Lexus’ Upcoming EV Supercar Could Be a Worthy Successor To the Legendary LFA
It was an overwhelming experience for car enthusiasts when Lexus announced its EV supercar in 2021, almost a decade after the demise of its first supercar, the LFA. Since then, we have been eagerly waiting to witness the Electrified Sport concept in real life. Thankfully, Lexus brought the coupe for its first public experience, alongside its first EV SUV, the RZ 450e, the UX 300e, and the plug-in hybrid NX 450h+ at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Rendering: This Could be the Electric Lexus Sports Car of the Future
In December 2021, Toyota announced its plan for electrification in the future, which will include its luxury wing, Lexus. Its thorough EV strategy is a substantial step-up for Lexus, and by 2035, the luxury brand is going all-electric. In the press conference, Lexus introduced an electric supercar named Electrified Sport, which would be a modern and electrified iteration of the legendary LFA. But what if we show you a bunch of renderings of what might be Lexus’ take on a four-door electric coupe? Giorgi Tedoradze’s E-Sharper will give you a sense of what high-end two-door future coupes might look like.
2023 Lexus RX - New Engines, More Space, and a 367-Horsepower F Sport Performance Hybrid
Based on how many luxury crossover SUVs were launched in recent years, one may assume that this segment is relatively new. The reality, however, is that they’ve been in the scene for a long time now, and the Lexus RX was one of the pioneers of this segment. First unveiled in 1998, the Lexus RX is now in its fifth generation, and since its release, it’s been the best-selling Lexus in the United States. No pressure then.
Lexus May Outgrow the Umbilical Cord That Tethers it to Toyota
Back in late-2021 when Toyota and Lexus showcased an entire range – by range we mean 17 – concepts, nobody was surprised to see so many SUVs. In fact, out of the 17 models revealed, only a handful were cars, and all but one of those cars were wearing a Lexus badge. The highlight of the entire event, if you discount that potential Toyota MR2 successor, was the Lexus Electrified Sport Concept. The sheer popularity of SUVs and crossovers mixed in with their ability to support larger batteries (and more range) means the potential for cars like the Lexus Electrified Sport is dwindling by the day. Fortunately, Lexus doesn’t see it that way, because to Lexus, SUVs aren’t everything.
2022 Lexus IS
The Lexus IS brings a lot of excitement for the 2022 model year, but that does not mean it was never exciting. Lexus was intelligent enough to give it a facelift for the 2021 model year, ensuring that the lack of a new generation has no bearing on sales. The IS was always a daily-driver kind of sports sedan, which offered both, comfort and decent performance. But, rivals like the 3 Series, the C-Class, and the A4, are more dynamic on the road when compared to the IS. Surely you would love to take the IS on the highways, but what if you wanted to take it to the track? For the 2022 model year, Lexus has started rolling out the more performance-focused IS500 F Sport Performance models. These models are not only powered by a throatier 5.0-liter V-8 but also come with an adaptive sport suspension, quad-exhaust tips, and upgraded brakes. As for the standard IS300, there are still two engine options, one is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot, and the other one is the underpowered 3.5-liter V-6 which also powers the IS350 F Sport, but is rated at 311 horsepower. It is a bit confusing about the whole IS, but we will try to simplify them in the latter part of the review. Apart from performance, Lexus cars are more about luxury and exquisite craftsmanship, which we witness with every line-up. Do all of these make Lexus a more approachable brand? Is the Lexus IS the best buy for you?
Jaguar F-Type v Lexus LC500: Two Beasts Lock Horns In An Intense Battle For Supremacy
Sam for ‘Sam CarLegion’ staged yet another drag race and uploaded the video on his YouTube channel. This time, he had the Jaguar F-Type and the Lexus LC500 on the drag strip with him. Both the cars feature a 5.0-liter V-8 under the hood, but that is pretty much where all the similarities end. One car’s got a supercharger attached to the engine, while the other is a free-flowing naturally aspirated mill. One is an all-wheel-drive model, and the other, a RWD. One makes more torque and the other churns out more horses. Which car do you have your bets on?
The 15 Most Practical High-Performance Sports Cars You Can Buy In 2022
Practicality is, often, an afterthought when it comes to high-performance sports cars. If you are on the market for one, there’s a good chance that practicality is not among your top priorities or that you have another, more practical vehicle. With that said, not all sports cars are made equal, with some of them being surprisingly practical. Here are 15 sports cars that are more usable than you might think.
Highlights Of The 2022 New York Auto Show
The Lexus RZ 450e Debuts As A Luxurious And More Powerful Derivative Of The Toyota bZ4X
The RZ 450e can be considered Lexus’ first offering to the EV segment. Well, it was the UX 300e, but it shared the same platform as its internal combustion-engined counterpart. So, it won’t be wrong to label it as a half-hearted attempt. Now, however, the company has come up with the RZ 450e, a car based on the Toyota bZ4x, which in turn is mechanically similar to the Subaru Solterra.
However, it is more than just a rebadged bZ4x. It feels more premium and plush overall, and that reflects in the build quality as well as the creature comforts. The dual-motor setup puts out 308 horses, is an all-wheel-drive-only model, and has an estimated range of 225 miles. The prices aren’t revealed, but Lexus noted that it will go on sale Stateside at the end of the year.
Lexus Says No to an LC F but Yes to Something Even Better
It’s been a year or so since rumors began to swirl that Lexus was building an LC F - a high-performance take on the LC500 grand tourer. As it turns out, Lexus did actually build a turbocharged concept on the LC platform, but it never passed the evaluation stage, which means that while cars like the LC still have a future at Lexus, the LC F is never going to happen, at least not in the way we all expected it to anyway. There is a noticeable gap within Lexus’ performance lineup, namely the LFA and the IS, and what’s coming to fill that gap might be better than an LC F could have ever been.
2022 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series
If Europe got the very cool looking LC500 Hokkaido Edition, for the American market, Lexus continues a tradition that started back in 2018 with the launch of the LC500 Inspiration Concept. Yes, the special edition LC 500 Inspiration Series makes a comeback for the 2022 model year, and it will be offered for both coupe and convertible versions.
There will only be 150 examples built, and prices will start from $104,500 for the coupe version and $115,580 for the convertible one. The first units will arrive at dealership in late spring 2022.
2022 Lexus LC500 Hokkaido Edition
The Lexus LC500 is currently the flagship luxury sports car in the brand’s lineup. Since its inception in 2017, the luxury grand tourer has been impressing us with some of the most exquisite interiors and sophisticated powertrains in the segment. That said, for 2022, the LC500 is getting a special Hokkaido edition, and here’s what we learned.
The Next-Gen LFA Will Be A Multi-Flavored Delicacy
It’s only been a few years since Lexus told the world that demand would dictate whether or not there’s a second-gen LFA, and just eight months after that, it was announced that the LC F – the spiritual successor to the LFA – was canceled. In 2021, we learned that Lexus hadn’t given up on the idea, but we’d have to wait, and when Lexus revealed the Sport Concept. We learned that it would, in fact, inspire the LFA’s successor and that the wait may have been coming to an end. So, the next-gen Lexus LFA is going to be electric, and this was expected, but what we’ve learned now borders on the line of insanity. According to a new report, Lexus is prepping two LFA successors, and only one is electric – how’s that for a twist?
Lexus RC F: Looking to the Toyota GR GT3 Concept as a Basis for Evolution
The Lexus RC F has turned out to be a decent GT3 race car, but it wasn’t without some extreme effort from Lexus engineers. See, the current RC wasn’t designed with motorsports in mind at all, so when Lexus launched the RC F GT3, it did so as an afterthought, so it was way too heavy and hard to adapt. We’ve learned that the next-gen RC will rectify this issue by being designed for motorsports from the ground up, but what we didn’t know is that Lexus already has a working DNA pattern, and it comes from the recently revealed Toyota GR GT3 Concept that was shown off at the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon.
Does The Lexus RC F Have In It To Beat The BMW M4 With A Third Pedal?
Sam from ‘Sam CarLegion’ is not new to getting different cars together for a series of drag races and roll races. Remember the time when he got a Fusion Sport that humiliated a Ford Mustang? Building on the “not-the-race-we-wanted-but-the race-we-needed” series, Sam got a Lexus RC F to take on the popular car, the BMW M4. One’s got a V-8, the other a six-pot mill; one’s naturally aspirated and the other comes with a turbocharger. But, the difference that could be a deciding factor is the gearbox. It’s a manual gearbox vs automatic transmission. You’ve got the Kidney grille or the spindle?
This 1,250-HP Lexus IS300 Has a 2JZ With Honda Internals And AWD
The world of tuner cars is vast and the sky is the limit. All-wheel-drive conversions are becoming more and more common as it is the best way to put insane amounts of horsepower to the ground. Today’s build, presented on That Racing Channel, once again, comes from Alberth from AD Turbo. We recently showcased his all-wheel-drive, 2JZ-powered Nissan 240SX, which is the fastest in the U.S. Now, he is showing us his other all-wheel-drive beast – a 1,250-horsepower Lexus IS300, which is also street legal.
2022 Lexus GX
Lexus’ body-on-frame taste has been implemented well to the GX, and with all the luxury amenities, it is one of the best off-road-biased luxury SUVs in its class. The only big change for the 2022 model year includes the infotainment system which now has a 10.3-inch touchscreen display along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Lexus Electrified Sport Concept Further Detailed In Photos And Video
Just after showing more details of its near-production-ready Lexus RZ and the Lexus Electrified SUV Concept, it’s now time for the Lexus Electrified Sport Concept to shine. It’s billed as an electric supercar with the "secret sauce" from the LFA, and it’s just one of a much larger range of electric vehicles (EVs) that the Japanese luxury automaker will be releasing within the decade.
If This Electrified Sedan Concept Is A Preview Of What’s To Come, Then The Future Lexus EVs Will Look Breathtaking
Lexus Releases More Photos Of Its Electrified SUV Concept
Just a few days ago, we were given a more thorough look at the upcoming Lexus RZ 450e, which will be the brand’s first electric vehicle (EV) that’s riding on a dedicated EV platform. For reference, the Lexus UX 300e rides on a platform that’s meant to utilize an internal combustion engine (ICE). This time around, the Japanese luxury automaker is giving us a look at its three-row electric SUV.
2022 Lexus UX
The new UX has nothing new on offer except for some cosmetic changes on the exterior and interior. The UX is the cheapest SUV in the Lexus lineup, and for its asking price, it packs loads of features. But, are they enough to snatch away crowds from the Audi A3 or the Volvo XC40, or even the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class?
Here’s Another Look At The Upcoming Lexus RZ, Will Debut In Spring
Lexus has released more information regarding its first-ever dedicated electric vehicle (EV), the RZ. For the record, this isn’t Lexus’ first EV, because that would be the UX 300e, but this is the first one to ride on a dedicated EV platform and not simply convert a vehicle with an internal combustion engine (ICE) into something that has an electric motor.
2022 Lexus LX 600
The 2022 Lexus LX 600 is a revelation in many ways. It doesn’t just look different on the outside, it also comes with a whole set of new tech features, a new engine and transmission, and is even based on a new platform. But, more than all that, it has to fill the shoes of the Land Cruiser, which isn’t on sale anymore in the U.S. despite its cult following. The LX 600 is essentially an LC 300 with a better suit, and Lexus has even offered it in a sporty trim this time. But, all said and done, will the new LX be a runaway success and bring good numbers for the automaker?
What is the Cheapest Lexus?
The cheapest Lexus money can buy in the U.S. is the UX crossover. It starts at $32,150 but if you decide to go berserk on the configurator, that price tag will go up to way north of $40,000 really fast. The cheapest Lexus in Europe, however, is the still-marching-on CT hybrid compact car. In Germany, the Lexus CT can be had for €26,950 and is followed closely by the UX, priced at €33,950.
What is the Sportiest Lexus?
The sportiest Lexus out there is the RC F Track Edition. Powered by a naturally-aspirated 5-liter V-8 churning out 472 horsepower, the Track Edition is loaded with aero bits and bobs as well as carbon fiber (the hood, roof, and front splitter are all made of carbon fiber). The RC F in regular guise can dispatch the 0-60 mph sprint in 3.96 seconds, so it’s safe to say the Track Edition can pull off at least that.
What is the Most Popular Lexus?
The most popular Lexus is the RX. To put things into perspective, in April 2019, Lexus pushed 8,872 RX units, a slight decrease from 2018’s figures, which say Lexus managed to sell 9,697 units of the RX. If we are to look from the year-by-year perspective, then the RX sold 39,833 units in the first five months of 2019, after in 2018 as a whole, 41,197 RX models found new owners. Sales aside, Lexus as a brand has enjoyed a lot of popularity within the American hip-hop culture, with lyrics mentions by well-known artists such as Jay-Z popping up more than once.
What is the Most Expensive Lexus?
The most expensive Lexus is the LC Inspiration Series. Stateside, the special edition wears a starting sticker of $106,210. The V-8-powered LC 500, on the other hand, starts at $92,950, while the hybrid Lexus LC 500h will set buyers back at least $97,460. In Europe, however, things are a bit different, in the sense that both the LC 500 and LC 500h start at €101,400. However, Lexus still hasn’t sold all of its 500 LFAs, so we can also count the supercar as the most expensive Lexus thanks to a price tag of $375,000.
What is the Fastest Lexus?
The fastest Lexus is the RC F Track Edition. Thanks to the mechanical credentials stated above, the super-sedan can reach a top speed of 168 mph (270 km/h) and go from naught to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.96 seconds. On the other hand, the Lexus LC 500 clears the 0-60 mph (96 km/h) interval in 4.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 168 mph (270 km/h).
Are Lexus Cars Reliable?
Lexus cars are very reliable. In fact, the 2018 J.D. Power dependability study for the U.S. sees Lexus take the first position, with just 99 problems per 100 vehicles. To make an even better idea of how reliable Lexus can be, the industry average was 142 problems per vehicle. Moreover, you might be familiar with the streak Lexus managed to bag as the most reliable vehicle in America for eight years in a row.