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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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2022 Lexus LFA Successor

2022 Lexus LFA Successor

Is the mule on the ’Ring a sign of things to come?

Lexus was seen this week testing a modified LFA with the Nurburgring package right at the fabled German circuit, and it got us intrigued. It’s been six years since the last LFA rolled off the production line, so could Lexus prepare for a replacement despite claims they aren’t looking at this possibility?

The original LFA, launched after much lament and almost a whole decade in the works, back in 2010 is a sort of a flawed genius. Originally criticized for its lumpy gearbox and somewhat underpowered V-10 engine, it ultimately grew on and won over some of its most fierce critics due to its special charisma. It was a refined supercar with build quality that rivaled and maybe surpassed that of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and with an engine that sounded as good as any Italian thoroughbred.

Now, six years on, we know from a couple of years ago that the message that was conveyed by the LFA has endured and that Lexus might not be looking at building a replacement for it in the next few years. But what if they are? Yoshihiro Sawa hinted during his visit this year at the Goodwood Festival Of Speed that “a pure F GT car, which could be a hybrid with an electric motor and a strong engine” is on the cards. What if he’s not only referring to an LC F but to something more?

Keep on reading to find out our thoughts on how the LFA’s replacement could be.

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2020 Lexus LC F

2020 Lexus LC F

Lexus’ take on the upcoming BMW M8

After more than two years of constant teasing and two concept cars, Lexus unveiled a new 2+2 coupe at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Dubbed LC500, the new coupe is stunning to look at, has a luxurious interior, and comes with a stout, naturally aspirated V-8 powerplant. Come 2018 and the Japanese firm is working on a beefed-up version with an "F" badge.

Despite having two extra seats and missing a V-10 powerplant, the LC500 is already being considered a successor to the mighty LFA. Granted, the two have very little in common as far as underpinnings go, but I can totally understand why Lexus enthusiasts are comparing it to the LFA. The LC500 has a strong presence, a low-slung stance, and it blends luxury and sportiness under the same roof. It’s nowhere near as powerful as the LFA, but what if Lexus is planning to release a more potent version later on? These new spy shots suggest that we may soon be able to buy an LC F model with more power and a more aggressive exterior.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Lexus LC F.

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2019 Lexus RC F Sport

2019 Lexus RC F Sport

Lexus’ BMW M4 fighter is getting ready for another round in the battlefield

The updated Lexus RC F was recently caught testing at the Nurburgring with the bottom half of its body wrapped in camouflage. The upper half was displayed for all of us to see, but Lexus still did a pretty good job to mask the changes it made to the performance sedan. We do get a good look at some of the changes, but for the most part, the updated RC F is hiding some of the good stuff away from us. That’s not going to stop us from putting our detective hats on, though, because this is one car that we’ve been waiting a long time to see.

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2019 Lexus LS F

2019 Lexus LS F

Is Lexus finally giving us a competitor for the Mercedes-AMG S63?

The latest-generation Lexus LS was unveiled in early 2017, replacing a predecessor that was no less than 11 years old and quite dated compared to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the BMW 7 Series. Redesigned from a clean sheet and gifted with a sporty, youthful exterior and loads of new tech inside, the fifth-gen LS also brought major changes under the hood, with the 5.0-liter V-8 engine replaced by a twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V-6. The same unit was combined with an electric motor to spawn the LS 500h, but it has yet to be used in a more powerful version, with the F Sport being just an appearance package. This is likely to change in the future, as our paparazzi spotted a full fledged LS F on public roads.

Although the LS has been around since 1990 and it’s one of the most successful full-size sedans built in Asia, it has yet to receive a proper performance update. There have been some special-edition models with sportier looks, but for some reason Lexus said no to a beefed-up drivetrain with each generation. But it seems that the fifth-generation will finally get the performance version it deserves, enabling the LS to finally compete with the likes of the Mercedes-AMG S63, BMW M760i xDrive and upcoming, much-rumored BMW M7 and Audi RS8. Let’s find out what it may bring to the table from the speculative review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lexus LS F.

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2019 Lexus GS

2019 Lexus GS

For a while now, rumors have been circulating, and it seems as if the Lexus GS may find itself on the guillotine at the end of the fourth and current generation. That generation has been around since 2011 and was just updated in 2015, however, the GS has had some seriously insignificant sales, which is probably why rumors seem to point toward the ES taking the GS’s place in as the mid-sized executive box on wheels. And, considering Lexus sells roughly 10 times more ES than GS models, the rumors make sense. However, we’re now looking at some spy shots that point to those rumors being wrong. We’re guessing the model you see here is the new GS, but it could also be the next-gen ES as it’s currently about time for a generational shift as well. Either way, there is something fresh coming to Lexus’ stable soon, and if it is the GS, rumor has it that the next-gen GS F will get a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 that’s good for some 590 ponies and 500 pound-feet of torque.

With that said, the spy shots show a fairly revised model regardless of what it really is, but we don’t know much else about it at this point. It is clearly a hybrid, as the yellow tape on the back window is a safety requirement for hybrids testing on the Nürburgring. Potential debut dates, based on the current life cycle of both the ES and GS, point to a late 2018 debut with the potential to be a 2019 model with 2020 seeming more feasible. So, we should be learning more about what’s lurking under the camo in the somewhat near future. But, until then, we’re going to assume this is a next-gen GS, so let’s take a better look and talk some more about it.

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2017 Lexus SC Spied Testing

2017 Lexus SC Spied Testing

Social media is a great tool for sharing news and photos, and it is also a growing place to see spy photography and videos of future vehicles. We have Instagram to thank for our first sighting of the 2017 Lexus SC, which was spotted while testing in California by Matt Farah of The Smoking Tire.

Though far less in depth than a typical set of spy shots, the two images still provide a promising look ahead to Lexus’ upcoming coupe. Viewed only from the rear angle, it’s easy to see that the styling cues are very close to that of the 2012 Lexus LF-LC concept car, including the vented, L-shaped taillights, the curvaceous rear decklid and fascia, and the almost identical shape of the side window opening. From the broader side view, it even looks like the concept’s lower air scoop will carry over to the production car.

Judging by production-ready body, reports that the next-gen SC will go on sale for the 2017 model year seem to be on target. There is still no word as to when the production model will officially debut, but with so much on the line, it wouldn’t be surprising to see it show up as early as this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show – as a nice kick in the teeth to the German coupes it will be positioned against.

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Spy Shots: 2014 Lexus GS F Loses its Cover

Spy Shots: 2014 Lexus GS F Loses its Cover

It looks like Lexus is preparing very serious about taking on its German competitors head on. Over the past few weeks, we’ve brought you some spy shots of the 2015 RC F, and now it’s time for the GS F to show us what it’s got. The model will be offered as a direct response to the 2014 BMW M5.

The best part is that the prototype caught testing today is wearing no camouflage, revealing the sports sedan in all of its glory. As you can see, the model features the trademark Lexus F elements, like the more aggressive body kit and the signature quad-tip exhaust exits.

As for the engine, rumors point to the GS F getting an upgraded version of the 5.0-liter V-8 from the IS F, developing around 450 horsepower. Along with the powerful engine, the GS F will also receive a torque-vectoring differential on the rear, high-performance brakes and a sport-tuned suspension to handle the twist with ease.

Expect the new Lexus GS F to arrive early in 2014.

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Spy Shots: Lexus GS F Caught in the Garage

Spy Shots: Lexus GS F Caught in the Garage

The other day we brought you the first spy shots of the Lexus IS F Coupe or RC F, which will be Lexus’ response to models like BMW M4. Today we get a our first look at the GS F sports sedan, which is Lexus’ answer for the 2014 BMW M5 and 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.

Unfortunately, the GS F has yet to leave the garage, but our spy photographers were able to shoot some parts of the car to help us see this very hot version of the GS sedan. As you can see, Lexus engineers weren’t very happy this and tried to block our spy photographer’s view each time the garage door was opened.

Under the hood, rumors suggested that the model will retain the same engine as the IS F. This means that we will likely see a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with power reaching nearly 450 horsepower.

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Spy Shots: Lexus IS F Coupe (AKA RC F) Hits Nurburgring

Spy Shots: Lexus IS F Coupe (AKA RC F) Hits Nurburgring

For the second time in consecutive days, our spy shooters managed to catch this Lexus performance coupe out and about. There is a little confusion as to whether this is a production version of the RC F that Lexus filed a patent for earlier this year or a 2015 IS F Coupe.

Regardless of its name, it is very clear by the images that Lexus test drivers were pushing this coupe hard, which is evident by the amount of body lean the sporty coupe shows in the corner. There are no new details reveled in these new spy shots, but they are confirmation that the model is nearing production and is undergoing some intense training.

The powerplant driving the IS F is still a relative mystery, but rumors are pointing toward the deletion of the 5.0-liter V-8. The likely replacement would be a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with power reaching nearly 450 horsepower. This would put it right in line with its key competitor: the BMW M4.

Whether its named the RC F or IS F Coupe is up for argument, but what’s not up for debate is just how bad-ass this new coupe will be...

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Spy Shots: Lexus NX Mule Caught Testing for the First Time

Spy Shots: Lexus NX Mule Caught Testing for the First Time

We’ve known that Lexus has been considering a new compact SUV for over a year now, but it took until today to catch the tiny SUV testing. Lucky for us, it was out doing some hot laps around the Nürburgring and out spy guys picked it up.

The new model - trademarked as the NX - will be sit under the current RX crossover and will be Lexus’ response to other small luxury SUVs, like the Audi Q3 and the 2015 Mercedes GLA.

At a first glance, it appears that the prototype caught testing is just an updated Lexus CT 200h, but upon closer examination, you will notice it features a significantly taller ride height, a higher profile and CUV-size, tires.

The new NX will be built on Toyota’s MC platform, which it will share with the RAV4, Camry, Lexus RX, ES and nearly every other Toyota and Lexus vehicle.

The base model will come with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine as the Camry, while top version will get a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot engine for a little more power. There will also be a hybrid alternative.

Lexus will put the NX into production in the third quarter of 2014.

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Spy Shots: 2014 Lexus IS Continues Testing

Spy Shots: 2014 Lexus IS Continues Testing

The second generation Lexus IS was unveiled in 2005 and has been on sale ever since with only a minor refresh in 2009. If Lexus wants to keep up with the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, and Mercedes C-Class, they really needed to offer a change for their luxury sedan. These spy images show that the change is well on its way as the third generation IS has been caught testing again somewhere in Europe. This time, though, the new prototype has been caught with less cammo than before.

The new Lexus IS will be built on a shortened version of the GS platform and, while its overall dimensions don’t appear to be changing, Lexus will focus on reducing the car’s total weight by as much as possible.

On the exterior, the new IS will follow the same direction as the new GS and LS models and will adopt the company’s new spindle grille.

The sedan version is set to be unveiled sometime in 2013. It will be followed by a convertible version and a high powered IS-F version one year later.

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2013 Lexus LF-A AD-X Special Edition

2013 Lexus LF-A AD-X Special Edition

The Nurburgring has been pretty crowded with supercars in the past week with the Mercedes SLS Black Edition and the Audi R8 GT making their testing appearances on the "Green Hell." Now, a new hardcore Lexus LF-A has also been caught testing at the track. Joining the previous AD-A and AD-B prototypes spotted, the new AD-X looks like an even more track-focused version of the LFA!

At first glance, anyone would believe that this is just a regular LF-A Nurburgring Edition, but a closer look would reveal some significant changes. While the first two prototypes used a blue-carbon fiber combination and a green finish with carbon fiber, this prototype’s color reminds us of the classic Porsche 911 Carrera RS.

Other changes include the carbon fiber roof, pillars, and spoiler, as well as the front air splitter which is much more pronounced, sticking out quite a bit further than the splitter we’ve seen on the LF-A Nurburgring Edition.

Since a standard LF-A delivers 552 HP out of its V10 engine, it is very probable that this model will get an increased output of up to 600 HP.

Excited yet? Well, hold your horses because the Lexus LF-A AD-X Special Edition will only be produced as a one-off.

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TopSpeed Rendering: 2013 Lexus IS-F Convertible

TopSpeed Rendering: 2013 Lexus IS-F Convertible

Last week, we brought out the very first spy shots of the upcoming Lexus IS-F Convertible, and today we’re taking the next step by providing a clearer look at the next sports convertible with our very own rendering.

When compared to the prototype shown in the spy shots, our rendering has been stripped of the large rear wing simply because that element will only be used for testing purposes and won’t make it to the production model. The rest of the design elements for the open top IS-F were inspired by the sedan version, including the new front bumper, quad exhaust pipes set up, wider wheel arches, and wheels.

In terms of power, Lexus will utilize the same engine found in the sedan: a 5.0 liter V8 engine that will deliver at least 416 HP.

The new Lexus IS-F Convertible will be unveiled in 2013 as a competitor for the upcoming BMW M4 Convertible.

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2013 Lexus IS-F Convertible

2013 Lexus IS-F Convertible

Shortly after Lexus released the IS-F sedan on the market, people began talking about a possible IS-F convertible version. Unfortunately, that was back in 2009 and all of us have yet to see a convertible in action...until now. Our spy photographers have captured the IS-F Convertible during some quick laps on the famous Nürburgring.

True to coupe/convertible traits, the convertible version will borrow all of the design elements from the sedan version. It will get the same new front bumper, quad exhaust pipes set up, wider wheel arches, and wheels. The prototype also shows a huge rear wing, but we strongly hope Lexus has only placed it there for aerodynamic reasons while testing and that it doesn’t find its way into the production version.

There will also be a more powerful engine underneath the hood. Expect to see the same 5.0 liter V8 engine to deliver at least the same as in the sedan: an impressive 416 HP!

Expect to see the new Lexus IS-F launched sometime in 2013 and yes, the upcoming BMW M3 (oops M4) Convertible will have plenty of reasons to fear their place on the market!

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Video: Another mysterious Lexus LF-A shows up at the Nurburgring

Video: Another mysterious Lexus LF-A shows up at the Nurburgring

A week after spy shots of a mysterious Lexus LF-A were snapped at the Nurburgring, Lexus brought out a second model sporting the same features with a different color scheme which was spotted in the same vicinity.

Let the speculation begin.

Instead of the bright blue finish that we saw last week, this one, courtesy of a video captured by a YouTube user, comes dressed in bright green and appears to be a little more subdued version of the other model. Take for example, the exhaust. The blue version sported a quad exhaust set-up in the rear whereas the green version has the standard three-pipe, triangular exhaust.

Another distinguishable difference are the letters on the flanks of both cars, just above the side sills. This model has "AD-B" written on it whereas the blue model carried "AD-A" on it. If those are code words for a prototype model like we speculated a week ago, then Lexus must be preparing a final swan song - or two - for their mighty super car.

Keep tabs here for updates; we’re betting our mortgages that this won’t be the last time we’re going to here from these two mysterious LF-As.

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Wild Lexus LF-A caught testing at Nurburgring (UPDATED w/Video)

Wild Lexus LF-A caught testing at Nurburgring (UPDATED w/Video)

The Lexus LF-A is getting closer to the end of its life line, with only 10 units remaining to be produced. While we prepare to say goodbye to a wickedly awesome supercar, it looks as though Lexus is preparing to send it off with an automotive fireworks show. Our spy photographers have spotted a very wild-looking LF-A testing at the Nurburgring and we have to wonder what kind of special edition model Lexus is firing up.

The prototype looks a lot like the Nurburgring Edition, but looks to have gotten some significant changes: an additional air intake on the hood and a small bootlid spoiler. The normal tri-exhaust pipes in the middle look like they have been removed and replaced with twin exhaust pipes on both sides placed just under the rear lights. The small Gurney flaps above the rear lights also look slightly bigger on this prototype.

The only question is: what car are we looking at? Is it an LF-A Final Edition? Tokyo Edition? We’ll just have to wait and see, but as soon as we do, you’ll hear about it.

UPDATE 06/26/2012 #1: It looks like BridgeToGantry managed to shoot a video of this special edition Lexus LF-A while it performed some hot laps around the Nurburgring. They are calling it the Lexus LF-A AD-A because AD-A are the three letters printed just above the side sill, behind the front wheel. Hit the jump to watch the video!

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Spy Shots: 2014 Lexus IS caught testing for the first time

Spy Shots: 2014 Lexus IS caught testing for the first time

Rumors about Lexus working on a new generation IS sedan have been around for awhile, but this is the first time a mule of the next IS has been caught testing. The mule is still wearing a modified body of the current generation, but it sits on a new platform, a new drivetrain, and a new suspension.

This beginner mule was the first move towards keeping the new design language hidden from all of us camera-happy journalists, but it still can’t keep us from speculating a bit on the new model. The next IS will feature the same design language as the recently announced GS and LS. Under the hood, it has been rumored to feature a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder and/or a 3.6-liter flat-6 engine. The 2014 Lexus IS F will continue with a high-powered V-8 with an output of more than 400 HP. The IS-F will sprint from 0 to 60 mph sprint in about 4.5 seconds and will hit a top speed of about 170 mph.

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