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TopSpeed Rendering: 2013 Lexus GS-F

TopSpeed Rendering: 2013 Lexus GS-F

A few days ago, Lexus Product Planning Chief, Karl Schlicht, offered up a few new details on the upcoming Lexus GS-F and confirmed that there was a 99% chance of them actually putting into production. With such a solid future ahead of the sports sedan, we had to get to the drawing board to sketch the future model.

The future Lexus GS-F will be offered as a competitor for models like the BMW M5 and the Mercedes E63 AMG. It will be powered by same V8 engine as found in the IS-F, but upgraded to deliver somewhere in the 450 HP range. As for the exterior changes, expect to see a raised hood, large brake cooling ducts, LED headlights, functional front fender air outlets with lower edges, four exhaust diffusers (two per side in a vertical arrangement), and 19" light alloy wheels.

Let us know what you think of the 2013 Lexus GS-F in the comments section below!

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2013 Lexus GS350

2013 Lexus GS350

After being revealed back in 1991, the Lexus GS will be entering its fourth generation by the end of 2011 or early 2012.

The new generation Lexus GS, which was officially introduced at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, will be built on a brand new platform, making it sportier and more efficient than the previous model. Under the hood, expect to see the same direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 306 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 277 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 3,600 rpm. The real star of the show will be the 5.0-liter V8 engine with an output of about 450 horsepower found in the GS-F version.

According to Lexus "the fourth-generation GS model introduces a more defined and emotional design philosophy featuring a new distinctive front grille and styling cues that will soon be seen on all future Lexus vehicles. The new GS has also been engineered to provide a more engaging and dynamic driving experience and the highest levels of refinement."

UPDATE 12/22/2011: Lexus has announced prices for the 2013 GS 350 arriving in dealerships in early February 2012. The GS350 will be offered in rear-wheel drive (RWD) with a base MSRP of $46,900 or all-wheel drive (AWD) with a base MSRP of $49,450. An F SPORT Sport S+ mode adds another $5,690 and an optional navigation system adds $1,735.

UPDATE 01/24/2012: On January 6th, Lexus asked their Facebook fans which feature of the all-new GS they would like to learn more about. They voted, and today the company has unveiled a video about the car’s performance enhancements, based directly on the majority of votes. Enjoy!

Find out more about the Lexus GS350 after the jump

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2013 Lexus LS-F TMG Edition

2013 Lexus LS-F TMG Edition

That seemingly souped up Lexus LS that has been spotted lapping the Nurburgring these past few weeks now has a name, as well as some juicy details, thanks to a spied spec sheet. The Lexus LS-F has now been christened the TMG Edition, giving props to the company’s motorsports division, Toyota Motorsport GmbH. It’s hyped up engine and scorching numbers will come to fruition when the vehicle debuts at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show in December.

According to the spied spec sheet, the Lexus LS-F TMG Edition will be powered by 5.0 L engine - quite possibly a higher displacement version of theLF-A’s V10 or a turbocharged version of the IS-F’s 5.0L V8. Whatever the engine, the LS-F will be pumping out 478 kW (650 PS, 641 HP) and 710 Nm of torque (523 lb-ft). Performance numbers are also listed as a 0-62 mph sprint of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 320 km/h (199 mph).

So why an F version for the Lexus LS? Well, Lexus has been making some aggressive moves towards targeting the sportier models of its main competitors, competitors that have long mastered the combination of luxury and extreme performance - AKA BMW. This new Lexus LS-F TMG Edition looks like it could be a welcome player in the game.

UPDATE 09/22/2011: We were able to catch the new LS-F TMG Edition taking a few test laps! Check out the video by clicking on the image above.

Hit the jump to check out the full spied spec sheet.

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Spy Shots: Mystery Lexus LS spied testing at Nurburgring

Spy Shots: Mystery Lexus LS spied testing at Nurburgring

What started off as an F-Sport package for a few of Lexus’ models may just be taking off into a full line of sporty offerings from the luxury automaker. At first it was the Lexus IS-F getting all of the attention and then it was announced that the recently launched GS350 would also be getting its own F-version. Now, a new prototype caught testing at the Nurburgring is raising some eyebrows, particularly ours.

This sporty looking ride taking some test laps looks a bit like the luxury LS sedan, possibly in an F version. It was seen with Toyota Cologne plates and was stationed at the Toyota/Lexus garage at the Nürburgring which points to a true model variation and not the work of an aftermarket tuner.

So why an F version for the Lexus LS? Well, Lexus has been making some aggressive moves towards targeting the sportier models of its main competitors, competitors that have long mastered the combination of luxury and extreme performance - AKA BMW.

If our guess is on par, then we’re looking at an F-variant offering much more than the 380 HP and 367 lb-ft of torque coming out of the standard LS’ 4.6 liter V8. Following along with the theme of the IS-F and possibly the GS-F, the LS-F could be carrying the same 5.0 liter V8 engine developing around 450 HP.

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Spy Shots: 2012 Lexus GS shows off its LF-Gh-inspired grille at the Nurburgring

Spy Shots: 2012 Lexus GS shows off its LF-Gh-inspired grille at the Nurburgring

The new generation Lexus GS is shedding some of that heavy camouflage it has been donning lately and finally taking shape. New spy shots taken at the Nurburgring race track in Germany clearly show the Lexus LF-Gh-inspired sedan sporting the split front grille, a new set of wheels, and new headlamps with LED technology.

It still may be too early to tell, but it’s been suggested that the new generation Lexus GS will be built on a brand new platform, making it sportier and more efficient than the previous model. From these spy shots, it does look like the wheelbase has grown a bit, but the jury’s still out on whether or not these rumors are true.

As for the engine lineup, the 2012 Lexus GS will keep its direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 engine on board. This engine produces 303 HP at 6,200 rpm and 274 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 3,600 rpm. The big news in the engine department comes with a new top GS model, the GS-F. This model will be powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine with an output of about 450 HP. Being since this is Lexus and they are trying to grab hold of the greener market, a hybrid version has also been confirmed.

Expect to see the new generation Lexus GS launched sometime in 2012, but until then, check back with us for more details surrounding Lexus’ new and improved sedan.

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TopSpeed Rendering: 2013 Lexus LF-A II

TopSpeed Rendering: 2013 Lexus LF-A II

A few days ago, some rumors about a second generation Lexus LF-A started to circulate on the internet. It could have been a passing whisper and it would have been all we needed to start dreaming about what this mode would look like. The rendering above is what we came up with.

Let’s face facts, the Lexus LF-A doesn’t exactly need any major changes, so it will pick up where the Lexus LF-A Nurburgring Package left off in terms of style and sport. Lexus will not be making any significant changes to the LFA, but we may see a new headlamps design, larger air intakes, a more discrete rear spoiler, and a slimmer profile.

In terms of power, the current V10 engine will be tricked to deliver more than 562 HP in order to significantly improve the car’s performance. This will mean that it could complete the 0-60 mph sprint in less than 3.7 seconds. Top speed should also exceed the Nurburgring model’s 210 mph.

If the Lexus LFA II makes it to production, it will probably come out sometime in 2013 and will be offered as an expensive, limited edition.

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Lexus prepares SC 430 replacement

Lexus prepares SC 430 replacement

The SC430 may be getting booted headfirst out of Lexus’ lineup, but don’t think for one minute that the Japanese auto brand hasn’t already made plans for a successor. Snuggling itself in the SC430’s slot will be the LC600h (tentatively named) which will be built on a shortened version of the next-generation LS platform. A Lexus insider claims that the LC600h will capture the essence of Lexus, including their performance, luxury, and environment causing it to reach the luxurious status of the Mercedes SL-Class.

The LC600h will be an all-wheel drive convertible with a retractable metal roof. It will be powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 hybrid system that will produce around 500 HP. That’s a helluva successor considering the current SC430 only delivers a measly 288hp in comparison. With this amount of power the future convertible will make the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.

The Lexus insider further stated: "If we don’t get anymore nasty surprises on the economic front, then any time after 2015 might be the right time for the LC."

The official debut will be made at one of the major shows in 2014.

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2012 Lexus GS spied; GS-F to follow

2012 Lexus GS spied; GS-F to follow

The current generationLexus GS has been around for quite awhile with its sales starting way back in 2006, so to say that the luxury car was due for a little refresh is a bit of an understatement. This is especially true considering the competition is heating up with the upgraded Mercedes E-Class and the BMW 5-Series. Alas, the car gods have spoken and test mules for the next generation GS have been spotted. The new Lexus GS will be launched in 2012 and will, for the first time, get a GS-F version.

The 2012 GS will be built on a brand new platform which will be sportier and more efficient. The engine line-up will include a new V6 engine and a 3.5 liter engine that will replace the current 4.6-liter V-8. A hybrid version has also been confirmed.

As for the GS-F version, it won’t getthe same 4.8 Liter V10 engine as the LF-A. Instead Lexus will offer an upgraded version of the 5.0-liter V-8 from the IS-F, developing around 450 HP. It will also get a torque vectoring differential on the rear axle and a weight reduction thanks to the use of carbon-fiber. The GS-F will go on sale in 2013.

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Lexus works on a Plug In Hybrid version of the LF-A

Lexus works on a Plug In Hybrid version of the LF-A

Well, another one bites the dust. Not exactly, but some may say that a supercar going hybrid might as well have completely lost their credibility as a lean ,mean fast-going machine, and it seems that the V10-powered LF-A is going to end up being one of them. Lexus is planning on bringing a plug-in hybrid version of the sports car as a direct response to Porsche’s 918 Spyder Hybrid supercar. In fact, the first prototypes have already been caught testing.

Compared to a standard Lexus LF-A, the mule caught testing has received bucket monofilament tail lamps, but is missing the spikes on the leading edge of the C-pillar. The side scoop and front fascia have also received some changes as they have been reworked, possibly to distinguish the hybrid from the standard LF-A. The hybrid system will also come with a complex system of batteries and sockets that will help reduce the vehicle’s fuel consumption.

This is all still speculation, of course, considering we have received no official statement stating that Lexus will be creating a hybrid version of the LF-A, but we wouldn’t be surprised considering the snowball effect hybrids are having these days. Let us know what you think after the jump.

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Lexus SC rendered by avarvarii

Lexus SC rendered by avarvarii

While the first SC is not even worth mentioning (at least not in terms of design) the second one proved to be a pretty strong player. It was the first luxury cabriolet with 2 + 2 seats and got to be known all over the world due to various rap clips . The Lexus design changed dramatically in 2005, when the beta "L-finesse" produced the magnificent second IS. The 2007 LS further pointed that the IS was no accident and Toyotas can also look stunning. We can now dare and dream at the third generation SC that could bring us the rough-sporty side of the "L-finesse" philosophy. . An increased wheelbase should be a must on the new car, that way it can have descent rear room, and a real chance against the competition.

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Rendering of a roadster variant of the Lexus LF-A

Rendering of a roadster variant of the Lexus LF-A

Despite being limited to just 500 units, the Lexus LF-A has been, hands down, one of the most popular supercars to come out in recent times.
So as you can imagine, the demand for the LF-A has been, to say the least, off the charts, so much so that even before the car hit dealerships in its native land in Japan, all the 165 units of the LF-A allotted for the country have already sold out.

While the coupe version of the LF-A has been turning heads left and right, rumors about a roadster version of the Lexus super car has been running the mills for the past couple of months. As a result of enormous clamoring for an LF-A roadster, the folks over at Autogespot decided to render the supercar to see what it would look like once it loses its roof.

Lexus has still to make an announcement on whether or not the LF-A will produce a roadster offspring but judging from the renderings done by Autogespot, the LF-A convertible is just as - maybe even more - mouth-watering than the hardtop version.

Check out the rendered images to see for yourself.

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Production ready Lexus LF-L spied on the Nürburgring

Production ready Lexus LF-L spied on the Nürburgring

The last time we heard anything about the future Japanese super car from Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus, it was that the automaker was dropping the much hyped LF-A nameplate from their 500 HP V10 powered speed machine to a much more prestigious Le Mans inspired LF-L to celebrate the new car’s scheduled appearance at the Circuit de la Sarthe next spring after it makes its international auto show debut in Tokyo this October.

What is so surprising about this particular preproduction version of the upcoming super car from Lexus is that aside from what appear to be a set of stickers doubling as headlight masks, the LF-L that was spotted lapping the Nürburgring was devoid of any camouflage whatsoever. For the first time we can see how clean the body lines of the road going version of the Japanese sports car will be without being cluttered up by bulky black plastic pieces.

Under the hood, the LF-L will use a 4.8L “1LR-GEU” V10 engine with a rear mounted transaxle that includes a sequential six-speed gearbox. The Lexus LF-L will be offered with ASG (Automated Sequential Gearbox) that will have four modes, Auto, Normal, Sport and Wet; the cog swapper will be capable of making shifts via Formula 1 style paddles in 0.2 seconds when in Sport mode. If the production version of the LF-L goes as good as this car looks, Lexus will have no problem moving all 500 examples.

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