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Traveling off the beaten path in the Northern Cape with the Lexus RX 350 F-Sport

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You learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken. Be bold enough to live life on your own terms, and never, ever apologize for it. Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path. Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look. Dance as though EVERYBODY is watching. March to the beat of your own drum and stubbornly refuse to fit in.

This was the mentality I had when I drove the all New Lexus RX350 F-Sport to the Northern Cape.  Everyone is always driving locally, but they don’t experience the true value of the vehicle when they do not dare to explore the unknown.

After 2500 kilometers of travel, meeting new people, enjoying the scenery but most of all ascertaining the hidden trinkets the Lexus RX 350 F-Sport has to offer is what you can expect to discover during this journey.


The excitement began when I received the news that the Lexus is on the way that faithful Tuesday, my trip to commence on Wednesday. When the Opulent Blue Lexus arrived I could not wait to get on the road and start driving this beauty, I was like a little boy getting a new toy he has been begging his parents for, for months. Like most adults, the inner child in me started playing around in the Lexus to familiarise myself with the visible and not so visible luxuries it has to offer. The question that begged to be asked was whether the F-Sport indeed has awesome treasures? I was elated every time I discovered a new gem.  We start off with the Engine – 3.5L V6 with 221KW. This is pure perfection for the road I had planned.  The cabin is beautifully designed around the driver. It feels as if you are sitting in a lounge chair, enveloped in comfortable lavishness. The steering wheel is wonderful and thick. Like most people nowadays, I looked for the wireless charging pod…..This was the first treasure I found, preparing for a ten-hour trip and approximately 1000 kilometers of travel you need those habitual comforts. The second thing I inspected….the sound system…..yes I know it sounds cliché but you need some good tunes and a great entertainment system to keep you on your toes traveling long distances. The Mark Levinson System is phenomenal; a little homage must be paid here:

In 1972, Mark Levinson cracked the code of pure audio playback with hand-built stereo components that overcame every known limitation on sound reproduction. Since then, we’ve created a class of our own by consistently releasing the best sounding, longest-lasting, and most intuitive audio/video components in the world—products that are just as gorgeous as they are meticulously crafted. That’s the level of audio excellence you see in every Mark Levinson component today.

Yes as they say above, Mark Levinson created a sound system that is a force to be reckoned with.


So happy with the Colour, the entertainment system, wireless charging pod and the aggressive F-Sport look it was onwards to the comfort of the seats. We all know how the kidneys can become numb after a number of kilometers traveled. With the bespoke leather seats with electronically adjustable lumbar support…..The game was on and the trip could have started at that exact moment but I had to wait…. Sadly


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