The Lexus RC F Biometrics Test: How the Body Reacts to Driving the Lexus Coupe


Lexus RC F Translogic

AoL video series Translogic has bypassed the subjective parts of an automotive review and gone straight to the hard data — here’s host Jonathon Buckley hooked up to biometric equipment while driving the Lexus RC F:

(Thanks Mohammad!)

The Lexus NX: Focus on the Details


Lexus NX Details

Some interesting details on the Lexus NX development have been shared by Australian website GoAuto:

Items such as body shake induced by windscreen wiper movement and changes in vehicle geometry due to differences in tyre tread were studied and addressed for the utmost refinement under a system dubbed microscopic force control.

The engineers said almost imperceptible forces could impact on vehicle stability and composure, with each needing to be addressed under Lexus’ own high standards.

They spent six months painstakingly adjusting the engine mounts to suppress engine start up vibration, reducing the shaking to just one-tenth of what its parent company Toyota will accept on its cars.

Six months adjusting the engine mounts — this level of detail would seem crazy if the final product didn’t reflect the time spent.

As I said in my first review of the Lexus NX:

Well, for as loud as the exterior design may be, inside the NX is an example of the best Lexus has to offer — thoughtful, solid, subtle, and functional. It’s not just about the engines, or the headlights, or the wheel wells, it’s about the experience of driving.

[Source: GoAuto]

Lexus Interested in Tesla’s Mall Showroom Strategy


Lexus Japan Showroom

Lexus USA general manager Jeff Bracken believes the Tesla shopping mall showrooms are “clever”, according to a recent interview with Wards Auto:

“The model that Tesla has to open up their outlets in shopping malls is a clever one, (and) I think they’re getting a lot of folks to stop in and learn about Tesla,” Jeff Bracken, group vice president-Lexus at Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. recently told a crowd at a late November media gathering here.

“We’re interested to watch what (Tesla does), how the business model works and what kind of customers wander into their outlets,” he says. “That’s really interesting to us and that’s about as much as I would be able to share with you today.”

All Tesla stores are company-owned, which would not work for Lexus (or any other automotive brand) due to their existing dealership network — however, Bracken believes this could be an advantage:

“If we were ever to consider something like that, we would keep our dealers part of the solution, no question about it,” Bracken says. “But it’s intriguing if young folks are telling us they don’t really look forward to going to a traditional dealership, but they still have an interest in buying a vehicle or shopping for a vehicle. (If) that’s an outlet that could work for them, then we need to take a look at that to see if that’s something that could make sense for us.”

[Source: Wards Auto]

Photo Gallery: Lexus RC F & LFA Together


Lexus LFA & RC F Together

Last weekend, I travelled to Erin Park Lexus in Mississauga to visit my friend Norman and his Ultra White RC F.

While at the dealership, I had a chance to photograph the RC F and LFA #34 in the showroom:

Side by side, you can see just how much of the RC F’s design was inspired by the LFA — great to see the supercar’s legacy live on with the future of Lexus.

Special thanks to Norman, PJ, & Sid of Erin Park Lexus for their hospitality!

Rallycrossing in a 1993 Lexus ES 300


Lexus ES 300 Rallycrossing

Here’s something you don’t see every day — Raphael Orlove from Jalopnik took his 1993 Lexus ES 300 out rallycrossing:

I had said many times that I didn’t need class wins or fast times. Mechanical survival would be my victory. All I had to do was get the car home.

The problem was that the Lexus was too much fun.

This was, of course, the bad news. The ES300 kept asking me to push it. It kept rewarding me every time I pressed harder, every time I let it slide and come back to me.

And this meant my original plan to baby the car, uh, experienced some trouble.

Read more about the ES 300 Rallycross Incident