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THE TIMES, JANUARY 23, 2014, PAGE 6 -- Like us at + By BRYAN T. McMAHON Times On Wheels Columnist Just when you think Lexus can do nothing greater to improve its models, along comes the 2014 Lexus IS 350 AWD Sedan. Coming so early in the year, the IS 350 has all the looks of a spoiler for me because I find it hard to imagine a more beau- tiful piece of automotive sculp- ture, a car that performs to the tune of my wildest fantasies, coming along to surpass in any meaningful way the IS 350. Not this model year, not ever. Every single time I turn it on, it turns me on. So beautifully crafted, I would be happy to spend my hours just taking in the beauty of 350's body, and at night it all lights up in a most breathtak- ing manner. And if all of that sounds like some kind of kinky love, so be it. I know I am not alone in this passion. After a week parking it in front of various downtown businesses,can tell you the IS 350 creates a crowd. Yes, my test drive model cost $50,310 ($41,700 base price), but it is worth every penny. Powered by a 3.5 liter VB, with variable valve timing, dual overhead cam engine with di- rect and port fuel injection, that produces 308 horsepower and 277 lb-ft torque, the new Lexus IS 350 can be operated using its automatic transmission. While soothing your raging curiosity, I am betting you will opt for "manual" operation us- ing the steering wheel-mounted speed paddle shifters, at least some of the time. The full-time all-wheel-drive is certain to grip the road, and hold it, no matter if the highway signs are serpentine in their de- piction of the road ahead. You get a selection of driv- ing modes (ECO, Normal, Sport and Snow), but Mr. Green Man of course left it in ECO nearly all the time. This wonderful Lexus boasts a double wishbone front sus- pension, all-season tires on 17-inch aluminum wheels, an onboard computer known as 'Wehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), an an- tilock braking system (ADS) with both Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), and Brake Assist (BD). I was afraid to push the Sto- len Vehicle Location Emergency Assist Button, for fear of having to entertain a company of U.S. Marines. You will quickly come to ap- preciate the location specific tire pressure monitoring system that is so precise that it senses the difference in tire pressure our weird Winter pressure brings us, depending if you are driving on a cool morning, or on a warming afternoon. The Ultra' White paint jobs completely lives up to its name, and redefines the meaning of "white." For some reason, women of a certain age are prone to make sexy cracks alluding to the babe magnet aspect of this vehicle, but I am, or course, not talking. Do I have to tell you the ste- reo system in the IS is better than I have ever owned in my home, tuning in every means of playing music known to mod- ern man, including Bluetooth hands-free phones and media streaming. I am currently en- amored by Pandora, and the IS 350 handles Pandora effort- lessly. On to the Options column on the Monroney Label! Add $600 to enjoy the safety of the Blind SpotMonitor, Rear Cross- Traffic Alert and auto-dimming rearview mirrors. They are real handy to have while driving a $50,000 dream machine on the public roadways. Definitely don't choke and sissy out of the $1,600 F Sport Package, that brings with it the sport bumper and boss spin- dle grill, the LED headlamps, 5-spoke wheels, heated front seats (heat adjustable date warmers they are), perforated SUBSCRIBE Home Delivery only $25 for the entire year 985-386-2877 24 Hours !85 32 2 2014 Lexus IS 350 AWD steering wheel and shift knob,system takes getting used to TFT instrument cluster, and for because it takes out of your even better performance, adap- hands the worry about emer- tive variable suspension, gency braking which, in truth, You will want the $210 Pow- it does faster and better than er rear sunshade which deploys we mere mortals, and may well when you are backing up, or have saved this lady's life, had when your rear passengers she been in my IS. would appreciate more shade. Pay an extra $3,225 and you The $500 dynamic cruise upgrade your already-super control with pre-collision sys- sound system to the Mark Levi- tem is poorly named, in my less son Premium audio 15-speaker than humble opinion. I had ev- system that comes with a Navi- ery opportunity Monday morn- gation System, and other such ing to crash this car when the luxury options in the package. world went mad and sent a As I finish this column, I southbound 1-55 driver across have just said farewell to the the median and into a 60-year- lucky driver who just drove off old lady driver heading north- in my perfect car, the 2014 IS bound. She rdied moments be- 350. fore I came upon the wreckage. Drat! 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