Lexus RC & Lexus NX Nominated for European Car of the Year


Lexus RC F SPORT

Despite not yet being available for sale, both the Lexus RC & Lexus NX have been nominated for the 2015 European Car of the Year award.

The annual award is decided by a jury of automotive journalists representing publications throughout Europe.

There are currently are 32 candidate vehicles — a shortlist of seven nominees will be released in December, with the eventual winner announced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015.

[Source: European Car of the Year]

Video: Exclusive Features of the Lexus RC F SPORT


Lexus RC F SPORT Lava Orange

Lexus International has released a video outlining the exclusive features included with the RC F SPORT, and in the process revealed the first look of the standard RC in the new orange exterior color:

(So this new orange will be known as Nova Orange internationally, Solar Flare in the UK, and Molten Pearl in the USA? Confusing!)

Is Lexus Building a Next-Generation LFA Supercar?


Lexus LFA II

Last week, a Bloomberg article from Craig Trudell suggested that Lexus is building a successor to the LFA supercar:

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus, which ended a two-year production run of the $375,000 LFA in 2012 after manufacturing 500 units, will build a successor to the 552-horsepower car, Executive Vice President Mark Templin told reporters today.

The plan has the endorsement of Toyota President Akio Toyoda, he said, without providing specifics.

“Akio believes that every generation deserves to have a car like an LFA, so we’re building an LFA for the generation we have today,” Templin said in Kyushu, Japan, before a ceremony for the new Lexus NX crossover. “At some point, there may be another special car for another generation.”

The idea of a new LFA II supercar is exciting, but according to Bertel Schmitt of Daily Kaban, the Templin quote is incorrect — here is Schmitt’s unedited transcript of the conversation between Trudell and the Lexus International vice-president:

“Now, Akio believes that every generation deserves to have a car like an LFA. So we built an LFA for the generation we have today. And at some point we should have a special car for another generation. Because he believes that every generation deserves a special car like this.”

In the end, the whole rumor could be a misheard quote (whether intentional or unintentional) — perhaps Trudell believed Mark Templin is in the habit of casually mentioning next-generation supercars, but that seems unlikely to me.

Update: It appears Trudell has backpedalled — the original article has been edited (emphasis has been added to the changes):

Toyota Motor Corp’s Lexus, which ended a two-year production run of the $375,000 LFA in 2012 after manufacturing 500 units, may build a successor to the 552-horsepower car, Executive Vice President Mark Templin told reporters today. The long-term plan has President Akio Toyoda’s backing, he said.

“Akio believes that every generation deserves to have a car like an LFA, so we’re building an LFA for the generation we have today,” Templin said in Kyushu, Japan, before a ceremony for the new Lexus NX crossover. “At some point, there may be another special car for another generation,” he said, without providing specifics.

A second LFA isn’t imminent, and another generation could be about 30 years in the future, said Brian Lyons, a spokesman.

Lexus Enthusiast Membership Drive Starts Today


Lexus Enthusiast Membership Drive

Hello all,

Since launching in 2007, the Lexus Enthusiast website has become the single best independent source for daily news and insider information on all things Lexus.

This fall, the site will be going through a large scale redesign that will introduce important & frequently requested new features — it’s an ambitious goal with plenty of challenges, and will need your help to make it a reality.

I’ve created this video with an overview of the changes and an explanation of what’s next:


Now that you have an idea of what’s happening, here’s a detailed breakdown the major changes.

Please note: While the site will be changing extensively, it will remain free to access and will continue to be updated with daily news.


Community Forum

The single biggest change will be a new community forum — It’s time for enthusiasts from around the world to have a central place where we can discuss Lexus news and events while sharing our knowledge with other owners.

This forum will be the heart of our community, moderated by well-respected and passionate enthusiasts, and built on a modern discussion platform that rewards participation.

Registration will be free, and active members will be recognized for their contributions through a reward system. The regional sub-sections will encourage local meets around the world.

World’s First Lexus Podcast

Readers have also been asking for more meaningful access to Lexus executives and decision makers — that’s why Lexus Enthusiast will be launching the world’s first dedicated Lexus podcast.

Every month, I will be releasing a new audio interview with the movers and shakers in the Lexus world, full of answers to questions that you ask.

Continue reading this article…

No Podium Finish for Lexus Racing Teams at Super GT Round 5


Lexus Super GT Round 4 Zent Cerumo

The Lexus Racing teams missed a podium finish at the 2014 Super GT Round 5 at Fuji Speedway — the top team was fifth place PETRONAS TOM’S finishing 5th, followed by KeePer TOM’S team at 9th.

Here are highlights from the race courtesy of the Super GT Youtube channel:

Despite the 9th place finish, the KeePer TOM’s team of Daisuke Ito & Andrea Caldarelli remain at the top of the season rankings with 102 points.

The next Super GT race will be on August 30th at the Suzuka Circuit.

Read more about the 2014 Super GT Round 4 Race