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This week was a fun show. We celebrated hitting 21 episodes by cracking open some bottles of root beer soda, and then we discussed what we had each bought to drink. Once that is out of the way, we actually get into some car stuff and we cover the Weekly Wheels. Mark was driving the Lexus IS350 Convertible , Justin had a shiny new silver Miata , and I was bombing around all week in a blue Nissan Versa Note .

For the news stories we covered the testing and subsequent burning of the new Honda NSX at the Nurburgring , we talk about Elon Musk’s newest Tesla , and Justin talks a bit about an “affordable” Bentley coupe . We also spend a quick second talking about video games, and then Mark gets to go a little crazy with some truck talk involving a potential rival for the Ford Raptor and the new engine for the 2015 F150 .

Once we finish ranting about car news, we hit up the viewer questions. We talk about which is better, diesel or gas and why, and we go over some essential road-trip checks and packing supplies. Once we make it through that, we move to our signature Own, Drive, Burn in which we have to pick between three different historical Porsche models.

We hope you guys liked it, and we can’t wait to see you next week. As a side note, next week’s show will be on Wednesday. I hope to see you all there.

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We haven’t been shy about the vehicles we admire here on Topspeed. The Lexus NX midsize SUV falls into that list. The arrival of the NX has given Lexus a model to compete against the likes of the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 . But if the company really wants to make a statement, a smaller version of the NX should be on the horizon, right?

Lexus Europe Vice President Alain Uyttenhoven spoke with Autocar about the possibility of a smaller Lexus SUV . He wasn’t totally open but he also didn’t shoot it down, leaving us hanging with nail-biting phrases like “not impossible” and “makes sense”.

The man clearly knows how to evade leading questions, even if it comes at our unfortunate expense. But if you read between the lines, there is reason to be optimistic. For one, Uyttenhoven didn’t completely deny the possibility of a smaller, NX-based SUV. We’re going to take that as a sign that Lexus could be considering such a model in the future. For now, that’s a "win" in our book

Lexus does have a real gem in the NX SUV, and If it can use that as a basis for a smaller version, there will be no shortage of competitors sweating out the model’s arrival. Models like the BMW X1 , the Audi Q3 , and the Mercedes-Benz GLA should all be worried if Lexus does release a competing model.

The ball, it seems, is in Lexus’ court. What it does with it could change the landscape of the luxury , compact SUV segment.

Note: Lexus NX pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about Lexus NX.

Source: AutoCar

Lexus has confirmed something a lot of us have been waiting for, a production version of the LF-Lc Coupe will come out in 2016. If there was ever a time to buy some stock on the Japanese automaker, now’s the time to do it. Autocar is reporting that Lexus actually has big plans for the production version of the LF-Lc. Turns out, the model isn’t just going to be a sports car in Lexus’ lineup; it’s going to be the sports car in the lineup, replacing the departed LF-A to claim that title.

Who saw that coming?

Lexus Europe vice-president Alain Uyttenhoven confirmed as much, telling Autocar that the LF-Lc will not be a “huge volume” model. Instead, it’s being prepared as a model to “boost brand image," which is probably a less direct way of saying that the LF-Lc is going to be the halo model of the brand.

This is tremendous news for fans of Lexus, especially those who couldn’t afford the LF-A and its $375,000 price tag. According to Uyttenhoven, the production LF-Lc is going to cost significantly less than the LF-A . He also indicated that the company plans to retain the design architecture of the concept model into the production version.

This is incredible news, especially for those that have waited years to hear those words of confirmation come directly from the horse’s mouth.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus LF-Lc.

Source: AutoCar

The Lexus IS has been roaming the streets of America since 2000. That IS 300 came powered by a 3.0-liter, inline-six-cylinder engine making 217 horsepower and 218 pound-feet of torque mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The IS’ first generation was a groundbreaking one, setting plenty of design standards and even setting a few trends with its clear taillight housings. Then for 2006, the second-generation IS launched with an updated look and a slew of V-style engines. The car came in IS 250 and 350 guises until Lexus launched the IS F , a high-performance variant powered by a 5.0-liter V-8, in 2007. A clean sweep came across the IS lineup in 2008, along with the addition of a hardtop convertible. Still utilizing the second-generation platform and styling, the 2014 IS 350C soldiers on as the rest IS lineup gets a whole new look.

I just recently spent a week behind the wheel of Lexus’ 2014 IS 350C, complete with the F Sport package. Despite its exclusion from the redesign, the IS 350C is still a lovely car to look at and drive. Of course, the main focus surrounds that aluminum-alloy folding hardtop, and with good cause. A short, 20-second transformation makes the two door coupe into a 2+2 drop-top perfect for boulevard cruising and back-road burning.

Click past the jump for the full review

Back in 2001, the Lexus IS 300 debuted to give the Japanese automaker a competitor for the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class. The IS 350 took its place in 2006 with a revised body and a new, 3.5-liter engine. The IS 350 received yet another redesign in 2014, giving it a more modern design to better handle the growing and changing luxury sedan realm. Markets other than the U.S. received a hybrid IS 300h for the 2013 model year (same as the U.S.-Spec 2014 model year) and at the tail end of 2014, the UK earns a new trim for the IS 300h dubbed the Executive Edition.

The Lexus IS 300h is the kind of car that already speaks for itself. It looks good, and it has an impressive and efficient powertrain. But every so often, a highly regarded car like the IS 300h is still subject to more improvements. Not that any of us are complaining because an even better equipped IS 300h means a more attractive model for customers. That’s what happened here after Lexus introduced a new Executive Edition model to the IS 300h range. The changes aren’t significant enough to completely change the model’s aesthetics, but it’s still significant enough to warrant our applause.

With all these add-ons, the IS 300h Executive Edition only costs £33,385, which is about $57,000 based on exchange rates (7/1/2014). That represents an increase of just £3,390 ($5,780), which is affordable enough for some new digs.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus IS 300h Executive Edition.

The Lexus RX essentially created the luxury crossover market when it debuted in 1998. By using a unibody chassis rather than a body-on-frame setup like most SUVs, the Lexus was quieter, more comfortable and nicer to drive than any of its competitors. Lexus had an immediate hit. Now more than 15 years later I have been given the keys to a third-generation model. Meet the RX 450h.

The “h” signifies that this particular family machine is powered by a hybrid system. Toyota makes some of the best hybrids in the business, but I worry that the weight and heft of an SUV may be too much to ask of the Hybrid Synergy Drive setup. With lots of crossover competition from America and the German’s alike the RX 450h has some stiff rivals. Can this latest version of Lexus’ segment defining crossover keep up with the now rampant competition?

Read more about the 2014 Lexus RX 450h after the break

The Lexus LF-LC Concept made quite an impact at the 2012 Detroit Motor Show . The coupe debuted with stunning looks and a rear-wheel-drive configuration motivated by a hybrid powertrain, making everyone fantasize about a more powerful and advanced successor to the almighty LF-A .

More than two yeas have passed and that scenario has yet to materialize, but rumors about the LF-LC’s purpose keep pouring in. A recent report coming from Japan, for instance, says the concept car won’t spawn a replacement for the LF-A, but a grand tourer that will bring the SC nameplate back to the Lexus range. The initial SC was discontinued in 2010 after only two generations.

If the report proves to be correct, the new SC will most likely benefit from the LF-LC’s carbon-fiber and aluminum construction, which means it will sit above the RC-F coupe in terms of performance. As far as styling goes, we expect the third-generation SC to blend cues from both the LF-LC Concept and the RC-F for a modern and aggressive result.

The production model will likely keep the aerodynamic and muscular shape of the concept car, but ditch the futuristic headlamps in favor of RC-like units. Slightly reshaped taillights and rear bumper are also imaginable, but expect the same spindle grille to dominate the coupe’s front end.

Engine-wise, Lexus is reportedly readying two distinct powertrains. A hybrid drivertrain combining gasoline and electric power will generate nearly 500 ponies, while the conventional 5.0-liter V-8 borrowed from the RC-F will send 475 horsepower to the rear wheels through Lexus’ 10-speed automatic transmission. Don’t get too excited though, the SC won’t show itself to the world before 2017.

Note: 2012 Lexus LF-LC pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Lexus SC.

Source: CarsGuide

Welcome to the most awesome automotive podcast extravaganza on the internet, the TopSpeed Podcast . We have audio, we have video (after the break), and we have lots of banter about cars!

In this Thursday’s episode we bring you talks of the Nissan 370Z Nismo , the (exciting) Challenger Hellcat and Mark’s NASCAR roadtrip . We even find time to cover the revival of the Nissan Pulsar name and the new/old Jaguar Lightweight E-Type .

We also take a minute to remember F1 legend Sir Jack Brabum .

Our weekly wheels include a discussion about the Acura MDX that Justin got to drive, and the IS 350 F Sport that Mark went to Charlotte in. I am left out of the party again, but I have a new toy to talk about next week.

We have a few questions from the audience including what would make the perfect enthusiast vacation, top tracks to listen to while driving, and we speculate on what old cars need a good dose of carbon in their diet.

As always, we finish things off with Own, Drive, Burn and a trio of McLaren supercars .

Hope you enjoy. As always, you can reach us on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast, through email Podcast@TopSpeed.com and you can leave us a comment below.

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See you next Thursday!

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb
Weekly Wheels: Acura MDX, Lexus IS 350 F Sport

There are few things in this country more American than a NASCAR race. Sure, apple pie and baseball might outrank it, but neither of those can compete with stock cars thundering around a track at 200 mph while continually riding on the brink of catastrophe as they race just inches away from a concrete wall and other drivers gunning to win. So when the opportunity arose to become deeply immersed in the culture during the recent All-Star race, I jumped at the chance.

It all started a few months ago with an email invite from Toyota. It read something along the lines of, “how about joining us at the NASCAR All-Star race and tours of the Joe Gibbs Racing Center and NASCAR Hall of Fame?” My reply went something like, “Heck yeah, I’ll be there!”

I decided to skip the crowded airports for a 2014 Lexus IS350 F Sport and a seven-hour drive through the heart of the eastern seaboard. I viewed this almost like a pilgrimage; setting out on a roadtrip for a destination of racing importance located in the rolling hills of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Once on the road, my choice of chariot was immediately affirmed. Unlike my last Lexus experience, the front seat was perfectly molded, padded, and bolstered. The more I drove, the more the car seemed to shrink around me, making tight maneuvering a thing of ease. The stout 3.5-liter V-6 offered plenty of grunt while the tight steering and sport-tuned suspension made each corner a memorable event.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Lexus IS350 F Sport and about my time spent at Joe Gibbs Racing Center

A successor to the Lexus LF-A has been in the pipeline for quite some time now and while it remains unclear on when the supercar will be launched, Japanese magazine Best Car continues to stress that Lexus will have some help in building the successor to the LF-A. That help, apparently, will come from BMW . This rumor has been brewing for some time now, but if you really think about it, it’s hard to make any sense of it because Lexus and BMW BMW aren’t exactly bosom buddies. Sure, there’s a healthy amount of respect for the other brand, but at their core, the two consider the other as rivals.

Why would BMW help Lexus develop the new LF-A when it could compete directly with the i8 ? It just doesn’t make sense considering the lengths Lexus has taken in the past year to line up car after car to compete against German brands like BMW.

Maybe Best Car knows something that none of us do, which could explain why the magazine appears to be insisting that a BMW-Lexus collaboration is in the works. But call us skeptical on this rumor because we just don’t see the sense behind it.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW i8 - BMW’s current supercar.


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