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The Lexus LC F - Successor to the LFA - Has Reportedly Been Cancelled

The Lexus LC F - Successor to the LFA - Has Reportedly Been Cancelled

This development is a major buzzkill to those who have been waiting years for the LFA’s successor

It’s been a decade since Lexus unveiled the LFA supercar and punched its ticket as an accepted performance car brand. Toyota’s premium brand has rolled out some impressive performance models in the ensuing years, but what it hasn’t done is present the official successor of the mighty LFA.

The Lexus LC F — the high-performance variant of the LC luxury coupe — was supposed to be that model, except that might not happen anymore after reports surfaced that the LC F project has been discontinued by Toyota in light of all the uncertainties brought about by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

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2021 Lexus LC500 Convertible

2021 Lexus LC500 Convertible

Just when we thought it can’t get better than the LC500 Coupe, Lexus dropped the LC500 Convertible

Freshly launched at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Lexus LC500 Convertible borrows every stunning feature from its Coupe brother and then adds some more appeal courtesy of a retractable textile roof.

The LC500 Convertible still packs the naturally-aspirated, 471-horsepower V-8, however, a hybrid version hasn’t been announced yet. Join us as we explore the new LC500 Convertible in-depth, to see what’s new for the sleek cabriolet.

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The BMW M3 Has Lexus Spooked So Bad that there Won't Be a Next-Gen IS F

The BMW M3 Has Lexus Spooked So Bad that there Won’t Be a Next-Gen IS F

Is the BMW M3 and AMG C63 so good that Lexus is afraid to compete?

When Lexus launched the current IS, it completely forgot about the IS F in order to focus on the RC F sports coupe and its various iterations. Now, it looks like that trend is going to continue as Lexus has, reportedly, no intention of introducing a new IS F when the fourth generation launches in 2020 or 2021.

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Forget Customer Requests - Lexus Needs Media Demand To Justify a Second-Gen LFA Supercar

Forget Customer Requests - Lexus Needs Media Demand To Justify a Second-Gen LFA Supercar

It probably won’t happen until Lexus sells all 500 LFA models, though there’s no telling when that’ll happen

The Lexus LFA is an interesting case study for future automakers who are looking to get into the supercar market. By all accounts, the LFA remains one of the finest supercars to hit the market this decade. That says a lot about the machine considering that Lexus launched the model in 2010, and since then, few exotics, if any, have come close to receiving the same praise and adulation the LFA received when it first came out nine years ago. But there’s also a catch with the LFA and a curious one at that. Lexus built only 500 units of the supercar and, for unclear reasons, “brand new” examples of the exotic are still available. The LFA, despite all the glowing reviews, has yet to sell out. Lexus’ struggles in selling the LFA has contributed in the automaker’s hesitancy to launch a successor to the model. It’s an interesting dynamic, to say the least, more so now that Lexus vice president Koji Sato left it in the media’s hands to draw up enough public interest for Lexus to greenlight a long-overdue successor to what is arguably one of the most interesting supercars of this decade.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2012 Lexus LF A Nurburgring Package

Wallpaper of the Day: 2012 Lexus LF A Nurburgring Package

The Lexus LF A was an Oddity in the supercar world but an absolute gem at the same time. When it was released in 2011, it came complete with a 4.8-liter V-10 that delivered a cold-hearted (especially for a Lexus) 560 horsepower. Just a year later, Lexus decided to get a little more exclusive and created the LF-A Nurburgring Edition – a car that was destined to conquer the infamous track and set a new record lap time. And, it did, running the track in just 7 minutes and 14 seconds, enough to beat out the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Corvette ZR1, and the Dodge Viper ACR at the time. Lexus only created 50 examples of the LF A Nurburgring edition, all of where were either black, white, or orange. Since it’s been nearly seven years since the LF A’s conquering of the Nurburgring, we’ve decided to show it a little love and make it our wallpaper of the day. Go ahead and download our hand-picked favorite or choose something else you might like from the gallery at the bottom of the page.

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Jeremy Clarkson's Favorite Car to Drive Is the What...???

Jeremy Clarkson’s Favorite Car to Drive Is the What...???

It’s nice to know time hasn’t changed Clarkson’s mind

Jeremy Clarkson is a big fan of the Lexus LFA. Actually, Clarkson is more than just a big fan of the LFA. He has gone on record saying that of all the cars he has driven, the LFA stands out as his singular favorite, the best one he’s ever driven. Mind you, Clarkson first got a whip of the LFA back when it launched in 2010. He had another crack at it in 2013, but for the most part, it’s been almost a decade since he dropped at the altar of the LFA, loudly proclaiming at as the GOAT of all cars he’s driven. It is fascinating, then, that after all this time, after having driven hundreds of newer, faster, and far more powerful cars, Clarkson is still effusive in his praise for the supercar. Despite continuing to struggle to sell the remaining copies of the LFA, Lexus clearly must’ve done something right with the LFA to make the perpetually petulant and grumpy Clarkson wax poetic about his time with the supercar.

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Doing a Lawn Job in a Lexus LFA? Sure; Why Not?

Doing a Lawn Job in a Lexus LFA? Sure; Why Not?

The sound of that V-10 is the kind of sound I don’t mind waking up to

There’s nothing better than waking up to the sound of a glorious high-revving V-10 engine jolting your senses in the morning. Beats coffee any day of the week. Well, if you’re still trying to organize your senses in this beautiful morning, might I suggest watching this short video of a Lexus LFA playing around in a field of grass, acting like a $375,000 lawnmower. It’s a short video so it won’t waste a lot of your morning time, but if you do end up watching it, dial up the volume to “max” if you can. You can’t ask for a better sound than that in the morning, can you?

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While Other Automakers Focus on Transitioning to EVs, Lexus Invites Aliens to Test Drive the RC F

While Other Automakers Focus on Transitioning to EVs, Lexus Invites Aliens to Test Drive the RC F

As Phineas Barnum would say, "There’s no such thing as bad publicity"

Lexus was one of the most prominent names in hybrid technology. But for some reason, the premium Japanese automaker could not carry over that momentum into the electric transformation. Does that mean you stay out of the limelight just because the world is talking about EVs? Well, Lexus says no. The automaker has not just been thinking out of the box; it is thinking out of this world. The carmaker is featuring a transforming spacecraft that can fight the aliens in the latest Men in Black movie. I don’t understand alien psychology, but I’m sure if Lexus would send any of its huge-grille models to space, they would scare the lives out of those aliens. Problem solved!

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2019 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series

2019 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series

Gilded luxury with a dash of exclusivity

The Lexus LC 500 is the Japanese brand’s latest and greatest grand tourer halo car, offered as a sharp, muscle-bound sports machine that acts as the spiritual successor to the high-tech Lexus LFA. First rolling off the production line in March of 2017, the Lexus is keeping the LC 500 fresh with a new Inspiration Series version, blessing the two-door with unique aesthetic treatments inside and out, highlighted by a bright yellow color scheme.

Update 02/11/2019: We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the 2019 Lexus LC500 Inspiration during our visit to the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. Check them out in the gallery at the bottom of the page!

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2012 Lexus LF-A Nurburgring Package

2012 Lexus LF-A Nurburgring Package

The LF-A Nurburgring Package is what happens to an LF-A after it hits the gym

The Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package is the last hurrah of a truly special car, the first and, so far, only supercar built by Lexus. It is a lighter, more agile and, overall, faster version of the oh-so-loud LFA that dried up Toyota’s pockets only to be regarded at the time of its arrival as "too expensive for what it offers." Now, as the years have passed, more and more car guys and journalists started to come around and appreciate the Nurburgring-honed LFA for what it is, a very charismatic supercar.

Everyone knows about the LFA’s enormous development time that spanned almost a decade as Lexus switched from its original plans of building it around an aluminum monocoque and decided upon a carbon fiber structure that, in turn, called for updates to be made at the Motomachi plant that wasn’t ready to build a CFRP car. To this day, it’s unclear precisely how much Toyota actually spent to make the LFA a reality, but we reckon that the reason behind the secrecy lies in the obscenity of the sum.

As a swansong to the LFA, Akio Toyoda, Toyota’s CEO and one of the key people in the creation of this halo model, greenlighted a batch of 50 track-focused examples that came with the "Nurburgring Package." This package included changes to both the bodywork and the internals, changes that came about after years of testing and racing around Germany’s famed Nurburgring-Nordschleife circuit in the Eifel Mountains.

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2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition

2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition

The Japanese coupe is going hardcore!

The Lexus RC F Track Edition is track-prepped version of the company’s compact coupe. It was unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show alongside the updated RC F, so it benefits form all the add-ons introduced with the facelift.

Although it doesn’t feature a more powerful engine, the Track Edition is more dynamic thanks to a handful of aerodynamic tweaks and weight-saving measures. Lexus promises quicker lap times in this vehicle, which is aimed at German track cars such as the BMW M4 GTS. Spotted testing since early 2018, this coupe was originally believed to feature a "GT" badge, but Lexus eventually went with Track Edition. Despite the name that suggests a special-edition model, the Track Edition is a proper upgrade that sets it apart from the standard RC F. Let’s find out more about it below.

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Quick Comparo: Is the Lexus RC F Track Edition better than the BMW M4 GTS?

Quick Comparo: Is the Lexus RC F Track Edition better than the BMW M4 GTS?

Is the RC F finally a worthy competitor?

The Lexus RC has been around since 2014 and the Japanese luxury firm finally designed a track-prepped version. It’s called the RC F Track Edition and it’s more than an accessories package. But is it really a track-ready sports car, a coupe that can give the likes of the BMW M4 GTS a run for its money? Let’s find out in the quick comparo below.

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