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Lexus’ Hybrid LC500

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The Geneva Motor Show is going to be an exciting show for both Lexus and their loyal customers. The Lexus LC500 revealed at the Detroit Auto Show is Lexus’ newest high performance coupe coming down their assembly line. No information has been released about the vehicle as of now relating to its power train and performance capabilities. However, that won’t stop Lexus to tease consumers with a potential hybrid powertrain option.

The only information revealed so far is that the hybrid system will be Lexus’ Multi Stage Hybrid System. Again, no details have been shared to the public on this systems capability. But expect that in this case hybrid means challenging efficiency while pushing the boundaries of performance capabilities. Everything else that we’ve seen visually on the LC500 will remain the same which is exactly what consumers are hoping for given the amazing well designed and proportioned esthetics of the performance coupe.


Lexus LC 500 Coupe Spotted On Track

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Last week at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show Lexus unveiled their new LC500 coupe and made a smashing visual impact. The logical next question was whether it performed as well as it looks. Akio Toyoda, CEO of Lexus and Toyota, talked at the launch about the public’s reaction to the Lexus brand saying how “boring” isn’t a word he would like to associated to his company and cars.

The Lexus brand has been known for luxury, comfort, quality, and all round suitability for every day life driving. The sum of these words don’t really translate to exciting, spirited, performance oriented driving. However, the LC 500 seems to be designed from the ground up to overcome the stigma of being “boring”. Just look at this spec sheet. The LC 500 packs a 5.0L, quad-cam, 32-valve, all-aluminum V8, which is shared with the RC F and GS F. The engine produces 467 hp and 389 lb/ft of torque at and propels the LC 500 from 0-100kph in 4.5-second. Power is transmitted to the axel via an all new 10-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

The LC 500 coupe looks to be getting put through its paces on the track at this time. Much of the track time is being dedicated to data gathering for refining the engine, transmission and suspension setup before the car hits the showroom at the beginning of 2017.


Acura Precision Concept Looks a Lot Like a Lexus

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Acura revealed the much anticipated Precision Concept this morning at the Detroit NAIAS, a design model that forms the basis of future Acura products around what Acura calls Precision Crafted Performance DNA. What’s more shocking is that the Precision Concept looks a lot like the Lexus LF-LC concept, and the LC500 that was unveiled yesterday.

Designed at Acura’s California Design Studio, the Precision Concept is low, wide, and large. Striking features such as floating LED taillights gives it a futuristic look, while sculpted side surfaces convey a bold and aggressive feel to the concept. Inside the Precision Concept is a cabin that looks and feels more like an upscale lounge. Even the speaker grills are crafted from exotic wood.

Check out or photos live from NAIAS floor after the jump, and tell us what you think.

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2018 Lexus LC500 Proves Lexus Isn’t Boring

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Wow. That was the only word out of my mouth when I first laid eyes on the 2018 Lexus LC500 here at the Detroit North American International Auto Show. This wasn’t the first time I’ve seen this car, as Lexus has unveiled it as the LF-LC Concept way back in 2012, but I never envisioned Lexus actually putting together a production version that is so close to the concept car’s design and vision.

A concept car is an easy achievement as it is primarily hand built. To mass manufacture such vehicle, Lexus had to design the production version from the ground up, overcoming production obstacles throughout the design process to keep as much of the concept styling intact. The engineering and design teams closely collaborated throughout the process to create a brand new platform that achieves both the styling cues as well as performance targets for the LC500. This all new chassis lays the foundation for future Lexus rear wheel drive luxury performance vehicles.

Handling was a key focus for the new GA-L platform that the LC500 is built on. The track was designed to be as wide as possible, and the engine was placed behind the front axel, making the LC500 a front mid-engine rear wheel drive car, with a 52/48 weight distribution. The last Lexus performance vehicle with such a layout was the Lexus LFA, which the LC500 design team focused on exceeding in the chassis department. Torsional rigidity exceeds the LFA Chassis, while weight is kept in check with carbon fiber used extensively in the chassis, from the optional carbon fibre roof, to the carbon fibre doors, as well as extensive use of aluminum in the suspension components.

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Lexus and Hyundai, Together At Last! – SEMA 2015

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I know, I know, it’s really weird that we’re combining Lexus and Hyundai. “Why didn’t you just lump Lexus in with Toyota”? Because we’re in Vegas, the land of bad decisions and worse consequences. “I really don’t understand why you can’t just do it now instead of typing a stupid explanation”. Because the files are already named as such and it’s more difficult to fix it than to just apologize.

Honestly though, does it matter? You’re just here for the pictures and we’ve organized them nicely, Hyundai first, then Lexus. Wanna see a Veloster? Start at the beginning. Wanna see an RCF? Start near the middle. These are the sort of simple concepts that we COMPLETELY FAIL TO GRASP ON A REGULAR BASIS.

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The All-New Lexus 2016 RX Arrives in New York

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As the pioneer of the luxury crossover segment, Lexus has enjoyed considerable success with the RX and with the recent introduction of the NX crossover. Today they unveiled the all-new RX here at the 2015 New York Auto Show. I was sitting beside Takayuki Katsuda, chief engineer of the new RX, during the unveiling and as it was being introduced I could see he was beaming with pride. I have to say, the new RX is quite the looker. The design of the front end doesn’t stray too far from the Lexus design language with the bold spindle “hourglass” grille up front and center flanked by all-new triple L-shaped LED matrix headlights with LED daytime running lights. Unlike on the smaller NX crossover and RC sedan, the LED daytime running lights are not separated from the main headlight offering in my opinion a much cleaner look.

Looking down the side of the RX the first thing you’ll notice is the blacked out C-pillar creating the appearance of a floating roof on the lighter colored vehicles. The 20″ wheels you see are optional and replace the 19″ optional wheels available on the current RX. The new wheels are also available with a body color-matched insert for those that want to personalize their RX. You’ll also notice when viewing the vehicle from the side how far the headlights and taillights wrap around the vehicle. For the first time, the F SPORT package will be available on the RX. With the F SPORT package on the RX the spindle grille and lower center piece of the rear bumper incorporate an “F” mesh design while new exclusive 20″ wheels with graphite finish will complete the sportier look. The rear hatch now opens with a new hands-free gesture by hovering ones hand over the rear Lexus logo for a couple seconds. Pretty cool, but how well will this work if your hands are full of groceries and/or boxes?

Inside, the driver is treated to a custom F SPORT instrument cluster with a TFT Multi Information Display as well as a sport steering wheel, featuring perforated leather trim, an F SPORT emblem, and paddle shifters. Exclusive colors and trim pieces are also part of F SPORT.

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The All New 2016 Lexus GS F Sedan

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Lexus rolled out the latest in their line of F performance vehicles to the public today here in Detroit. The all new Lexus GS F, shown here on the NAIAS show floor, is the all new performance variant of the GS sedan. Sharing the same platform as the GS 350 F Sport, the GS F gets a 5.0L V8 churning out 467hp at a dizzying 7100rpm, with gobs of torque (389 lb-ft to be exact) peaking between 4800 to 5600rpm.

Coupled with the 8 speed automatic transmission with manual shifts, the GS F puts its power to the rear wheels via a Lexus Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD). Offering 3 modes, the TVD allows the GS F to perform at its optimum in all driving situations. The standard mode, ideal for the street, balances the GS F demeanor with comfort as well as sportiness. Slalom mode improves on steering response and cornering agility, while the hardcore track mode requires quick driver reflexes to get the most out of the car on the track.

Check out our gallery of the GS F as part of our extended Detroit Auto Show coverage.

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Lexus Unveils The LF-C2 Concept, Preview of RC Convertible?

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When the shroud around the Lexus LF-C2 concept was lifted to reveal the latest concept car here at the LA Auto Show, the first thought that came into my mind was that this looked a lot more production ready than I had imagined. The only part of the car that looks “concepty” were the vented rear quarters and super slim side mirrors. The large hourglass front grill is there, the split headlights and the characteristic flared rear quarters from the RC F. Is this a preview of an upcoming RC or RC F Convertible? One thing I loved about the design were the pair of speed humps integrated into the trunk lid and the lack of any obvious soft-top storage area or hard-top mechanism.

Lexus is not being very forthcoming with their plans with the LF-C2 Concept, and in fact they just refer to the concept as a design study exploring styling themes involved with the Lexus brand’s future.

“The LF-C2 concept shows what’s in store for our brand’s future design direction,” said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “This concept shows consumers around the world Lexus’ devotion to emotional designs as well as our passion for an exceptional driving experience.”

On the inside, buttons are replaced with touch-sensitive surfaces that surround the two LCD screens, one of which is essentially a giant touchscreen control panel. The center console extends through to the back of the car between the two rear seats and back up and eventually blending into the trunk between the speed humps. The concept was fitted with a bright white and grey interior that actually looked really pleasing and luxurious, which is huge because I hate light-colored interiors.

I’m definitely curious what the next iteration of this concept will be, or what an eventual production version will look like. Check out the gallery for way more pictures.

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Lexus Booth Tour – SEMA 2014

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You’re going to have to excuse our coverage of the Lexus booth at SEMA 2014. In previous years Lexus would run their promotions and giveaway in a second location due to the small size of their booth but this year it was inside their already crowded booth resulting in a big lineup that snaked through their booth and the hallway obstructing all their vehicles from being shot properly.

Up on the main stage was the RC F GT3 Concept with its giant hologram rainbow logo adorning its sides. The RC F GT3 was unveiled earlier this year in Geneva but we’re seeing it for the first time here at SEMA. Under the hood the modified V8 develops 532 horsepower and with the stripped interior weighs only 2,756 pounds.

Flanking the GT3 Concept on one side was a red RC 350 F Sport by Beyond Marketing. It features, wait for it, a custom Rocket Bunny wide-body kit slammed on a set of Enkei wheels wrapped in Toyo R888s. Under the wheels are a set of Brembo 6-piston clampers and 15″ rotors up front. On the other side was a Molten Pearl NX built by Elite Motorworks riding on a set of 21″ HRE P104 forged wheels in black wrapped in Toyo T1R rubber.

Check out the gallery for more pictures.

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Lexus NX 200t Arrives for European Debut in Paris

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While we were in New York for the 2014 New York International Auto Show, Lexus debuted the NX 200t at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition so we were not able to see it in person. With our luck, just as we left New York they brought one to the New York show so it wasn’t until here in Paris at the Mondial de l’Automobile 2014 that we ran into the NX to see it in the flesh and it looks every bit as good as it does in pictures.

Here is a recap from our previous coverage of the Lexus NX200t since our thoughts haven’t changed:

The NX will be Lexus’ fourth SUV, and will slot under the RX. In terms of exterior design, it does not deviate too far from the Lexus design language. It basically looks like a smaller RX with the front end elements off of the IS. The signature spindle grill and headlights with split LED daytime running lights are there along with the subtle chrome trims. One big visual difference are the contrasting wheel arches that just doesn’t seem to fit the luxury look of Lexus. Interestingly enough, Subaru opted to remove the contrasting wheel arches off the all-new 2015 Subaru Outback they revealed last week. It does give the NX that wider more aggressive look that may be the key to draw in younger buyers for Lexus though.

Out back, the Lexus NX features a pair of really striking taillights that feature a soft diffused LED look. Compared to the RX, the NX rear hatch runs closer to the edge of the rear bumper eliminating the rubberized cargo loading ledge. Another nice luxury touch are the door handles with integrated LED lights and hidden key barrels.

Inside, Lexus wants to draw attention to the center instrument panel with silver frame surrounds that mimics the spindle design found up front. The seats are mounted close to the floor to not only provide more headroom, but to also provide a more connected feel when driving the NX. That’s right, no need to gangsta lean to look cool in the NX kids!

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