries and coffee. On the way down with merely a switch of a button we descended with ease over gravel and dirt all while being enamored by the Spirit of Ecstacy with her wings throwing caution to the wind.

On the road, we felt every bit of 563 hp (627 lb-ft torque @ 1600 rpm) as we swiveled through the two-lane main road with minimal traffic. Just as graceful as her siblings and as celebrated as the Phantom we witnessed tons of townies gawk at her effortless design and styling. Her grill kept in line with the overall DNA of the brand but its standard 22″ part polished shadow wheels matched her midnight sapphire exterior nicely.

Our deep scarlet red leather interior was enunciated with the usual technology and innovation of their BMW iDrive-inspired infotainment system as seen in the Ghost; however, in the back we had separate seats and access to tablet-like screens which erupted by the touch of a button. Along the back top panels were buttons to dial up or down the 22-speaker bespoke sound system which mimicked an IMAX theater. We bopped around the back in comfort and chit chatted with no outside noise due to their 200 lbs of sound-deadening insulation and privacy glass which lurks behind your head.

Like most automobiles in this segment, her dual-pane sunroof opened up wide enough for you to want to hop up and cleave your head out while screaming all the way to prom. Our model didn’t feature the tailgate retractable seats; but nonetheless this vehicle will most likely end up at some stadium for playoffs with a chilled champagne bottle and scotch in the back middle console with custom etched snifters.

This vehicle’s MSRP is $325,000 but our model tested was approximately $400,000. Is the price worth it? Hell yes! After all, this is the first in its family, which can conform to most terrains and excursions. Go figure, the youngest in its batting order can be used to pick the kids up from school, off-road and be chauffeured to Rihanna’s Annual Diamond Ball. It’s highly probable you may see this truck at a Costco’s as well as Jay-Z and Beyonce’s next On The Run tour. Having said that, this is most decidedly one of Rolls-Royce’s more practical vehicles as it will and can be used on an everyday basis. With its dynamic all-terrain capabilities, safety features and height, you’ll have more command of the road that any of its tribe members.

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Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

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2018 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM

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By Shin Takei × Vaughn Lowery 

July 27, 2017 was an epic day in London.  No it’s not about Brexit or the revival of the Beatles. It’s the introduction of the eighth Rolls Royce Phantom which started in 1925 with the first Phantom. Owned by those who seek extraordinary luxury the Phantom has been labelled the Best Car in the World. The actor, dancer entertainer Fred Astaire owned a Phantom I. Throughout its history those demanding the highest luxury drove a Phantom.

History of Phantom

History of Phantom (1925-2016)

The all-new 2018 Phantom VIII looks magnificent and no one will mistake it for anything but a Rolls Royce. A new sloping radiator grill with chrome strips starting at the top corners and leading back to wrap over the windshield is design cue that harks back to earlier Phantoms. The car is lower than the Phantom VII but looks more substantial and definitely keeps the Rolls Royce DNA.

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The Phantom VIII features an all-aluminum chassis architecture that will be shared by all future models. It gives “A Magic Carpet Ride” for the passengers because it’s lighter, stiffer, quieter and technologically advanced. As you enter the “Suite”, the “Embrace” feature senses your presence and softly closes the door after you. You are then in front of “The Gallery” a full-width art work that can be commissioned that spans the entire dashboard. Of course, there are champagne coolers and crystal flutes and wine chillers and glasses that you can enjoy in your individual suite. The Suite is the chamber of the most luxurious surrounding inside any car and one you would want in your house.

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An all-new 6.75 Liter Twin Turbo V12 powers the Phantom VIII and is quieter and smoother than ever. We have yet to drive or ride in one yet, but we will be reporting on it as soon as we get out hands on one. For more information, visit Rolls Royce Motor Cars Official.

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Introducing the architect behind the new Phantom VIII, Giles Taylor.

Giles Taylor is Director of Design for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars since 2011. The recently launched PHANTOM is his latest addition to the Rolls-Royce family, as well as the unique coachbuild “Sweptail” Phantom present here today on the concept lawn.  


Mr. Taylor brings to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars an exceptional design skills and a comprehensive understanding of British values and heritage that are so crucial to the marque.  He has successfully continued to maintain the outstanding design ethos that has defined Rolls-Royce for more than a century.

Mr. Taylor is a Court Steward of the Guild of Coachmakers of London. Prior to Rolls Royce he worked as a chief designer for Jaguar Cars, England over 14 years where he was responsible for the XK sports and XJ range. He graduated with a Master of Design from the Royal College of Art, London in 1992 and prior to Jaguar he designed for Automobiles Citroën in Paris.  Born 1968 in Somerset, UK. Married with two children. Graduate of Coventry University with a BA (Hons) in Transportation Design and a MDes (RCA) in Vehicle Design from the Royal College of Art.

Career
Seymour-Powell Design 

1989 Student 
Ford Motor Company 

1990 – 92 Sponsor and employer whilst studying at the RCA in London
Citroen Automobiles (PSA)

1992 – 97 Employed as an exterior designer at the Velizy Centre de Creation

Created the original concept for the exterior design of the Citroen Xsara to production – launched in 1996.  Created the original exterior design concept for the Citroen C3. 

Jaguar Cars

1999 – 2003 Design Manager for New XJ Interior

2002 – 2006 Chief Designer for New XK

2005 – 2009 Chief Designer for New XJ
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

April 2011 Head of Exterior Design

June 2012 Design Director