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Is The Lexus RC-F Track Edition Any Better Than The Mustang Mach-1?

Is The Lexus RC-F Track Edition Any Better Than The Mustang Mach-1?

The RC-F Track Edition is over $40,000 more expensive than the Mach-1, but features similar engine specs

Amidst all the buzz surrounding electrification, the guys at TheStraightPipes brought in two muscle cars for an epic V-8 showdown. Well, one of them is a true-blue American muscle, but the other is a Japanese. But, before we discount it, this car has managed to hold its fort in a segment ruled by the Mustang, the Challenger, and the Camaro. I’m talking about the Lexus RC-F.

The folks at the channel compared the Lexus RC-F Track Edition with the Mustang Mach-1 in various aspects. Which one do you think came out looking better?

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The Lexus LFA Has Aged Like a Fine Wine

The Lexus LFA Has Aged Like a Fine Wine

We can all agree that the LFA still has it

Last time we heard about the LFA, there were seven of them sitting in Lexus dealerships across the U.S. looking for an owner. We are talking squeaky-new LFAs here, of which Lexus assembled just 500 units in total.

While it is hard to pinpoint why those cars are still there – some suggested promotional purposes but the LFA was introduced back in 2010 so it does not quite make sense, here is what potential buyers are missing out on by not getting those remaining LFAs.

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Is This The Perfect Spec Lexus LFA?

Is This The Perfect Spec Lexus LFA?

The LFA comes with a V-10 naturally-aspirated engine and redlines at a super-impressive 9,400 rpm

The Lexus LFA arrived back in 2010 with specs that made it one of the strongest cars in the segment. The company built only 500 examples of the same and that would’ve made it a collector’s item in the future. You would expect it to sell like hotcakes, but surprisingly, 11 years later there are still a few copies that remain unsold.

This shouldn’t be a testament to the fact that the LFA is a hot sports car and deserves to be remembered as one of the best cars to have come from the Japanese automaker, and this video by Supercar Driver shows us exactly that.

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Can An Old Lexus Really Give You A V8 With Luxury and Reliability?

Can An Old Lexus Really Give You A V8 With Luxury and Reliability?

Is it possible to have it all, without breaking the bank?

Most of us would agree that luxury and performance cars are unattainable for most of us. Because of this, we spend a lot of time looking for the best possible bargain. Things are not that simple, however, as when you eventually stumble upon an offer that looks like a bargain, things are often not as they seem. The YouTube channel JayEmm on Cars answers a question many of us have asked. Can you get luxury, reliability, and power, at a bargain price?

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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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Men In Black International Gives the Lexus RC F and Jaguar XJ6 Some Much-Needed Screen Time

Men In Black International Gives the Lexus RC F and Jaguar XJ6 Some Much-Needed Screen Time

I love the franchise, but car being used as a gun-rack is absolutely ridiculous

Before I start getting butthurt messages from MIB fans, let me make it clear – this write-up focuses only on the eight seconds of the 165-second long trailer; the eight seconds where the creativity of the scene writers will make you pull out a gun from the car’s muffler and shoot yourself. Don’t get the pun? Well, finish reading the article and you will.

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Superbowl LII Throwback: All of the Car Commercials From the Big Game

Superbowl LII Throwback: All of the Car Commercials From the Big Game

Maybe your team lost, or maybe you sided with the Patriots before they started to make that massive comeback. One thing that was sure to make you happy either way was the various car commercials that debuted during the game. There was certainly something for everyone, like the Lamborghini Monster ad for supercar freaks or, if you’re into Offroad, the Jeep commercials. Hell, the Ram commercials hit us right in the feels on a number of levels. Needless to say, if you didn’t watch the game, you should probably catch up on all of the car commercials. They didn’t all have the pizzazz that we’ve come to love from the past, but they are all worth their weight, that’s for sure. So, with that said, we’ve compiled them all down below. If you haven’t watched them, take a half hour or so out of your day to enjoy each one. You might be happy that you did.

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Check Out Lexus' Black Panther Super Bowl Commercial Before The Big Game

Check Out Lexus’ Black Panther Super Bowl Commercial Before The Big Game

High-speed stunts and beating up the baddies? Yes please

Super Bowl 52 is less than two weeks away, with kickoff between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots scheduled for Sunday, February 4th. And that means its time to ramp up the blockbuster commercials. Lexus is getting ahead of the game with the release of its latest Black Panther spot, which you can view in its entirety right here.

The ad is 60 seconds in length, but a shortened, 30-second iteration is scheduled for the third quarter on Super Bowl Sunday. The ad features the LS 500 F Sport, Lexus’ flagship four-door, as well as the hot-to-trot Lexus LC 500 Coupe, both of which slice and dice through the ad in heroic tire-burning fashion. We also get to watch Black Panther snagging some stolen vibranium before pulling up to a world leadership conference, giving us a preview of the costumes and props from the film.

All told, the ad should do well to expand Lexus’ target audience, which typically ranges from the old to the very old.

Make sure to check out Marvel’s Black Panther movie when it hits U.S. theaters February 16th.

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Motor Trend Thrashes the 2016 Lexus LX 570 Off-Road

Motor Trend Thrashes the 2016 Lexus LX 570 Off-Road

Because most owners won’t see more than a gravel parking lot

Lexus’ most expensive vehicle, the LX 670, received a welcome refresh for the 2016 model year. Underneath however, the LX still rides on the same platform it has since 2007. That’s not to say Lexus hasn’t given this dolled-up Land Cruiser some mechanical updates, but it remains one of the aging stalwarts in the Lexus lineup.

Nevertheless, the 2016 model brings a new eight-speed automatic, Lexus’ corporate Spindle Grille, a reworked interior, and a few new off-road tech bits. Well, the guys over at Motor Trend decided to test the LX 570 for all it’s worth on the rocky ledges of the Nevada desert.

Make no mistake, the LX 570 has strong roots. Its frame is shared with the Toyota Tundra and Land Cruiser and it comes with a two-speed transfer case and a locking rear differential. But with its low-hanging face and street-biased tires, there’s only so much the Lexus is up for.

Sitting in front of Caesars Palace is something it’s very much up for. In fact, the Lexus is rather good at snagging attention. It sports Lexus’ fishhook LED daytime running lights, 20-inch wheels, and chrome accents all around. But can it handle what its cousin, the Toyota Land Cruiser, can handle off the paved streets of Las Vegas?

To find out Motor Trend took both SUVs through some terribly challenging terrain. Big rock outcroppings, ledges, crevasses, and sand all made for tough trails. In fact, the Lexus takes more than a few punches to the chin, damaging its faux-chrome grille and lower fascia.

For the official outcome of the test, you’ll have to watch the video. At just under 15 minutes, the cinematic short makes for a great lunch-break reprieve. Sit back and enjoy, folks.

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Motor Trend Pits The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Against The 2016 Lexus GS F

Motor Trend Pits The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Against The 2016 Lexus GS F

In a battle between on-the-rise premium performance sedans, which of the two is better?

On one side you have the all-American powerhouse and on the other you have the Japanese spitfire. It wasn’t always the case that we could describe a Cadillac and a Lexus in such glowing terms, but the times have definitely changed. The premium performance sedan segment isn’t just an exclusively European party anymore, not when you have both the Cadillac CTS-V and the Lexus GS F lurking in the background and ready to pounce. These two gnarly machines still have a ways to go before it can claim to being on the same plane as the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-AMG E63, but for what Cadillac and Lexus have come up with, that timetable may be sooner than later.

The boys at MotorTrend aren’t ones to waste an opportunity to line up two competing cars against one another and not surprisingly, that’s what we get here with the 2016 CTS-V and the 2016 GS F. Both models have their share of strengths, just as they do their warts. The CTS-V, for instance, packs a lot of power and drives wonderfully. The GS F, on the other hand, is one of the best handling cars in its segment and it also received a bump in power.

But which of the two is better? As is the case with match-ups like this one, it’ll probably boil down to a matter of preference for the customer. But that’s not going to stop MotorTrend from discussing what to look for when the choice boils down to the CTS-V and the GS F. Which is better on the road? Which handles its business on the track? This 26-minute episode has all the answers, so go check it out.

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2016 Lexus GS F – Driven

2016 Lexus GS F – Driven

Big power, rear-drive, and impossible to miss

Lexus is working hard to rebrand itself as something far different than dolled-up Toyotas. That’s clearly apparent with its list of F-Sport and F cars, the polarizing RC coupe, and now this – the GS F. It’s a V-8-powered sedan with rear-wheel drive, paddle shifters, low-profile summer performance tires, massive brakes, and an aggressive appearance far beyond any sedan Lexus has made before.

The GS F is Lexus’ answer to cars like the BMW M5 and Cadillac CTS-V – bit bruisers in the segment with loads of horsepower and tons of brand cache. Lexus uses the same style recipe as BMW and Cadillac, too. All the performance and appearance goodies are added to a soft-riding, plush sedan built for those with high-class tastes. As such, the GS F is based on the standard Lexus GS sedan – the same one that comes with a V-6 and a hybrid option.

The differences, however, are all in the details. Up front is a 467-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 mated to a quick-shifting, eight-speed automatic transmission. Power is sent through Lexus’ proprietary Torque Vectoring Differential to 275-series Michelin Pilot Super Sport rear tires. The whole thing rides on Sach-sourced shock absorbers at each corner with a fully independent suspension system. Six-piston front and four-piston rear Brembos bring everything to a stop – and quickly.

I recently spent a week with the 2016 GS F, using it as a daily driver and highway cruiser like most folks typically would. However, a week before, I blasted around the infield track at the Texas Motor Speedway with another GS F example at a recent Texas Auto Writers Association event. The extensive seat time allowed the GS F’s true nature to be found. So what’s the GS F all about, you ask? Keep reading.

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2016 Lexus GS 450h F Sport – Driven

2016 Lexus GS 450h F Sport – Driven

A sporty hybrid disguised as a large luxury sedan

The Lexus GS has been on U.S. shores since 1993, and since then has grown both in size and in luxury. That growth has occurred over four generations with various mid-cycle refreshes in between. The first generational change took place in 1997. The design lasted until 2000 when a refresh debuted for the 2001 model year. Five years later, the third generation GS debuted for the 2006 model year. The fourth and current generation debuted for the 2013 model year and just recently received its mid-cycle refresh for the 2016 model year.

This most recent iteration of the GS sedan brings the large Lexus Spindle grille that’s found across the brand’s lineup. The new face is more aggressive and striking, suggesting the Lexus GS is no longer a soft, cushy cruiser built for the retirement crowd. In fact, the GS has broken that mold. The car’s more youthful and muscular stance now places it more squarely against competitors like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes.

Adding to that muscular stance is the optional F Sport package. Check that box and the grille trades its horizontal chrome trim for an X-pattern mesh and larger air inlets down low. F Sport-specific wheels and badges are also added. Comparably, the F Sport package is like BMW’s M Sport – both add sporty features but aren’t the range-topping performance iterations. Leave that to BMW’s M division and Lexus’ F brand. And yes, the GS does offer a full-on GS F version, all-new for 2016, with a 467-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8.

However, I recently found the 2016 GS 450h F Sport in my driveway. As you might suspect, the “h” stands for hybrid. This version packs a V-6 and a battery pack, along with the eagle-eyed F Sport package for good measure. In a sense, the GS 450h F Sport is a true jack-of-all-trades. Keep reading to see what it’s like to live with.

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Lexus Unveils Drivable IS Full-Size Origami

Lexus Unveils Drivable IS Full-Size Origami

At first glance, this wild-looking Lexus might appear as though it was created via some breakthrough 3D-printing technique, but look more closely and you won’t see any plastic. It’s actually a one-off, life-sized origami model that expertly reconstructs the new IS sedan line for line. And believe it or not, you can sit in it and drive it around.

Lexus commissioned the project as a “celebration of the human craftsmanship skills” that go into each of its models, particularly from the workers on the production line. Also known as “takumi” (the Japanese word for “artisan”), Lexus asks these men and women to sharpen their dexterity by folding an origami cat using only their non-dominant hand.

The origami Lexus was constructed using 1,700 individual cardboard sheets, each laser-cut for exacting precision. You’ll also find working headlights and a frame made from steel and aluminum Nearly every other component, however, is recreated with cardboard, including the body, opening doors, rolling wheels, and a full interior. The car is also quite green – motive power is derived from an electric motor, and all of the cardboard is recyclable.

From start to finish, the project took three months to complete. U.K. residents can check out the origami Lexus in person when it makes its first public debut at the Grand Designs Live Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, October 8th.

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Lexus Highlights The History Of Its F Family: Video

Lexus Highlights The History Of Its F Family: Video

When it comes to heritage, relative upstart Lexus has some catching up to do. Though it’s a major player in the luxury market and is becoming a force in the sport-premium market as well, the fact remains that the brand has only been in existence since 1989. While 16 years is enough time for a decent level of maturity for a car company, companies like Mercedes and BMW have internal divisions that are older than Lexus’ entire marque.

That’s significant, because Lexus is in the process of challenging those very internal divisions. F Sport is Lexus’ answer to Mercedes’ AMG and BMW’s M Division, among others. What’s troublesome for Lexus is that it’s one thing to build cars that bang off impressive performance numbers, and quite another to impart a sense of heritage and family to them.

The solution to this conundrum? Get that history out there, and make sure people know the what the additional badge is all about. Lexus is doing just that, with distinctive styling for its F Sport models and branded accessories for the non-F cars. Lexus has released a video via Lexus Qatar that brings a bit more of the short-but-eventful history of its dedicated sports cars to life.

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