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Updated Lexus RC F Performance Numbers


Lexus RC F Motor Trend Test

Lexus provided Motor Trend with an RC F updated with its final powertrain tuning for a raw performance test:

It turns out we were able to achieve faster numbers than in the previous test. This time, our RC F hit 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.3 seconds, a 0.2 second improvement over the first RC F we had in our possession. Previously, we had noted that the RC F’s competitor, the BMW M4, scoots from 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds, while the all-wheel-drive Audi RS 5 comes in even quicker at 3.9 seconds.

When it comes to the quarter mile, the Lexus RC F managed 12.7 seconds @ 112.2 mph. This is a bit off the BMW M4, which completes the task in 12.2 seconds, and the Audi RS 5’s 12.3 seconds.

The RC F is 400 lbs. heavier than the M4 and only .3 seconds slower? Seems pretty amazing to me, but I have to ask — does anyone out there actually think these numbers make a difference outside of paper racing?

[Source: Motor Trend]

Photo Gallery: Lexus RC 350 F SPORT in Downtown Toronto


Lexus RC F SPORT Ste Ho

Photographer Ste Ho recently took the Lexus RC 350 F SPORT on a late-night tour of downtown Toronto:

(Ste has also just launched a new portfolio website that features plenty of Lexus vehicles — be sure to check it out.)

CAR Magazine Reviews the Lexus RC F


Lexus RC F CAR Magazine

Chris Chilton from CAR Magazine has reviewed the Lexus RC F, where the coupe is damned with faint praise in the way of most British Lexus reviews:

On track, it feels absolutely faithful, the steering has a reassuring linearity to it and the brakes are strong. But it never feels as nimble or controlled as the BMW, even with the smart diff working its magic, and lacks the wallop you get in the M4 when you plant the throttle on the exit of a corner.

On the road it fares much better. The ride is mostly good, and while the paucity of low and mid-range power is even more apparent, the engine is actually a bit of a charmer. The interior, lifted straight from the IS saloon, is a lovely thing too.

Read the CAR Magazine Lexus RC F Review

Limited Edition Lexus NX Designed by Will.i.Am to Debut This Week


Lexus NX Will.i.Am teaser

The limited-edition Lexus NX designed by musician Will.i.Am will be unveiled this week as part of Paris Fashion Week, and the above image has been released as a teaser for the custom model.

(Going from the image, the NX exterior looks unchanged — it does appear that a custom color has been used, and the interior is a whole other story. Interested to see how this turns out.)

Update: Readers have pointed out that I’m going blind and the Will.i.Am custom NX has massive fenders. Thanks everyone!

[Source: Lexus Europe Facebook]

New Lexus HS 250 Special Edition Now Available in Japan


Lexus HS 250h Harmonious Red

The Japan-only Lexus HS 250h will receive its second special edition of the year with this new Harmonious Leather Interior in Spindle Red:

Any exterior color can be chosen (including Atomic Silver), and an exclusive Starlight Black option is available with the package. The HS 250h Harmonious Leather Interior II will launch in November and retail for 4.63 million yen.

North American sales of the HS 250h were discontinued in 2012. The model is now only available in Japan.

(The red leather and Ash wood trim are a contrasting combination, but its boldness reminds me of the L-Select LS customization program that’s also only available in Japan.)

[Source: Lexus Japan]