Lexus does not shy away from bold styling these days, which we at Goodwood are thankful for, as are those customers looking for something a little different than a German coupe. There are curves, swoops, gullies, vents, flicks, sculpted bodywork and headlamps cut mercilessly in half by more bodywork. A long bonnet has at its nose the now familiar Lexus family “spindle” grille while the short rear overhang is dominated by side vents and crazy taillights protruding out from the metal.
Our test car sported F Sport trim, which means badges, 19in wheels and LED headlights in the styling stakes. Inside, a handsome dark red leather covering the four seats contrasts nicely with the F Sport white exterior paint. The trim level includes scuff plates, a special steering wheel and aluminium sports pedals. The steering wheel sports gearchange paddles to complement the eight-speed automatic gearbox. There’s a infotainment screen controlled by a touchpad between the seats as well as buttons on the steering wheel; press the menu function button on the wheel and the central dial housing the speedo and revs slides to the right to reveal a digital screen with all functions on it. A lovely, idiosyncratic touch by Lexus. There’s also everything you’d expect from a premium car: rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth, aluminium trim, a rear parking camera, dual-zone climate control and heated, electrically adjustable seats.