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Lexus LFA Becoming More Affordable

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When it comes to the ultra exclusive club, the LFA by Lexus definitely fits the bill. Lexus produced only 500 LFAs and an even smaller 200 of them made it to the US. At a time when the Lexus brand was catching a lot of flack for producing mundane and boring cars, they throw everyone’s perception of the brand on its head by making the LFA which is what super cars desire to be. With a 4.8-liter V10 packing 552hp screaming its way up to a 9,000-rpm redline.

Lexus produced these cars for a very brief period in time and stopped manufacturing them by 2012. Since then, the LFA has soared in value. But recently, there seems to be a shift in the pricing with them commanding a more appropriate pricing for around the $375,000 that they originally sold for. Amazingly, there are some examples selling in Florida for less than the original asking price, and buyers might even get a deal for examples being sold at auction.

If this pricing trend continues for the LFA, it might find itself in the mid to high 200 range, which puts it in an interesting pricing point with a few other supercars. This might make deciding between super cars an interesting predicament amongst those with deep wallets.


Lexus RCF GT Concept Debuts

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The RC F GT Concept is a race prepped street car which is slotted between the production RC F and the RC F GT3 race car. The GT Concept will be powered by the 5.0L V8 that’s currently in the RC F, but will be slightly tuned with a performance exhaust and a modified lubricating and cooling system to keep things in check.

The RC F GT Concept will also go on a healthy diet shedding almost 800 pounds thanks to the use of carbon and composite materials throughout. According to Jeff Bracken, VP of Lexus, “The GT Concept shows the opportunities of the platform and powertrain that underpins our F models”


Lexus’s all new 2016 GSF

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Lexus set the stage for their performance segment when they brought the ISF to the public. It was an affordable four door hot rod of a sedan. Now they’re taking it to the next level once again by having their engineers churn our another F model vehicle, this time in the shape of a GS which will take on the BMW’s M5 and Mercedes’ E63.

Lexus’ GSF may look somewhat similar on the outside to its other GS siblings, but a deeper look quickly indicates that the F model is wider, lower and longer than the others in the lineup. The suspension on the GSF has been tuned with aggressive springs matched with electronically controlled shocks which can settings to suit your different driving needs. Whether its taking the kids to school, or taking the car on the track for the weekend fun, the GSF is fully capable to handle whatever is thrown at it.

Under the hood lies a high-revving 5.0L V-8 that pumps out 467 hp and 389 lb/ft of torque. That translates to a 4.5 second sprint to 100km/h and the bulky GSF can cover a quarter of a mile in a mere 12.8 second


If the Lexus LC500 was a Wagon

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If Mercedes can make an AMG wagon family hauler, why can’t Lexus? And what better platform to use than the LC500. One can dream, but for the time being, here’s a render of what that might look like to curb our hunger and lust for such a car.

Designer Rain Prisk has took it upon himself to dream up a concept Lexus LC500 wagon and the end result of his handy work is nothing short of amazing. Prisk redesigned the car from the C pillars back to incorporate a covered trunk section. The front has also been digitally massaged to incorporate larger side vents similar to those found on the LFA.

The Lexus LC500 is a very capable vehicle as it is powered by a 5.0L V8 engine with 467hp and 389 lb/ft of torque. The LC500 will also use Lexus’ bran new ten speed automatic transmission. The platform that the LC500 sits on is also brand new. It will be shared with other cars in the Lexus lineup, but we are hoping to see it be used to bring out the next generation Toyota Supra.


One of a Kind Lexus LFA Priced at $7.16M

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When Lexus created the LFA, it really showed the world what the company was capable of when they put their mind to it. Trouble is many of their recent performance oriented cars just don’t stack up to the legend that is the LFA. But now, there’s something that’s one better…well sort of.

The Lexus Resenheim dealership in Germany has in their possession a Lexus LFA Nurburgring edition. This particular LFA has a 4.8L V8 which pumps out 562hp instead of the stock 552hp. The Nurburgring edition is limited to just 50 examples and features custom aero which helped it post a 7:20 laptime at the ring.

Of the 50 made, this is definitely a 1 of 1. Toyota president Akio Toyoda has personally left his signature on this car which has been clearcoated over for added protection. A rare LFA indeed, and it also commands a rare car price tag of $7.18 million.


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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