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Video: Motor Trend Compares the Lexus RC F & BMW M4

Lexus RC F vs. BMW M4

Motor Trend has published a new video comparing the Lexus RC F & BMW M4, and it’s fantastic from start to finish:

(Hard to fault anything in this video — it’s very matter-of-fact and even-handed. Really, the differences between the two cars seem so small, and that’s a victory for Lexus if you ask me.)

Lexus RC F Convertible Announced at Dealer Meeting?

Lexus RC F Convertible

Autoguide is reporting that an RC F convertible was announced at the Lexus USA National Dealer Meeting in Los Angeles this month:

News of the new model was announced at the recent Lexus USA National Dealer Meeting in Los Angeles where the brand also celebrated its 25th anniversary a source, who wishes to remain anonymous, has revealed to AutoGuide.

There was apparently no mention of a standard RC convertible, but such a model seems like a safe bet if this rumor is indeed correct.

Autoguide also reports that the GS F high-performance sedan was confirmed at the dealer meeting:

In addition, Lexus confirmed a GS F model is on its way, with styling borrowed from the RC F, as well as the car’s signature tailpipes. That model is expected to make use of the same 5.0-liter V8 engine with close to 500 hp.

(Worth pointing out that the above rendering is from photchopper X-Tomi, and not an official photo of the RC F convertible.)

[Source: Autoguide]

First Photos of the Lexus RC F CCS-R Race Car

Lexus RC F CCS-R

The very first photos of the Lexus RC F CCS-R race car have been posted by Japanese website Response — here are some of the images:

There are no solid details quite yet, but Lexus F chief engineer Yukihiro Yaguchi did discuss the track-optimized RC F with Motoring Australia:

Yaguchi confirmed the two RC Fs would share the same engine and eight-speed automatic transmission and the same outputs. If it follows the example of the IS F CCS-R, then the RC F version will be considerably lightened, have bigger brakes and substantial suspension tuning capability for motorsport.

“The CCS-R will carry over the stock engine and transmission and basically be suited for track driving, but for someone to be able to hop in and drive quite easily and be able to get comfortable.”

[Source: Via: Kaizen Factor]

Lexus Chief Engineer Wants NX F High Performance Crossover

Lexus NX F High Performance

Lexus NX chief engineer Takeaki Kato shares some interesting details in an interview with Australian website GoAuto:

[The 2.0-litre turbo] engine looks set to provide sparkling performance in the NX 200t, but an even more potent version has not been ruled out by Mr Kato – an amateur motor racer in his spare time.

He told GoAuto the four-cylinder engine had been designed for a variety of performance tunes in various applications across the Lexus range.

Asked if an extreme version to match the 265kW GLA45 AMG was on the cards, he replied: “I want one, yes.”

He stopped short of saying such a vehicle would make it into showrooms, but left the door open for the possibility.

There are two parts to this quote — the first being that the 2.0L turbo engine has multiple performance configurations. This is very exciting news, and makes me curious about what engine will show up in the IS & GS.

The second part is the NX F — the very idea runs counter to an earlier interview with Lexus F chief engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi — here’s a quote from Motoring Australia:

“To have an F badge, the car needs to have characteristics to be able to run on track and on race course,” he explained. “Therefore it doesn’t really suit to have an SUV as an F model. There may be an F Sports SUV (there are already – ED), but as far as F models go, no plans.”

The idea of a NX F is an interesting thought experiment, but there are Lexus models better suited to F high-performance models — until a CT F, IS F, GS F, & LS F are in production, an NX F just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

[Source: GoAuto]

Lexus Dominates Consumer Reports Reliability Rankings

Lexus CT 200h Consumer Reports

Lexus has finished first overall in the annual Consumer Reports Reliability rankings, with nearly every model leading in its respective category.

The IS 350 took top spot in Luxury Compact Cars, and the CT 200h & ES 300h finished first and second in Hybrid/Electric Cars.

The LS 460, ES 350, and GS 350 were first, second, and fourth in the Luxury Midsized/Large Cars category, while the Lexus RX 350, RX 450h, and GX 460 took the top three spots in Luxury Midsized/Large SUVs.

Additionally, the CT 200h was first overall as the most reliable vehicle in the study.

(As an FYI: Audi ranked 5th overall, BMW was 14th, and Mercedes was 24th.)

Read the full Consumer Reports Reliability Report (PDF)