2019 Lexus LC Yellow Edition
On its own, the Lexus LC 500 is a flamboyant car. The unmistakable styling cues give it a look that’s all its own, and its 471-horsepower V-8 engine helps it straddle the line between a capable touring car and an everyday supercar. But just as the LC 500 already has its own identity, there are still ways to bring out even more of its personality. That’s what we get with the LC 500 Yellow Edition, the latest in a long line of exclusive additions to the flagship coupe’s range.
2018 Lexus RX Crafted
Available only in Australia for the time being, the RX Crafted is based on the Luxury trim and features extra standard equipment. It slots right between the Luxury and F Sport trims, giving customers who want more features but don’t want to pay the F Sport premium a new alternative. The RX Crafted is available with all three powertrains offered in Australia, while production is limited to only 300 examples.
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2018 Lexus RC F Sport Black Line Edition
The Lexus RC is probably one of the most underrated performance sports coupés on the market today. It looks good, has the chops to compete against a car like the BMW M4, and carries a more reasonable price than most of its competitors. In an effort to keep the RC F fresh in our minds, Lexus is launching a special edition version of the coupé, called the RC F Sport Black Line Special Edition. Only 650 units of the special edition RC F will be made, and it’s available across the entire RC lineup.
10 Years of Lexus’ F Series Culminates With Pair of Chicago Auto Show-bound Special Edition models
10 years ago, Lexus shed its luxury skin and revealed a side of it that, until that point, very few of us knew existed. The birth of the Lexus F marque not only gave Lexus a chance to showcase its performance capabilities but more importantly, it opened the doors for a series of performance cars that have made their mark in the business. Without the Lexus F, we wouldn’t see the IS F, the RC F, the GC F, and most prominently, the LFA supercar. Imagine a world without the LFA. I certainly can’t.
The Japanese automaker is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and it’s bringing not one, but two special edition models to the Chicago Auto Show. If you haven’t paid attention to the Lexus F yet, the arrival of the RC F and GC F 10th Anniversary models in Chicago is a good time to start giving the marque the credit it deserves.
2017 Lexus RC F Limited Edition
Founded less than 30 years ago as of 2017, Lexus has come a long way in the luxury market, now offering quite a few models that can give production from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi a run for their money. The Japanese company has been growing so fast it’s already celebrating a full decade since it launched its first performance-oriented vehicle wearing the now familiar "F" badge. To mark the anniversary, Lexus launched two limited-edition models at the2017 Tokyo Motor Show, one of which is the RC F Limited Edition.
While the name might not be very inspiring, this RC F has plenty of new features to brag about. From a wide array of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body elements to an exclusive upholstery layout and upgraded suspension, the limited-edition coupe proves that the RC F has yet to reach its full potential. Unfortunately, this beefed-up two-door won’t make it to the United States, but you’ll have to keep on reading to learn more about that.
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Be a Loyal Lexus Customer and you Might end up Getting your own Special Edition Car
Automakers show different ways of appreciation to their loyal customers. Some treat them to special events. Some give them discounts on their purchases. Some do a combination of both. Then there’s Lexus, which not only treated one of its loyal customers with a car of his own, but an actual one-of-one creation built and developed specifically for him. The car in question is a Lexus LS 600h, although it’s more formally known as the Lexus LS 600h L Centenary Celebration Edition. It was built for Barry High OBE, who had just celebrated his 100th birthday and whose landmark centenary is the official inspiration behind the one-of-a-kind Lexus LS 600h L.
Apparently, the celebrant is one of Lexus’ most loyal customers, a distinction he earned for his loyalty to the Toyota-owned Japanese luxury brand. In the last 16 years alone, the man has reportedly bought as many as 25 Lexus models from the Lexus Cheltenham dealership alone. There’s no word on how many Lexus models he’s owned over the course of his life, but the fact that he’s been purchasing from the same brand for years was all the reason Lexus needed to honor him with his very own one-off LS 600h L that’s about as exclusive as Lexus model is going to get. The car itself didn’t come cheap as the celebrant reportedly spent close to £100,000 for it. That converts to about $128,000, which is right around the price of the standard model.
2017 Lexus Sriracha IS
Special edition cars can go in a variety of different ways depending on the person who’s looking at them. There are some models like the 2013 BMW 760Li Sterling Robbe & Berking Edition that inspired universal acclaim. On the flip side, some special edition versions like the DS3 Givenchy Le MakeUp were panned for one reason or another. Somewhere in the middle of this vast expanse of special edition models sits the Lexus Sriracha IS, a unique iteration of the Japanese automaker’s luxury sedan that’s inspired by the Sriracha sauce made famous by the California-based hot sauce company Huy Fong Foods.
Yep, hell has frozen over now that cars are being inspired by food condiments.
To be fair, the Sriracha IS doesn’t look too bad. It actually has some appeal to it if you’re the type who appreciates a red car with green accents on it. At the very least, it is eye-catching, which I suppose is the reaction West Coast Customs was looking for when it was enlisted by Lexus to work on the IS and give it the Sriracha treatment in time for its debut, which occurred at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Give West Coast Customs this much; the custom features on the IS are really something else. The paint job itself took some time to plan and execute and the accompanying green accents are both bold and consistent with the color scheme of the hot sauce company. Even the interior is dressed up to be completely in tune with the hot sauce company’s identity, something I never thought I’d get to write, let alone see in my lifetime.
About the only thing disappointing about the Lexus Sriracha IS is that West Coast Customs didn’t do something to spice up the sedan’s 3.5-liter V-6 engine. It still packs 255 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque on account of the IS 300 AWD badge on the sedan. I just would’ve preferred it if Lexus instead based the Sriracha IS on the range-topping IS 350. At least that has 306 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque on tap. Or, you know, Lexus could just bring back the IS F. Speaking of which, what’s the word on that, Lexus?
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Properly done, a modern sports car is the metal-and-motor equivalent of strong psychoactive substances. Simply sitting in one is enough to get the heart racing, and now, Lexus wants to put that effect on display with this unique, one-off, biometric-responsive 2015 Lexus RC F Coupe.
The concept took six months to develop as a collaborative effort between Lexus Australia and the creative agency M&C Saatchi. Several different technologies were utilized to monitor the driver’s heartbeat and convert the data into electric signals that light up the external bodywork. The exterior is covered in a special electro-luminescent paint from the U.S.-specialist Luminor, and acts like a giant EKG that glows with pulses mimicking the driver’s heart rate.
During the day, the car looks like a stock silver RC F. But as soon as the lights go out, the car shines in a bright teal hue that responds to the driver’s pulse in one of several preset patterns.
The concept is the latest Lexus marketing piece in a string of projects that have included outdoor billboards that respond to the car you’re driving and a Back to the Future-style hoverboard.
“The heartbeat car also links to another key part of Lexus – high performance vehicles – via our F marque models, and the emotional responses a machine like the RC F can inspire in a person,” said Sean Hanley, Lexus Australia Chief Executive, in a press release.
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Lexus and culture icon will.i.am have teamed up to create a one-off, special-edition of the all-new Lexus NX crossover. Complete with a wide-body kit, 22-inch wheels, and loads of interior adornments, the team debuted the crossover September 24, 2014 as part of the Paris Fashion Week.
The standard 2015 Lexus NX 200T F Sport takes on a new look thanks to the extra-wide fenders from the wide-body kit. A lowered suspension helps those 22-inch wheels fit nicely under the bodywork that’s coated in monochrome, matte Pearl White paint. The white hue is offset by the black panoramic glass roof and orange brake calipers.
The monochrome color scheme continues inside the customized NX. The leather seats get will.i.am treatment with his “willpower” logo embroidered on the seatbacks. Will.i.am pumped up the audio system, going with a 10-speaker setup from Pioneer. A unique camera system employs four 180-degree, wide-angle cameras that capture videos and photos in panoramic form. The images are then transferable to a smart device via Bluetooth.
Other bespoke touches include a unique steering wheel and brushed aluminum floor mats.
Lexus and will.i.am left the NX 200T F Sport’s drivetrain alone. That means it still utilizes Lexus’ all-new, 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder. With an innovative turbo-on-head design, turbo lag is nearly eliminated. That helps the engine produce 235 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.
The collaboration between the automaker and will.i.am helps kick off a marketing campaign for the Lexus NX.
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Lexus unveiled the 2014 GS 450h in September 2013, so it’s a little surprising that the automaker took a full year to launch the GS 450h F Sport. Despite the lack of an F Sport package for a year, the GS 450h remained a really, really sharp car that crossed out just about every item on our checklist. Giving it a sporty F Sport package simply makes it an even sweeter package.
The F Sport package is a new addition to the 2015 GS 450h. It may not come with any engine upgrades that bump the car’s already potent 338-horsepower output, but there are still enough performance upgrades to give it a sportier look and ride. Besides, the F Sport is mostly about making small improvements to many parts of the car, not just focusing on one aspect of the car and leaving the rest entirely untouched.
The exterior and interior of the GS 450h F Sport both receive notable upgrades, plus improved technology. Most importantly, all these changes didn’t cost the GS 450h its notable EPA rating, which is still estimated at 31 mpg combined.
Lexus looks like it has another knockout model to add to its growing F Sport lineup. At some point, it stops being surprising and starts becoming expected.
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Lexus is famous for offering various special editions for its models. We’ve seen the LS400 Platinum Edition, the ES300 Coach Edition, and the SC430 Pebble Beach Edition in the past. It’s been a hot minute since the brand has had special packages such as these, and Lexus has announced that it will be offering a new, similar special edition for several of its models. The IS Crafted Line Edition, which will be offered on the 2015 IS 250 F Sport, is perhaps the most striking package yet, with gorgeous paint, contrasting trim, and a customized interior.
In usual fashion with these Special Edition Lexus models, all mechanics remain the same, but it’s the little bits and pieces that all come together to make these cars truly one-of-a-kind.
To ensure the highest level of exclusivity, Lexus is officially unveiling its Crafted Line Edition models at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Auto Show.
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The Lexus LS is the crown jewel of Lexus’ luxury car lineup. It also belongs in a segment that includes the Mercedes S-Class, the Audi A8, and the BMW 7 Series. That’s the epitome of competition right there. So how does Lexus separate the LS 460 F Sport from this three-headed German monster? Create a special edition line with TUMI, the ultimate lifestyle and accessories manufacturer, of course.
The collaboration between the Japanese auto brand and the high-end lifestyle and accessories company is called The Crafted Line. The good news is that the Crafted Line is available across a wide range of Lexus models. The bad news, at least in the case of the LS 460 F Sport, is that it has the fewest allotment of available models at just 750 units.
The LS 460 F Sport might feel slighted that the ES and the RX 350 F Sport both received 1,500 units of the Crafted Line, but look at this way, the LS 460 F Sport is the one model that can still stand out even without the goodies that come with the Crafted Line. That comes with the territory of already being a high-end luxury sedan.
The flip side to that is its exclusivity. With just 750 units available, we expect the LS 460 F Sport Crafted Line Edition to have plenty of interested buyers as soon as the model is launched in November 2014. In the meantime, look for the entire Crafted Line collection to be featured prominently at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance.
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