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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.


In the past few months, we have seen three different Lexus LF-A prototypes testing around Nurburgring: the AD-A , the AD-B, and the AD-X . Our hopes were dashed when we realized these prototypes were nothing but special one-off models and that they would not provide any indication of what the future held for an LF-A special edition, but social media has come through for us again.

Lexus race car driver, Akira Iida, has posted a cool teaser video for a future LF-A GTE Race Car on his Twitter account. The first details suggest that this race car will be used in the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans, but it is also rumored to be battling the lines at the Nurburgring 24 Hours. One thing is for sure, though, Akira Iida will be behind the wheel no matter which race this vehicle stars in!

Lexus has yet to offer any details on their new race car, but Akira Iida seems to be the second-best source on the matter, so we’ll take his word for it. Stay tuned!

Source: Autoguide
Lexus LF-CC Concept

During the LF-CC ’s North American at the 2012 SEMA Show, Lexus Marketing Boss Brian Bolain offered almost every possible detail on an upcoming performance two-door vehicle without necessarily confirming the production model. The new model will replace the outgoing SC and will most likely be offered with an IS-F Coupe nomenclature.

When talking about the sports car’s exterior design, Bolain said that the LF-CC Concept is a clear indication of what the future model will look like, especially when it comes to the monoform grille which will first be used in the upcoming 2014 IS F-Sport sedan. Also, the upcoming performance coupe will feature the company’s new signature Spindle Grille recently seen on the new GS sedan .

"Design is not something we’ve ever been given credit for. Design has got to become one of our hallmarks. With LF-LC and LF-CC we’re starting to prove to outsiders we can do it."

The future IS-F Coupe’s power source is still under consideration and Bolain confirmed that everything is possible, starting from a four-cylinder engine all the way up to a V8 engine.

Source: Autoguide
Lexus IS

The second generation Lexus IS was unveiled in 2005 and has been on sale ever since with only a minor refresh in 2009. If Lexus wants to keep up with the Audi A4 , BMW 3-Series , and Mercedes C-Class , they really needed to offer a change for their luxury sedan. These spy images show that the change is well on its way as the third generation IS has been caught testing again somewhere in Europe. This time, though, the new prototype has been caught with less cammo than before.

The new Lexus IS will be built on a shortened version of the GS platform and, while its overall dimensions don’t appear to be changing, Lexus will focus on reducing the car’s total weight by as much as possible.

On the exterior, the new IS will follow the same direction as the new GS and LS models and will adopt the company’s new spindle grille.

The sedan version is set to be unveiled sometime in 2013. It will be followed by a convertible version and a high powered IS-F version one year later.


Lexus ’ contingent of vehicles headed to the 2012 SEMA Auto Show has a new addition in the form of a supercharged GS 350 F Sport. Anytime the word ’supercharged’ is being thrown out, you know that it’s a very good thing. Lexus and VIP Auto Salon certainly think so because this specially customized GS 350 F Sport is headed to SEMA to turn some heads.

On the outside, the Japanese automaker and its tuning partner fitted the GS 350 F Sport with a new body kit courtesy of noted Japanese tuner Wald International. The kit consists of a slew of new components, including a new front lip spoiler, revised side skirts, a fully-mounted trunk spoiler, and a roof spoiler. On top of that, VIP Auto Salon also added an RSR Super coilover suspension and a new set of 20" Vossen CV7 wheels wrapped in Yokohama S. Drive tires with complementing Brembo GT brakes.

At the heart of this customized GS 350 F Sport is a new Apexi CG SPL supercharger kit. Though Lexus didn’t release specific performance numbers, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out that with this supercharger in tow to go, a Smart Smart Accel throttle controller, and a PTS Joe Z Series true dual header-back exhaust system, you’re going to see a staggering increase in output from the model’s current 306-horsepower and 277 lb/ft of torque figures.

Lexus will drop the figures at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show so be sure to come back to get the full details.

Five Axis usually prepares some of the most amazing tuning packages for the SEMA Auto Show, and judging from the first details we have on their Lexus LS F-Sport , it looks like this year won’t be an exception.

Their Lexus LS 460 F Sport project is painted in a custom titanium matte finish and sits on a new set of custom alloy wheels size 22x9.0" at the front and 22x10.5" at the back. The exterior should be high;y recognizable to all considering it was inspired by the GS F Sport by Five Axis unveiled last year at the same show. The exterior kit will include huge fender vents and a new diffuser integrated into the rear bumper, among many other things. Five Axis also installed an AirRunner TC-5 air suspension system that will lower the car and will provide a sportier appearance.

Under the hood, Five Axis kept the usual 4.6-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 386 HP and 367 lb-ft of torque.

UPDATE 11/05/12: Toyota has released a new batch of photos of the Five Axis-tuned LS 460 F Sport. Check ’em out by hopping over to the gallery section below!


The second iteration of the Lexus LF-LC Concept , previously dubbed the LF-LC 2, has now been revealed. It’s called the LF-LC Blue Concept and if we weren’t trying to outsmart ourselves, we would’ve though it was dubbed as the Blue Concept because of something garish done to the car.

The truth is, it’s called the LF-LC Blue Concept because the car has been finished in an Opal Blue color, a color that Lexus describes as inspired by the "lustrous base color found in the naturally occurring semi-precious opal stone of outback Australia." Okay, so maybe there is something behind the color.

Nevertheless, the LF-LC Blue Concept comes dressed to the party looking a whole lot like the original LF-LC Concept we saw in early 2012 at the Detroit Auto Show. Make no mistake, though, the former has some new features that the original didn’t.

Find out what they are by clicking past the jump for more about the Lexus LF-LC Blue Concept.

7:14. That’s the current record time held by the Lexus LF-A around the Nurburgring. Pretty impressive, right?

Well, it looks like Lexus thinks it can do better and last week, the Japanese automaker took to the Nurburgring to attempt a single lap with their latest one-off LF-A model, the AD-X .

The video shows us glimpses of the LF-A AD-X’s hot lap around the Nurburgring. It doesn’t say whether the ADX was able to break its namesake’s record, but with all the modifications fitted into this one-off race car - the enormous rear wing, the small winglets, and the carbon fiber diffuser are only a few of the modifications done to this mighty racer - we’d be disappointed if the AD-X wasn’t able to shed off a few seconds off of the LF-A’s Nurbugring lap record.

The video comes courtesy of BridgestoGantry.com and even they don’t know if the LF-A AD-X managed to break the record, but like they said, if the one-off race car was able to do it, you can be sure that Lexus will tell the whole world about it sooner than later.

Earlier this month, we ran a top 10 column on some of the best pink cars we’ve ever seen as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The thing is, if this Japanese beauty was released earlier, it would’ve almost certainly made it on that list.

This pink Lexus LF-A comes by way of Lexus of Brisbane in Australia to show their support of National Breast Cancer Awareness month. It’s probably the only pink Lexus in Australia, maybe even the world, so you know that there’s a special uniqueness to it. And since it’s an LF-A, it’s got all-world performance credentials, thanks in large part to a 4.8-liter V10 engine that produces 562 horsepower with a 0-62 mph time of 3.7 seconds a top speed of 202 mph.

The car was built with the help of the Faingaa Twins, Ant and Saia, two brothers who play professional rugby in Australia, and more importantly, are both ambassadors for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Needless to say, these guys sure know how to make the kind of statement that resonates to a lot of people.

“Along with donations, auction items and support of the Fainga’a Twins Charity Golf Day, going pink is our way reminding all of Brisbane that October is the month of Breast Cancer Awareness,” said Lexus of Brisbane dealer principal Andrew Scifleet.

The Nurburgring has been pretty crowded with supercars in the past week with the Mercedes SLS Black Edition and the Audi R8 GT making their testing appearances on the "Green Hell." Now, a new hardcore Lexus LF-A has also been caught testing at the track. Joining the previous AD-A and AD-B prototypes spotted, the new AD-X looks like an even more track-focused version of the LFA!

At first glance, anyone would believe that this is just a regular LF-A Nurburgring Edition , but a closer look would reveal some significant changes. While the first two prototypes used a blue-carbon fiber combination and a green finish with carbon fiber, this prototype’s color reminds us of the classic Porsche 911 Carrera RS.

Other changes include the carbon fiber roof, pillars, and spoiler, as well as the front air splitter which is much more pronounced, sticking out quite a bit further than the splitter we’ve seen on the LF-A Nurburgring Edition.

Since a standard LF-A delivers 552 HP out of its V10 engine, it is very probable that this model will get an increased output of up to 600 HP.

Excited yet? Well, hold your horses because the Lexus LF-A AD-X Special Edition will only be produced as a one-off.


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