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Lexus Builds its Last LF-A

Production of the Lexus LF-A supercar ended on December 14th after only two years of production and 500 hand-built units. The LF-A has been a "the ultimate expression of Lexus quality and performance" and left in a period when Lexus was trying to "to reinvent itself as an emotional, pulse-pumping brand."

In a recent interview, Lexus Executive Vice President Kazuo said that Lexus needs a new halo car if the company really wants to "build a more emotional brand." However, this new halo car won’t have anything in common with the LF-A, and will be much cheaper than it.

However, Kazuo said that in the post-LF-A era, Lexus has different ideas for generating youthful excitement from the traditionally boring premium marque. This means the company wants to develop cars you may actually spot on the streets and are aimed at "mere mortals."

Lexus is currently interested in drawing in those young buyers who have just entered the luxury market and that are not interested in buying models from Lexus’ German rivals.

The only question is whether a new halo car fit Lexus’ new profile or not? Kazuo said that at this point there are no plans to replace the LF-A, but at the same time "If we want to build a more emotional brand, then we need a halo car."

Lexus of Brisbane recently made a pretty important purchase to bolster its standing as one of the premier Lexus dealerships in Australia. This all-important purchase was three IS-F race cars built by Mauer Racing of Switzerland.

Bought initially to become demonstrators and customer experience racers, Lexus of Brisbane is also thinking of unleashing these three bad boys out on a race track in the future. And why not, especially when you consider that Mauer Racing built these cars to serve that sole function.

For one, these cars are powered by the same TRD-developed, 600-horsepower, 4.7-litre V-8 engines that powered several Daytona prototype race cars in the United States. In addition, the race cars have also been given a slew of new race-specific features, including Motec engine management systems, ZF Sachs dampers, H&R springs, AP racing clutches and AP airlocks.

Other design details of the IS-F Race Cars include a wide-body cage monocoque that significantly helps in cutting down the car’s weight to just 1,290 kg (2,843 pounds). A six-speed, rear-mounted Hewland transmission was also installed, as were a set of 18-inch BBS wheels – 11-by-18-inch center-lock fronts and 12.5-by-18-inch center-lock rears - wrapped in racing tires.

Considering the history of how Lexus Brisbane purchased these three cars — a customer made the suggestion, and it went out and sealed the deal — there’s no telling what the plans are for it, apart from what it’s already mentioned.

Rudolph and the rest of the merry band of reindeers are all headed to Hawaii where it is going to spend this year’s Christmas. Why? Because Santa has found a better solution to deliver gifts this year, dropping his usual sleigh in favor of a new Lexus Flying Luxury Cruiser (LFLC).

What makes the new LFLC better than his usual sleigh? The answer is quite simple: while his usual sleigh is being led by nine reindeers, the new LFLC features an advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive system with 800 reindeerpower and in the same time delivers fewer emissions than even a single reindeer.

Lexus’ new sleigh is also being equipped with an EV mode to allow Santa to stealthily land on every rooftop. And to make Santa’s journey even more pleasant, the LFLC is also being equipped with Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Advanced Pre-Collision System, Lexus Navigation System with e-Destination and Lexus Enform with a Pandora playlist that includes all of Santa’s favorite songs.

The new sleigh is also replacing Rudolph’s red nose with a large, red LED and infrared light with stereo cameras that makes it safe to drive on a foggy night.

Can’t say we argue with Santa’s ride-of-choice this year. And perhaps Rudolph and his buddies don’t mind either seeing as they’re probably enjoying the Hawaiian sun today.

Everyone knows that all good things eventually come to an end. Well, the end for the amazing Lexus LF-A supercar has come, as the last of the 500 units set to be produced rolled out of the Motomachi Plant, Aichi Prefecture. The model — a white LF-A Nürburgring Package — was produced on December 14th and marks the end of production for Lexus very first supercar.

The manufacturing, vehicle assembly and painting of the LF-A supercar required a total of 170 hand-picked takumi workers and only one unit was built each day. The model was priced at $375,000 for the base version and at $445,000 for the Nürburgring package. This price makes the LF-A into the most expensive Japanese road car ever built.

For those of you that do not remember, the LF-A is powered by a 4.8-liter V-10 that delivers a total of 560 horsepower and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 202 mph.

LF-A chief engineer, Haruhiko Tanahashi, said "I’ve lived and breathed supercars for the past decade. Specifically one supercar, LF-A. Very few people have the opportunity we had to create a world-class supercar from a blank sheet of paper."

Now that Lexus is done building the LF-A Coupe, can we hope for a production version of the LF-A Roadster ?

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Obtaining exclusive access to test mules is an opportunity that manufacturers grant once in a blue moon. Some would consider it for the lucky few while some would simply snare at the idea. Lexus, however, was kind enough to let celebrity car collector, Jay Leno, take a look at the unannounced 2013 Lexus IS . Looks like beat every other journalist to it...

Though the car is wrapped in camouflage, it does show some elements of the final design that were inspired by the LF-CC concept . Jay also reveals some facts like the longer wheelbase and the 8-speed automatic gearbox, which was only available on the previous gen IS-F . Nothing more can be said. So we will have to stay mum just like the engineer in the video. At least until its 2013 unveil!

The mule Jay got to drive was powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that produces 306 horsepower. What’s surprising is the noise it makes. For a modest V-6 engine, it sure sounds like a V-8 engine. Lexus used to be famous for completely deleting the engine noise, but now it’s the other way around. Lexus sure is going in the right direction when it comes to driver-oriented cars. Watch out BMW !

With the LF-CC concept in mind and a picture of this mule, you can render what it would look in full metal and wait to see if you’ve rendered it correctly when Lexus officially unveils it at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

A few days ago, Lexus announced that they would be headed to the 2012 Paris Auto Show with a new concept car, and as promised, the company has released the first details and images on this new concept ahead of schedule. The new LF-CC is an evolution of the LF-LC 2+2 Sports Coupe Concept which debuted at the Detroit show earlier this year, but the new concept comes with rear-wheel drive and full hybrid power.

The new Lexus LF-CC Concept displays the latest evolution of Lexus’ L-finesse design language and it also previews a new premium mid-size Lexus coupe set to be unveiled in the near future (aka the successor to the SC sports coupe ). The concept features the same powertrain that will be used in the eventual production version, which is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder DOHC petrol engine combined with a compact, high-output electric motor which takes its power from a high-performance battery. Specifications for the new hybrid system will be announced at a later date.

UPDATE 09/20/2012: Following the release of the first official details on the new Lexus LF-CC Concept, the first promo video of the concept has been released. Stay tuned as all of the official details will follow at the 2012 Paris Auto Show next week!.

UPDATE 11/30/2012: In a recent interview with AutoCar, a senior Lexus engineer confirmed that the company is indeed planning a production version of the LF-CC and it will arrive on the market in 2015. The LF-CC will fill the gap left by the previous SC model, which was discontinued in 2010. The production version of the LF-CC will be offered in both coupe and convertible versions, and will be built on the same platform as the new IS and GS models. We’re not too sure if the LF-CC will look identical to the concept model, but we anticipate that it won’t be too far from it. (AutoCar)

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Lexus LF-CC

Shortly after the Los Angeles Auto Show closes its doors, the 2012 Essen Motor Show — basically the European version of the SEMA Show — will kick off. Despite its relative coolness, the vast majority of people outside of Europe don’t pay it much attention. However, we have to tell you that this year’s edition is looking like it will be pretty amazing.

One Essen-bound model that has our automotive hearts pumping is Lexus’ LS-based TS-650 package. To make things even more interesting, Lexus has just dropped the first teaser images of this upcoming show car.

The new TS-650 prototype will feature an aerodynamics package that includes a carbon-fiber hood and several other carbon-fiber components, a set of BBS alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport tires and a set of carbon-ceramic brakes.

Under the hood there will be a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with a pair of turbochargers strapped to it. Unfortunately, the output hasn’t been confirmed yet, but we certainly hope that the "650" in its name is a reference to the horsepower.

Updated 11/27/2012: With just three days before its official debut at the Essen Motor Show, TMG has released the first images and details on its TMG Sports 650 concept. This high-end limousine-sized car is powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 650 horsepower — just like its name suggests. The engine is mated to an eight-speed high-torque-capacity transmission and the car sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, while top speed is limited to 198 mph.

Fox Marketing knows how to put together aftermarket programs for Lexus vehicles. Apparently, it also knows how to develop a good nickname for it.

This program for the Lexus IS F Twin Turbo is dubbed the “Black Mamba,” an appropriate name given just how dark and foreboding the project is. For this program, which was commissioned by a customer, Fox Marketing gave it some extra character that belies the car’s sporty and aggressive nature.

To begin with, the aftermarket specialist gave the IS-F Turbo dual wastegates with dunk tubes, a pair of rear-mounted Turbonetics turbochargers and an intercooler. Hanging out of the back end are four stacked exhaust tips, bringing an end to the total of 114 feet of custom piping used in this customize IS-F.

On top of the performance upgrades, full sheet metal fender flares, a plastic welded rear bumper, side skirts, new headlights with daytime running lights, and smoked rear taillights painted in BASF Refinish R-M Oynx HD Waterborne Black paint all provide an improved look and feel to the sports sedan. Rounding out the exterior modifications is a set of 20-inch iForged Performance alloy wheels that have been reinforced with Alpine White bolts and wrapped in 20-inch T1R Toyo Tires.

As for the interior, Fox Marketing again went with the Alpine White treatment, dressing it up in such a way that not only contrasts the exterior look, but greatly complements it too.

The total output of this program has not been provided, but we expect Fox Marketing to release the information sometime soon, so stay tuned!

It’s not hard to have an ego about yourself if you’re a supercar. You belong to that elite class that represents the fastest and most powerful cars in the world. Naturally, you feel like you can take on just about any challenge that comes your way, even if said challenge involves a plane.

The Lexus LF-A Nürburgring Edition found out firsthand what happens when you decide that all comers are worthy opponents. In this video, the Japanese supercar went toe to toe – tire to wing, if you want to get specific – with an Eclipse 500 business jet.

Not one to lack in confidence, the Scott Pruett-driven LF-A went about and handled its business pretty impressively, beating the Eclipse 500 Jet by 2.1 seconds after posting a time of 56 seconds.

Of course, circumstances - like the jet’s steep bank turn on the last leg - might have caused some variables in this race to change. Be that as it may, the Eclipse 500 still had a 150 mph head start compared to the LF-A starting the race idle.

Now we need to see how the Lexus supercar handles its business against an F-22.

Lexus LF-CC Concept

At the Paris Auto Show back in September, Lexus unveiled the LF-CC concept . We have just learned that Lexus has trademarked the RC 350 nameplate, which is believed to be a production version of this concept. If produced, this new coupe in Lexus’ lineup will target models like Audi A5 , Mercedes C-Class Coupe and the upcoming BMW 4-Series Coupe .

The "R" in the nameplate suggests we are talking about a mid-size model, while the "C" suggests either a convertible like in the IS 250C or a coupe, like the earlier U.S.-market SC 400 model. The "350" is likely an indicator of what engine will be under the hood: a 3.5 liter petrol engine. The engine is most likely a version of the 2GR-FSE V-6 engine currently found in several Lexus models.

When asked about this new trademark, Lexus Australia’s Tony Cramb said: "We did confirm that the LF-CC is the basis for a D-segment coupe in the future, but we didn’t confirm that it’s necessarily IS-related."

Stay tuned for more updates.

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