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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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Will Lexus F Models Really Switch to Electrified Drivetrains? Sources Say Yes!

Will Lexus F Models Really Switch to Electrified Drivetrains? Sources Say Yes!

A much needed spark for the F sub-brand

Now that major performance brands have introduced electric cars, Lexus’ Performance wing may also start buzzing electric. According to President Yoshihiro Sawa, Lexus’ F sub-brand could be heading towards electrification, while retaining the petrol engines as well. Are we going to get newer models, or will the existing cars get hybrid souls?

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Lexus Considering New Powertrain Options for the LS Sedan

Lexus Considering New Powertrain Options for the LS Sedan

You’ve got to keep up with the Jones’

Lexus recently launched the LS Sedan in Australia and during a press conference, Chief Engineer, Toshio Asahi, confirmed that additional powertrains are on the table. Another unknown executive claimed that the hydrogen powertrain from the LF-LC Concept is heading to production “sooner than you think.” All big news from Toyota’s luxury arm, but what does it all mean?

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Rumor: Production-Ready Lexus UX Could Debut in March 2018

Rumor: Production-Ready Lexus UX Could Debut in March 2018

Smaller than the Lexus NX but more aggressively styled

Lexus is turning its attention to crossovers and SUVs from sedans and coupes. Rumors are swirling the automaker will debut a production version of the UX concept as early as this March at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The UX will slot under the NX crossover to be Lexus’s entry-level model.

The UX crossover will join Lexus’ recently debuted three-row variant of the RX crossover and the new two-row (less expensive) version of the Lexus LX 570 SUV. Another crossover is also in the works based on the LF-1 Limitless Concept. That model would become Lexus’ flagship SUV, even ousting the $90,000 LX 570.

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It's a Go: The Lexus LC Convertible Will Happen

It’s a Go: The Lexus LC Convertible Will Happen

The LC F is also in the cards

Grab hold of whatever you’re holding and don’t let go. The Lexus LC 500 is finally getting a convertible version. Given what we know about the LC 500 — it’s awesome — a convertible version is exactly what the doctor ordered. A convertible LC 500 is an exciting addition to the automaker’s lineup. Not only does it spell its coupe counterpart from going at the market alone, but it also provides customers with a fresh alternative to a segment inhabited by the likes of the Audi R8 Spyder and the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster. Even better: a more potent LC F model is also a possibility. If Lexus wanted to shake the establishment, these two models would go a long way in doing just that.

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Lexus is Warming Up to the Idea of an LF-A Successor

Lexus is Warming Up to the Idea of an LF-A Successor

Don’t tease us, Lexus!

The Lexus LFA burst onto the scene in 2010, shocking an industry that didn’t expect any car of this status to come out of Lexus and, by extension, Toyota. It only lasted two years in production because of a cap in volume — it was limited to just 500 units — but in that short period, the LFA was able to cement its legacy as one of the most fascinating supercars of its generation. Fast forward to 2018 and there are rumblings that Lexus is finally considering the possibility of developing a model that would serve as the successor of the almighty Lexus supercar.

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2017 Lexus LS+ Concept

2017 Lexus LS+ Concept

Sign me up if this is what the Lexus LS is going to look like in the future

The fifth-generation Lexus LS just hit the market this year, but the Japanese automaker is already looking ahead into the future with a new concept for its flagship sedan that’s heavy on state-of-the-art technology. The concept is called the LS+, and if you were thinking it to be outlandish in the typical Lexus concept fashion, then you’d be right. The LS+ Concept is a feast for the senses in more ways than one.

We already have an idea of how Lexus does concept vehicles. The NX Concept from a few years ago blasted our expectations through the roof, and it’s nice to see that Toyota’s premium brand isn’t letting up. This car, Lexus says, is going to be a showcase of what the LS could look like down the road. It’s not a certainty that this blueprint will be put to use in the future, but as far as giving us a taste of what could come, then it hits all the right spots. It looks the part of a futuristic concept though more important than that are the litany of tech features that it comes with, including the curiously named “Highway Teammate” automated driving technology that brings autonomous driving tech to life. That’s just one of the technology goodies we can expect from the LS+ Concept, so expect a whole lot more now that the full-sized beauty is sitting pretty at the Tokyo Motor Show.

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2019 Lexus GS

2019 Lexus GS

For a while now, rumors have been circulating, and it seems as if the Lexus GS may find itself on the guillotine at the end of the fourth and current generation. That generation has been around since 2011 and was just updated in 2015, however, the GS has had some seriously insignificant sales, which is probably why rumors seem to point toward the ES taking the GS’s place in as the mid-sized executive box on wheels. And, considering Lexus sells roughly 10 times more ES than GS models, the rumors make sense. However, we’re now looking at some spy shots that point to those rumors being wrong. We’re guessing the model you see here is the new GS, but it could also be the next-gen ES as it’s currently about time for a generational shift as well. Either way, there is something fresh coming to Lexus’ stable soon, and if it is the GS, rumor has it that the next-gen GS F will get a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 that’s good for some 590 ponies and 500 pound-feet of torque.

With that said, the spy shots show a fairly revised model regardless of what it really is, but we don’t know much else about it at this point. It is clearly a hybrid, as the yellow tape on the back window is a safety requirement for hybrids testing on the Nürburgring. Potential debut dates, based on the current life cycle of both the ES and GS, point to a late 2018 debut with the potential to be a 2019 model with 2020 seeming more feasible. So, we should be learning more about what’s lurking under the camo in the somewhat near future. But, until then, we’re going to assume this is a next-gen GS, so let’s take a better look and talk some more about it.

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Get Ready, The Lexus LC F Is Coming

Get Ready, The Lexus LC F Is Coming

The Porsche 911 Turbo may finally get the competition it’s looking for

The Lexus LC is shaping up to be a legitimate contender to the established order of German sports cars, but as well-developed as the LC currently is, it still doesn’t have a range-topping model to call its own. Well, that’s all about to change now that parent company Toyota has officially filed trademarks to the names “LC F” and “Lexus LC F.”

Granted, trademark filings aren’t automatic signs that a company is going to use the names it’s securing for a soon-to-be-released production model. For all we know, Toyota’s simply protecting the names so that other companies can’t use it. This is different though. The Lexus LC F is a car that’s on it’s way. You can take that to the bank.

Consider this: Lexus wants the LC to become its answer to established sports cars like the Porsche 911. It’s an ambitious goal, but it can be done if the automaker has the horses to make the 911 sweat. Here’s the thing though. The current LC lineup peaks with the LC 500 and its 471-horsepower and 398-pound-feet of torque numbers. Those are good numbers, but not good enough if Lexus hopes to truly compete against a car like the Porsche 911, let alone its two top-dog variants, the 540-horsepower 911 Turbo and the 580-horsepower 911 Turbo S.

A range-topping LC F would help fill that void for Lexus. It’s going to have to develop the heck out of it, but with the options it has at its disposal – don’t sleep on the LC F getting some form of turbos or even hybrid assistance – it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to see the LC F packing some serious punch that can knock down a German titan or two.

Remember, these trademarks filings aren’t clear indications of the LC F. But let’s not kid ourselves either. The model is coming and it’s coming for Germany’s finest.

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Latest Rumors About Toyota and Lexus Point to an All-New Engine for the next Supra

Latest Rumors About Toyota and Lexus Point to an All-New Engine for the next Supra

This could be a BIG deal for Supra fans everywhere

The rumor mill is churning over at Toyota with reports that the Japanese automaker is finally building a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine, codenamed 943F, that it plans to use on the fifth-generation Lexus GS. The model is scheduled to make its debut in late 2017 or early 2018 and will be marketed as a 2019 model. But, according to Japanese media outlet Mag-X, the big takeaway from the fifth-gen GS is the turbocharged V-6, the first production V-6 that Toyota will build in its long and illustrious history.

While there hasn’t been any confirmation coming from either Toyota or Lexus, there is an argument to be made for Lexus to get a turbo V-6, none more so than the increased importance being placed by automakers in downsizing their engines as a way of addressing the increasingly stringent emissions regulations. For its part, Lexus also needs a forced induction V-6 because a lot of its competitors already utilize a similar engine in some form or capacity. It may be time for Toyota’s premium brand to join the fray in that regard and expand its V-6 offerings past the turbocharged inline-sixes that it has used in the past.

If Toyota does take this step, don’t sleep on the possibility of another model eventually using the same engine. Again, this is all speculation but if Toyota wants to maximize the seemingly limitless potential of the returning Supra sports car, having a turbocharged V-6 as an engine option is a great way to do it. At the very least, it would be able to make a big statement in differentiating the sports car with the Toyota GT 86, which currently uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. That’s been one of Toyota’s goals anyway so it only makes sense for the company to give the Supra the same turbo V-6 that it is reportedly developing for the Lexus GS.

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Lexus CT200h May Not Get Successor, Hybrid Crossover Could Take Its Place

Lexus CT200h May Not Get Successor, Hybrid Crossover Could Take Its Place

No decision has been made, but it doesn’t look good for the hybrid hatchback

The Lexus CT 200h is by no means a flop of a car. It routinely sells 10,000 units a year, which is a healthy number for a car of different circumstances. Unfortunately, for the CT 200h, it belongs in the premium compact market that’s worth around 750,000 cars in Europe alone. So in that respect, the CT 200h has failed to live up to the expectations of Lexus, so much so that that Lexus Europe chief Alain Uyttenhoven admitted that there’s talk of ending the CT 200h’s production when its lifespan concludes in 2018. No immediate successor has been identified, but according to Autocar, there is some sentiment that a production version of the LF-SA Concept that was shown at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show could eventually take the spot that will presumably be vacated by the CT 200h.

For Lexus, the rationale behind this big move is simple, at least if it does end up happening. The CT 200h isn’t selling as well as Lexus hoped relative to the segment it’s in. The company could develop a successor that’s better in every way, or it could just leave the segment entirely and concentrate on a more lucrative crossover/SUV market whose growth hasn’t shown signs of slowing down anytime soon.

The numbers even back it up because of the 652,000 units that Lexus sold all over the world in 2015, the Lexus NX and RX accounted for close to half of that number with both models selling roughly 150,000 units apiece. Lexus even expects the NX and RX to add to those sales numbers in 2016 to about 170,000 and 200,000 units, respectively.

Having a hybrid crossover to slot below the NX isn’t a guarantee of booming sales, but with customers tripping over themselves to buy crossovers and SUVs, the ceiling for a new model would be significantly higher compared to a successor to the CT 200h, even if the premium compact market is healthy in its own right.

And don’t be fooled by the robust sales numbers because Lexus isn’t doing as well as it likes in Europe, where it sold only 64,000 units across the board in 2015. That’s less than 10 percent of the company’s total sales volume. Uyttenhoven even said that the rough going across the pond is largely tied to the company having only one model – the CT 200h – in the sub-€40,000 ($45,000) bracket, which he adds accounts for “50 percent of the European luxury car market.”

So the question boils down to what the Lexus CT 200h can offer compared to a new hybrid crossover. From the looks of things, Lexus appears to be leaning towards the new crossover, a move that makes sense if it really wants to take a bigger piece of the crossover/SUV pie.

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Next-Generation Lexus LS Tipped For 2017 Arrival

Next-Generation Lexus LS Tipped For 2017 Arrival

Long-overdue replacement model will finally have its day in the spotlight

It goes without saying that the fourth-generation Lexus LS has been around for quite some time. First introduced in 2006, the company’s resident full-size luxury sedan is on its last legs and is in dire need of replacing. Fortunately, Lexus appears all set to introduce the fifth-generation LS in 2017 with Japanese auto magazine Mag X going a step further by indicating that the flagship model will be making an appearance – in production form on less – at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

News of the fifth-generation LS’ arrival has made the rounds before, and while Lexus has remained quiet on the details, it has previously indicated that the next LS would come with a choice of V-6, V-8, and hybrid powertrains. A hydrogen version could also be in the cards, although that’s less likely than a hybrid and would need to at least make use of the hydrogen fuel cells currently being used in the Toyota Mirai. Still, the possibility of a hydrogen-powered Lexus LS is tantalizing, especially if the cells are paired with either a V-6 or V-8 engine.

As far as looks are concerned, a rendering made by MAG X showed a car that draws plenty of styling influence from the Lexus LF-FC Concept that was first unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. That would fit right in with Lexus’ plans to streamline its new models into its new global architecture and use the current design language to create a unified look for all of its models. Since the fifth-generation LS will remain as Lexus’ flagship model, it’s imperative for the car to reflect all the best of what the company has to offer.

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