2015 Lexus RC 350 Configurator Now on USA Website

Lexus RC 350 Online Configurator

For those US readers interested in purchasing an RC, the Lexus USA website has been updated with an online configurator to help you build the exact car you want.

As detailed earlier, pricing for the rear-drive RC 350 will start at $42,790, with the all-wheel-drive RC 350 beginning at $45,025.

Build your Lexus RC 350 on the USA website

Lexus LF-C2 Convertible Concept Revealed Slowly Hour-by-Hour

Lexus LF-C2 Reveal

It’s been 18 hours since Lexus International slowly started revealing the LF-C2 convertible concept — here’s an animated GIF of the progression so far:

Lexus LF-C2 Reveal 18

Let’s take a closer look at that final frame with a little light added:

Lexus LF-C2 Lightened

Now let’s overlay the RC F SPORT on top with another animated GIF:

Lexus LF-C2 to RC F SPORT

The LF-C2 concept will debut this Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Details on the Upcoming Lexus LF-LC Production Model

Lexus LF-LC SC

In a recent interview with Auto Express, Lexus Europe vice-president Alain Uyttenhoven recently discussed the production LF-LC and how it will compare to the LFA:

“It will not be a full carbon car costing £350,000. It will be – in terms of construction – a more normal car, a car than can be manufactured in larger quantities than just a batch of 500,” Uyttenhoven said. “This shows there will be more emotion from the brand.”

Uyttenhoven wouldn’t be drawn on a time scale for the car, but confirmed that its design “might be very close to the concept,” and that other Lexus F models are in the pipeline…

A production model based on the LF-LC was confirmed as far back as March 2013, with most rumors putting a reveal within the next two years.

There’s even been speculation the new model will resurrect the SC nameplate, and could feature a new twin-turbo V8 generating over 600 horsepower.

Note: The above image is a rendering from Holiday Auto, and not an image of the production model.

[Source: Auto Express]

Photo Gallery: Lexus at SEMA 2014

Lexus RC F Hero Image

Now a week after SEMA ended, I’m finally able to decompress and share some thoughts & photos about the Lexus vehicles on display at the show.

(It was the most crowded year in memory — getting good shots of the vehicles was near impossible, and the experiment of taking photos with just my iPhone 6 was a mixed success.)

Instabuilt Lexus RC F by VIP Auto Salon

Lexus RC F Instabuilt

The Instabuilt RC F had the most hype going into SEMA, and the final build did not disappoint.

Clark Ishihara of VIP Auto Salon managed to pull together all of the pieces from the Instagram voting and create something that didn’t look built by committee.

The Seafoam Green exterior was the biggest surprise — did not expect to like the color, but it really suited the RC F.

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Lexus RC F Scores High in Motor Trend’s Car of the Year Award

Lexus RC F Motor Trend

The Lexus RC F was a finalist in the Motor Trend Car of the Year award rankings — here’s a quote from Jonny Lieberman’s write-up:

“The overall proportion and package are not at fault but are let down by a collection of details,” said [Guest judge Tom] Gale. [Executive editor Ron] Kiino was more blunt: “It reminds me of an ugly dog that’s cute because it’s so ugly.” [Editor at Large Angus] MacKenzie summarizes, “This thing is a mess from front to rear.”

That’s a damn shame, because the RC F is a wonderful driver’s car. Says Kiino: “A really pleasurable car to drive, and not just at breakneck speeds. Ride is surprisingly compliant, and the cabin is quiet on the highway.” Should you decide to push deeper with your right foot, the RC F delivers.

The RC F was joined by seven other cars in the finalist category: the Honda Fit, Audi A3, Hyundai Genesis, Maserati Ghibli, Mercedes C-Class, Kia Sedona, BMW 2-series, and ford Mustang all lost out to the eventual winner — the Volkswagen Golf.

Read the full Motor Trend Car of Year award rankings