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]

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