ILX Maintenance and a 416-horsepower Lexus
Odometer (Legend): 529,358
Odometer (ILX) (Loaner!): 1,565
“Weren’t you just here?” asked the attendant on the service drive when I pulled into Acura of Tempe on Saturday afternoon for some ILX maintenance. “Probably,” I said. It’s no wonder I started using a punch-card to get a free oil change after every 4 paid oil changes. I get my money’s worth out of coupons like that. After last weekend’s long trip up north, the ILX’s “Maintenance Minder” told me that it was finally time to go in for a check-up.
Things were fairly quiet over there.
In she goes.
A challenge, though, soon became apparent. The technicians were not able to remove the locking lug nut on my left rear wheel in order to rotate the tires. I had to leave the ILX with them – potentially until next Tuesday – and take home a loaner car. So, for the time being, I’m in a snazzy Silver Moon Metallic ILX with the 2.0 liter automatic. And, just 1,500 miles on the odometer. It’s as if I’ve gone back in time.
Hoping for good news next week on the fix for that stuck-on wheel.
Check out this wicked ride that found its way to my driveway for a few days. My friend Dan flew to LA and allowed me to ‘babysit’ his pride and joy.
The stacked quad exhaust tips pictured below are a dead giveaway. What we’re looking at here is a 2011 Lexus IS-F. Its 5.0 liter V8 propels this car up to speed with alarming urgency. The IS-F is Lexus’ highest IS offering, with a no-holds-barred approach to delivering the most powerful, best-handling, and most aggressively-styled sports sedan from the brand. While the V8 is clearly audible at idle and emits a nice rumble, it’s the post-4,000 RPM range that really lights this car on fire.
In that higher rev range, the IS-F’s cabin fills with the deafening roar of the V8 and before you know it, you’re passing every Corvette in sight. The instrument cluster is dominated by a massive blue-needled tachometer. The speedometer, at less than half that size, hides in the lower right-hand corner. Ride handling is sharp and responsive. There’s just one way to describe this car, and I apologize for the language, but: It’s badass.
Photo quality won’t do these gauges justice, but it’s the best I could get at 68 mph at nighttime. I wanted to show just how tach-centric this setup is. And how, even at freeway speeds, the needle doesn’t even act like it’s awake yet — lingering in the 7:00 position like the car’s barely at idle.
One local tradition that I have with a few of my friends (when I’m in town on a weekend, anyway) is to attend a car show just a few miles to the north which takes place every Saturday afternoon. This time, in addition to the IS-F, we had a few other cars to take. Jack showed up in a (loaner) Mercedes SL550 roadster.
Matt brought his 2014 Infiniti Q50 3.7 Sport.
And Mike brought a (loaner) Mercedes S550 sedan. Jack and Mike were staying at the Four Seasons in Scottsdale which apparently allows guests to use its Benz fleet. Who knew? I think I’ll stay there the next time I need a stay-cation.
The S550 gauges are entirely electronic, with the instrument panel being dominated by two rectangular screens.
Arrival at the Scottsdale Pavilions car show.
Later, my friend Kyle showed up in his stunning 2005 Pontiac GTO 6-speed. Its exhaust note and corresponding rumble are enough to set off a car alarm here and there.
And Walter brought the 2015 Acura Legend coupe concept.
Did you know that Alice Cooper drives an Acura NSX? I watched him pull into the parking lot with this but I didn’t realize until well after I’d already left the show (and my friend Mike posted a picture online with Alice) that it was him! The car is an automatic with 35,000 miles on it. Wild wheels!
We had a great time at the show. Here are a couple of last photos from my weekend fun.
Even my “courtesy loaner vehicle” 2.0 liter ILX wanted in on the photoshoot.
- 1992 Acura NSX: 270 horsepower
- 2013 Lexus IS-F: 416 horsepower
- 2014 Acura ILX 2.0: 150 horsepower
Looks like I had my choice of a wide range of power alternatives this weekend.
Lastly: I’ve gotta send a shout-out to my friend Joe who brought me a gorgeous canvas print of my ILX. He had this printed up from a photo taken during our Canyon de Chelly drive a couple of weeks ago.
Thanks, Joe! I’ve got this proudly displayed for now on the dresser in my bedroom.