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]

Photo Gallery: The Lexus IS F SPORT by Hypebeast

Lexus IS by Hypebeast

Hypebeast has released a stunning photo gallery of the 2014 Lexus IS F SPORT:

(An excellent job by Photography by V — like photos from an official brochure.)

[Source: Hypebeast]

Jalopnik Reviews the Lexus RC F

Lexus RC F Jalopnik

Travis Okulski of Jalopnik has reviewed the Lexus RC F, and it’s just full of that signature Jalopnik personality:

Is the RC F better than a BMW M3? I haven’t driven the M3 yet, but I find it hard to think that the RC F would be better. But is that the point? Everyone in this class needs their unique calling card. The Lexus is more blunt instrument than precision tool.

You can’t treat the RC F like it’s a serious track day weapon. With that big snout, carbon roof, and exaggerated design features, it obviously has a sense of humor, which is something Lexus has never really had. And if you can’t have fun in the RC F, then you really don’t know what humor is. That makes the RC F easily the best Lexus I’ve ever driven.

Read the full Jalopnik Lexus RC F review

Lexus Europe Releases NX Commercial with Will.i.Am

Lexus NX

Lexus Europe have released their new NX commercial featuring Will.i.Am:

There’s also a behind-the-scenes look at how the commercial was created:

Overall, the concept is great — the commercial takes the sharpness of the NX and applies it to the rest of the world. Clever.

(Not crazy about the tie-in with Will.i.Am, as I’m not a fan of celebrity endorsements in general. Still, his presence in the ad is limited and the music is decent — no big complaints there.)

New Lexus IS F SPORT Commercial: Appearances

Lexus IS Commercial

In the spirit of the F SPORT commercial released a couple months back, there’s a racy new Lexus IS commercial from the USA:

(I liked it — the “it’s not what it looks like” bit is an old cliché, sure, but it works.)