4 Lexus Models That Remind Us of a Steeplechase Horse
Steeplechase is an opportunity to watch magnificent animals explode from a standstill to top speed, zip down a track like lightning bolts and glide gracefully over obstacles for a mile or more. These same sleek animals serve as reliable beasts of burden in different circumstances, engendering our admiration and respect.
We love horses. And we love horsepower.
When we consider automobiles that remind us of horses, the brand that comes to mind is Lexus, whose timeless elegance and dependability are as equine as the Kentucky Derby. A ride in a Lexus, surrounded by cutting-edge technology and wrapped in a cocoon of safety features, conjures the luxury and splendor of riding a thoroughbred through a meadow on a spring day.
Which models from the Lexus bloodline most resemble this spectacular creature? We chose four whose agility, endurance and power are as glorious to behold as a Clydesdale.
1. Lexus LC 500
“The extraordinary LC luxury coup was crafted with the same aerodynamic lines as a racehorse, beautiful and surprisingly agile,” says General Manager, Hendrick Lexus Charleston, Steve Strickland. The LC bursts from the starting gate to 60 miles-per-hour in 4.4 seconds and offers the dynamic handling of a steeplechase horse in tune with the subtle movements and commands of its jockey. Indeed, the advanced climate system of the LC adjusts to the body temperature of its driver like a trusty steed sensing the needs and desires of its knight.
2. Lexus IS 500
The IS 500 F Sport Performance sedan debuted earlier this year and was engineered for exhilaration, the same feeling one has aboard a half-ton racehorse just before the gate opens. The Secretariat of the Lexus line, an IS 500 F Sport Performance oozes performance with its 5.0-liter V8 and 472 horses stashed beneath the hood. The sculpted lines of the IS 500 belie its aggressiveness on the open road and the thrill experienced by entering its cockpit and taking off.
3. Lexus GX 460
Some horses are race horses, some are war horses; the seven-passenger GX SUV is a pack horse. With durable body-on-frame construction and five multi-terrain settings, the GX offers the strength, durability and adventure of a stagecoach team exploring the American West. The GX can tow 6,500 pounds effortlessly, thanks to a Vehicle Stability Control system that reduces sway and adds peace of mind. “While dominating any terrain, cruising in the GX offers Lexus-level luxury, including a 10.3-inch touchscreen and Apple Car Play® integration,” adds Steve Strickland.
4. Lexus LX 600
The all-new, full-size luxury LX 600 stands up tall while navigating whatever Mother Nature lays before it. You ride high in the saddle in an LX, conquering new lands thanks to a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged engine, body-on-frame structure and more rigid rear suspension. But don’t be deceived by its off-road capabilities: you’ll be ensconced in the Lexus luxury you expect inside the cabin, with 19.3-inches of screen access, standard Lexus Interface, and heated and ventilated seats.