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2018 Lexus RX Crafted

2018 Lexus RX Crafted

Extra features for a small premium

Available only in Australia for the time being, the RX Crafted is based on the Luxury trim and features extra standard equipment. It slots right between the Luxury and F Sport trims, giving customers who want more features but don’t want to pay the F Sport premium a new alternative. The RX Crafted is available with all three powertrains offered in Australia, while production is limited to only 300 examples.

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2013 Lexus IS-F Race Cars by Mauer Racing

2013 Lexus IS-F Race Cars by Mauer Racing

Lexus of Brisbane recently made a pretty important purchase to bolster its standing as one of the premier Lexus dealerships in Australia. This all-important purchase was three IS-F race cars built by Mauer Racing of Switzerland.

Bought initially to become demonstrators and customer experience racers, Lexus of Brisbane is also thinking of unleashing these three bad boys out on a race track in the future. And why not, especially when you consider that Mauer Racing built these cars to serve that sole function.

For one, these cars are powered by the same TRD-developed, 600-horsepower, 4.7-litre V-8 engines that powered several Daytona prototype race cars in the United States. In addition, the race cars have also been given a slew of new race-specific features, including Motec engine management systems, ZF Sachs dampers, H&R springs, AP racing clutches and AP airlocks.

Other design details of the IS-F Race Cars include a wide-body cage monocoque that significantly helps in cutting down the car’s weight to just 1,290 kg (2,843 pounds). A six-speed, rear-mounted Hewland transmission was also installed, as were a set of 18-inch BBS wheels – 11-by-18-inch center-lock fronts and 12.5-by-18-inch center-lock rears - wrapped in racing tires.

Considering the history of how Lexus Brisbane purchased these three cars — a customer made the suggestion, and it went out and sealed the deal — there’s no telling what the plans are for it, apart from what it’s already mentioned.

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2012 Lexus LF-A National Breast Cancer Awareness Edition

2012 Lexus LF-A National Breast Cancer Awareness Edition

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.

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2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Safety Car

2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Safety Car

Safety cars are usually reserved for BMW and Mercedes models with added sprinkles of muscle cars here and there. But now, Lexus is joining the fray with introduction of the GS 350 F Sport Safety Car.

Set to make its inaugural duties at the Muscle Car Masters at Sydney Motorsport Park, the GS 350 F Sport Safety Car will, from here on out, serve as the series’ official safety car. To serve in its new official capacity, the GS 350 Sport Safety Car was fitted with all standard equipment befitting its function. The exclusive exterior styling of the car comes with all the decals and an aggressive new body kit. Likewise, the interior was touched up with the same attention to its purpose. Then, the car was also fitted the Lexus Dynamic Handling System (LDHS), a system that features Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) and Adaptive variable Suspension (AVS).

Under its hood, the GS 350 F Sport Safety Car gets a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 317 horsepower, generating a 0-62 mph time of just six seconds with an estimated top speed of 142 mph.

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Chrome Lexus LF-A by Exotic Graphix to be revealed in Australia

Chrome Lexus LF-A by Exotic Graphix to be revealed in Australia

A few days after showing you Flo Rida’s chrome Bugatti Veyron, we were given word that another supercar just got the chrome treatment: the Lexus LF-A.

This particular LF-A is being touted as the first one of its kind to be wrapped in chrome, which was done by a company called Exotic Graphix. The supercar is expected to make its debut at the annual MotorEx 2012 car show in Australia and is getting considerable attention because a) it looks awesome, and b) becomes it looks really, really awesome.

We know the trick with chrome-wrapped cars and how it’s tough to keep aesthetic maintenance of the car considering its chrome nature. But if you can make it worth the time and resources, you have a supercar that just blows you away just by looking at it.

This is one of them. About the only thing more staggering than its aesthetics is the monstrous price tag attached to it: AUD$779,000. That’s around $800,000 based on current exchange rates.

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2008 Lexus IS250 Sports Concept

2008 Lexus IS250 Sports Concept

Attention boy-racers who won the lottery: Lexus unveiled at the 2008 Australian International Motor Show the IS250 Sports Concept that features a number of performance and visual enhancements.

Lexus modified the brakes, shock absorbers, sway bars, chassis braces, air intake, clutch, short shift kit, exhaust, 19-inch wheels, engine cover and spoilers.

Under the hood Lexus placed a performance air intake, resulting in a three percent power increase and a carbon-fiber engine cover. Vehicles with manual transmissions also receive a short shift kit, resulting in a 35 percent reduction in fore and aft gearshift movement.

Press release after the jump.

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