Just like the last generation, Lexus Australia is offering some unique accessories for the 2010 RX, including a bunch of roof racks, a nudge bar, side steps, mud flaps and some wild 19” wheels. Here are some closeups:
Really, it’s almost comical to see an RX done up in this fashion, but some of these features can be a necessary evil, especially in the colder climates.
These videos give a better insight into just how important the ecological aspect was in the design and production of the HS—I’d say it’s the very definition of the vehicle, right down to how it looks.
Speaking of which, take a look at this new photo of the HS 250h:
Up until now, we’ve only seen the HS in silver, which left the hybrid sedan looking drab—even this darker shade of grey improves the look considerably (though not to the same extent as seeing the IS-F in white for the first time).
For the second year in a row, the Lexus LFA will be taking part in the 24h Nürburgring Race, the full-day endurance race to take as many laps ‘round The Ring as possible:
Based on a prototype of the LF-A being developed with an eye toward commercial release, the race vehicle, entering the Nürburg event for the second year in a row, has been equipped with race-grade safety equipment, such as a roll cage and special fuel tank, and fitted with a spoiler and other aerodynamic features. Although engine, powertrain and frame specifications differ little from those of the base vehicle, the race vehicle has been retuned to better meet the demands of the course.
Last year, the supercar managed to complete 100 laps of the track, placing 48th, despite some early transmission trouble, though Lexus made it very clear the goal was not to win, but to test the prototype’s performance. No such statement has been made yet this year.
Of equal importance is the fact that the Lexus press release refers to the vehicle “being developed with an eye towards commercial release”—even the entry class, Division 2 SP8 (engine close-to-production), points towards the vehicle’s upcoming release. It has also been announced that the LFA’s V10 will be pushing out at least 500 hp.
As a refresher, here’s a video from last year’s event:
The 37th 24 Hours Nürburgring, or the 37th ADAC Zurich 24h-Race 2009, will take place May 23-24th, and car sponsor Gazoo will be covering the race on their website.
JDM blog 7tune has pushed out a rumor that the Lexus IS-F Evolution, the unconfirmed, carbon-fiber-covered editon of the IS-F, will be limited to 500 units and will cost a staggering $250,000USD. From the source:
Focus has not changed much either with previous reports of the new body losing 140kg all round and dropping to a total weight of 1550kg still holding true. All other specs such as the 423ps V8, carbon brakes, carbon interior and updated front/rear+blistered fenders have also been confirmed…the car will now only be limited to a special production run of just 500 units worldwide!…the IS-F will come in at US$250,000, a cool $50,000 higher than first expected.
The idea that Lexus would take the IS-F, add 7 hp, cut 300lbs, and then boost the price up $200,000 is just plain ludicrous. The extremely small production run does make it slightly less fantastical, considering it would practically be a collectible off the factory floor and there’s certainly always a market for rarity.
Very little chance of this rumor being accurate, though.