Lexus at Geneva Motor Show
This year in Geneva Lexus is celebrating the European premier of its new F-marque vehicles, the IS-F and LF-A. The Lexus F stylishly identifies vehicles that are specifically designed and engineered for ultra-high performance with exceptional sports driving dynamics. F-badged models will underline the company’s pursuit of perfection, and its aim to continuously push the limits of automobile engineering, by delivering vehicles with dynamically increased performance and exceptional driving characteristics while minimising both fuel consumption and emissions.
The IS- F features a sports tuned 5.0L V8, delivering over 400 DIN hp and over 500 Nm of torque, underlining the vehicle’s dynamic performance character. The 0-100 km/h acceleration time is 4.9s. A governed top speed of 270 km/h together with CO2 emissions of 290 g/km, position the IS-F as one of the strongest yet cleanest sport sedans in its segment. The transmission of the Lexus IS-F is based on the unique 8-speed automatic transmission from the LS series, tuned with a new sports shift control that enables the use of both a manual mode (with paddle shift operation) and a fully automatic mode. A specially developed sports shift control enables the quickest gear level up-shifting in its segment - just 100ms (compared to 50ms for F1 cars). In line with its sporting character, the IS-F introduces, for the first time in a Lexus, a switchable Sports VDIM (Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management) that allows a manual selection between Normal, Sport, and Off.
In their practical stufies of new approaches to design engineering for more compact and energy efficient super sports car concepts, the Lexus sports engineering team created the LF-A. With an overall length of just 4400mm, this is the most compact, yet most powerful Lexus to date. The LF-A features a racing inspired ultra-high performance 5L V10 engine, generating over 500 DIN hp and delivering a top speed in excess of 320 km/h. Its forward/mid-engine location, with rear-mounted transaxle and radiators gives the LF-A perfect front/rear weight distribution enabling breathtaking handling precision.
Both the IS-F and the LF-A demonstrate the advances Lexus has made in perfecting the base technologies that shape Lexus’ performance characteristics. The LS 600h impressively shows how these can be refined even further to deliver power at a supremely efficient level, and to set new standards in environmentally-conscious performance in the premium segment.
The new Lexus LS 600h is the highest expression of current automobile technology. Its 5L V8 employs Lexus’ unique D-4S engine technology with two fuel injectors per cylinder and VVT-iE on intake to boost performance and lower emissions, noise and vibrations. These engine characteristics are further refined by Lexus’ hybrid system. This combination, together with the LS 600h’s unique electrically controlled continuously variable transmission, delivers the performance of a normally aspirated V12 with a combined fuel consumption of 9.5L/100km and CO2 emissions of 220 g/km, which compare well to the levels of the cleanest diesels in this segment. In addition, the LS 600h L signifies the first ever, long wheelbase version in Lexus’ history and offers rear seat entertainment and relaxation, including a reclining seat with leg and footrest, unprecedented in this segment.
A dual-stage, electronically controlled continuously variable transmission provides the LS 600h with a smooth, linear power delivery and a seamless acceleration. It is matched to the AWD drivetrain with a central mechanical TORSEN® LSD, to deliver excellent handling stability in every aspect of high performance driving.