The New Land Cruiser 300 Might Be A Forbidden Fruit In The U.S., But Its Upscale Lexus Version Is Not!
It took a lot of us by surprise when Land Cruiser decided not to bring the new Land Cruiser 300 to the U.S. The beast wasn’t moving in numbers that would justify it being alive here. However, Toyota Group has decided to replace it with the new Lexus LX600 instead. The company released a teaser that mentioned that the upscale Land Cruiser will debut on October 13 at 12:30 p.m ET. And, for what it’s worth, it is confirmed for the U.S. market as well.
A 9-Year Old Concept and the Toyota GR86 Could Lead To A New Lexus Sportscar
Lexus sits in a weird position within the automotive industry. It serves as Toyota’s luxury arm and yet it still offers a total of two coupes – something that’s a bit of a mystery considering SUVs are king and the coupe segment is slowly dying. I’m talking about, of course, the Lexus RC and the Lexus LC, the former of which can be had in RC F form with 472 horsepower, and the latter of which offers as much as 471 horsepower in its range-topping LC5 500 trim level. So, Lexus has, essentially, two performance coupes, and a new rumor hints that a third, more compact sports coupe could be on the way.
A Lexus IS-F With A Twin-Turbo V-8? It Could Be A Thing
Even though the world is moving towards electrification and cleaner mobility, there is a surge in demand for V-8s lately and automakers are more than happy to tap into this emotional need of the consumers. This is perhaps one final hoorah before V-8s fade away into oblivion forever. Toyota, however, seemed to be heading away from eight-cylinder engines. Forget about building new ones, the company was rumored to even ditch its existing V-8s – case in point, Toyota Tundra. But, new developments have shown that Toyota might come up with a new V-8 after all.
GR86.org has reported that the Japanese automaker filed a patent for a twin-turbo engine that could go into the Lexus line of performance cars. Or, even the Toyota Tundra, for that matter.
Lexus Isn’t Giving Up On Sports Cars, We Just Have To Wait A Bit
It’s a tricky time for sedans as carmakers like Ford and Volkswagen have announced clear intentions to ditch the likes of Mondeo and Passat in favor of more crossovers and SUVs.
Moving on to higher echelons with electrification in mind, the crosshairs switch from sedans to sports cars. The use of batteries and e-motors for high-performance cars is and will be a challenge until the technology evolves, but Lexus doesn’t seem to be bothered.
A Twin-Turbo Lexus IS F Could Bring Some Pain To the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63
Lexus recently launched its first V-8-powered sedan in almost a decade in the form of the IS 500 F Sport. It’s been just about a week since it was launched, but it looks like the automaker already has one more in the pipeline. According to Motoring, Lexus is working on a twin-turbo V-8 car that will take on the Mercedes-AMG C63 and the BMW M3. To make to deal sweeter, the automaker could resurrect the “IS F” moniker for it.
The Lexus LC F - Successor to the LFA - Has Reportedly Been Cancelled
It’s been a decade since Lexus unveiled the LFA supercar and punched its ticket as an accepted performance car brand. Toyota’s premium brand has rolled out some impressive performance models in the ensuing years, but what it hasn’t done is present the official successor of the mighty LFA.
The Lexus LC F — the high-performance variant of the LC luxury coupe — was supposed to be that model, except that might not happen anymore after reports surfaced that the LC F project has been discontinued by Toyota in light of all the uncertainties brought about by the COVID-19 global pandemic.
A New Lexus IS Is Coming in 2021, and the IS 500 Will Be a Bittersweet Surprise
While we were worrying about the pain in the ass that is the new coronavirus, back in March, a Toyota-related leak revealed the carmaker’s upcoming plans vis-a-vis its lineup. Among the cascade of novelties, we also learned that a 2021 Lexus IS is on its way.
Not much is out in the wild regarding the sedan, but speculation about what the incoming IS could hide under the hood ranged from it getting the Supra’s BMW-sourced 335-horsepower, 3.0-liter turbo straight-six to more recent rumors saying the novel Lexus IS range might even encompass a V-8 model.
Lexus Moves to Sell the LQ Flagship SUV That Will Run Into the Six-Figure Price Range
Lexus’ current SUV lineup includes five models. From the subcompact UX to the full-size LX, Lexus covers all important segments in the SUV market. But the Japanese luxury firm isn’t stopping here. There’s a brand-new SUV on the way. It will be called the LQ and it will become the brand’s flagship hauler.
The BMW M3 Has Lexus Spooked So Bad that there Won’t Be a Next-Gen IS F
When Lexus launched the current IS, it completely forgot about the IS F in order to focus on the RC F sports coupe and its various iterations. Now, it looks like that trend is going to continue as Lexus has, reportedly, no intention of introducing a new IS F when the fourth generation launches in 2020 or 2021.
Forget Customer Requests - Lexus Needs Media Demand To Justify a Second-Gen LFA Supercar
The Lexus LFA is an interesting case study for future automakers who are looking to get into the supercar market. By all accounts, the LFA remains one of the finest supercars to hit the market this decade. That says a lot about the machine considering that Lexus launched the model in 2010, and since then, few exotics, if any, have come close to receiving the same praise and adulation the LFA received when it first came out nine years ago. But there’s also a catch with the LFA and a curious one at that. Lexus built only 500 units of the supercar and, for unclear reasons, “brand new” examples of the exotic are still available. The LFA, despite all the glowing reviews, has yet to sell out. Lexus’ struggles in selling the LFA has contributed in the automaker’s hesitancy to launch a successor to the model. It’s an interesting dynamic, to say the least, more so now that Lexus vice president Koji Sato left it in the media’s hands to draw up enough public interest for Lexus to greenlight a long-overdue successor to what is arguably one of the most interesting supercars of this decade.
The 2021 Lexus IS Could Inherit the 2020 Toyota Supra’s BMW-Sourced Inline-Six
Is it possible that Toyota’s existing partnership with BMW could extend into a Lexus? That’s what a report from Japan’s Best Car magazine is saying. According to the report, the next-generation Lexus IS sports sedan will be powered by the same 335-horsepower, 3.0-liter, turbocharged, straight-six that you can find under the hood of a recently released Toyota sports car that’s been dominating the news lately. If the reports are true, the next-generation IS could share the same engine with the Toyota Supra and, by extension, the BMW Z4. Whether using that engine is enough to elevate the IS’ standing in the premium compact luxury market remains to be seen. It would definitely be interesting to see it compete against BMW and the almighty 3 Series with an engine that comes from, well, BMW.
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.
A Hot Lexus UX F Crossover Could Be in the Works - Here’s What it Will Look Like
Lexus does make some nice sporty cars, but it’s not really perceived as such because most of its sales volume consists of cushy sedans and high-riders, most of which are also electrified. Having an electric motor on board to boost performance and economy certainly doesn’t hinder sportiness, though, so don’t be surprised if Lexus starts churning out hot F-badged electrified models, the first of which could be its new UX baby crossover.
2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition
The Lexus RC F Track Edition is track-prepped version of the company’s compact coupe. It was unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show alongside the updated RC F, so it benefits form all the add-ons introduced with the facelift.
Although it doesn’t feature a more powerful engine, the Track Edition is more dynamic thanks to a handful of aerodynamic tweaks and weight-saving measures. Lexus promises quicker lap times in this vehicle, which is aimed at German track cars such as the BMW M4 GTS. Spotted testing since early 2018, this coupe was originally believed to feature a "GT" badge, but Lexus eventually went with Track Edition. Despite the name that suggests a special-edition model, the Track Edition is a proper upgrade that sets it apart from the standard RC F. Let’s find out more about it below.
Lexus Could Bring Back the IS F in 2020 With a Strange Engine
Currently, Lexus’ top performance offering for the IS is the IS 350 F Sport, but things may change in three year’s time as the next-generation IS is rumored to spawn a proper IS F version like the 416 horsepower one we had up until a few years ago. This new model should have about as much power as the old one, which sounds a bit disappointing, but things could change.
The Lexus IS XE30 is a good-looking car, a car that is well-suited for a track-oriented version like the IS F once was. Sadly, the IS F didn’t live on past the XE20 generation, so if you want muscle, your only choice right now is the IS 350 F Sport with its 311 horsepower and a base MSRP of about $45,000 if you go for the RWD version. Meanwhile, you can grab a decade-old IS F with a 416 horsepower V-8 for less than $30,000. The next generation, that won’t be here before the second half of 2020, could address the people’s need for speed.
2022 Lexus LFA Successor
Lexus was seen this week testing a modified LFA with the Nurburgring package right at the fabled German circuit, and it got us intrigued. It’s been six years since the last LFA rolled off the production line, so could Lexus prepare for a replacement despite claims they aren’t looking at this possibility?
The original LFA, launched after much lament and almost a whole decade in the works, back in 2010 is a sort of a flawed genius. Originally criticized for its lumpy gearbox and somewhat underpowered V-10 engine, it ultimately grew on and won over some of its most fierce critics due to its special charisma. It was a refined supercar with build quality that rivaled and maybe surpassed that of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and with an engine that sounded as good as any Italian thoroughbred.
Now, six years on, we know from a couple of years ago that the message that was conveyed by the LFA has endured and that Lexus might not be looking at building a replacement for it in the next few years. But what if they are? Yoshihiro Sawa hinted during his visit this year at the Goodwood Festival Of Speed that “a pure F GT car, which could be a hybrid with an electric motor and a strong engine” is on the cards. What if he’s not only referring to an LC F but to something more?
Keep on reading to find out our thoughts on how the LFA’s replacement could be.
2020 Lexus LC F
After more than two years of constant teasing and two concept cars, Lexus unveiled a new 2+2 coupe at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Dubbed LC500, the new coupe is stunning to look at, has a luxurious interior, and comes with a stout, naturally aspirated V-8 powerplant. Come 2018 and the Japanese firm is working on a beefed-up version with an "F" badge.
Despite having two extra seats and missing a V-10 powerplant, the LC500 is already being considered a successor to the mighty LFA. Granted, the two have very little in common as far as underpinnings go, but I can totally understand why Lexus enthusiasts are comparing it to the LFA. The LC500 has a strong presence, a low-slung stance, and it blends luxury and sportiness under the same roof. It’s nowhere near as powerful as the LFA, but what if Lexus is planning to release a more potent version later on? These new spy shots suggest that we may soon be able to buy an LC F model with more power and a more aggressive exterior.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Lexus LC F.