When it comes to updating Toyota or Lexus models, the best work comes from in-house tuner: Toyota Racing Developments (TRD). In the past, TRD has rolled out some awesome work and the upgrades offered for the new-generation Lexus IS are no exception.
As usual, TRD is offering nothing big, but just enough aerodynamic and chassis improvements to set itself apart from standard models. For ¥437,700 (about $4,300) customers get new side skirts, front spoiler, rear bumper with integrated diffuser, trunk-mounted spoiler and twin tailpipes for the sport exhaust system.
TRD also offers an updated suspension system with performance dampers and braces for an additional ¥288,750 ($2,900). For another ¥527,625 ($5,200), you can also get a set of 19-inch forged-aluminum wheels.
Up to this point, these updates are only available in Japan, but they might make their way to the U.S.
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After teasing it for quite some time now, Lexus has finally unveiled the third generation IS sedan at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. The new model will be put on sale in mid-2013 in both rear- and all-wheel-drive versions, and in 250 and 350 trim levels. There will also be an F-Sport variant, and Europe and Japan will get an IS 300h version featuring the new Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder, 2.5-liter engine combined with a high-torque motor.
The 2014 Lexus IS features the same design language we have already seen in models like GS and LS, including an inverted trapezoidal upper grille and slanted lower grille. Unlike the previous models, which featured a three-projector LED headlamp unit, the new IS receives Lexus’ new powerfully articulated headlamp cluster design with L-shaped Daytime Running Lights (DRL) located independently below.
Both models will be offered with a V-6 engine, one in a 2.5-liter displacement and the other one in 3.5-liter displacement.
Updated 04/29/2013: Lexus announced today prices for the 2014 IS luxury sedan set to arrive at dealerships this summer. Click past the jump to learn more about it.
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Today we decided to take a break from all those New York Auto Show debuts and start the day with an awesome report out of Japan. Sources close to Toyota have informed GT Channel that Lexus is preparing to launch two new sports cars in the upcoming future. One of the two is codenamed “Project 777L” and is slated as a successor to the SC. The second one is known as the LC 550 (Luxury Coupe) and will feature design elements from the LF-LC Concept.
The future LC 550 will be built on the LS chassis and will be offered with an all-wheel-drive system. As for the engine lineup, sources claim that Lexus will have two different possibilities: a 4.2-liter V-8 engine or a hybrid version with the powertrain borrowed from the LC 600h.
Either way, the output is reported to be somewhere in the 500-horsepower area, while the sprint from 0 to 60 mph will likely be less than 5 seconds. If the reports are true, you can anticipate a price tag somewhere in the $100k area. It will rival models like BMW 6-Series and Mercedes-Benz SL-Class.
Again, this is simply a report from a “source,” but GT Channel seems to put a ton of clout in this report. Stay tuned for more!
We have been expecting to see a Lexus GS-F sports sedan for quite some time now, but Lexus made no official confirmation into this direction. At least not until now, as Toyota has filed three different trademarks, one of them being the GS-F. The other two are “FT-HT” and “XSE” - the latest one most likely referring to a new concept car.
The new GS-F trademarked was filed on March 15, 2013 for "automobiles and structural parts thereof" and has been filed only in the U.S., but not in Canada.
Previous rumors suggest that the GS-F will be offered with an upgraded version of the 5.0-liter V-8 from the IS-F, developing around 450 horsepower. However, since Lexus decided to discontinue the IS-F, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a completely different engine offered in the GS-F.
Expect the new Lexus GS-F to arrive sometime in 2014 as a competitor for models like BMW M5 and Mercedes E63 AMG.
Now that Lexus has officially unveiled the new-generation IS luxury sedan everyone was expecting an "F" version to follow. Well, not anymore!
Due to low sales - only 486 units last year - Lexus decided that there is no point offering a high-performance version anymore. Instead, the new IS will receive new sports versions, but none of them will wear the F nomenclature.
There is a combination of reasons why the IS-F is selling so badly, despite its incredible performance. First of course is its huge price ($61,750) that put it out of the reach of most Lexus buyers. Then there is its low fuel economy rating of 18 mpg, while the BMW M3 delivers 20 mpg.
Those of you who still want the IS-F, you still have the 2013 model year to buy one. After the 2013 model year sells out, it appears that Lexus is going to look for another alternative to challenge models like BMW M3 and Mercedes C63 AMG.
On December 14th, 2012, Lexus built its last LF-A supercar - a white Nürburgring Package Edition - specially developed for a museum. The last unit destined for the road – No. 499 - finally found its home. The model arrived in the U.S. as a birthday gift to Roy Mallady, who is already on his second LF-A – his first was No. 003. In fact, Mallady is a real Lexus enthusiast, as he previously owned nine other models: nine LSs, four LX SUVs and an SC400.
If you think that he is one of those drivers that buys a supercar just to keep it in its garage, you’ll be happy to know that his first LF-A already has 7,000 miles on its ticker and is already on its third set of brakes. So, why did he need a second LF-A? It’s likely because he finds it a "better track car than any Ferrari" and he just liked being watched while driving his supercar on the highway.
Who are we to disagree the man?
About a week ago, we showed you a video of a mentally fried dude doing his best Need for Speed impersonation: carelessly drifting on public roads with not a care in the world. We emphasized the dangers of being that reckless, no matter how cool it looks.
Turns out, another one of those videos has appeared on the ’Net, only this time, the perp can be seen driving a Lexus IS-F. The situations are different, but the dangers certainly aren’t. In this case, the driver successfully pulls off the high-speed drive in the middle of traffic, narrowly escaping crashing while doing his dangerous stunt.
Technically speaking, he pulls off an impressive drift. – added brownie points for the degree of difficulty but in all sense and sensibilities, this is the kind of drift we don’t encourage. We said it before, if you’re going to drift, make sure it’s in the appropriate environment where won’t risk your life and the lives of those around you.
The shorthand version: don’t be an idiot when you drift.
Rumors of a high-performance sports coupe from Lexus could heat up after it was reported that the Japanese automaker has filed a trademark for the name "RC F" in the U.S. and Europe.
The "RC 350" name was actually trademarked back in November with the Australian Patent Office, setting off speculation that this new RC model could be car that’ll be based on the LF-CC Concept. Now that Lexus has followed that up with the trademark of "RC F," you can clearly see a pattern slowly developing akin to what the company already has with the IS and IS F models.
No confirmation has been made, but in the interest of full disclosure, Lexus’ "RC F" was filed under the United States Patent & Trademark Office #85770072 and the European Union #011314226.
We’ll be sure to update you on any new updates regarding this story. At the very least, it’s getting us really excited to see what Lexus has in store for all of us.
Production of the Lexus LF-A stopped on December 14th, 2012, but this doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying the news about it. For example, National Geographic’s hit show, Megafactories, recently featured the Lexus supercar. You will learn how the car was built, starting with the design board and up to the safety tests.
For those of you who still need a reminder, the LF-A is powered by a 4.8-liter V-10 engine 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.
During this 45-minute-long video you will learn everything you never knew about this impressive Japanese supercar. All we can hope is that Lexus will come with a new version of it. But until then, we will continue to wait until we see the production version of the LF-Cc.
Now that production of the Lexus LF-A has come to an end, the Japanese automaker is left without a sports car in its lineup. While it’s a hard to replace a “halo car” like the LF-A, Autocar is reporting that the LF-CC Concept, the same one that made its debut at the Paris Auto Show last September, could take the reins from the LF-A as the company’s next sports car.
According to the report, steps are already underway to begin development of a production LF-CC. This stems from a Lexus source saying that the objective this time around isn’t to showcase a limited-edition supercar the way they did with the LF-A, but to build a car that was “exciting and emotional,” and one that reflects Lexus’ intended future image as a “sporting” brand.
The new sports car will wear both coupe and convertible guise, and will carry styling cues from the concept LF-CC. A rear-drive platform is also likely to be used, similar to the setups Lexus used on the new IS and GS models. But most importantly, the production LF-CC is poised to carry a hybrid powertrain.
We have no illusions that the production LF-CC will eventually supplant the LF-A as Lexus’ fabled supercar, but we do understand the latter’s impact in giving Lexus some sports car chops, something it hasn’t had in a long time.
Here’s to hoping that the production LF-CC can carry that tradition when it makes its reported debut by 2015.