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The ES may be defying Lexus' transition into sporty saloons, but it certainly has good reason in doing so

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Lexus and Mercedes-Benz share many similarities whereby both upscale brands tend to attract conservative palates preferring outright luxury, comfort and refinement on the move. 

And in order to capture a wider audience, these two particular nameplates are now churning out sportier cars to look at and to drive for the younger set of buyers.

That explains Lexus' onslaught of rear-wheel-drive saloons such as the latest IS and GS, boasting unusually rakish design cues topped off by F Sport variants that turn up the heat further.

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