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2019 Lexus IS300 F Sport

2019 Lexus IS300 F Sport

A mixed bag of good, bad, and ugly

We talk about the latest generation of trucks and their big mouths, or even new BMW products, for that matter. But, what about the brand that literally started the ’big grille is the shizz, bro’ thing? Yes, I’m talking about Lexus and their in-your-face designs. The brand makes some of the most refined cars in the market today and was also one of the earliest adopters of hybrid engines. But Lexus is slowly becoming a neologism for big grilles. Nevertheless, Toyota’s premium brand is going through a paradigm shift and is building cars that are fresh and fun to drive, and one of those cars is the Lexus IS300 F Sport.

The Lexus IS300 F Sport is indeed a wolf in a sheep’s clothing; well, sheep’s fancy clothing. On the onset, this compact sedan looks calm, and sedate - which it is. But once you go hard on the A-pedal, the IS300 F-Sport will unleash its power, and you will be surprised at how capable and efficient this car is. The sedan reeks of luxury and is well-loaded on the inside. However, is the sporty-luxury blend enough to take on the competition?

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2020 Lexus UX F

2020 Lexus UX F

Lexus needs to infuse its image with some extra sportiness because even though it does make good, credible sporty cars, it is still perceived as a brand addressed toward SUV loving soccer moms and your elderly aunt who decides to spend most of her life savings on a new luxury car to treat herself. One such vehicle could be a spiced up version of the UX crossover, the newest and smallest crossover to join the Lexus range.

If Lexus made a UX F, it would be the closest thing it could ever make to a hot hatch. The UX is already a low-to-the-ground vehicle with excellent cornering capability, so making it lower, harder, and more powerful in order to make it faster sounds like a good plan. Plus, it could also benefit from a sporty exterior makeover to go with its unusual, swooping shapes (which are not bad, just different and take a bit of getting used to).

If Lexus challenged some hot crossovers and hot hatchbacks with its spruced up UX F, then it could dramatically shift the perception of the brand and genuinely attract new types of buyers that, before this vehicle, may not ever have considered buying a Lexus.

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2019 Lexus NX F SPORT Black Line Edition

2019 Lexus NX F SPORT Black Line Edition

Oodles of equipment as standard, plus unique styling to boot

The compact luxury crossover segment is no cakewalk, with huge competition pouring in from just about every corner of the globe. However, Lexus looks as though it’s holding its own here thanks to the NX. Now, the L badge is polishing up a new limited edition of the five-door and calling it the F Sport Black Line, loading it up with all the trimmings for sharper styling and a nicer experience in the cabin.

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2019 Lexus UX

2019 Lexus UX

Lexus’ entry-level crossover with aggressive styling

Lexus has finally introduced its first compact crossover, and it is the first Lexus model to feature the brand’s new GA-C platform. In the looks department, it looks like a slightly blown up but more proportional LC500 with a family-oriented look too it. Meanwhile, the interior is very German-like in design, to a point, and yet ergonomic and stylish at the same time. Instead of shifting around engines from other models to piece together it’s new crossover, Lexus put together an all-new four-banger for the entry-level UX 200 model while a different but new gas engine and a fourth-gen hybrid system found their way into the UX 250h.

Want to know more? Check out our in-depth review below!

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2020 Lexus RC

2020 Lexus RC

Revised exterior, same engines

Introduced in 2014 as a spiritual successor to the SC, the RC is Lexus’ modern take on German luxury coupes like the BMW 4 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, and Audi A5. Four years old as of 2018, the RC was updated to mid-cycle specs for 2019 and showcased at the Paris Motor Show.

Somewhat surprisingly given what was revealed through spy shots, the facelifted RC boasts significant upgrades on the outside. Lexus also improved the interior with premium features and revised the chassis for a sportier ride. Overall, the Japanese used the bigger LC coupe as inspiration, but skipped the drivetrain department, leaving the old engines unchanged.

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2019 Lexus RC F Sport

2019 Lexus RC F Sport

Lexus’ BMW M4 fighter is getting ready for another round in the battlefield

The updated Lexus RC F was recently caught testing at the Nurburgring with the bottom half of its body wrapped in camouflage. The upper half was displayed for all of us to see, but Lexus still did a pretty good job to mask the changes it made to the performance sedan. We do get a good look at some of the changes, but for the most part, the updated RC F is hiding some of the good stuff away from us. That’s not going to stop us from putting our detective hats on, though, because this is one car that we’ve been waiting a long time to see.

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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lexus RX Crafted.

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2018 Lexus RC F Sport Black Line Edition

2018 Lexus RC F Sport Black Line Edition

Care for a splash of new colors and features on your Lexus RC F?

The Lexus RC is probably one of the most underrated performance sports coupés on the market today. It looks good, has the chops to compete against a car like the BMW M4, and carries a more reasonable price than most of its competitors. In an effort to keep the RC F fresh in our minds, Lexus is launching a special edition version of the coupé, called the RC F Sport Black Line Special Edition. Only 650 units of the special edition RC F will be made, and it’s available across the entire RC lineup.

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2018 Lexus RC F 10th Anniversary Special Edition

2018 Lexus RC F 10th Anniversary Special Edition

The company’s performance F division turns 10 in 2018

Launched in 1989 as a luxury division of Japanese carmaker Toyota, the Lexus brand is getting ready to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2019. But until that happens, Lexus has another event to celebrate. In 2008, the Japanese firm introduced its first F model, thus entering the performance-rated luxury market. A decade later and Lexus is throwing a party for the sub-brand with two anniversary models. One of them is the RC F 10th Anniversary Special Edition and made its debut at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

Much like most special-edition Lexus models, the RC F 10th Anniversary coupe isn’t radically different compared to the standard model. Updates include special paint and wheels on the outside, a unique trim for the leather interior, and a few extra standard features. It also comes in limited numbers, so this coupe won’t be around for a very long time. Let’s find out more about it below.

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2017 Lexus RC F Limited Edition

2017 Lexus RC F Limited Edition

Celebrating 10 years since the first F model was launched

Founded less than 30 years ago as of 2017, Lexus has come a long way in the luxury market, now offering quite a few models that can give production from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi a run for their money. The Japanese company has been growing so fast it’s already celebrating a full decade since it launched its first performance-oriented vehicle wearing the now familiar "F" badge. To mark the anniversary, Lexus launched two limited-edition models at the2017 Tokyo Motor Show, one of which is the RC F Limited Edition.

While the name might not be very inspiring, this RC F has plenty of new features to brag about. From a wide array of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body elements to an exclusive upholstery layout and upgraded suspension, the limited-edition coupe proves that the RC F has yet to reach its full potential. Unfortunately, this beefed-up two-door won’t make it to the United States, but you’ll have to keep on reading to learn more about that.

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2017 Lexus LC 500 Inspired By Black Panther

2017 Lexus LC 500 Inspired By Black Panther

For those times when you need Wakandan technology to help you stand out in the auto industry

As one of the most powerful and influential people in the Marvel Universe, you would think that Wakandan king T’Challa would have no problem procuring some of the most exotic supercars in the world. A Bugatti Chiron perhaps? Maybe a Koenigsegg Regera? But, the man who also is known as the Black Panther is far from a flashy fellow - his costume’s all-black! - so he’s probably not into the flaunting-his-wealth lifestyle that his colleague Tony Stark seems to be obsessed with. It’s also likely to be one of the reasons why he’s more than comfortable being spotted in a Lexus LC, and as fate - or marketing - would have it, we’re going to see exactly that at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show when Lexus brings a heavily dressed LC 500 dripping in Black Panther regalia.

For the record, Lexus actually created two LC 500 models for the promotion of the Black Panther movie. One of them is called the Lexus LC Inspiration Series. It’s more subdued than the other, owing to it being a special edition release that will be limited to just 100 units. The other unit, called the Black Panther Inspired LC, is a complete one-off and is not for sale. It’s also dripping in Wakandan technology, which isn’t a real thing to begin with, but awesome to imagine nevertheless. Hard to imagine Lexus suddenly getting resources from a fictional kingdom that gives them access to self-healing paint and vibranium-powered core indicator nodes, but you get the point. If you’re excited about getting the special edition unit that will be on sale, you might want to be on the look-out for when Lexus actually offers it up to the public. There’s not that many, to begin with, and considering the popularity of the Marvel Universe in this day and age, there’s a good chance all 100 units will be scooped up faster than it takes T’Challa to put on his Black Panther costume.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Lexus LC 500 Inspired by Black Panther.

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