Lexus IS 350 F SPORT Participates in Car & Driver’s Lightning Lap Test

Lexus IS F SPORT Lightning Lap

The Lexus IS 350 F SPORT participated in the 2014 edition of the Car & Driver Lightning Lap, and performed quite well:

Finally, a world-class sports sedan from Lexus.

Its weakness here is power, or lack of it, relative to weight. With 12.2 pounds for each one of its 306 quiet, Camry-hum horsepower (alas, it’s still a Toyota), it is the only LL2-class car with LL1 stats. It could also use a little more grip, as the 0.89-g Turn One cornering force lands it fifth from the bottom in the overall ranking.

Power and grip are two items that are easy to fix, however; core structural and chassis competence aren’t. And it’s these that the IS350 gets so right.

The IS 350 F SPORT ended up finishing 21st overall, but that’s nothing to be ashamed of considering the competition.

One interesting fact — the IS F SPORT’s Virginia International Raceway lap time of 3:13.4 was actually faster than the 2008 IS F, and only .2 seconds shy of the BMW 335i test last year.

(You can also watch video from the IS 350 F SPORT lap on the Car & Driver website.)

Read about the Car & Driver Lightning Lap

Lexus NX Scores High in Motor Trend SUV of the Year Award Rankings

Lexus NX SUV of the Year Motor Trend Finalist

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

The looks were obviously polarizing, and that’s exactly the point. You don’t make your mini-ute look like a mashup of a Cylon and Predator because you want a wallflower. [Editor Angus] MacKenzie was the NX’s biggest aesthetic detractor. I wish we had room to publish everything he wrote, but this is the highlight, “Here’s a direct appeal to Akio Toyoda: Tell the guys enough with the spindle grille, already. It just doesn’t work, no matter how much your designers tweak it.” Ouch.

I’ll be the nice guy and state that this is by far the best-looking spindle grille on the market. The interior is the latest interpretation of the LFA’s fighter jet cockpit. We dig it.

The NX was joined by seven other SUVs in the finalist category: the Subaru Outback, Porsche Macan, Nissan Rogue, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, Lincoln MKC, Jeep Cherokee and Chevrolet Suburban all lost out to the eventual winner — the Honda CR-V.

Read the full Motor Trend SUV of the Year article

Video Tour of the Lexus RC F

Lexus RC F Lexus College Tour

For anyone looking to purchase a Lexus RC F in the USA, here’s Ming-Jou Chen from Lexus College with a five-minute tour of the new super coupe:

More Photos of the Widebody Lexus RC Coming to SEMA

Lexus RC F SPORT Rocket Bunny

The Rocket Bunny Lexus RC will have its official reveal at the SEMA show in a couple weeks, but in the meantime, two new images have been released:

Lexus RC Rocket Bunny

Lexus RC Rocket Bunny Rear

(The first image was released last week — here’s the link in case you missed it.)

The widebody RC is a collaboration between LexusTuned, GReddy, Toyo Tires and Rocket Bunny, and will debut the SEMA show in Las Vegas at the beginning of November.

[Source: Autoguide]

2015 Lexus LS 460 Information

Lexus LS 460 2015

The USA edition of the Lexus LS 460 will have minor changes for the 2015 model year.

The biggest update to the flagship sedan is the new navigation system with predictive traffic information, ETA calculation and low-fuel coordination with available fuel stations. Navigation also includes the subscription-free Lexus Enform App Suite and features bird’s eye map views with 3D building views.

The 2015 LS shows will also be compatible with the new Lexus Enform Remote, which can control certain vehicle features using a smartphone app: remote door lock/unlock; remote stop/start for the engine and climate control; vehicle finder, and guest driver monitor are all supported.

Other changes include LED dome lamps, dynamic gridlines added to backup camera, and the most curious change of all — the turning radius has been reduced by four inches on cars with 18-inch wheels and standard suspension.

[Source: Lexus USA]