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Wow 100 octane. Where'd you get it? Your neighbors up here has 94 from Chevron, but nothing higher.

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That's just ridiculous given your reports on comfort and fuel economy. Good grief. "Big boy tech" seems like a fair assessment indeed. And this is with standard road tires, yes?

It's with the Pirelli P Zero Corsas, they're a very soft compound Summer/track tire.

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Wow 100 octane. Where'd you get it? Your neighbors up here has 94 from Chevron, but nothing higher.

I ordered it from Sunoco, it's their 260GT fuel. Completely street legal, albeit a little expensive.
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Us Aussies get 98 everywhere.100 at a few selected places.

 

Did it make any difference to fuel efficiency though MM? Silly question but....

 

My car does change its ignition timing according to the fuel quality and runs best on 98.

 

If you,re feeling adventurous, try some Xylene or Toluene or Methanol.

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Lexus tried to one-up the NSX, and fell on their faces, IMO. It's not about the technical prowess, it's about the drive and the feel. Tuned in right, the 12C will leave you slack-jawed with the things it does, and still scare the bejezus out of you. I believe that's the problem with most reviews, they didn't get enough time to spend with it, so they didn't have enough time to explore. The 458 is obvious in its appeal, the Mac is more... complicated, but they're both equally awesome.


I think the LFA was created to showcase Lexus's design/engineering more than compete with others. Lexus is primarily a luxury brand, I don't think the LFA sits well with the rest of their offering.

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The octane ratings are different in the States. We use the AKI (anti-knock index, (R+M)/2) rating on pumps, whereas in Europe, Oz, and Japan they use RON (Research Octane Number). So, when I say 93 octane, it's the AKI, which is the equivalent of 98 RON.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octane_rating

The misunderstanding is that higher octane fuels have "more energy", when in reality the higher number means they're harder to ignite. Pre-ignition is what you fight in a high performance engine, you want it to burn when it's supposed to burn, not before, to lessen the chance of engine knock, which can be very bad for high compression setups (causing damage).

Oh well, everyone may already know this, and if so, sorry about the lesson. wink.gif
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I think the LFA was created to showcase Lexus's design/engineering more than compete with others. Lexus is primarily a luxury brand, I don't think the LFA sits well with the rest of their offering.

Quite right. But at 400Gs it's going head-to-head with the likes of the Aventador and F12berlinetta, while offering the performance of a ZR-1. confused.gif In my mind, and the minds of hypercar shoppers (Paris Hilton excluded), it's much like bringing a knife to a gun fight. They see it as a plush GT-R, and that's not a good thing. Aston-Martin seems to be about the only car maker (and perhaps Bentley) that can wave off performance numbers and say "it's sexy, to hell with your calculator", everyone else has to work for it. wink.gif
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Quite right. But at 400Gs it's going head-to-head with the likes of the Aventador and F12berlinetta, while offering the performance of a ZR-1. confused.gif In my mind, and the minds of hypercar shoppers (Paris Hilton excluded), it's much like bringing a knife to a gun fight. They see it as a plush GT-R, and that's not a good thing. Aston-Martin seems to be about the only car maker (and perhaps Bentley) that can wave off performance numbers and say "it's sexy, to hell with your calculator", everyone else has to work for it. wink.gif

 

A supercar....its a Lexus? Yeah. Right. Just doesn't work IMO, Lexus just doesn't have the pedigree. They're famous for making stuff my dad would buy.

 

And amen to the comment about Aston Martin. Everyone can be a James Bond when they're in one.

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It's true. biggrin.gif I love my Vanquish S. It's a blunt instrument; sucks down gas, isn't particularly reliable, burbles and farts like a happy drunk when at idle, and is about as easy to drive in traffic as a bobsled (exaggerating), but it's awesome and sexy. For looks and sound there's nothing else like it in the world.
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It's true. biggrin.gif I love my Vanquish S. It's a blunt instrument; sucks down gas, isn't particularly reliable, burbles and farts like a happy drunk when at idle, and is about as easy to drive in traffic as a bobsled (exaggerating), but it's awesome and sexy. For looks and sound there's nothing else like it in the world.

Is it this model? Hope yours holds up better than the one in this video.....

 

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Mine is an `06, I think that's an `04. I had the gearbox changed to a 6-spd stick, ditching the paddles, and it hasn't broken on me yet. But, I've not taken it to the bleeding edge, and I'm smart enough to not do a full-on power dump at opposite lock, so maybe that's it. LOL!

BTW, she is my least favorite presenter on any car show, ever. There's just something about her that sets my teeth on edge, and it has nothing to do with gender.
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Quite right. But at 400Gs it's going head-to-head with the likes of the Aventador and F12berlinetta, while offering the performance of a ZR-1. confused.gif In my mind, and the minds of hypercar shoppers (Paris Hilton excluded), it's much like bringing a knife to a gun fight. They see it as a plush GT-R, and that's not a good thing. Aston-Martin seems to be about the only car maker (and perhaps Bentley) that can wave off performance numbers and say "it's sexy, to hell with your calculator", everyone else has to work for it. wink.gif

Aye. But aren't most of the AM and Bentleys still under $400G? And they market them as Grand Tourers, not racing vehicles. But yeah I agree everyone else has to work for it - Ferrari even tries to compete with Bentley and AM in that regard (with the 456 and 612); kind of bizarre.

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A supercar....its a Lexus? Yeah. Right. Just doesn't work IMO, Lexus just doesn't have the pedigree. They're famous for making stuff my dad would buy.

It could be worse. It could run Windows Vista. wink.gif

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BTW, she is my least favorite presenter on any car show, ever. There's just something about her that sets my teeth on edge, and it has nothing to do with gender.

angry_face.gif I completely agree. And no, it has nothing to do with gender either - I can't put my finger on it though.
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It could be worse. It could run Windows Vista. wink.gif
 

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It could run Windows Vista. wink.gif

 

I wonder how long it would take to start? Not to mention the additional 5 minutes it would take to respond to throttle or brake.

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I wonder how long it would take to start? Not to mention the additional 5 minutes it would take to respond to throttle or brake.

And those random moments when you're on the track, running from the cops, or even just getting into the car in your garage; when suddenly Vista, and the entire car explodes in a fireball from which no living thing could ever hope to escape. very_evil_smiley.gif
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Kids are awesome. Our little girl has started to hand us things, like her toys or sippy cup, like they're gifts. Then we take it and say "thank you very much" and she laughs and claps her hands like it's the greatest thing ever, but later she reaches out and wants it back, and then it starts all over again. So essentially, we've been handing things back and forth all evening. It's amazingly cute.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/04/justice/native-american-adoption-dispute/index.html

That case scares me. I'm so attached now, there's no way I'd let her go.

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And those random moments when you're on the track, running from the cops, or even just getting into the car in your garage; when suddenly Vista, and the entire car explodes in a fireball from which no living thing could ever hope to escape. very_evil_smiley.gif

Yeah, that's scary. lol It looks like McLaren's IRIS runs in Linux, though. I've seen a lot of people gripe about it, but I've not had any issues. I'd guess that Linux is powering most on-board computers now.
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Aye. But aren't most of the AM and Bentleys still under $400G? And they market them as Grand Tourers, not racing vehicles. But yeah I agree everyone else has to work for it - Ferrari even tries to compete with Bentley and AM in that regard (with the 456 and 612); kind of bizarre.
It could be worse. It could run Windows Vista. wink.gif
angry_face.gif I completely agree. And no, it has nothing to do with gender either - I can't put my finger on it though.

AM's 2-seaters are definitely "sports cars", but they do ride more on the spongy side of things. The Vanq has a very nice ride, not what I'd call stiff. I'd classify it as a gentleman's racer or luxury coupe, similar to the LFA but more attractive. The Mac is... I have no idea. Depending on what you set it on, it can be many things; tourer, track racer, luxury cruiser, or backroad hellion. It can wear many hats.

I think it's because she's so smug, she comes off as condescending.
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