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Thanks to Toyota, Lexus Could Have a New Baby Crossover In The works

Thanks to Toyota, Lexus Could Have a New Baby Crossover In The works

A new, sub-$30,000 Lexus crossover could arrive in Europe, Japan, and Australia by 2023

The Toyota Yaris Cross, basically a high-riding hatchback with crossover ambitions, is one of Toyota’s newest vehicles and the company’s only subcompact crossover. Now, it looks like Toyota is going to share that love with Lexus, however, this news might not be a big deal if you live in the United States. The Tiny Lexus will share market designations with the Yaris Cross, which is currently only available in Europe, Japan, and Australia. According to the report, the Lexus crossover will be powered by the same 1.5-liter, hybrid, three-cylinder that powers the Yaris Cross. In that model, it’s good for anywhere between 90 and 118 horsepower with the electric motor – either 3.9 kW or 59 kW – adding from 5.2 to 79 horsepower into the mix.

It’s not likely that Lexus will simply rebadge the Yaris Cross, so expect the typical Lexus front end, nice interior materials, and – perhaps – a small increase in power output, at least for the higher trim levels. For the record, it would slot below the Lexus UX, which means that the trademark filing for “LBX” and “Lexus LBX” could have been hinting at its name. That said, the LBX is largely considered to be a concept, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens with that. Another rumor claims the sub-UX crossover would be called the Lexus BX, it would arrive in 2023, and would sit somewhere below the $30,000 mark. That sounds a little more like it to us, but we’ll have to see what happens.

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Thoughts of A Lexus LFA Successor has us Wondering: Can Dreams Come True?

Thoughts of A Lexus LFA Successor has us Wondering: Can Dreams Come True?

If it wasn’t for those pesky SUV’s this one might…

Everyone dreams, including those tasked with keeping an automotive company running at full speed. Never more has that been evident than when it comes to the dreams of Lexus President, Yoshihiro Sawa, who recently told Autocar that he can’t “rule out” a spiritual successor to the Lexus LFA, but for now it remains “just a dream.” That, ladies and gentlemen, has a begging the question: Do dreams come true?

Well, the truth is, they do…sometimes – most of us have experienced moments of déjà vu (or as some would call it, a “glitch in the matrix”) and there are many reports of people dreaming about something that eventually happens days, months, or years later. Whether or not that means we’ll see a successor for the Lexus LFA is a question that has been etched in our minds since the model technically went off sale back in 2012, just a few years after it stole the show at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. And, even though Lexus has “other priorities for now,” the fact remains that Mr. Sawa certainly dreams of a successor. That may not mean that it will happen tomorrow or even in 2020, but it is a glimmer of hope for those of us who actually got to spend some personal time with the $375,000 Japanese-built supercar.

Want to take a trip down memory lane? Click “Continue Reading” to hear about why an LFA successor isn’t on the table right now, see some cool videos, and learn more about the famous, Japanese-built supercar that stole our hearts back in 2009.

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Rumors Swirl About a 550-Horsepower Lexus LC 500 and a 400-Horse LC 500h

Rumors Swirl About a 550-Horsepower Lexus LC 500 and a 400-Horse LC 500h

The LF-LC has been the subject of rumors since it debuted in concept form at the 2012 Detroit Auto show. Today, a new report from Taiwan claims to have loads of insider information on the production version, which Lexus is calling the LC, including its available engines.

You’ll need to bear with me, as I used translating software to get all of this in English, so there may be a few incorrectly translated items. The biggest news is that the LC will have two available powertrains: one standard gasoline setup and one hybrid. The gasoline-powered model, which will carry the LC 500 name, will feature a 5.0-liter V-8 that churns out 550 horsepower and mates to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The LC 500 will reportedly hit 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds and deliver 26 mpg.

The hybrid model, which Lexus will name the LC 500h, will come with a 3.5-liter V-6 mated to electric motors. The combined output will supposedly sit at 400 horsepower, which will put the 47 mpg LC 500h at 62 mph in just 5.5 seconds.

In terms of size, the LC is rumored to be 4,700 mm (185 inches) long, 1,920 mm (75.6 inches) wide, and ride atop a 2,870 mm (113-inch) wheelbase. To help keep the LC’s curb weight between 1,450 and 1,550 kg (3,197 and 3,417 pounds), Lexus will craft the doors, hood, roof, and other sheet metal out of an aluminum-magnesium alloy.

Also rumored is a debut at the 2016 Detroit Motor Show and a production of 600 units per month, 500 of which will hit American shores.

Continue reading for the full story.

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TopSpeed Podcast Episode 027 LIVE

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 027 LIVE

Well that was a blast, I hope everyone enjoyed it. It was filled with lots of Miata talk so if you are a big fan of fun to drive roadsters, this may be your favorite. If you aren’t a fan of the new 4-th generation Miata, no worries. We have lots of cool stuff for you too.

We start the show with a look in our driveways for the Weekly Wheels. Mark talks about the very large Lexus GX460 and I spend some time talking about towing a horse trailer with the 2014 Toyota Tundra. Oh, you also get the chance to see a cool new Lego Mini Cooper.

For main news stories we talk about the recent sighting of the new Audi TTaround the Nurburgring, a pretty blue Dodge Viper, the all-new Land Rover Discovery Sport announcement and we finish things with the upcoming Kia Optima we just spied in camo.

If you did come for the Miata, well then we have lots for you. We cover all the information we know about the machine from overall size to wheel and tire dimensions. We discuss the design, potential drivetrains, what the weight savings really means and more. We also talk about some of the fun stuff that Keith Tanner from Flyin’ Miata was able to glean from a talk with one of the chassis engineers.

After the Miata madness and the news, we move as always to the Q/A portion of the show. We spend some time discussing winter tires, why you need them, and what you should look for when buying. We also take a few minutes to answer a question about the most recognizable cars in the world.

We wrap things with an Own, Drive, Burn that sees us trying to pick the lesser of three evils; it’s a trio of family-hauling crossovers.

As always, a huge thanks goes out to everyone who listens and watches, with an extra special little thanks to our live viewers. We hope you all have a great weekend and we will see everyone next week.

Don’t forget to leave us questions and Own, Drive, Burn suggestions for later eipsodes!

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Confusion Reigns On The Status Of The Lexus LFA Successor

Confusion Reigns On The Status Of The Lexus LFA Successor

Ok, this is getting ridiculous. A successor to the Lexus LFA has been a heated topic largely because everybody seems to have an opinion on whether Lexus is planning one or not. A few weeks ago, Lexus Executive Vice President Mark Templin told Automotive News that Toyota President Akio Toyota wants to build an LFA for this generation of vehicles.

But now, Yukihiko Yaguchi, the chief engineer of Lexus’ RC F program, told CarAdvice at the launch of the RC F in New York last week that there are no active plans to build a successor to the LFA.

So who do we believe now?

If we’re basing it on hierarchy, Templin’s statement might have more weight to it, and let’s be honest, we want to believe the guy because he’s the one who said that an LFA supercar successor is going to happen!

Is it possible that Yaguchi, whose statements were said via an interpreter, may have been misquoted? I personally don’t know and I’d like to believe that our colleagues at CarAdvice vetted that information before posting it.

Or maybe both guys are actually saying the same thing but with different timetables? Maybe Yaguchi is right by saying that Lexus has no immediate plans, and Templin is also correct that Lexus is planning on building one, just not right now?

Are you confused yet?

Hopefully, we have a clearer answer soon because all this “will they-won’t they” talk is giving me a headache.
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Did the Lexus LF-A Nurburgring Package lap the 'Ring in 7:14?

Did the Lexus LF-A Nurburgring Package lap the ’Ring in 7:14?

James May was right. Far too many automakers are using the Nurburgring lap time as a barometer on how they can gauge their vehicle’s performance against its competitors. Some people, May included, don’t get the whole point of spending massive amounts of research and development to try to shave a few seconds off their lap times.

But on the flip side, other people put a premium on the lap time and if you’re to look at the 7 minutes and 38 seconds lap time of the Lexus LF-A’s around the ’Ring, it pales in comparison to what the LF-A Nurburgring Package supposedly achieved in its run around the race track.

Nothing has been confirmed, but there have been tweets going around that the LF-A Nurbugring Package pulled a rabbit out of a hat by blitzing the ’Ring in just 7 minutes and 14 seconds. The first tweet came from no less than EVO journalist, Chris Harris, who posted an entry that read: "Akira Iida was the man who did the LFA’s 7.14. Great time."

This was then followed by a reply from Lexus Europe, which ’confirmed’ the LF-A’s time around the Ring, saying "7:14 around where? If it’s the ’Ring, it’s astonishing.< yes Nurburgring."

We’re still waiting for a more formal confirmation, or better yet, video evidence from Lexus that this indeed happened. If it did, then we’re looking at a mind-blowing lap time for the souped-up LF-A.

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Lexus Considering LFA Roaster and Seven-Seat CUV

Lexus Considering LFA Roaster and Seven-Seat CUV

Lexus hasn’t been able to sleep easy as of late with the Germans rising up with their new vehicles. According to Autoweek, the Japanese luxury automaker is mulling a few new ideas to stay ahead of the competition.

Lexus will likely stop building the LFA once the 500 units have been delivered, so if you were lucky enough to buy one, congratulations. If not, Lexus is considering the LFA Roadster once again. According to the story, the roadster version of the supercar might be built in greater numbers, but it could take up to a year for it to be released.

Although not as exciting, the Lexus VX might be entering the model lineup as a step-up from the RX crossover. The VX could feature seven-seats and more interior room, as well as improved driving dynamics. The company is also considering a rival to the BMW X6, but let’s hope they don’t.

Finally, the CT200h hybrid hatchback is nearing completion and we are highly anticipating its release. The rest of the models in the lineup will be getting a few updates here and there.

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