What Should the Next-Generation Lexus SC Look Like?


Lexus SC Rendering

For the cover of their latest issue, Best Car has taken a guess at what the rumored next-generation Lexus SC might look like.

The Japanese magazines have standardized on a look for this new Lexus super-coupe — compare the image above with this rendering from Holiday Auto:

Lexus SC Rendering Holiday Auto

Before the RC F was released, I would have thought these designs were too “concept car”, but now I’m convinced that the next Lexus coupe will stay true to the LF-LC concept. Of course, I also expect the design will be modernized and adjusted — after all, the LF-LC was released three years ago and the Lexus design has matured quite a bit.

So how accurate do you think these renderings will be?

[Source: Best Car Facebook]

Lexus IS 350 F SPORT Wins Road & Track Sports Sedan Comparison


Lexus Road & Track Comparison

Road & Track has compared the Lexus IS350 F SPORT, BMW 335i, Cadillac ATS V6, and the Infiniti Q50 — here’s the result:

From the moment we sunk into the black-on-black interior, we were struck by how determinedly idiosyncratic the IS 350 seems. There are deep seats with handsome stitching set in an angular collection of black plastics and tech-happy switchgear. The whole look is kind of a Nineties vision of the 2010s—not retro, but Yesterday’s Future Today.

The Infiniti has gadgets to “help” you, the BMW has motor and hereditary manners, and the Caddy is a milled ingot of doubly refined handling. But the Lexus puts it all together better and lets you enjoy it more, for less money—even optioned to the gills—than anything else here.

Read the full Road & Track Sports Sedan Comparison

Video: The Inspiration Behind the Lexus Color Palette


Lexus Color Designer

Here’s a Lexus International video profile of color designer Momoko Okamoto, who’s responsible for many of the unique colors used on Lexus models:

(I might have seen a glimpse of the now-discontinued Daybreak Yellow exterior color used on the CT 200h — could you imagine that color on an IS or NX?)

Create Virtual Lexus RC F with New Augmented Reality App


Lexus RC F Virtual Car

Lexus Japan has released a very cool augmented reality app featuring the RC F GT500 — here’s how it works:

Lexus RC F Augmented 1

Lexus RC F Augmented 2

Lexus RC F Augmented 3

The required app for your smartphone is called DAUB, and it’s available for both iOS & Android devices — you also need to download & print this PDF.

I tried it out with my daughter, and we were amazed with the results:

Lexus RC F Virtual KREW & Pepper

Here are more photos from our test coloring image:

This is a lot of fun, and I recommend it highly — we played with the app for an hour racing our virtual cars.

Read more about the RC F Augmented Reality Coloring App

Lexus ES 350 Production in Kentucky to Start by Late 2015


Lexus ES 350 Manufacturing in Kentucky

The Lexus manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Kentucky is getting ready for the production of the ES 350, with much of the construction required for the new 307,310 square-foot facility either completed or in progress.

Equipment at the existing plant will also be improved to facilitate production, and staff is also undergoing extensive training for assembly of the Lexus model — from the Lexington Herald-Leader:

Group leader John Kidd holds up a manual roughly the size of an encyclopedia volume. That, he said, is a summary of the steps for one part of moon-roof installation.

First, the leaders study the set of instructions as thick as their fists. Then, Kidd and team leader Scott Peach will practice bolt installation in the roof again and again, initially for correct placement and solid installation, later for time. Then they will teach it to some of the employees who will be working in the new plant.

First build trials will begin in March 2015, with production expected to start late next year. An estimated 50,000 ES 350s will be built annually.

[Source: Lexington Herald-Leader]