2019 Lexus LC Convertible Concept
The Lexus LC Convertible is a concept vehicle that the luxury firm unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. But while it’s presented as a concept, it’s actually a drop-top version of the LC coupe that Lexus introduced for the 2018 model year.
Devoid of any features that would make it a proper concept, the LC Convertible likely previews a production model. The drop-top LC has been rumored ever since the coupe arrived and would enable Lexus to offer a competitor for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet. Although the Japanese firm didn’t specifically confirm a production car, it did say that a production version "would be exhilarating in many different ways." Let’s find out what sets it apart from the coupe.
Lexus LC Debuts At The 2019 Detroit Auto Show In A Topless Avatar
Lexus shares a special bond with the North American International Auto Show. The brand officially made its debut during the first year of the auto show in 1989. Thirty years later, the brand celebrates the third year anniversary of the LC 500 coupe by unveiling a convertible LC. The best part is that the LC Convertible is not just a concept; it seems to be the real-deal and Lexus has hinted the same.
The Only Remaining N/A V-8 Sports Coupe Outside America Updated - 2020 Lexus RC F
In an unusual turn of events, Toyota and Lexus revealed three exceptional sports cars at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. While “all-eyes-on-me” Toyota Supra GR is the star of the show, two curious sporty propositions have also landed - the 2020 Lexus RC F and the RC F Track Edition. With hordes of journalists armed with all Nikon, Canon, Sony, and Fuji gear stampedes over anything Supra (and Ford Explorer for that matter) a bit lonely Lexus RC F seems to struggle for attention. Yet, it should not. It is basically the only modern coupe that still sports a V-8. One could suggest that you can still buy the Maserati Granturismo with a N/A V-8, but I can’t imagine these two fighting each other. So, yes, the 2020 Lexus RC F is the only remaining performance Coupe outside the U.S. with a N/A V-8.
Lexus decorated the new model with new headlights and taillights, new bumpers, and a new grille. The grill remained unusually large, mind you.
The Lexus RC F Track Edition Lives Up To Its Name
The updated Lexus RC F has arrived at the 2019 North America International Auto Show, but as intriguing as it looked, it’s likely going to be overshadowed by its evil alter-ego, the much more sinister — and more limited — RC F Track Edition. Lexus’ new track superstar is what its name says it is. It’s lighter than the new RC F, has more power than its predecessor, and is dripping in enough aero aids to make it a tempting proposition for all the track car enthusiasts out there. The Lexus RC F Track Edition arrive later this year. Pricing details will be announced then.
The 2019 Lexus LC Convertible Doesn’t Have a Roof and We’re Not Even Mad
The transformation of the LC coupe into a convertible seems like a no brainer. While we did hear rumors on the matter, now we have a confirmation (sort of). This is the Lexus LC Convertible Concept - a roofless concept car scheduled to debut at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday (14th, January). As it is based on top of the Lexus LC Coupe, the LC Convertible Concept looks gorgeous. Well, at least I think it does. As Lexus prioritized the development of the convertible version of the F branded LC, I believe we will see the production version sometime in 2020. Interestingly enough, Lexus did not confirm the production version of the LC Convertible Concept, but I guess it is likely to happen.
“A production version of this concept would be exhilarating in many different ways. You would see its dynamic lines as you approach, hear its engine when you started it up and feel everything around you once on the road. It would engage the senses in a way that is unique and exciting every time you got behind the wheel,” said Tadao Mori, Chief Designer of the LC Convertible concept.
The 2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition Has an Exhaust Growl You Don’t Want to Miss
The Lexus RC F Track Edition is inching closer to its debut, but ahead of its launch, Lexus dropped another teaser of the hardcore coupe, complete with a sample of the car’s intoxicating engine note. The 13-second teaser also reveals a number of sections of the car. The RC F Track Edition passes by quickly so you’ll have to pause the video to get a glimpse of it. That, or you can just wait a few more days for Lexus to pull the cover off of its latest track monster. The Lexus RC F Track Edition is scheduled to debut on January 14 at the 2019 North American International Auto Show, which takes place in Detroit, Michigan.
Lexus LF-1 Concept Has A Unique Take On Side View Mirrors, And It Might Actually Work
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.
2018 Lexus LF-1 Limitless
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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There’s Space For The Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept in the Lexus Lineup
The Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept took the stage at the Detroit Auto Show, and it didn’t take long for the crossover concept to receive a groundswell of support from people who want to see it evolve into a full-fledged production model. Leading the charge was no less than Lexus’s general manager in the U.S., Jeff Bracken, who wasted little time championing for a production version of the LF-1 Concept minutes after taking the stage to unveil it.
2018 Lexus LS Pricing Unveiled in Detroit: Significantly More Affordable Than Mercedes S-Class
Lexus just unveiled pricing for the new-generation LS sedan at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. The Japanese four-door is significantly more affordable than its German counterpart, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series. Redesigned from the ground up on a new platform, the latest LS has a sportier design, the most luxurious interior yet, and new V-6 and hybrid drivetrains. Pricing starts from $75,000 before options and special packages.
The Lexus LF-1 Limitless Is the Ultimate Luxury Crossover
The late 2010s is a great era for SUVs. The market is crazy about them and automakers are rushing to build them in all shapes and sizes. High-performance, luxury SUVs are gaining traction too, with companies like Bentley, Porsche, and Lamborghini having already joined the market, with Rolls-Royce to follow shortly. Lexus has been offering premium haulers for quite a few years now, but its latest concept vehicle takes things up a notch in just about every department. Meet the LF-1 Limitless, a crossover with a cheesy name but with great looks.
The LF-1’s design is quite familiar and shares many styling cues with existing Lexus production models. The "spindle" grille for instance is very similar to what you can find in showrooms, although the upper corners extend farther around the engine hood. It’s the headlamps that are different, now featuring just the edges of the current Z-shaped Lexus lights. But it’s the profile that makes the LF-1 one of the sexiest crossovers I’ve seen in a very long time. Yes, crossover not SUV, because it’s smaller than the RX and definitely sleeker. The very long hood, short front overhang, and long rear overhang are among the features that make it stand out. While these come with rear-wheel-drive architecture, the coupe-like roof and the sloping rear window are Lexus’ way of saying that the Limitless wants to "impersonate" a sedan and a shooting brake as well.
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Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept Coming To Detroit as Flagship SUV
Lexus confirmed it will bring a new concept car at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show in January and already released a couple of teasers. While the first image showed the rear end of a crossover with thin headlamps and a sporty tailgate, the second video gives us a glimpse at the vehicle’s front end. Described as a "flagship crossover," the LF-1 Limitless boasts an evolution of the company’s current design language, sporting a huge "Spindle" grille and a very aggressive headlamps design. While still somewhat similar to the existing units due to the Z-shaped layout of the LED strips, the concept car also features orange lights that descend into the bumper, on the outer edges. It’s a unique look and a clear hint that Lexus is using this concept car to introduce its next-generation design language.
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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2018 Lexus LS 500
The LS full-size luxury sedan is an extremely important model for Lexus. First introduced for the 1990 model year, the LS is essentially the torchbearer for Lexus’ values, offering the greatest possible comfort, style, and technology that the brand can muster. In case you were unaware, the LS nameplate stands for “luxury sedan,” and as the company’s flagship, it basically helped usher in the Lexus brand nearly three decades ago. Now, with a debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, there’s a new-generation model on deck for the 2018 model year, and it’s got a coupe-like exterior design, a roomy four-door interior, a new platform under the skin, a new twin-turbo V-6 and 10-speed automatic, and optional cutting-edge safety technology.
It’s called the LS 500, and it promises the “greatest-ever LS agility and comfort.” Lexus is also touting the new LS as the embodiment of traditional Japanese philosophies of hospitality and craftsmanship. Lexus will begin selling the new LS in late 2017 as a 2018 model, bringing it globally to 90 different markets. The most important market will be the U.S., but there’s no shortage of competition in this segment, so rest assured the brand won’t be pulling any punches.
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Five Cool Design Features That Lexus Introduced with the New LS
As the first model to wear the Lexus badge and the company’s oldest nameplate (introduced in 1989), the LS is arguably the most important vehicle for Toyota’s luxury division. Despite this, it took Lexus quite a few years to replace the fourth-generation model. While the first three iterations were sold for five to six years, the fourth-gen sedan soldiered on for more than a decade. Granted, Lexus introduced updates in 2009 and 2012, but the LS was a bit long in the tooth compared to its competitors. Come 2017 and the fifth-gen LS was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show, and I finally understand why it took so long for the new full-size sedan to arrive.
Much like most redesigned cars, the LS boasts a ton of new features inside and out, as well as new underpinnings and a new drivetrain. However, nothing says revolution more than the new design language that Lexus introduced with the fifth-gen four-door. Okay, maybe it’s not all that new given that specific cues can be seen on existing Lexus cars, but there are quite a few new features worth mentioning. And if current design strategies are any indication, these new elements will probably find their way in other Lexus models too.
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Luxury, four-doors, and speed – it’s a popular combination, one that’s usually associated with the big three German brands of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. And while the Teutonic-dominance of this segment is well established, the Japanese are closing fast. One of the latest attempts at upending the executive sports sedan status quo comes from Lexus with the mid-size GS F, the newest addition to the brand’s go-faster F lineup. Based on the GS 350 F Sport, the GS F comes with a larger engine, stiffer chassis, a trick differential, and new suspension, all of which are aimed squarely at models with the letters “M” and “AMG” on the trunk.
Before the GS F, there was the IS F and the RC F, not to mention the venerable LFAsupercar. In part, the “F” lettering is a nod to Fuji Speedway, Lexus’ primary test grounds and the place where cars like the GS F are refined for optimum performance. Lexus says the GS F also saw track time at the Nurburgring – ground zero for bragging rights in this segment.
But it isn’t just about handling and power – to stand up to the Germans, the GS F needs to bring that elusive Jekyll and Hyde personality of face-melting velocity on the track and backside-coddling comfort on the road.
Can the GS F pull it off? Read on to find out.
Updated 10/16/2015: On the U.S. market the new Lexus GS F will be priced from $84,440.
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