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1. As much as I like this idea, Lexus has tried this long ago. The early ES, SC and IS all had manuals and they're all extremely rare. To the degree that they're all 95% autos.
2. I agree.
3. I'd go further, go back to the straight 6, the creamy smooth straight 6 are more fitting of a luxury brand than V6s.
4. Agree, if Hyundai could get this right on a Genesis there's no reason why a ES should be so flobbery.
5. Indeed, the F badge should mean something rather than being seen as a way to charge a lot more for minor improvements. BMW's M is what the Lexus F should strive to be rather than just the expensive TRD.
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