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2018 Lexus LC 500

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  • Lexus LC 500
  • Year:
    2018
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  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    10-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    471 @ 7100
  • Torque @ RPM:
    389 @ 4800
  • Displacement:
    5.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.4 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    158 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    92000
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The Lexus LF-LC originally debuted at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and since then, Lexus debuted the LF-LC Concept 2. Later in 2015, we got our hands on some spy photos of the LF-LC testing under camo in production form. It has been few years of constant teasing, but Lexus has finally unveiled the Lexus LC500 – the production variant of the LF-LC that we’ve been waiting for.

As you can see from a quick look, the LC500 isn’t all that different from the previous LF-LC concepts that we’ve seen. It is still the same low-sitting, dramatically styled coupe that will probably prove to be the best thing to come out of Lexus in a long time. With its unveiling, we’ve learned a lot about the 2+2 coupe that promises to be the future of Lexus, and to be honest, I can’t wait to see it on the street.

Akio Toyoda, a Master Driver and Chief Brand Officer for Lexus, said, “The LC 500 has been an important product for Lexus and me personally. A few years ago, we decided to guide the future of the brand with products that had more passion and distinction in the luxury market. This flagship luxury coupe’s proportions, stunning design and performance make a strong statement about our brand’s emotional direction and will grow the Lexus luxury appeal globally.”

Of course, it’s not like you’ll see one at every corner. We’re not aware of pricing yet, but given the dramatic design and the details at hand, the car is sure to be reserved for those of the wealthier population. With that said, let’s take a look at Lexus’ new flagship luxury coupe and all the greatness that is Lexus LC500.

Update 3/20/2017: Lexus has announced pricing for the Lexus LC 500 and LC 500H. Check out our prices section below for all of the details.

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Lexus LF-1 Concept Has A Unique Take On Side View Mirrors, And It Might Actually Work

Lexus LF-1 Concept Has A Unique Take On Side View Mirrors, And It Might Actually Work

Digital screens that really make sense as a replacement for traditional mirrors

In an effort to eke out every last little bit of fuel economy, lots of manufacturers are proposing replacing the traditional side-view mirrors with small cameras, feeding the view to digital screens inside the cabin. The smaller, blade-like cameras reduce aerodynamic drag, thus increasing efficiency in the process (not to mention adding an extra layer of cool digital bling). Unfortunately, the camera feed is usually relayed to some awkward spot inside the cabin, such as on the other side of the dash or even into the rear-view mirror. It’s understandable, considering the limited real estate offered in the modern car interior, but there has to be a more sensible approach. Luckily, it looks like the Lexus LF-1 Concept has the right idea.

Recently revealed with a debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the Lexus LF-1 is the luxury Japanese brand’s latest forward-thinking look at the SUV segment. We think it looks great, with sharp lines, excellent proportions, and solid use of Lexus’ latest styling language. In fact, we liked it so much, we gave it a spot on our Best In Show list. However, the good stuff isn’t limited to what’s going on outside the vehicle, as the Lexus LF-1’s interior is equally attractive.

The multi-tier layout, the color scheme, the glittering panels – all well-executed features, if you ask us. Of particular note are the twin screens flanking the central display behind the steering wheel. These two screens provide a feed from the side-view cameras, which is perfect for the system in question here. Not only does it make it easy for the driver to watch the right and left sides of the vehicle (no need to turn around or take your eyes off the road!), but the ancillary screens still provide plenty of space for whatever infotainment features you might want to see on the dash.

Well done, Lexus. Now we’ll just wait here to see if it makes it into production.

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2018 Lexus LF-1 Limitless

2018 Lexus LF-1 Limitless

The world’s first flagship crossover?

Back in 2014, Toyota got us excited with the FT-1 concept, an aggressive-looking sports car that many believed it previewed the next-generation Supra. The spy shots suggest that the production model won’t get that many styling cues from the radical concept, but the FT-1 remains the company’s greatest flagship car to date. Four years have passed, and Lexus is using a similar nameplate, now revised to LF-1, to showcase its own future flagship vehicle. But unlike its parent company, Lexus wants its range-topping luxury model to be a crossover. Meet the LF-1 Limitless, Lexus’ idea for a new genre of luxury vehicle: the flagship crossover.

Unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the LF-1 Limitless preview a brand-new niche in the premium market. Or at least that’s what Lexus claims. Just like it established the luxury crossover segment with the RX 300 some two decades ago, the Japanese firm thinks it could invent a new class with the LF-1, the flagship crossover. Yes, it sounds a bit confusing, mainly because "flagship" is usually associated with the largest vehicle in a lineup, so the LF-1 would make more sense as a model placed above the LX, but hey, it’s the 21st century and rules have changed. Actually, the current automotive market no longer works by the book, so it’s not as awkward as it seems at first glance.

But it’s all PR talk so far, as Lexus hasn’t confirmed actual production plans for the LF-1. But this crossover looks gorgeous, and it’s packed with the company’s latest technology. Let’s have a closer look below.

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2018 Lexus LC 500

2018 Lexus LC 500

The Lexus LF-LC originally debuted at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and since then, Lexus debuted the LF-LC Concept 2. Later in 2015, we got our hands on some spy photos of the LF-LC testing under camo in production form. It has been few years of constant teasing, but Lexus has finally unveiled the Lexus LC500 – the production variant of the LF-LC that we’ve been waiting for.

As you can see from a quick look, the LC500 isn’t all that different from the previous LF-LC concepts that we’ve seen. It is still the same low-sitting, dramatically styled coupe that will probably prove to be the best thing to come out of Lexus in a long time. With its unveiling, we’ve learned a lot about the 2+2 coupe that promises to be the future of Lexus, and to be honest, I can’t wait to see it on the street.

Akio Toyoda, a Master Driver and Chief Brand Officer for Lexus, said, “The LC 500 has been an important product for Lexus and me personally. A few years ago, we decided to guide the future of the brand with products that had more passion and distinction in the luxury market. This flagship luxury coupe’s proportions, stunning design and performance make a strong statement about our brand’s emotional direction and will grow the Lexus luxury appeal globally.”

Of course, it’s not like you’ll see one at every corner. We’re not aware of pricing yet, but given the dramatic design and the details at hand, the car is sure to be reserved for those of the wealthier population. With that said, let’s take a look at Lexus’ new flagship luxury coupe and all the greatness that is Lexus LC500.

Update 3/20/2017: Lexus has announced pricing for the Lexus LC 500 and LC 500H. Check out our prices section below for all of the details.

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2015 Lexus LF-FC Concept

2015 Lexus LF-FC Concept

The car that you are looking at here may appear to be a wacky, futuristic concept, but it is in fact an early prototype for the next generation of the LS. This is hinted at by Lexus referring to it as a “flagship concept”, as well as the fact that the fourth generation of the LS is about a decade old at this point. Since the LS has always been such an incredibly conservative machine, it’s a bit of a rare treat to see a concept version where the designers and engineers could really run wild.

The concept has just debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show as the centerpiece of the Lexus display. It is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, a technology that Toyota is already putting into production cars. It may hint at an expanded list of optional drivetrains for the LS in its fifth generation, or it might just be used because that’s the sort of thing that you do with concepts. But whatever is used to make it go, the LF-FC concept is an interesting idea of the LS, and maybe it will help to correct the sales slide the car has been in for several years.

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2017 Lexus SC Spied Testing

2017 Lexus SC Spied Testing

Social media is a great tool for sharing news and photos, and it is also a growing place to see spy photography and videos of future vehicles. We have Instagram to thank for our first sighting of the 2017 Lexus SC, which was spotted while testing in California by Matt Farah of The Smoking Tire.

Though far less in depth than a typical set of spy shots, the two images still provide a promising look ahead to Lexus’ upcoming coupe. Viewed only from the rear angle, it’s easy to see that the styling cues are very close to that of the 2012 Lexus LF-LC concept car, including the vented, L-shaped taillights, the curvaceous rear decklid and fascia, and the almost identical shape of the side window opening. From the broader side view, it even looks like the concept’s lower air scoop will carry over to the production car.

Judging by production-ready body, reports that the next-gen SC will go on sale for the 2017 model year seem to be on target. There is still no word as to when the production model will officially debut, but with so much on the line, it wouldn’t be surprising to see it show up as early as this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show – as a nice kick in the teeth to the German coupes it will be positioned against.

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Rumors Swirl About a 550-Horsepower Lexus LC 500 and a 400-Horse LC 500h

Rumors Swirl About a 550-Horsepower Lexus LC 500 and a 400-Horse LC 500h

The LF-LC has been the subject of rumors since it debuted in concept form at the 2012 Detroit Auto show. Today, a new report from Taiwan claims to have loads of insider information on the production version, which Lexus is calling the LC, including its available engines.

You’ll need to bear with me, as I used translating software to get all of this in English, so there may be a few incorrectly translated items. The biggest news is that the LC will have two available powertrains: one standard gasoline setup and one hybrid. The gasoline-powered model, which will carry the LC 500 name, will feature a 5.0-liter V-8 that churns out 550 horsepower and mates to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The LC 500 will reportedly hit 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds and deliver 26 mpg.

The hybrid model, which Lexus will name the LC 500h, will come with a 3.5-liter V-6 mated to electric motors. The combined output will supposedly sit at 400 horsepower, which will put the 47 mpg LC 500h at 62 mph in just 5.5 seconds.

In terms of size, the LC is rumored to be 4,700 mm (185 inches) long, 1,920 mm (75.6 inches) wide, and ride atop a 2,870 mm (113-inch) wheelbase. To help keep the LC’s curb weight between 1,450 and 1,550 kg (3,197 and 3,417 pounds), Lexus will craft the doors, hood, roof, and other sheet metal out of an aluminum-magnesium alloy.

Also rumored is a debut at the 2016 Detroit Motor Show and a production of 600 units per month, 500 of which will hit American shores.

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2015 Lexus LF-SA Concept

2015 Lexus LF-SA Concept

With the recent additions of the NX crossover and sporty RC coupe, the only real need left in the Lexus lineup is for a premium subcompact. Thanks to the funky and diminutive Lexus LF-SA Concept, it looks like Lexus is finally getting ready to do something about that. Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, the LF-SA is a styling exercise imagined by the automaker’s European design team focus that was tasked with creating an “ultra-compact, sub-B-segment, urban 2+2.”

The interesting part of the LF-SA is that its styling combines elements of both a hatchback and a crossover, which means that Lexus could go in either direction with a production design going after either crossover-ish rivals like the Mercedes GLA-Class and Buick Encore or more of a hatchback variant like the BMW 1 Series. Either way, Lexus has a good record of turning concept vehicles into production vehicles lately, so there’s a good chance that another new Lexus product is on the way.

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2015 Lexus LF-LC GT “Vision Gran Turismo”

2015 Lexus LF-LC GT “Vision Gran Turismo”

What happened to you, Lexus? Did you lose your meds? Get tired of all those Freemason jokes? Or were you always wearing leather bondage gear under that casual business suit? We’re sure there’s some sort of logical explanation here, perhaps having to do with changes in management or the public’s reception of the LF-A supercar. But one does not simply walk from the land of Smooth Jazz into Freak-on-a-Leash without people asking questions.

Not that we’re complaining. Even if this is just a case of medication in need of adjustment, there’s no doubt that this latest dip into stylistic psychosis has been a watershed time for Toyota’s usually straight-laced brand. It’s not that Lexus doesn’t know how to build fast cars — the brand did, after all, debut with the V-8 LS400. It’s just that this brand has historically proven to be the only one on Earth capable of starting with a Toyota Supra and making it boring . Yeah, looking at you, entire SC line.

These years of late, though...if we didn’t know better, we’d think some devil switched out Lexus’ Prozac for Red Hots and crystal meth. Evidence this, a car as psychotically named as it was styled: The LF-LC GT Vision Gran Turismo.

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Production Version Lexus LF-LC Will Revive the "SC" Name

Production Version Lexus LF-LC Will Revive the "SC" Name

The Porsche 911 Turbo is the most popular model of its class, but that status comes with a lot of competitors looking to take it down a peg or two. From the Nissan GT-R to the Audi R8 V10, every premium sports car in the market has its eyes set on the 911 Turbo. Now you can add the Lexus SC to that list.

Lexus’ European vice president Alain Uyttenhoven told Autocar that the Japanese automaker is poised to join an already populated sports car market when it launches the production version of the 2012 LF-Lc Hybrid Sports Coupé Concept. Lexus is even dusting off the "SC" name with plans to use it on the production model, bringing back the name of the 2+2 grand tourer that was in production from 1991 to 2010.

The new Lexus SC isn’t going to be a continuation of the old model, but will instead be a performance-oriented sports car that will be prepared as the spiritual successor to the LFA, eventually taking the reigns from the carbon fiber-bodied supercar as the company’s resident halo car.

The Autocar report also indicated that Lexus will prepare the SC as a front-engined sports car with rear-wheel drive. It also stands to receive a hybrid powertrain made up of a V-8 engine and an electric motor with the goal of producing upwards of 500 horsepower. What’s unclear is whether Lexus will create a new platform specifically for the SC or if it’s simply going to use a shortened version of the platform being prepared for the next-generation LS or GS.

That’s an issue Lexus will eventually have to figure out, but what’s important is that the company is following through on its promise to build more emotional cars. Having a premium halo car like the Lexus SC in its lineup goes a long way in living up to that promise.

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2015 Lexus LF-C2 Concept

2015 Lexus LF-C2 Concept

When Lexus debuted the Lexus LF-LC in 2012 it excited the world of enthusiasts. Lexus had created a beautiful sports coupe and promised a high-power hybrid powertrain would power it. That car has yet to see production as of November 2014, but it seems that things are likely getting closer. Lexus has just introduced the LF-C2 Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show, hinting there’s a brand-new sports convertible underway. The new show car is an “open-air concept,” a convertible version of the LF-LC coupe. with a more production-friendly design.

Although its design is quite familiar, blending styling cues from both the LF-LC Concept and the production RC F, the LF-C2 is far from being a regular convertible. The concept comes with no top whatsoever and a spindle grille that will make you question your sanity once you look at it from different angles. Wrapped in a striking shade of golden yellow, the LF-C2 features a light-colored interior, a unique rear deck that turns into a center console towards the dashboard and a state-of-the-art video monitor. Hit the jump for the full details.

Updated 18/11/2014: With just a few hours before its official debut in Los Angeles, Lexus dropped two more teaser images for the LF-C2 concept car. You can see all of the teaser images after the jump.

Updated 11/19/2014: The new Lexus LF-C2 concept made its world debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Check the official details after the jump.

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Lexus Confirms LF-Lc Concept Will Hit Production in 2016

Lexus Confirms LF-Lc Concept Will Hit Production in 2016

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.

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Lexus May Have Previewed the Production LF-NX at the 2014 NAIAS

Lexus May Have Previewed the Production LF-NX at the 2014 NAIAS

We’ve never been the type to jump the gun on early conclusions on anything and we’re not going to do it on this instance.

Having said that, Toyota CEO Jim Lentz’s presentation just before the 2014 North American International Auto Show showed what appeared to be a production version of the LF-NX Concept that we were raving about last year. The image of the production version got us thinking, which of course, led to this question.

That’s it?

Granted, it has all of the Lexus dimensions and styling cues you’d come to expect from the company’s current, and admittedly, fantastic design language. But the LF-NX Concept was just so incredible to look at — it looked like straight out of Transformers! — that we hoped the company would translate at least some of it into the production model.

Instead, we’re looking at a enormously toned down version of the LF-NX that, quite frankly, bears little resemblance to the concept. The sharp edges, the mean-looking headlights, and even the fancy polished gray color of the concept was taken out and replaced with a whole lot of traditional styling — sigh.

We’re still holding out hope that the final version of the production model looks more like the concept than this "preview" of sorts. Then again, we’re not holding out hope that something like that could happen, or at the very least be entertained by Lexus’ top brass.

Click past the jump to watch Jim Lentz’ address at the NAIAS and to read more about the Lexus LF-NX Concept

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Lexus LF-NX Concept Headed to Production

One of the hottest SUV concepts to appear this year — the Lexus LF-NX — will not remain just a concept much longer, according to reports. Cue all the rejoicing from fans of this absolutely wicked crossover!

The news comes by way of Auto Express, who spoke with Lexus’ European director Paul Van der Burgh about the future of the concept crossover. According to Van der Burgh, customer demand spurred the decision for the automaker to green light a production model of the LF-NX. Even better, the production version of the concept will receive many of the striking exterior details of the concept, a development that could turn the LF-NX into one of the sickest looking crossovers/SUVs this side of the upcoming Lamborghini Urus.

No word yet on what kind of powertrain the production LF-NX is going to carry. The concept that appeared last September at the Frankfurt Motor Show carried a 2.5-liter, Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine working with an electric motor while the turbo model that was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show just last month featured a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine with D-4S and VVT-i combustion technologies.

The production LF-NX is expected to go on sale sometime in the summer of 2014, making it one of the most eagerly anticipated new crossovers of the next year. Lexus will show the LF-NX’s production variant at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

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2013 Lexus LF-NX Turbo Concept

2013 Lexus LF-NX Turbo Concept

Lexus again stretches the design envelope with its latest and second version of the LF-NX crossover, the LF-NX Turbo concept. Based on the hybrid version that debuted at the Frankfort Motor Show, Lexus’ new Luxury Utility Vehicle breaks ground for Lexus in the turbo world and continues the company’s development into some very futuristic-looking user interfaces.

The turbo is mounted to a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder that “paves the way for the introduction of turbocharged powerplants in future Lexus models.” The engine features Lexus’ advanced high tumble port, fan spray fuel injection, D-4S and VVT-iw combustion technologies; along with a cylinder head-integrated exhaust manifold. The twin-scroll turbocharger features an active wastegate valve for better computer controllability.

Outside, this Lexus looks sharp – literally. If Sweeney Todd used an electric razor to decapitate his victims, it would look like the LF-NX front grille. The angular lines and deep crevasses lend an intimidating look, while the tall stance gives it a purely aggressive attitude. Perhaps the only thing not aggressive about the LF-NX Turbo is the segment name Lexus tagged it with: Luxury Utility Vehicle, or LUV for short. Images of the small Chevrolet pickup from the 1970s are conjured up – something Lexus probably doesn’t want associated with its new luxury crossover.

While the exterior looks like an instrument of malicious intent, the interior looks like the bridge of the Starship Enterprise in the last two J.J. Abrams movies. The inputs and controls are branded the “Human Machine Interface” and feature the latest iteration of Lexus’ upper display zone and lover operation zone dashboard design. The operation-portion of the dash houses what Lexus calls “a new generation of touch-sensitive, electrostatic switches” and new Remote Touch Interface, or RTI. The RTI is a touch tracer display with an updated design over Lexus’ current touch pad and is designed for easier use.

Overall the Lexus LF-NX Turbo is a compelling design with an incredible amount of innovative features. And since Lexus is spending money on a two LF-NX concept vehicles, we’d be surprised if they didn’t make production.

Click past the jump to watch an animation of the LF-NX Turbo in action

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2013 Lexus LF-NX Concept

2013 Lexus LF-NX Concept

If Lexus wanted to make a splash at Frankfurt with its LF-NX Concept, it sure did pick a good design to get it done.

Redefining — yet again — what we’ve come to expect from its new and drastically improved design language, the Japanese automaker has once again thrown us all for a loop with its latest concept vehicle.

Suffice to say, the LF-NX Concept looks like its going to be one of the most popular cars that will be at Frankfurt next week. It looks absolutely stunning, combining its mean visage with a low-lying profile that makes you wonder if this is an actual crossover or an oversized coupe.

Obviously, it’s the former, but the mere fact that there are hints of sportiness and aggression on the LF-NX Concept that are normally attributed to coupes goes to show the lengths Lexus is taking these days to completely change the way we think about the brand moving forward.

Updated 1/29/14: At the 2014 NAIAS, Lexus revealed an image of the LF-NX that looks nearly nothing like the concept that we saw earlier. This leads us to believe that this is a preview of the production model. Unfortunately, this preview version is toned down to look like a traditional Lexus, as opposed to the hot concept that we all fell in love with. You can see the preview image after the jump.

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2014 Lexus GT LF-CC Prototype

2014 Lexus GT LF-CC Prototype

With the recent unveiling of the Honda NSX Concept-GT and the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500, the 2013 Super GT Series GT500 is already shaping up to a barn burner.

And we said that not knowing that Lexus is also planning on joining in on the fun.

The Japanese automaker also took the time a few days ago to present its Super GT racecar. Based on the LF-CC Concept, this racecar has been tentatively named the GT500 LF-CC Prototype. The arrival of this new racer comes at an appropriate time for Lexus, especially with its incumbent racer, the SC430, already on its last legs.

As for the car itself, the rendering seems to suggest that the bare version is going to be orange, although the actual color could vary depending on the team that uses it. Plus, it has all the bells and whistles on what you’d come to expect from a fully prepared racecar, including a modified front splitter, a new rear diffuser and an obscenely large rear wing that should go hand-in-hand with tuned suspension dynamics.

There is no word yet on the car’s official engine classification, much less the engine’s performance numbers. But we expect something akin to a hybrid for this racecar, that much we can surmise without having to second-guess ourselves.

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Report: Lexus LF-Lc Will Make it to Production, Sort of

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!

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Production Lexus LF-CC Could be the LF-A’s Successor

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.

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2012 Lexus LF-CC Concept

2012 Lexus LF-CC Concept

A few days ago, Lexus announced that they would be headed to the 2012 Paris Auto Show with a new concept car, and as promised, the company has released the first details and images on this new concept ahead of schedule. The new LF-CC is an evolution of the LF-LC 2+2 Sports Coupe Concept which debuted at the Detroit show earlier this year, but the new concept comes with rear-wheel drive and full hybrid power.

The new Lexus LF-CC Concept displays the latest evolution of Lexus’ L-finesse design language and it also previews a new premium mid-size Lexus coupe set to be unveiled in the near future (aka the successor to the SC sports coupe). The concept features the same powertrain that will be used in the eventual production version, which is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder DOHC petrol engine combined with a compact, high-output electric motor which takes its power from a high-performance battery. Specifications for the new hybrid system will be announced at a later date.

UPDATE 09/20/2012: Following the release of the first official details on the new Lexus LF-CC Concept, the first promo video of the concept has been released. Stay tuned as all of the official details will follow at the 2012 Paris Auto Show next week!.

UPDATE 11/30/2012: In a recent interview with AutoCar, a senior Lexus engineer confirmed that the company is indeed planning a production version of the LF-CC and it will arrive on the market in 2015. The LF-CC will fill the gap left by the previous SC model, which was discontinued in 2010. The production version of the LF-CC will be offered in both coupe and convertible versions, and will be built on the same platform as the new IS and GS models. We’re not too sure if the LF-CC will look identical to the concept model, but we anticipate that it won’t be too far from it. (AutoCar)

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2012 Lexus LF-LC True Blue Concept

2012 Lexus LF-LC True Blue Concept

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.

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2012 Lexus LF-LC Concept 2

2012 Lexus LF-LC Concept 2

The Lexus LF-Lc concept car was unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, only to be rumored for immediate production just a short time later. The edgy sports car with hard lines and bold interpretation of the signature Lexus spindle grille and rear architecture made it a vehicle unlike anything in the Lexus lineup, and people couldn’t wait to see its production counterpart.

That wait has just been extended.

Lexus has announced that they will be attending the 2012 Australian Motor Show in Sydney in October and they will be bringing the second iteration of the LF-Lc Concept to the party. They haven’t revealed any details on the concept other than this teaser image as of right now, but we expect to see something that is similar to the original concept, possibly with less drastic design features to lessen the hit when the production model comes out looking nothing like the original. This second concept is rumored to wear an LC 600h badge and will be powered by a 5.0 liter V8 engine combined with an electric motor for a total output of 500 HP. This power figure will be enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 5 seconds.

What we do know about the second LF-Lc Concept is purely speculation based so we’ll all have to wait until October to see what Lexus has in store. Our hopes lie with a sooner rather than later production model that is a successor for the company’s SC sports car.

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Public wants Lexus to build Lexus LF-LC Concept as a production model

More often than not, a lot of people get caught up in the snazziness of concept cars, especially when automakers unveil them to a lot of pomp and circumstance. But as is the case with a lot of these concepts, people begin to forget about them as soon as the show ends and the lights are turned off.

Apparently though, that’s not the case for the Lexus LF-LC Concept.

We first saw the concept a few months ago at the 2012 NAIAS, where it proceeded to garner tremendous praise and support, even bagging the prestigious EyesOn award given to the best car in Detroit. The LF-LC made such an impression to the public that there’s actually a clamoring for Lexus to build a production model of the car.

“This is just a concept at this point," said Yoshi Inaba, president and COO of Toyota Motor North America. "But judging from the fantastic reception it received at the recent Detroit auto show, people want us to build it".

Now, this isn’t the first time that people have voiced their opinion on building a production model of a concept car. But this case is unique in the sense that Lexus seems to be paying attention to all the positive feedback and if the reactions remain strong - or even get stronger - there’s a fair chance that the Japanese automaker may concede to the growing demand and be convinced to build it in the future.

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Lexus plans to offer nine new or updated products this year

2011 hasn’t been the best year for Lexus on the North American market. The world crisis combined with the massive earthquake that shook Japan to its core in March 2011 hurt the company’s sales and made it surrender its 11-year reign as the best-selling luxury brand in the United States. However, Lexus has plans to make a major comeback, announcing plans to offer nine new or updated products to hopefully increase their sales by about 21%. This translates to 240,000 units compared to 2011’s 198,552 units.

"We will grow more than any other luxury brand this year. Our base plan is 240,000. But we think we can exceed that by a pretty good margin," said Mark Templin, Lexus General Manager.

The list of new models includes the GS 350 and GS 450h sport sedans arriving in February, followed by reworked versions of the ES 350, the IS 250 and 350, the LS 460, and the 600h. The LX SUV will also be refreshed in 2012.

But the biggest news for 2012 is theLF-LC Hybrid Concept shown at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. This concept will be immediately followed by a production version priced somewhere between $100,000 and $130,000.

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2012 Lexus LF-Lc

2012 Lexus LF-Lc

After seeing tons of teaser images in the past few weeks, we are finally able to get a good look at the new Lexus LF-LC concept during its world debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The concept was designed by Lexus Calty design studio in Newport Beach, California and previews the future design language of Toyota’s luxury arm, bringing in elements from the LF-A supercar and the recently launched GS 350.

The concept features a bold interpretation of the signature Lexus spindle grille and rear architecture and is defined by a long engine hood, daytime running lights shaped like an "L", a 3D spindle grille, and functional air intakes in the bottom corners of the grille.

"Crafted from a clean sheet of paper at the request of Lexus headquarters in Japan, the LF-LC blends both high technology and organic shapes to connect the driver to the machine," said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "The clean lines of the vehicle emphasize motion, creating a distinctive look for this futuristic sport coupe."

UPDATE 01/26/12: Lexus has unveiled a new video that presents the designers talking about the interior and the exterior design of LF-LC concept. Enjoy!

UPDATE 10/18/12:Lexus has unveiled what’s effectively the LF-LC 2.0 at the 2012 Australian Motor Show. It’s called the LF-LC Blue Concept and we have a review for it, too! Good times!

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Video: Lexus "Engineering Amazing" ad campaign

Video: Lexus "Engineering Amazing" ad campaign

The whole point behind creating extravagant, informative, and creative commercials is to get people to buy, use, or sell your product. Of course, then there’s the bragging aspect where people air out all of their achievements in the hopes of allowing customers to realize just how fantastic their company is. Lexus has chosen the latter route with the creation of their "Engineering Amazing" consisting of five different commercials. These commercials detail the company’s accomplishments of the past few years in terms of technology, safety, and performance, and show how they have produced technology that will be relevant not just today, but 10, 20, or even 30, years from now.

When discussing the new campaign, Dave Nordstrom, Vice President of Marketing for Lexus said: "This isn’t just a campaign, it’s a statement that, for Lexus, the best is yet to come. It’s not about simply making incremental strides and improvements, but about taking giant leaps in innovation. The first evidence of this came with the recent unveiling of our LF-Gh hybrid concept car."

Check out the other four commercials after the jump.

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Lexus LF-Ch Concept could be going into production by 2012

Lexus LF-Ch Concept could be going into production by 2012

Lexus recently unveiled the compact hybrid LF-Ch Concept earlier this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The forward thinking hatchback is a preview as to what the future of luxury will be all about, set to compete head to head with other efficient space saving luxury vehicles like the the BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 when the LF-Ch makes its scheduled debut sometime in 2012.

In an official statement, Lexus General Manager Mark Templin said that "There is a group of buyers growing up now who won’t buy cars by the pound. We have already seen a structural shift to the smaller and lower-priced segments of the luxury market over the last couple years." The compact premium segment has been strong in congested urban areas for years, especially in Europe. The challenge that not only Lexus but a host of other automakers are setting for themselves is how to get the American market to warm up to the idea of paying mare and getting less. One of the steps that will most likely be taken when the LF-Ch becomes production ready is the use of a conventional power train in order to pass the savings along to the customer, but with any success you can expect Toyota to release a hybrid versions shortly after.

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2010 Lexus LF-Ch

2010 Lexus LF-Ch

The Japanese luxury automaker Lexus is planning to unveil the all new LF-Ch compact hybrid hatchback at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week, the LF-Ch will compete head to head with other luxury compact models like the BMW 1 Series and the Audi A3. However what sets the Lexus apart from the crowd is that the production version will be offered exclusively as a hybrid.

The Lexus LF-Ch combines stylish design cues with full hybrid technology in a practical 5 door compact package that should perfectly fulfill the needs of even the most demanding premium compact customers. The LF-Ch will feature a bolder Lexus grille that sits atop a deep, bulging front bumper complete with a trio of intakes giving it a perfect balance of both precision and power. The sharply sculpted, aerodynamic front fenders flow into the front bumper to create a wide set of arches and a deep set of brake cooling ducts that give the LF-Ch a powerful and purposeful stance.

The LF-Ch benefits from having an electric vehicle mode, a key aspect of the Lexus hybrid drive train, allowing the luxury hatch to operate as a zero emissions vehicle and allow for a virtually silent urban driving experience.

Press release after the jump.

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Lexus LF Ch concept teased

Lexus LF Ch concept teased

The Japanese luxury brand, has just released the first teaser image of the upcoming Lexus LF Ch compact hybrid hatchback that will compete head to head with the BMW 1 Series and other high end compacts when it makes an official debut later on this month at the Frankfurt Motor Show along with the Toyota Auris HSD concept. While we welcome the addition of the Lexus hatchback in the States, we remain skeptical as to how the car is going to perform in this part of the world, especially when you consider that hatchback cars aren’t necessarily in demand in the U.S. these days. Nevertheless, Lexus is pushing through with their plans in hopes that their new car can give the Audi A3 a run for its money.

Despite the Japanese automaker’s conviction for rear wheel drive vehicles, it appears that the Lexus LF Ch concept will be offered as a front wheel drive model and will be power by a hybrid system and will be able to run in electric only mode. However there is also talk of a hybrid powered version. It could be that the compact cruiser will be offered exclusively as a green car, powered by a 2.4 Liter four cylinder engine that, with the help of an electric motor, is set to produce a maximum output of 187 HP in the LF Ch concept.

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