Lexus LX 570 Contending for Motor Trend SUV of the Year

2009 Lexus LX 570

The Lexus LX 570 is up for the Motor Trend SUV of the year:

Since last year’s contest, a lot has changed with regard to the SUV market. Most manufacturers are going for the smaller, more fuel-efficient, and in some cases car based vehicles, the 2009 Lexus LX 570 is none of those, and it’s damn proud of it.

This Lexus is an amazing luxury/utility vehicle, capable of a dash to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, while the quarter mile disappears in under 15 seconds at over 90 mph, and all this by a behemoth that weighs over 6000 pounds. Oh, did we mention the Lexus can also off-road with the best of them?

The LX is up against some stiff competition, though I certainly wouldn’t count the freakish BMW X6 among the contenders. Honestly, no matter how great the LX may be and how well it stacks up, the cost and fuel milage will sink its chances of coming first. (Really, if I had to guess, my money would be on the Infiniti FX35.)

The winner will be announced at midnight tomorrow. Update: The Subaru Forester took the prize.

WedsSport Reveals Lexus IS Drift Racer

Wedsports Lexus IS 350 D1 Car

WedsSport, a Japanese performance tuner, has revealed its Lexus IS 350 drift car, which is destined to compete in the D1 Grand Prix,  the preeminent professional drifting series. NZ Performance Car has some details:

…the company has been slowly developing this new car which is, not surprisingly, powered by a Supra derived 2JZ-GTE motor. The new Lexus sports an awesome wide-body look, a 780hp T04Z turbo power delivery and an awesome handling package custom made for the car.

Wedsports Lexus IS 350 D1 Car

It will be interesting to see how WedsSport’s IS performs in the D1GP. (It certainly gets bonus points for those fantastic yellow rims!)

[Source: NZ Peformance Car]

Lexus LS 600hL Commercial: Kite

What begins as a headscratcher ends up being a very effective commercial for some exclusive Lexus technology:

My first time watching the commercial, I immediately though of one particularly weird commercial from a while back, but in actuality it was a very convincing application of the driver monitoring system.

[Via: Steadywinds]

Fox Marketing Lexus IS-F in Dallas this weekend

The orange modded Lexus IS-F by Fox Marketing/Artisan Performance will be making an appearance at the Hot Import Night in Dallas this Saturday. Here’s a brand new photo of the car along with some other details:

Lexus IS-F Fox Marketing Artisan Performance

[Brian Fox will] have the car at the Dallas HIN on Saturday, and from there he plans to take it to his buddy Kenny Strickler, who will install a Turbonetics GTK350 twin turbo setup. After that the next stop is the Lexus booth at SEMA!

[Source: Car Domain]

Lexus IS 250C Showing at Australia International Auto Show

Lexus IS 250C

Fresh from its debut at the Paris Auto Show, the Lexus IS 250C is now making an appearance at the Australia International Auto Show. When asked about the new convertible, Lexus Australia GM John Roca had this to say:

“For the first time in Lexus history we can now claim we have an IS range…[it] will join the soon-to-be-launched IS-F and new IS 250 sedan to form a very strong backbone for the brand,” Mr Roca said.

“IS 250C has been developed to strict Lexus standards. Its superior NVH suppression, wind turbulence characteristics, ride comfort, interior space and versatility will set a new benchmark for convertibles in its class. It will also arrive at a time when practicality and versatility are driving purchase decisions. IS 250C consumers will not have to choose between sedan versatility and convertible enjoyment.”

Lexus is extremely excited about the addition of IS 250C to the local model line-up in the later half of 2009,” Mr Roca said.

Seems the IS 250C will be taking its time making its way to Australia, but even more than that, Lexus fans down under still don’t have the IS-F?

[Source Japanese Sports Cars]