More Video of the Lexus LF-A Racing Prototype

Lexus LF-A Racing Prototype

It’s a simple equation: The more time the Lexus LF-A racing prototype spends on Nürburgring racetrack, the more video footage pops up. The proof: The folks over at Motor Authority have a lengthy video of the supercar making its rounds around the ‘ring (click on this image to visit the video):

Lexus LF-A Racing Prototype Video

My favorite part of the video has to be when it meets an Audi R8 on a side street on its way back to the Toyota building. Beep beep, move over!

(Thanks Jarrett!)

Lexus USA April 2008 Sales Report

Lexus Logo

The month of April was not kind to Lexus, as sales dropped 17.1% since last year. Here is, as always, a breakdown:

2008 2007 % Change
IS250/350/F 4,550 4,363 -3.7
ES350 5,439 6,544 -23.3
GS350/460/450h 1,568 1,887 -23.3
SC430 217 341 -41.3
LS460/600h L 1,992 3,182 -42.2
Total Cars 13,766 16,317 -22.1
RX350/400h 7,160 7,861 -15.9
GX470 1,625 1,577 -4.9
LX570 799 240 207.3
Total Trucks 9,584 9,678 -8.6
Total Sales 23,350 25,995 -17.1

The LX 570 was the lone bright spot, where sales have jumped 207.3% with the introduction of the SUV update. Everything else was down, including the LS, which saw a significant 42.2% drop.

Going over the age of the line-up, there’s definitely a lull. The IS-F was a step in the right direction, but its availability and market are both quite small, and it can’t really be expected to boost the sales numbers. One thing’s for sure, a drop like this brings change, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some new product announcements in the very near future.

[Source: Toyota]

Road & Track Comparison: Lexus IS-F vs. BMW M3 vs. Audi RS4 vs. Mercedes C63

Lexus IS-F vs. BMW M3 vs. Mercedes C63 vs. Audi RS4

Road & Track has dared to compare the Lexus IS-F, BMW M3, the Mercedes C63 and the Audi RS4 in the latest of the super sedan shootouts. As has often been the case, the Lexus IS-F put in a good showing but was still relegated to last place:

Nobody likes to finish off the podium, but it’s not as bad as it might seem for the first Lexus to wear the stylized “F” — and the first Lexus capable of decidedly “non-Lexus” performance in the vein of the BMW M3. Its explosive 0–60 and quarter-mile times of 4.2 and 12.6 seconds put it second in the test, just a tick slower than the Mercedes. A slalom weave of 70.9 mph also puts it in second, behind the BMW.

So no flies in the ointment yet. Until you look at the IS F among the others. Said Dennis Simanaitis: “To me, the Lexus’ oddly pugnacious snout detracts from its otherwise stylish lines.” The tarted-up oval finishers for the exhaust do the car no aesthetic favors, and the side treatment makes the Lexus appear a little bottom-heavy. “It’s as if the bodywork additions were made of wax,” I wrote in my notes, “and then left under a heat lamp.” Bornhop added, “It looks a bit reptilian.”

Inside, the ergonomics and general layout are appealing, but the IS F deserves a much higher-quality dash pad; its contours are doughy, its surface texture indifferent and a gap was starting to appear between it and the top of the center-stack plastic.

The styling just isn’t going over well with the American mainstream automotive media. Mechanically, it’s more than keeping up, and the 8-speed auto transmission its getting a lot of positive attention.

[Source: Road & Track]

Mother Proof Reviews the Lexus LX 570

2008 Lexus LX 570

Mother Proof, a site that reviews cars from a mother’s point of view, has posted a review of the Lexus LX 570:

The sheer number of buttons that greeted me on that first drive was also a bit overwhelming; I thought I might need pilot training just to get it home. I was sorely disappointed to find that not one of the switches inside was capable of brewing my morning latte.

Once the initial aesthetic command and control shock wore off, I came to enjoy almost everything about the Lexus LX 570. Things I’ll miss most are the climate-controlled seats, front and side-view cameras and the automatic-folding third-row seats. The heated and cooled seats came in handy when we had 80-degree weather one day and a spring snowstorm the next. The front-mounted camera took a little getting used to, but it made me feel quite spy-like when I was able to easily park this rig in a tiny spot at the mall.

I enjoy these functional kinds of reviews, with very little to no focus on engine-size/0-60 times, they’re a nice foil to the more technical breakdowns. The slice-of-life perspective is refreshing.

Extended Footage of the Lexus LF-A (not the racing prototype)

It’s not the Lexus LF-A racing prototype, but this extended spy video of the LF-A is still something to watch:

It’s been rumored that one of the major reasons for the supercar’s production delay was the engineer’s desire to push the top speed higher. Well, when comparing this video, which was filmed last year, with spy footage of the Lexus LF-A racing prototype, you can practically hear the improvement.

Of course, there’s innumerable differences between the videos (distance from the car, speed, etc.), but even in terms of apparent speed, the new prototype seems much improved.