Top Gear Magazine Reviews the Lexus RC F

Lexus RC F Top Gear

Pat Devereux from Top Gear Magazine has reviewed the Lexus RC F:

Driver friendly? Yep, pretty much. It might use some fearfully complicated electronic systems to make up for some of its chassis shortcomings, but they work perfectly on the road and almost perfectly on the track. That’s not a bad balance.

The RC F also has enough soul to be interesting. It won’t blow an M4 into the weeds and will probably be ultimately outrun by a couple of the other hot coupes, but it’ll beat them all at one thing – being the best midsize Japanese coupe you can buy now.

Along with the review (just a heads up, you have to hit the photo arrows to read the full review), there’s a spectacular photo gallery — here’s a sampling of images:

This is a very strong review from a well-respected publication — it’s nice to see a European review that doesn’t focus exclusively on the coupe’s weight.

Read the full Top Gear RC F Review

Lexus Revisits Plans to Introduce Brand in India

Lexus has recently revived its plans to introduce the brand to India, where the luxury car market is booming due to a growing economy.

The brand has been looking to enter the Indian market since 2007, but halted plans in 2012 due to high import taxes and a slow automotive market.

Cars imported to India can be taxed up to 160%, but despite the high duty, Lexus has no plans to produce vehicles locally.

[Source: Economic Times India]

Video: Lexus RC F Goes for Official Nürburgring Lap Time

Lexus RC F Nürburgring Attempt

Let’s finish up the week with this quick glimpse of a Lexus RC F & IS F on an attempt to set the coupe’s official Nürburgring lap time:

(It’s all so subjective with a video like this, but doesn’t the RC F look so much faster than the IS F? Wow.)

Lexus Dealership Employees Sing Iggy Azalea’s Fancy

Lexus of Oakville Fancy

I attended the grand opening of the new Lexus of Oakville dealership last week, and just before the ribbon-cutting ceremony, owner Frank Apa had some fun and played this music video featuring the dealership employees:

Funniest Lexus video I’ve seen in a while, and extremely well done to boot — great work by everyone involved!

(In all seriousness, Lexus of Oakville is a beautiful new building full of friendly people. Be sure to check it out if you’re in the Toronto area.)

Lexus USA Releases NX 200t & NX 300h Pricing

Lexus NX 300h

USA pricing for the Lexus NX was announced today, with the NX 200t starting at $35,405 and the NX 300h at $40,645.

Front-wheel drive is standard on both models, and adding all-wheel drive will add $1,400 to the price of the NX 200t and $1,590 to the NX 300h.

Standard features include power seats, a backup camera, NuLuxe upholstery and 17-inch wheels. Navigation, blind-spot monitor and pre-collision are all available as stand-alone options.

The Premium Package will be $2,670 for the NX 200t and $2,890 for the NX 300h, and adds a memory driver’s seat, 18-inch wheels, heated and ventilated seats, a moonroof and upgraded DRLs and turn signals.

The Luxury Package will be $4,505 for the NX 200t and $4,885 for the NX 300, and includes the Premium Package plus a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, power liftgate, leather and wood trim.

Pricing on the NX F SPORT has yet to be released. The NX first goes on sale on November 18 on the West Coast, and on November 26 on the East Coast.

[Source: Motor Trend & Kicking Tires]