Who said green cars can’t have their ‘cool’ cakes and eat them too?
More often filed under the ‘plain and bland-looking’ category, hybrids aren’t often considered as boasting of cutting-edge aesthetics. Fortunately, there are events like SEMA wherein an otherwise mundane-looking vehicle can be given an aggressive makeover.
Take for example this Lexus LS 600h L by Brian Fox’s Fox Marketing. Suffice to say, there’s nothing mundane about this Lexus hybrid. For starters, it comes with a fiberglass aerokit that includes bumpers, fenders, and side skirts courtesy of Artisan Spirits. The package also includes HID fog lights, smoked tailights, and deck wings on the roof and the rear of the vehicle. There’s also the addition of some snazzy-looking 20-inch rims and a hotness-personified Glacier Green paint scheme.
The Fox-tuned LS 600h L is set to take the stage at SEMA and unlike the traditional bombastic cars that are regulars at the show, this car takes the more conservative approach but does so in a manner that it should catch its share of attention from the patrons. After all, there’s still something to be said for tuned-up cars that don’t go screaming ‘Look at me!’ to get some attention.
The American magazine, Car And Driver, had the amazing opportunity to drive two of the most impressive sports cars out there: the new Lexus LF-A and the Ferrari 599 HGTE . And yes, both were painted in white to no doubt add a little something to the comparison. The two models were matched up on the streets of Wales.
The LF-A is powered by a 4.8 liter V10 that delivers a maximum output of 560 HP at 9,000 RPM and a peak torque of 354 lb-ft at 6,800 RPM. It can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.7 seconds and won’t stop until it reaches a top speed of 202 MPH. The Ferrari on the other hand gets a V12 engine with 611 HP as well as a number of changes to increase the car’s driving dynamics. Don’t put them in the winner’s circle just yet, though, because the HGTE was still slower than the lightweight, mid engine V8 powered F-430 Scuderia
So how did the Ferrari 599 HGTE fare against the Lexus LF-A? Check out the video to find out!
Japanese automaker, Toyota , is at it again. After their massive recall due to unintended acceleration, the automaker is looking at another large recall effort. This time, 1.53 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles will be recalled globally. The United States market makes up around 740,000 of that total and around 600,000 will come from Japan.
During a recent interview, Hyundai ’s UK managing director, Tony Whitehorn, announced that the company plans to introduce a new Genesis range that will take on models from Infiniti and Lexus . The new range will include a sporty coupe, executive saloon, and luxury limousine. The Genesis will become a stand alone brand with a unique identity giving the premium cars "more credibility".
"Lexus did a great job in the states, but it never really took off in Europe to the same extent," said Whitehorn. "But the premium route is certainly an interesting one and it’s one that could work for us with the Genesis brand in the UK."
A Mercedes AMG model is no doubt a car that suggests luxury and wealth, so it doesn’t surprise us that someone would want to make their vehicle look as much like the AMG model as possible. And that’s exactly what someone tried to do when they transformed their Lexus SC300 into a Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG .
The conversion was made by a Japanese guy with lots of spare time, and he actually started to do an impressive job. However, at some point he did not realize that enough was enough, and he ended up going way too far and ruining it all.
The car’s proportions are quite accurate, but the bonnet is very exaggerated, the side skirts are different, and the air vents are too big compared to the original model. The doors openings are also different and the rear is a total failure. The only things that resemble an SL55 AMG are the taillights and the double pipes from the exhaust system. The rest is just personal interpretation.
Lexus’ main attraction at the 2010 Australian International Motor Show may be the recently launched CT 200h , but there’s another model that is is sure to please the sportier side of the green goers. That model is the CT 200h F Sport which is basically the same hybrid hatchback, but with a few more enhancements to help it look more like a sports car. However, it’s all show and no go because while they took the time to add this sporty look, they completed ignored the engine leaving it with no boost for its electrical power.
Performance and exterior enhancements include a unique suspension, front and rear styling, alloy wheels, and badging. Like all the other F-Sport models, the CT 200h comes painted in Lexus’ unique Flame Blue exterior color.
Inside, the F Sport model CT 200h will receive an optional unique interior trim, an F Sport steering wheel, sports pedals, scuff plates, instrument panel, and privacy glass.
The hybrid system under the hood remains unchanged: a 1.8 liter VVT-i petrol engine combined to a powerful electric motor, a generator, a high performance battery, a power control unit, and a power split device. The total output delivered by the hybrid system is 134 HP. *Yawn*
The F-Sport package will be available in the first half of 2011.
Ensuring that safety remains the company’s top priority, Lexus is putting its money – and time – where its mouth is by releasing what it says is the world’s most advanced driving simulator.
The simulator, which is located at the Toyota research facility in Higashifuji, Japan, looks more like a space pod than anything else. A dome that rises 150 ft high and is 20 ft wide, the simulator performs state-of-the-art testing involving a real Lexus LS 460 that’s surrounded by an 360-degree interactive simulation of real world driving.
Not only does the simulator allow the company to study a number of real-world driving scenarios, it also helps Lexus come to a better understanding as to how driver’s react during these scenarios, especially those that lead to car crashes. The simulator works in all directions and can simulate speeds of over 180 mph, as well as simulate a number of driving conditions, providing Lexus with a wealth of information it needs to provide with cars that are more resistant to traffic accidents.
We don’t think it’s a coincidence that both Lexus and Mercedes have come out with brand new driving simulators about one week from each other. We’ll have to wait to see what new technology these automakers come out with after a few test spins in their simulators to decide which brand spent their money wisely!
Lexus has revealed the "Gap" commercial for their latest IS sedan that will go on sale at a price of $32,145. For 2011, all IS models will come equipped with high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, gain LED daytime running lights, receive new wheels and rear light designs, and a revised choice of exterior colors. The 2011 IS will also get a new front grille and bumper, a new tail lamp cover, and a revised tailpipe design.
Also for 2011, the IS250 gets a 2.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 204 HP at 6,400 RPM and 185 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,800 rpm. The IS350 gets the 3.5-liter V6 engine that now delivers a total of 306 HP at 6,400 RPM and 277 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm.
Watch how the 2011 Lexus IS delivers all-out performance with accurate and unflinching precision.
The SC430 may be getting booted headfirst out of Lexus’ lineup, but don’t think for one minute that the Japanese auto brand hasn’t already made plans for a successor. Snuggling itself in the SC430’s slot will be the LC600h (tentatively named) which will be built on a shortened version of the next-generation LS platform. A Lexus insider claims that the LC600h will capture the essence of Lexus, including their performance, luxury, and environment causing it to reach the luxurious status of the Mercedes SL-Class .
The LC600h will be an all-wheel drive convertible with a retractable metal roof. It will be powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 hybrid system that will produce around 500 HP. That’s a helluva successor considering the current SC430 only delivers a measly 288hp in comparison. With this amount of power the future convertible will make the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.
The Lexus insider further stated: "If we don’t get anymore nasty surprises on the economic front, then any time after 2015 might be the right time for the LC."
The official debut will be made at one of the major shows in 2014.
The current generationLexus GS has been around for quite awhile with its sales starting way back in 2006, so to say that the luxury car was due for a little refresh is a bit of an understatement. This is especially true considering the competition is heating up with the upgraded Mercedes E-Class and the BMW 5-Series . Alas, the car gods have spoken and test mules for the next generation GS have been spotted. The new Lexus GS will be launched in 2012 and will, for the first time, get a GS-F version.
The 2012 GS will be built on a brand new platform which will be sportier and more efficient. The engine line-up will include a new V6 engine and a 3.5 liter engine that will replace the current 4.6-liter V-8. A hybrid version has also been confirmed.
As for the GS-F version, it won’t getthe same 4.8 Liter V10 engine as the LF-A. Instead Lexus will offer an upgraded version of the 5.0-liter V-8 from the IS-F, developing around 450 HP. It will also get a torque vectoring differential on the rear axle and a weight reduction thanks to the use of carbon-fiber. The GS-F will go on sale in 2013.