Custom Lexus NX F SPORT Designed by Will.i.Am

Lexus NX Custom Will.i.Am

The custom Lexus NX F SPORT designed by musician Will.i.Am was revealed at an event last night in Paris — let’s start off with the official images:

The exterior reminds me of the custom-built IS F SPORT from SEMA last year — the wide-body is well-integrated, and the white carbon wheel arches works well:

Lexus NX Wheel Arches

It’s the interior that really shines — Will.i.Am kept it simple, adding understated carbon pattern elements:

Lexus William Interior

Also released were some photos from the launch event — here’s what the Will.i.Am NX looks like in real life:

Overall, this collaboration was much more successful than I was expecting — obviously, the end result won’t suit everyone’s taste, but the same could be said of any vehicle. Well done, Lexus Europe & Will.i.Am!

Lexus RC F Chief Engineer Confirms CCS-R Race Car Variant

Lexus RC F CCS-R

Lexus RC F chief engineer Yukihiro Yaguchi has confirmed that a CCS-R variant of the coupe will be built — from 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.”

Not an unexpected move — a RC F CCS-R will be the third racing variant of the coupe, joining the GT 500 from Super GT and the RC F GT3.

[Source: Motoring Australia]

Photos: Black Lexus RC F with Full Carbon Fiber Package

Lexus RC F Black Carbon Package

A black Lexus RC F with the full carbon fiber package has been spotted in Europe — there’s the above photo taken from the RC F Facebook fanpage, and a couple more photos of the super coupe aboard the SS Rotterdam in The Netherlands:

Lexus RC F Netherlands Rotterdam

Lexus RC F Netherlands Rotterdam

(An Obsidian RC F would be the only time I would consider the carbon fiber roof — tint the windows, opt for the gun metal wheels, and BOOM one scary blacked-out missile blasting down the road.)

[Source: Harry NL's Flickr]

Lexus NX Nominated for 2015 North American Truck/Utility of the Year

Lexus NX North America Award

The Lexus NX has made the short list for the 2015 North American Truck/Utility of the Year, joining 11 other vehicles including the Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford F-150, Porsche Macan, and Toyota Highlander.

Next up, the award judges will choose three finalists from the group before naming a winner at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

[Source: Autoblog]

Initial Lexus NX Orders in Japan Surpass Yearly Sales Goal

Lexus NX Japan Sales

The Lexus NX is set to make a big sales impact in Japan — in just over a month, 9,500 orders have been made at dealerships. This is 1,357% of the expected sales goal of 700 units per month, meaning a full year’s inventory has already been sold.

It’s important to note that the final sales of these vehicles will be stretched over several months due to available stock, the 9,500 orders would represent a 20% increase over the 46,772 vehicles sold in Japan last year.

[Source: Lexus Japan & JADA]