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2016 Lexus RC F GT Concept

2016 Lexus RC F GT Concept

Is Lexus working on its very own 911 GT3?

Unveiled in 2014, the Lexus RC has already spawned a hot RC F version and three different race cars in either production or concept form. That’s quite a lot for a vehicle that has been around for only a couple of years, but apparently it’s not enough for Lexus. The Japanese automaker has announced that a new racing version of the RC F will be showcased at the 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach IndyCar race on April 17.

Dubbed RC F GT Concept, it is a further development of the vehicle with the same name that Justin Bell drove to fifth place in the Time Attack class at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in June 2015. As the name suggests, it’s only a concept car and Lexus didn’t say whether it will evolve into a full-fledged race car or spawn a track-ready, road-legal version of the coupe. The company did mention that it is positioned between the street-legal RC F and the full-bore RC F GT3 race car that will soon compete in IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, but that doesn’t mean much really.

Be that as it may, the new concept has received extensive modifications since the Pikes Peak race. Not only lighter, it also uses an improved drivetrain, a more competitive suspension system, and updated software. The RC F GT Concept will be driven at Long Beach by Lexus pro racers Scott Pruett, the winningest active driver in North American sports car racing, and Roger Yasukawa.

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2015 Lexus GS F By Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing

2015 Lexus GS F By Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing

The Lexus GS F sedan may not have the visceral look of its coupe cousin, the RC F Coupe, but the former can still attract an audience wherever it goes — especially if it’s rocking a bright orange wrap that’s impossible to ignore. Such is the scene at the SEMA Auto Show where Lexus, in collaboration with aftermarket shop Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing, is showcasing a fully customized GS F Sedan.

The revamped GS F is a real looker, and it’s not just because of the blindingly bright orange wrap. It also has quite the list of aftermarket modifications, most of which were installed to improve the sedan’s performance and handling capabilities. There’s an aero kit in there too that gives the GS F an aggressive look and, in case it hasn’t been established enough, the bright orange wrap really does wonders in enhancing the sedan’s already overflowing charisma.

The GS F sedan is one of two models that Lexus and Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing are presenting at SEMA. The other one is the RC F Coupe and, not surprisingly, it also has a similar orange wrap. These two Lexus models may not win any “best-in” awards, but they’ve certainly made their mark at SEMA.

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2015 Lexus RC F By Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing

2015 Lexus RC F By Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing

The Lexus RC F takes most of its styling from the Lexus IS sedan, but it is much more aggressive and very sporty. The idea behind the RC F is to pay tribute to Lexus’ supercar – the LFA. Even though it was designed to complement the LFA, it wasn’t designed to be a Nissan GT-R fighter. Instead, Lexus designed the RC F to take on cars like the BMW M4 and Audi RS5.

Now that the RC F has been on the market, it is no surprise that modified versions of it are starting to pop up here and there. One such model is the RC F by Gordon Ting and Beyond Marketing. Things like the suspension and seats have been upgraded, and there is even a performance upgrade in there to talk about. The car has received a roll cage and new racing seats as well. Needless to say, Gordon Ting and Beyond Marketing took an already sporty RC F and made it that much better with a focus on aerodynamics and handling.

Now that we’ve talked a bit about the roots of the RC F and what Gordon Ting and Beyond Marketing has brought to the table, let’s take a deep look and see just what differentiates this RC-F from the rest.

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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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Lexus To Race Beefed-Up RC F At Pikes Peak

Lexus To Race Beefed-Up RC F At Pikes Peak

The 2015 Lexus RC F is a gorgeous and menacing looking coupe. The only way Lexus could improve its appearance would be by giving it a a proper racing body kit. Fortunately, the Japanese already did that by creating GT3 and GT500 versions of the high-performance coupe. Now, Lexus has unveiled yet another motorsport version of the coupe, this time around specifically built for the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb.

Granted, it might not be as aerodynamic as the 2015 Lexus RC F GT3 and it doesn’t have the massive wing of the 2014 Lexus RC F GT500, but the GT Concept shown here is one hot RC F.

Lexus says the new race car builds upon the legacy of the 2012 Lexus IS F CCS-R that competed at Pikes Peak in 2012 and 2013. Hopefully, the RF C GT Concept will manage a better performance than the sedan did in 2013, when it climbed the hill in a disappointing 12-minute run. The same car ran a 10:30.850 time the previous year.

To be driven up the mountain by Justin Bell, son of racing legend Derek Bell and GT2 class Le Mans winner in 1998, the RC F GT Concept will allow Lexus engineers to experiment with "different tuning ideas, settings and software" for future production use.

"Competition efforts like Pikes Peak help nurture a performance engineering culture and ideology that will have the greatest influence of future F brand products," said Jeff Bracken, Vice President and General Manager of Lexus.

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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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2014 Lexus CT BG Concept

2014 Lexus CT BG Concept

One of the less talked about but no less exciting cars of the Beijing Motor Show is this Lexus of China-built CT BG 200h. Customized with a “more personalized design language,” the concept looks the part of a racer with its carbon-fiber exterior bits and bespoke paint job.

The concept is based on the 2014 Lexus CT 200h F Sport, though this finished product drastically builds off the stock car. The large spindle grille has new mesh, while the front chin splitter is much larger and includes little winglets on corners. The added aero work continues around the side with finned rocker panels and finned rear bumper edges.

Out back, the carbon-fiber rear fascia is much more aggressive in looks and functionality. Topping the car is a carbon-fiber wing mounted atop the rear hatch for additional downforce. The unique black and white paint scheme accented with gold stripes and black thin-spoke wheels, give a whole new look to the otherwise average CT 200h.

The décor inside the concept is of a similar motif, sporting carbon-fiber pieces and continuing the exterior color combination.

Unfortunately, Lexus hasn’t mentioned anything about matching the exterior’s racy theme with more horsepower or a retuned suspension. Looks like the concept — which it will likely stay — must make do with the ho-hum 134 horsepower from the 1.8-liter I-4 and the hybrid drive system. That means 0-60 times will still take 9.8 seconds and its top speed will be limited to 113 mph.

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2015 Lexus RC F GT3 Concept

2015 Lexus RC F GT3 Concept

Just in time for the 2014 Geneva Motor Show is coming to the party with a new racing concept that’s based on the all-new Lexus RC F performance coupe.

The race car is called the RC F GT3 Concept and as its name suggests, Lexus built and developed it to meet Group GT3 international racing standards. All the preparations leading up to this point will actually come in full bloom next year when the concept is turned into a full-fledged racing car that will become available to racing teams beginning in the 2015 season.

So in the meantime, the RC F GT3 Concept will proudly wave to attendees of the Geneva Motor Show before undergoing a series of tests later this year to ensure that the car is fit and ready to tackle some of the best GT3 races in the world, including the 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race and the Super Taikyu Endurance and Super GT series in Japan.

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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.

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2014 Lexus Vision Gran Turismo Concept

2014 Lexus Vision Gran Turismo Concept

Slowly but surely, we’re seeing automakers releasing teasers of their Vision Gran Turismo Concepts.

Before the year ends, Lexus is doing its part, unveiling what we can only make out to be a blistering red sports car that we’re hoping follows in the foot steps of some of the recent concepts the Japanese brand has released in the past few years. Maybe a spunkier LF-Lc Concept, perhaps?

In any case, the concept’s silhouette fits in nicely with how the Vision Gran Turismo Concept is being touted. And with BMW, Mercedes, and Red Bull already introducing their versions for the game, you can bet that this concept teaser from Lexus will be just as sick and awesome-looking as the ones that have already been introduced.

But the wait is still painstakingly long for these reveals. After all, we can only have enough concept teasers to keep us from clamoring for more.

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Lexus LF-NX Concept Headed to Production

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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