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Lexus ’ goal of becoming a player in the luxury market has received a shot in the arm with the arrival of the 2014 ES . Not only is it more dynamic looking, thanks to its adaption of Lexus’ new design ideology, but it also has all the luxury amenities and requisite technology to lock horns with the big boys of the market.

Say what you want about the 2014 ES 350, but you can’t deny that it has arrived and made its intentions known that it’s not going away anytime soon. The limited engine choices could be a drawback, given how versatile and generous other models are in in their drivetrain variety.

All that being said, though, the ES definitely qualifies as a true luxury contender. It’s revised looks and incredibly detailed interior is already enough to justify that billing.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Lexus ES 350.

Introduced in 2010, the third-generation Lexus RX remained popular among customers looking for a luxury crossover utility powered by either a conventional gasoline drivetrain or a hybrid one. Lexus was aware of that with each year and continued to update the SUV in order to keep it fresh.

The current RX received its most important update for the 2014 model year, when the vehicle gained Lexus’ spindle grille, now available on most of the lineup, LED daytime running lights and a pair of reshaped taillights. Upgrades were more substantial equipment-wise, but we’re not here to talk about the 2014 model. The 2015 version is out and it’s time to have a look at what Lexus is offering on the RX 350.

As a vehicle that defined the luxury, midsize class and that has a well established group of loyal owners, the RX 350 is an SUV that apparently can make it through a model year with only minor updates. And that’s what the 2015 version is trying to do. No need for disappointment though, these new bits and pieces won’t let it fall behind its rivals just yet.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lexus RX 350.

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When Lexus lifted the veiled from the 2014 IS , we had a feeling that a coupe variant , now known as the RC, was on the way. Though the coupe was a no-brainer, the F variant was a little more uncertain.

Well, we received some confirmation on both models today, as our spy shooters caught an RC F out and about testing, . From the looks of things, Lexus is planning to really ramp up its competition with BMW and its upcoming M4 .

So, how exactly do know that this is no ordinary RC ? We can answer that query quite simply: despite the heavy camouflage, we can still see the aggressive front end with big air intakes on the corners, a hood scoop and a four-end-pipe exhaust system.

For now, we really don’t know Lexus’ plans with the RC F, but rumors suggested that the it could drop the 5.0-liter V-8 engine in favor of a totally new, naturally aspirated or turbocharged engine and more recent rumors point to a 460-horsepower V-8. No matter the engine, you can rest assured that it will have to deliver at least 450 horsepower in order to make it the RC F competitive against the Bimmer M4.

Updated 01/14/2014: The new Lexus RC F made its world debut today and Lexus finally shed some details about what powers this beast. Find them out after the jump.

Updated 02/18/2014: Lexus unveiled a new video featuring the new RC F sports coupe as seen in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Enjoy!

Updated 03/18/2014: A leaked brochure of the new Lexus RC-F revealed more details on all the packages offered for the sports coupe. Check them out after the jump. (Club Lexus)

Updated 05/30/2014: Lexus unveiled a new video in which it explains how racetrack testing to develop the new RC F. Check out the new video in the "Videos" tab.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lexus RC F.

The Lexus RX hybrid was one of the pioneers of the hybrid , luxury SUV realm, as is debuted back in 2006 — known as the RX 400h back then — when luxury SUVs with electrical intervention were still fairly new. Rolling into 2015, the model continues into its sixth year under the RX 450h name.

For 2015, Lexus continues in that tradition, presenting an SUV that combines the fuel economy of a compact sedan, the power of a V-8 and the comforts of a luxury vehicle all rolled into one.

This is the 450h and even with the rather lack of updates on the way it looks, you can excuse the company for that given how relatively new the refreshed package really is.

The 2015 Lexus RX 450h is set to remind us why Lexus knows its hybrids the same way it knows how to build premium performance for its performance line.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lexus RX 450h.

Just in time for the 2014 Geneva Motor Show is coming to the party with a new racing concept that’s based on the all-new Lexus RC F performance coupe .

The race car is called the RC F GT3 Concept and as its name suggests, Lexus built and developed it to meet Group GT3 international racing standards. All the preparations leading up to this point will actually come in full bloom next year when the concept is turned into a full-fledged racing car that will become available to racing teams beginning in the 2015 season.

So in the meantime, the RC F GT3 Concept will proudly wave to attendees of the Geneva Motor Show before undergoing a series of tests later this year to ensure that the car is fit and ready to tackle some of the best GT3 races in the world, including the 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race and the Super Taikyu Endurance and Super GT series in Japan.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lexus RC F GT3 Concept

Like Ron Burgundy, high-performance cars are kind of a big deal around here. Anytime something new comes out, it causes quite a stir. So you can imagine the excitement built up over the new offerings from BMW and Lexus . Both companies have been hard at work building track-ready beasts like the M3 /M4 duo and RC F ready to take on the clock, the instrumented testing, and each other as they duke it out for a spot on your dream driveway.

While neither the M4 Coupe nor the RC F has been driven by anyone outside their respective manufactures, the comparisons have already begun. And that’s what we’re doing here. A detailed look into their numbers, estimated performance stats, and brand history to see which car is likely to find itself on top once the real-world comparison tests happen.

Until time narrows towards the cars’ launches this summer, guessing is all we can do. However, we can make educated guesses based on the criteria above. We will also take a close look at each car’s interior and exterior design, usability, and pricing. Follow along as we dive deep into the numbers to dissect which car will emerge as king.

Click past the jump for the comparison

Lexus has announced today the addition of an F SPORT model to its upcoming RC 350 coupe . The automaker released the teaser image above in an effort to drum up excitement for the car’s official debut on March 4th at the Geneva Motor Show .

The car is expected to get the standard battery of F SPORT-type upgrades that primarily concentrate on improved handling and braking. The 3.5-liter V-6 will likely remain unchanged, still making 314 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. A sportier appearance will also come with the package, including the F-style of Lexus’ spindle grille design and other interior upgrades.

The RC 350 F SPORT will slot above the standard RC 350 but below the awesome-looking RC F — the latter of which gets a meaty 5.0-liter V-8 kicking out 450 horsepower.

Also happening at the Geneva show is Lexus’ RC 350 F GT3 racing concept. The racer makes its appearance to mark Lexus’ intentions to enter the GT3 racing series.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lexus RC.

We’ve never been the type to jump the gun on early conclusions on anything and we’re not going to do it on this instance.

Having said that, Toyota CEO Jim Lentz’s presentation just before the 2014 North American International Auto Show showed what appeared to be a production version of the LF-NX Concept that we were raving about last year. The image of the production version got us thinking, which of course, led to this question.

That’s it?

Granted, it has all of the Lexus dimensions and styling cues you’d come to expect from the company’s current, and admittedly, fantastic design language. But the LF-NX Concept was just so incredible to look at — it looked like straight out of Transformers! — that we hoped the company would translate at least some of it into the production model.

Instead, we’re looking at a enormously toned down version of the LF-NX that, quite frankly, bears little resemblance to the concept. The sharp edges, the mean-looking headlights, and even the fancy polished gray color of the concept was taken out and replaced with a whole lot of traditional styling — sigh.

We’re still holding out hope that the final version of the production model looks more like the concept than this "preview" of sorts. Then again, we’re not holding out hope that something like that could happen, or at the very least be entertained by Lexus’ top brass.

Click past the jump to watch Jim Lentz’ address at the NAIAS and to read more about the Lexus LF-NX Concept

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With Lexus officially unveiling the new RC F , its Racing division decided to develop a GT500 version for the upcoming Super GT series. The 2014 RC F GT500 made its world debut at the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon and will begin intensive testing, before its racing debut on April 6th, 2014.

When compared to the base RC F, the new GT500 version features an aggressive body kit with a front lip spoiler, carbon-fiber canards and ventilated front fenders. On the rear, Lexus added a prominent wing and a massive rear diffuser. All these changes help improve the RC F’s stability at high speeds.

No details were offered on the interior, but we’re sure the interior will be updated with a full-racing cockpit, racing seats and a roll cage.

Under its hood, the RC F GT500 features the same engine as the road-going version: a 5.0-liter, 32-valve, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 450 horsepower and more than 383 pound-feet of torque.

Click past the jump to watch a video of the new Lexus RC F GT500 during a testing session.

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Lexus IS F

Last year, rumors swirled about Lexus eliminating the IS F sedan and focusing only on the development of the RC F coupe and the GS F sedan . New reports now suggest that Lexus is currently testing the next IS F , and that it could be unveiled sometime next year.

The same rumors suggest that the next IS F will be heavily influenced by the new RC F coupe, including its aggressive body kit, the sport-tuned suspension and the torque vectoring differential with three different modes.

What’s remains unknown is whether the V-8 engine will remain a part of the IS F. There were rumors suggesting that the next IS F could drop the V-8 engine because it would be impossible for the engine to meet the Euro 6 emission standards. The rumors suggested that Lexus would instead offer a naturally aspirated or turbocharged engine with pretty much the same output, but with improved fuel consumption and lowered CO2 emissions.

Now, we’re not too sure if this will indeed happen with the new IS F, especially if you consider that the new RC F uses the old 5.0-liter, V-8 engine.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus IS F.

Source: Autoguide

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