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Aston Martin's Engine Downsizing may include Toyota Engines

Aston Martin’s Engine Downsizing may include Toyota Engines

Earlier this week, we brought forward reports that Aston Martin is considering downsizing its lineup of engines, which almost exclusively include V-8s and V-12s. This consideration is an obvious attempt to squeeze a few more mpg out of its lineup without depleting horsepower, which will allow the boutique automaker to achieve the fuel economy numbers required by the ongoing CAFE standards.

According to De Telegraf, Aston Martin may be considering Toyota as a partner in this downsizing attempt. In particular, Aston is eyeballing the V-10 engine used in the Lexus LF-A and the 8-pot used in several other Lexus models.

If you are wondering how Aston plans to milk these engines out of Toyota, keep in mind that Aston and Toyota already have a working agreement for Aston Martin to use the Toyota iQ to create its own Cygnet. So, for Aston Martin executives to get into conversation with Toyota brass about this possibility wouldn’t take too much.

The only issue that Toyota may have is the fact that this sharing of engines may result in added competition for the LFA and other Lexus models. Then again, with Aston Martin being such an exclusive brand without a long production list, Toyota may not see this as a threat, but rather a way to get its name on the tip of premium sports car buyers’ tongues. This could result in the ultimate word-of-mouth advertising for Lexus’ sports cars, which will soon include a car that may rival Aston Martins, the LF-LC.

We’ll keep you up to date on this developing situation and let you know as soon as more details become available.

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First Lexus LF-A Nurburgring Edition arrives in the US

First Lexus LF-A Nurburgring Edition arrives in the US

The Lexus LF-A Nurburgring Edition has been out for quite some time now, but the US market has just received its first unit. Lexus has placed a set of images of the first LF-A Nurburgring Edition during the car’s official delivery on the US land on their Facebook page.

While most may remember the Nurburgring package when it was placed on an LF-A with very cool orange exterior finish, it looks like the American customer opted for a white exterior paint combined with a bare carbon roof and a contrasting red interior. It still looks pretty amazing, though.

While a standard LF-A will cost you $375,000, the optional Nurbrugring Package will add an extra $70,000. For the money, customers will get an extra 10 HP and numerous carbon fiber elements: a larger front spoiler, fin-type side spoilers, and a fixed rear wing. The car has already lapped the famous Nurburgring in only 7 minutes and 14 seconds, so it’s definitely worth the money being dished out!

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2013 Lexus RX F-Sport

2013 Lexus RX F-Sport

One of the two new vehicles Lexus brought to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is the Lexus RX F-Sport, which joins the face-lifted 2013 Lexus RX in the Japanese automaker’s booth. The former appears to carry a lot of Lexus’ new design language and, in particular, the new spindle grille looks pretty aggressive and menacing. These features provide more evidence of an aggressive new look for the high-performance crossover that’s a far departure from the more subdued versions of the past. In addition to the spindle grille, the RX F-Sport also comes with a new front lip spoiler, new fog lamps, new LED daytime running lights, and plenty of F-Sport accessories to match everything else the crossover has.

The Lexus RX F-Sport is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces an output of 270 horsepower at 6,200 rpm, which is joined by a lateral performance damper system that has been designed to absorb and minimize undesirable body vibrations, thus contributing to a more comfortable ride.

UPDATE 03/07/2012: This review has been updated with official specs and photos for the Lexus RX F-Sport.

Find out more about the Lexus RX F-Sport after the jump.

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2012 Lexus GS by TRD

2012 Lexus GS by TRD

Five Axis was the first tuning company to come out with an upgrade package for the new generation Lexus GS, specifically the GS 350 F-Sport, but now Toyota Racing Developments (TRD) is getting in on the action with a full list of accessories for the GS. The package can be applied to both the GS 350 and GS 450h models, but buyers beware, it’s going to get expensive. For example, just a new set of wheels will run the customer $6,574.

Aside from the pricey wheels, TRD is offering a pretty impressive aero kit that includes a front under-spoiler, side skirts, a trunk spoiler, and a rear diffuser. Customers can also opt for a quad-exhaust sports muffler and a new set of 19" forged aluminum wheels that are lighter than the standard and help improve rigidity, contributing to the high dynamic performance and elegant comfort of the GS.

In addition to these features, the Lexus GS’ ride was superbly balanced with a new sport suspension that helps change the damping force of the spring and damper stiffness stabilizer from a revised rate.

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2011 Lexus IS 350 F-Sport

2011 Lexus IS 350 F-Sport

Some customers haven’t even had the chance to fully break in their new Lexus IS 350 sedan and already the company is offering them the chance to spice up their vehicle with some F Sport Performance accessories. Only some of the most important attributes can be updated, such as forged alloy wheels, brake upgrades, suspension systems, air intake, and a sports exhaust system.

The F Sport accessories can take your everyday IS 350 and push it in the right direction towards becoming more like the IS-F sports sedan. They will get the Lexus to look like one, but getting the same power as the IS-F Sport will need a completely different trip to a willing and able tuner. Without that trip, the IS 350 with F Sport accessories will get a 3.5-liter V6 engine producing a total of 306 HP at 6,400 RPM and 277 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm.

The IS 350 is priced at $38,570 in the RWD version, or at $41,030 in AWD version, but the F-Sport package will tack much more depending on the options chosen.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2011 Lexus IS 350 F-Sport.

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Lexus releases exclusive LF-A luggage collection

Lexus releases exclusive LF-A luggage collection

Prospective owners of the new Lexus LF-A will have something to cheer about as the company, in collaboration with US-based travel bag and suitcase manufacturer Tumi, is set to release a line of travel cases exclusively for the supercar.

The two-piece luggage set is set to come with the LF-A in a number of select markets, including Europe and America.

The two Tumi cases were created using materials like aluminum and carbon fiber, two materials that are predominantly used in the actual supercar. What’s more, the cases will also carry the corresponding vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car that comes with it. The two cases, a smaller case that could be used for light travel and a bigger case that can be used for longer travels, were also designed to snuggly fit into the trunk of the LF-A.

All 500 models will be produced 20-at-a-time per month with the supercar, together with the cases, set to be delivered to its customers beginning at the early part of next year.

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Lexus offering discounted F-Sport Performance Packages

Lexus offering discounted F-Sport Performance Packages

If you’ve got a bunch of Lexus catalogues sitting in your desk and you’re thinking of getting yourself either a Lexus IS or a Lexus GS model, this might help make your decision a little easier.

Lexus is in the process of having a spring sale of their F-Sport accessory packages the brand is currently offering for both the IS and GS models. Among the accessories being offered are a suspension lowering kit that goes for $1,450, a $4,495 kit that comes, not only with suspension-lowering, but also a new set of wheels and tires, and the high-end package that will include the F Sport suspension kit, wheels and tires, and a brake upgrade that will only cost you $8,995, saving you a pretty significant amount of $1,479.

For the high-end package, Lexus will be offering premium add-ons including exterior F Sport fender badging and the F Sport High Performance Brake Upgrade, which offers a firmer pedal feel and helps enhance fade resistance in repeated severe use. There will also be a front kit that comes with six-piston fixed calipers and cross drilled cast-iron 14-inch diameter rotors with patented internal fin design mounted on anodized aluminum hats. Then, there’s the rear brake upgrade, which will include four-piston fixed calipers and cross drilled cast-iron 13.6-inch diameter rotors with low-dust performance brake pads included on both front and rear sets.

You might want to hurry up with your decision though. The three packages will only be discounted from June 1 to July 31, which is already inclusive of installation fees.

Press Release after the jump

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XM Radio Debuts as a Standard Feature on Lexus LX 570

XM Radio Debuts as a Standard Feature on Lexus LX 570

XM (Nasdaq: XMSR), the nation’s leading provider of satellite radio, today announced that XM Radio and XM NavTraffic capability will be standard factory-installed features on the all-new Lexus LX 570. The luxury utility vehicle featuring XM made its debut today at the 2007 New York International Auto Show.
"The nation’s most extensive lineup of satellite radio programming and real-time traffic navigation are natural additions to a luxury vehicle that promises to reach new levels," (...)

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Actively Safe: Avoiding Accidents Before They Happen

Actively Safe: Avoiding Accidents Before They Happen

On the count of six, the buildings start to move. On 13, the car gets a new fender. The pigeons come in on 15, the butterflies on 21, and the miraculous transformation is complete by 24.
It’s difficult to change the world in less than 30 seconds but that’s exactly what happens in two TV commercials in a new ad campaign from Lexus. The campaign, titled "Actively Safe," highlights the benefits of 14 active safety features offered in the automaker’s new 2008 RX 350, Lexus’ top-selling (...)

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Toyota develops rear-collision detector

Toyota develops rear-collision detector

Toyota had developed the world’s first system for detecting rear-end collisions before they happen. This is one of the step they had to do in order to "develop vehicles that will have zero traffic accidents" as they are planing too.
The system consists of a radar device that is installed in the rear bumper of the car, radar that will detect the vehicle approaching from behind. In the front headrests the sensors detect the position of the driver and front passenger’s heads, and shift the (...)

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Lexus LS 460 gets the most advanced in-car audio system

Lexus LS 460 gets the most advanced in-car audio system

Sound quality has always been a key consideration in the design of Lexus vehicles, from the solid, satisfying thunk of a closing door, to the refined note of the turning engine. It is the quality of the on-board sound system, however, that represents the pinnacle of the aural experience and in the new LS 460 this is taken to new heights.
Continuing a partnership with world-renowned hi-fi experts Mark Levinson that goes back to 1998, Lexus has commissioned a bespoke 19-speaker premium audio (...)

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Lexus LS 600L to offer Factory-Installed XM Satellite Radio

Lexus LS 600L to offer Factory-Installed XM Satellite Radio

XM Satellite Radio today announced that Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., will offer XM as standard, factory-installed equipment on the 2007 LS 460 L and its new luxury hybrid sedan, the 2008 LS 600h L. XM will also be available as a factory-installed feature on the 2007 LS 460 model as part of the navigation option. The all-new fourth generation LS series will be the first Lexus models to offer factory-installed XM Satellite Radio. Lexus unveiled the LS 600h L (...)

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