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

First Production Lexus NX Rolls Off Assembly Line in Japan

Lexus NX Line-off Ceremony

Earlier today, the very first Lexus NX rolled off the assembly line at Miyata factory in Kyushu, Japan — here’s video from the line-off ceremony:

A Matador Red Mica NX 200t F SPORT and Eminent White NX 300h were the first to be built — here’s some footage from the assembly line:

[Source: Lexus International]

Lexus Enthusiast: A New Chapter Begins on Monday

Lexus Enthusiast Teaser

Hello everyone — my name is Kevin Watts, and I’m the founder and editor of the Lexus Enthusiast website.

I’ve been writing Lexus Enthusiast since 2007, starting it as a hobby after buying my first car, a 1994 LS 400. Seven years later, and the site has been visited by millions of people and is now the single best place for daily news and insider information on all things Lexus.

2014 has been an exciting time for the brand — the addition of the RC & NX has brought new energy to the Lexus lineup, and the rumored future looks even brighter.

To celebrate this new momentum, Lexus Enthusiast will undergo a large scale redesign this fall that will introduce important new features and functionality long requested by readers. It’s an ambitious goal with plenty of challenges, and will require your help to make it a reality.

The process all starts next Monday with a major announcement — without exaggeration, I’ve been working on this for almost three years, and can’t wait to finally share the details with you.

Until next week,

Editor, Lexus Enthusiast

Lexus Japan to Offer Brand Experience Tour of Australia

Lexus Amazing Experience

Lexus Japan is offering an Amazing Experience tour of Australia, bringing together special luxury events with a driving tour of the country’s best roads.

Open to owners, the eight day trip includes a day at the Melbourne Cup Carnival, a two-day driving experience through rainforests, and attending the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition.

The Amazing Experience will run in November, with prices starting at ¥850,000 ($8,320 USD) including flight and accomodation.

Read more about the AMAZING EXPERIENCE Tour (In Japanese)

Lexus IS C Convertible Returns for 2015 Model Year

Lexus IS C 2015

While the Lexus IS F has just ended its production run, the IS C will live to see another year — Lexus will continue to build the six-year-old convertible despite being based on the previous generation IS sedan.

(This decision can be easily explained — while the RC F will succeed the IS F in the lineup, there is no immediate convertible replacement for the IS C.)

Read more about the 2015 Lexus IS C Convertible