After last winter slipping about I changed car tyres to four winter tyres. The transformation is unbelievable. Traction is excellent through snow, on ice and also heavy rain and slush.
The car is a rear wheel drive Lexus GS300
The Tyres are Pirelli Sottozero Serie II.
Tire Rack - Winter Testing at the Arctic Circle: Studdable Winter/Snow
Once again from Northern Sweden, home to a number of great winter test
sites and plenty of snow and ice, we tested a tires ability to accelerate,
brake and drive through the Arctic snow and on ice.
This round included several Studdable Winter / Snow tires, each featuring
deep treads molded in aggressive patterns designed to dig their way through
the snow while including molded-in holes to insert optional metal studs for
enhanced ice traction. We compared the General Altimax Arctic (both
unstudded and studded) along with unstudded Firestone Winterforce and
Pirelli Winter Carving Edge tires.
Lexus NX Review
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Appearing as though it is precision machined from a single sheet of metal,
the Lexus NX will certainly turn heads when out on the roads. This premium
compact crossover is a first for Lexus; its blend of edgy styling and
world-leading technology making it a desirable addition to the range. The
Lexus NX incorporates a choice of petrol and hybrid powertrains culminating
in the highly efficient full hybrid NX 300h, and is offered in five trim
levels, ranging from the entry-level S, up through SE and Luxury to the
driver-focused F Sport model, and culminating in the range-topping Premier.
Technology abounds on the NX, aiding both safety and convenience and making
the Lexus a great place to be.
Winter tyre test UK, Real world test of winter tires
A side by side comparison in real world conditions of winter tyres and
summer tyres on rear and front wheel drive cars. Test conducted in December
2010 in Wales on untreated private road. Conclusions are that any winter
tyres is better than no winter tyre, new winters are much better than worn
ones, and a rear wheel drive car with good winters on is just as good as a
front wheel drive one in the real world.
2014 Lexus GS 450h Hybrid Review and Road Test
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The GS used to be the only hybrid game in town, but times have changed and
nearly everyone has joined the party. BMW has their turbocharged ActiveHybrid 5, Mercedes just
launched the E400 Hybrid, Infiniti has re-badged their M Hybrid the Q70
Hybrid, Acura is finally selling the all-wheel-drive RLX Hybrid and Audi
has announced the A6 hybrid will come to America "soon." This means that
the S80 T6 and Genesis are no longer on my list because we have
head-to-head competition now.
Lexus used to be known for restrained styling but the current generation GS
marked a change for the Japanese luxury brand. In addition to taking on
more aggressive front end styling, the GS was the first Lexus to wear the
new "spindle" grille. The schnozz that seemed so controversial three years
ago seems downright demure today, especially since this form has been
adapted to the enormous (and some say questionable) LX 470. Perhaps because
the GS was the first to wear the corporate grille, the styling seems
slightly awkward from the front 3/4 shot (seen at the top) but looks better
in person. Unlike the IS, which gets some sheetmetal swooshes on the side,
the GS's profile and rump are luxury car restrained. Overall I think the
Infiniti Q70 hybrid, despite being a little long in the tooth, still wins
the beauty contest. The Lexus and BMW are a bit too sedate for my tastes,
and the RLX and A6 suffer from decidedly front-wheel-drive proportions when
compared to the rest and the Mercedes lands smack in the middle.
While the GS 350 recently got an update in the form of a new Aisin 8-speed
automatic, the GS 450h continues with just a minor software update. This
means under the hood you will find the same direct-injection 3.5L
Atkinson-cycle V6 engine and RWD hybrid transmission that launched in 2011.
Combined with a 1.9 kWh NiMH battery pack in the trunk the system is good
for 338 combined horsepower, 286 of which
come from the gasoline engine. This is essentially the same engine found in
the Highlander and RX hybrids, but the transmission is more similar to what
Lexus uses in the LS 600hL. The unit combines the two motor/generator units
with a 2-speed planetary gearset to improve efficiency at high speeds (as
in on the Autobahn) but without the AWD system standard in the LS 600hL.
The 2014 software update improves "sportiness" in sport mode and now
imitates an 8-speed automatic instead of a 6-speed. While 338 horsepower compares well
with the 6-cylinder competition, the GS 450h has the unenviable task of
trying to be both the most efficient GS and the performance version as
well. For reasons nobody knows, the more efficient GS 300h which uses a
2.5L four-cylinder engine is not sold in America.
By design, the Lexus hybrid system is very different from the competition.
The two motor/generator units and the electrical circuitry combine with a
single planetary gearsest to "act" as a continuously variable transmission.
This setup allows the drivetrain to act as a serial hybrid (kind of),
parallel hybrid, electric generator, or a pure EV at low speeds. In
contrast Mercedes, BMW and Infiniti combine a traditional transmission with
a single electric motor that replaces the torque converter. Transitions
between electric and gasoline drive modes in these systems aren't as smooth
as the Lexus system because of the clutch packs involved in reconnecting
the engine. Meanwhile Acura combines a dual-clutch robotic manual
transmission with a twin-motor pack in the rear for the only AWD hybrid
luxury sedan in this category.
Of course the primary reason for buying a hybrid is to save on gas. Right?
Maybe. With a 29 MPG City, 34 MPG Highway and 31 MPG combined rating
there's no doubt that the GS 450h is a fuel sipping 338 horsepower luxury sedan.
However at more than $10,000 more expensive than a similarly equipped GS
350 it would take you more than 20 years to "save money." We did average an
excellent 31.5 MPG over 800 miles with the GS hybrid, a notable improvement
over the Infiniti hybrid and the short time I spent in the RLX hybrid.
Although we haven't extensively tested the BMW and Mercedes hybrids yet,
brief spins in both indicate they will slot in under the GS. There's one
more problem for the GS: Mercedes' new E250 diesel. No, it's not a speed
daemon, but at 34 mpg combined it not only makes up for the higher cost of
diesel with the higher fuel economy, it starts around $9,000 less than a GS
450h as well.
Lexus IS350 Ride on the Snow HD
Shot on January 27th with a Sony HDR-SR12 / Sony Wide Conversion Lens 0.7x.
Edited on Final Cut Studio, exported with Visualhub compression 1280x720
h.264 with 5k bitrate. Music by the Chemical Brothers. A nice ride on my
Lexus IS350 right after the first snow of the season.
Winter Snow Tires vs All-Season Tires vs Summer Tires testing on Ice
Do you really need Winter Tires? Watch as Tire Rack compares the
difference between winter/snow tires, all-season tires and summer tires by
evaluating acceleration, stopping and cornering capabilities using an ice
rink as their test track.
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Snow Hill Challenge (2WD vs 4WD) (All Season vs Snow Tires)
In this video we go over a variety of vehicles with different tire and
traction device setups and see how they do on a snowy incline.
*Correction 2nd gear reduces torque applied and does not slow down
Dodge Sprinter: All Season Tires, RWD & Traction Control
Mazda Protege: All Season Tires, FWD
Chevy Silverado: Studded Snow Tires, RWD, G80 Locker
Nissan Frontier: All Terrain Tires, 4WD, Electronic Locker and Traction
Go Fast have Fun
RWD and winter tyres VS 4WD and summer tyres on snow
Continuing on from our last video, here's the only drive train we didn't go
up against - four wheel drive. Same idea, get to the top of the hill first,
but this time we uploaded the entire video, showing launches from both
sides of the street to avoid any suggestions of a "better side".
As before the M3 is on Michelin Pilot Alpin 4 UHP winter tyres, and the
Subaru Forester 2.5XT PPP is on Bridgestone Potenza RE070 UHP summer tyres.
2014 Lexus GS350 Start Up and Review 3.5 L V6
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Camerons Car Reviews Score: 4.5/5
Powertrains: 3.5 L V6 with an 8-Speed Automatic RWD
Features: Leather Seats, Navigation System, Bluetooth Hands Free
Calling/Streaming Audio, Voice Recognition, Backup Camera, Front Camera,
Rear Parking Sensors, Sunroof, LED Taillights, AM/FM/CD Stereo System, HD
Radio, Satellite Radio, Dual Zone Climate Control, 19 in Alloy Wheels, AUX
Input, USB Port(s) w/Ipod Integration, Lexus Enform App Suite, Remote Touch
Interface, Blind Spot Monitoring, Heated Exterior Mirrors, Power Windows,
Mirrors, and Door Locks, Power Tilt/Telescopic Steering Wheel, Dual Powered
Engine & Performance
BASE ENGINE SIZE 3.5 L
Cam TYPE Double overhead cam (DOHC)
VALVE TIMING Variable
TORQUE 277 ft-lbs. @ 4800 rpm
horsepower 306 hp
@ 6400 rpm
TURNING CIRCLE 36.8 ft.
Weights and Capacities
EPA INTERIOR VOLUME 113.0 cu.ft.
GROSS WEIGHT 4830 lbs.
DRAG COEFFICIENT 0.27 Cd
CURB WEIGHT 3795 lbs.
CARGO CAPACITY, ALL SEATS IN PLACE 14.3 cu.ft.
MAXIMUM CARGO CAPACITY 14.3 cu.ft.
ENGINE TYPE Gas
FUEL TYPE Premium unleaded (required)
FUEL TANK CAPACITY 17.4 gal.
RANGE IN MILES (CTY/HWY) 330.6/504.6 mi.
EPA MILEAGE EST. (CTY/HWY) 19/29 mpg
Competitors: Acura RLX, BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, Cadillac CTS
What Camerons Car Reviews has to say about the GS350:
Saffron Walden to Ashdon in the snow
driving my rear wheel drive Lexus IS200 from Saffron Walden to Ashdon,
camera is a FujiFilm S2000HD hooked up to the rear central headrest with a
GorillaPod SLR. tyres fitted are Nokian WR, great traction.
Journey from Ashdon was a little more entertaining as there was more snow
but I had quite alot of waiting for slower cars, near the start there is a
BMW parked at the bottom of a hill, this got stuck on the most shallow
Ok, I wasnt the fastest driver but I was controlled, safe & got to my
destinations, I know there are many of you that could do a better job, all
I can say is Meh!
Winter tyres, well worth the purchase!