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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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2014 Lexus IS350 F-Sport by Vossen Wheels

2014 Lexus IS350 F-Sport by Vossen Wheels

Lexus offered its fans the chance to design their dream 2014 IS, and the seven best of the bunch were bought to life and put on display at the 2013 SEMA Show. One of the models that became a reality features a Tommy Kaira body kit and sits on Vossen wheels. It is on displayed at booth No. 46119.

This concept is based on the IS350 F-Sport and is one of the coolest IS models you will ever see. The concept features a special Pearl Yellow paint specially created by Platinum Motorsport for the Lexus LFA supercar.

This new paint suits the Tommy Kaira full aero package, which includes new front and rear bumpers, side skirts and a discreet spoiler. The front bumper features additional air intakes for a better engine cooling, while additional LED lights give it a sinister glare at nighttime.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus IS350 F-Sport by Vossen Wheels.

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2014 Lexus IS F-Sport by Paul Tolson and Gabriel Escobedo

2014 Lexus IS F-Sport by Paul Tolson and Gabriel Escobedo

For this year’s SEMA Show, Lexus challenged its fans to design the 2014 IS of their dreams. You can imagine that hundreds of designs rolled in, but only seven of them — the best of the best, of course — will become reality.

One of these seven cars was designed by Paul Tolson and Gabriel Escobedo. Their design is based on an IS 250 equipped with the F-Sport package, and it features a combination of BASF Glasurit Orange Mercury and Galaxy Root Beer paint. The car received an aggressive, all-metal wide-body kit, and the design duo dropped it closer to the ground with an Air Runner Systems air ride.

There is also a new set of Wheel Works USA Emotion CR Kiwami wheels sized 19-by-9.5 inches up front and 19-by-10.5 inches on the rear. Bringing the concept to a halt is a Rotara brake system, featuring six-piston calipers squeezing 355-by-32 mm (13.97-by-1.25-inch) discs on both the front and rear.

Rounding out the mods is a custom exhaust and intake that helps improve the rumble of the 2.5-liter, V-6 engine.

Once the show opens up in Vegas, you can see is in the Outside Central Hall.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Lexus IS F-Sport.

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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.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus LF-NX Concept

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2014 Lexus IS Sport Sedan DeviantART by Rob Evans

2014 Lexus IS Sport Sedan DeviantART by Rob Evans

The auto show season is quickly approaching and this means that we have to start thinking about the upcoming SEMA show. Apparently, Lexus has been thinking about SEMA for far longer than we have, as it and DeviantART held a contest that put some of the best design artist in the nation head-to-head in an attempt to create a bad-ass concept based on the 2014 IS Sport Sedan for the 2013 SEMA show.

Lexus whittled the contest down to 25 finalists and finally announced a winner and his creation today. Above, you can see Rob Evans’ first-place-winning rendition of the IS Sport Sedan. His mods are subtle and extreme at the same time — if that’s possible. Up front, you can see a mesh spindle grille, an extended front apron with massive air vents and a front splitter for some added downforce.

Down the side, he added in wider fenders that look to add at least 5 inches to the car’s stance, a set of side skirts that look like they were formed by the wind and a large rear vent to help keep the rear brakes cool. And we certainly cannot miss those monstrous concave wheels that are coated in a deep bronze or gold.

From the rear three-quarters shot, you can see fender flares cut off abruptly, adding a futuristic touch to this already stylish sedan. He also added a large rear bumper insert and diffuser with integrated trapezoidal tailpipes to cap off the design.

The real-life version of this Lexus IS will be in Lexus’s SEMA stand in the front of Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center between November 5th and 8th.

Click past the jump to see the second- and third-place entries.

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Lexus Teases a New Concept for the Frankfurt Auto Show

Lexus Teases a New Concept for the Frankfurt Auto Show

With the secondary shows out of the way, we are all set to start looking ahead to the main stretch of auto shows that kick off next month in Frankfurt. It looks as if Lexus is all set too, as it is in full tease mode on its media site and on Facebook. Today, it teased a rather sexy-looking headlight that is underscored by a lighted check.

All that Lexus had to say about the concept it that it will "stage the world premiere of a new concept vehicle at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA)." This leads us to wonder is maybe — just maybe — this could be the RC F Coupe (AKA IS F Coupe) that we have seen testing in the last few months.

The chances of this being the RC Coupe or RC F are slim, considering just how futuristic looking that headlight is. With all of the times that we have seen the RC F (IS F Coupe) out testing, we assume the design process is well beyond this too-advanced-for-production styling. But it could be a wildly designed concept to throw us off the scent a little.

We’ll just take a wait-and-see approach instead of wildly speculating, but we will admit that this image is rather intriguing.

Click past the jump to read more on the RC F.

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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.

Click past the jump to read about the Lexus LF-CC Concept

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2013 Lexus LS TMG Sports 650

2013 Lexus LS TMG Sports 650

Shortly after the Los Angeles Auto Show closes its doors, the 2012 Essen Motor Show — basically the European version of the SEMA Show — will kick off. Despite its relative coolness, the vast majority of people outside of Europe don’t pay it much attention. However, we have to tell you that this year’s edition is looking like it will be pretty amazing.

One Essen-bound model that has our automotive hearts pumping is Lexus’ LS-based TS-650 package. To make things even more interesting, Lexus has just dropped the first teaser images of this upcoming show car.

The new TS-650 prototype will feature an aerodynamics package that includes a carbon-fiber hood and several other carbon-fiber components, a set of BBS alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport tires and a set of carbon-ceramic brakes.

Under the hood there will be a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with a pair of turbochargers strapped to it. Unfortunately, the output hasn’t been confirmed yet, but we certainly hope that the "650" in its name is a reference to the horsepower.

Updated 11/27/2012: With just three days before its official debut at the Essen Motor Show, TMG has released the first images and details on its TMG Sports 650 concept. This high-end limousine-sized car is powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 650 horsepower — just like its name suggests. The engine is mated to an eight-speed high-torque-capacity transmission and the car sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, while top speed is limited to 198 mph.

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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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Lexus is heading to Paris and Bringing a new Concept along

Lexus is heading to Paris and Bringing a new Concept along

Car manufacturers love nothing more than to get us all talking about their latest concept. It makes them even more happy when there is an aura of mystery around it. Well, Toyota is one that loves pulling this stunt (See: over-dramatized 2013 Avalon release). This time around, Lexus, Toyota’s luxury arm, has chosen to remain even more secretive than its older cousin.

This new mystery for us to solve is the upcoming introduction of a new concept car at the Paris Motor Show. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait the full time to catch a glimpse of the new Lexus, as the luxury automaker has promised to release its first images on September 17th.

If Lexus is anything like its parent company, these images will likely be as nondescript as possible and not really reveal anything. Using our magical speculation meters, we are guessing that this will end up being the concept that the next-gen IS will be based off of. If so, we really can’t wait to find out what’s under the hood, as we are anticipating a nasty twin-boosted V-6 to grace the IS-F’s engine compartment.

Given the next-gen IS is about a year or two away, this makes sense for it to still be a concept car. We’ll definitely find out a lot more when Lexus decides to release some images. Hopefully they are enough to at least clue us in on whether it is the new IS lineup or not.

Stay tuned!

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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

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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