Canibeat Features Super-Modified 1993 Lexus SC 300

*Canibeat* has a nice photo feature on Andrey Sokolov & his 1993 Lexus SC 300, which has been completely done up with an air suspension, SSR SP3 wheels, and a pile of other impressive mods.
Kevin · July 2nd, 2012

Lexus Minivan by Wald International

Japanese tuner Wald International has performed some badge engineering, converting the JDM Toyota Vellfire into a Lexus minivan.
Kevin · June 28th, 2012

Lexus LS Undergoes Brutal Convertible Transformation

Normally, I wouldn’t even link to this video of a second-gen Lexus LS having its roof chopped off during some idiotic demonstration at Stance Wars in Belgium, but I’ve been receiving email about it all day.
Kevin · May 24th, 2012

Lexus IS F in Scion Cement Gray

At the request of Lexus USA, VIP Auto Salon took a brand new 2011 IS F and repainted it in Scion Cement Gray.
Kevin · March 13th, 2012

New Sponsor: Vossen Wheels

After featuring them numerous times over the years, I’m excited to introduce Vossen Wheels as a sponsor of Lexus Enthusiast!
Kevin · February 28th, 2012

Lexus LFA on Vossen CV3 Wheels

Mike over at Vossen Wheels sent me this photo of Lexus USA’s prototype yellow LFA sitting on some 20″ Concave Vossen CV3 wheels.
Kevin · January 23rd, 2012

Lexus Project GS by Five Axis Photo Gallery

I’m still trying to go through the hundreds of photos that I took over the last couple days at SEMA, but lucky for us, Lexus has released some super-excellent pics of the Five Axis Project GS.
Kevin · November 3rd, 2011

Lexus Magazine Interview with Five Axis’ Troy Sumitomo

I just finished packing up for SEMA in Las Vegas, but before we moving to our live coverage, I wanted to share a Lexus Magazine interview I did with Five Axis president Troy Sumitomo about his company’s Project GS show car.
Kevin · October 30th, 2011

SEMA 2011: Lexus IS 350C by VIP Auto Salon

Also on display at the Lexus SEMA exhibit will be the VIP Auto Salon IS 350C, a super-modified convertible fully equipped with a Rotex Supercharger kit by Apexi & a Joe-Z exhaust that bumps up the power to 386 hp & 372lb-ft of torque.
Kevin · October 26th, 2011

Lexus Project GS F Sport by Five Axis

As mentioned previously, Lexus will also be showing cars from Five Axis & VIP Auto Salon at SEMA next week, and today the spec sheets were released — let’s start with the Project GS F Sport by Five Axis.
Kevin · October 26th, 2011

Russian Lexus LX 570 with TRD Supercharger

In order to bring some heavy power to the Lexus LX 570, a Lexus Technical Center in Moscow installed a TRD supercharger for some impressive results
Kevin · September 29th, 2011

Video Tour of Five Axis Design Studio

While not expressly about Lexus, this SpoCom video tour of the Five Axis design studio in Huntington Beach, California is a great behind-the-scenes look at one of the world’s preeminent Lexus tuners.
Kevin · August 15th, 2011

Slammed 2004 Lexus GS 300

Owned by Club Lexus member Anthony, this GS is sporting Varrstoen ES 1.1.2 wheels, with the crazy low drop provided by Megan LP Coilovers with custom front RCA’s. The final touch is the Toyota TTE Front Lip -- a subtle touch that brings the whole thing together. Great build.
Kevin · June 20th, 2011

Custom Lexus LS 460L by JM Lexus

Mega dealership JM Lexus in Florida has just started JM Custom Creations, a Lexus-certified mod-shop capable of some heavy duty upgrades, and they sent over some photos of their first project: a 2011 LS 460L with the full TOM's LS46 body kit, alligator skin trim and a 2000 watt Rockford speaker upgrade.
Kevin · June 14th, 2011

Wald International Lexus LX 570 Black Bison Edition

While on the topic of Wald International body kits, the Japanese tuner has released a Sports Line Black Bison package for the Lexus LX 570 — here’s the full gallery: Have to give Wald some credit for coming up with a style and sticking with it, but this gives the ASI Invader some competition as …
Kevin · April 28th, 2011

Matte Black Lexus IS F From Russia

This video of a matte black Lexus IS-F from Russia is a must-watch, if only for the video quality (though I do recommend turning the sound off if you’re watching at work or easily offended): Although I’ve never been a huge fan of the Wald Black Bison kit, the look is toned down considerably by …
Kevin · April 27th, 2011

TOM’s Planning Lexus CT 200h Body Kit & Exhaust System?

According to the CT 200h Club of Malaysia, long-time Japanese Lexus tuner TOM’s is looking into creating a CT 200h body kit — here’s some mockups: The kit follows the pattern set by the Modellista body kit with a fairly plain front and a rear diffuser, though the TOM’s rendition is more angular. TOM’s does …
Kevin · April 6th, 2011

Kazama Auto’s 2JZ Lexus IS

Speaking of matte black Lexus IS 350s, here’s a great Speedhunters feature on a two-tone IS built by Kazama Auto that’s out-of-this-world: It’s not just the exterior that’s been remade, but the entire car from top to bottom. Check out this engine setup: That’s a 2JZ-GTE Supra engine pumping out 620hp and mated to a …
Kevin · March 30th, 2011

Matte Black Lexus IS 350

Club Lexus member DarkDuke has put together a stunning matte black Lexus IS 350 — take a look at this pro job: Those WedsSport SA-55M wheels are pure insane — love the blue accents. Brilliant piece of work, be sure to check out the rest of the photos over at Club Lexus. [Photographer: Brent Zheng]
Kevin · March 30th, 2011

Preview of Supercharged Lexus CT 200h by Fox Marketing

The New York Auto Show is only three weeks away, and Fox Marketing is starting to tease their supercharged CT 200h that will be part of the Lexus display — here’s a couple videos of the work-in-progress CTh: It looks like there’s something special planned for the interior as well: Best of all, there’s some …
Kevin · March 28th, 2011

Lexus Magazine Interview with VIP Auto Salon’s Clark Ishihara

One of the people I had a chance to spend some time with during my trip to California was Clark Ishihara, president of VIP Auto Salon and the main force behind show cars like the Macadamia LS 600hL at last year’s SEMA — reminded me of this Lexus Magazine interview with Clark about his company’s …
Kevin · March 23rd, 2011

Flickr Find: Gold-Plated Lexus GS

We’ve seen gold plated Lexus coming out of the Middle East before, but both have been LX 570s — as a change, here’s a super-shiny GS, courtesy of Flickr user Prince M: I don’t know that I’ll ever understand metallic paints on any regular production car, but you have to give this owner credit for …
Kevin · March 4th, 2011

Candy Paint Lexus ES 300

Time to turn your speakers off and check out the sweetest Lexus ES 300 you’ll see today: That has to be the most literal interpretation of candy paint that I’ve ever seen. (Apparently, dressing your car like a Jolly Rancher can lead to police trouble.)
Kevin · February 25th, 2011

Interview with Troy Sumitomo from Five Axis

Lexus Magazine has published an interview I did with Five Axis president Troy Sumitomo about the Project CT, the Lexus show car that debuted at last week’s Chicago Auto Show — here’s a clip: KEVIN WATTS: I know that with the Project IS F, you were inspired by fighter jets—what did you use for inspiration …
Kevin · February 18th, 2011

Lexus LS 460/600hL Replacement Grille by Wald

Here’s something interesting that I came across on the Wald website last week while looking at their new LS Sports Line Black Bison body kit — the Japanese tuner is also offering a LS replacement grille: I’ve been driving a LS 600hL for the last week, and have to say, this replacement grille would be …
Kevin · February 14th, 2011

Behind-the-Scenes with the Lexus Project CT

Here’s a great video that shows just how Five Axis built the Lexus Project CT: That paint is amazing, the color shift is out of this world. Five Axis really put together something special.
Kevin · February 14th, 2011

Live Photos of the Lexus Project CT by Five Axis

Today was the first press day at the Chicago Auto Show, which means our first live look at the Lexus Project CT by Five Axis — here are some photos from Autoblog: I’m not sure that the photos really do the car any justice, but when you compare it with the previous Project GS & …
Kevin · February 9th, 2011

Lexus LS 600hL Sports Line Black Bison Body Kit by Wald

Japanese tuner Wald International has released a new Sports Line Black Bison body kit for the Lexus LS 600h/hL: The full kit is extensive, and includes a front bumper spoiler, side steps, sports fender ducts, LED daytime running lights, a rear bumper spoiler, roof spoiler, trunk spoiler (Version 2), plus a new exhaust system. The …
Kevin · February 9th, 2011

Lexus & Five Axis Team Up for Project CT Show Car

Just in time for the Chicago Auto Show, Lexus has once again teamed up with Five Axis to produce a concept car — this time based on the CT 200h. Here’s a teaser sketch released today (which I’ve made to fit wallpaper size): Select Resolution: 1920×1080 | 1680×1050 | 1440×900 | 1280×1024 | 1280×800 | …
Kevin · February 1st, 2011

Lexus LFA Customization Program Announced by CEC

Los Angeles tuner CEC has announced that they will be producing three limited-edition LFAs — from Autoblog: “We believe these three CEC Tuner Edition LFAs will be the most expensive and rarest of all the LFA supercars that Lexus will manufacturer and sell worldwide,” said Sherif Yassa, Vice President of CEC. Thanks to the technical …
Kevin · January 30th, 2011

Tokyo Auto Salon: Lexus Collection

While the official Lexus display at the Tokyo Auto Salon held most of our attention this last week, there was also a number of Lexus vehicles spread out among various body kit manufacturer displays — TLE reader & Flickr member CLF shares some photos: I may not be a fan of Wald’s Black Bison LS …
Kevin · January 20th, 2011

Tokyo Auto Salon: Lexus IS-F Club Performance Accessory by TRD

In addition to the IS-F CCS-R concept, Lexus is also displaying the IS-F Club Performance Accessory at the Tokyo Auto Salon, which is sporting performance parts from Toyota tuner TRD — once again, here’s some photos from AutoGuide’s prolific Colum Wood: Here’s the full list of accessories: Dino over at SpeedHunters also posted a photo …
Kevin · January 14th, 2011

Lexus CT 200h Modellista Body Kit

More news about the Japanese launch of the Lexus CT 200h — Japanese buyers will have the option of purchasing a Modellista body kit right from their dealership — here’s some detail shots of the front lip, the side-skirts and the rear diffuser with a reconfigured exhaust: If I’m reading the price list (PDF link) …
Kevin · January 13th, 2011

VIP Lexus CT 200h

Club Lexus member SNiiP3R brought the Lexus CT 200h into Photoshop and created this fantastic VIP rendering of the hatchback using the RX body kit from WALD (click for a larger image): Just imagine what the CT is going to transform into once it starts hitting the streets — can’t wait to see the results. …
Kevin · January 3rd, 2011

Lexus LS Sport by Platinum Motorsports

Check out this done-up Lexus LS 460 Sport by Platinum Motorsports: Even though I’m a big fan of the 19″ LS Sport wheels, these 22″ Agetro W150 rims don’t look out of place — pretty clean look with the Wald aero kit. [Source: Via: Club Lexus]
Kevin · December 22nd, 2010

Matte Black Lexus ES 350 Surprise

The final vinyl wrap of the week also comes with a pretty funny story — but first, check out this matte black Lexus ES 350: As it turns out, Club Lexus member Somebody had his wife’s car vinyl wrapped as a surprise: Material used: one roll of 3M 1080-12M matte black purchased. (the material was …
Kevin · December 10th, 2010

Matte White Lexus IS-F

These Matte White Lexus IS-F photos from Import Bible are the next instalment of my unofficial Vinyl Wrap week: Matte white is funny — white is hardly the most reflective paint color to begin with, but that extra opacity just gives the surface a subtle boost that I really like. (Thanks for the idea, Mark!)
Kevin · December 10th, 2010

Lexus LS 460 x Job Design Body Kit x VIP Modular Wheels

Stance Nation has posted photos of a super-fresh Lexus LS 460 decked out in a Job Design body kit and some 22″ VIP Modular wheels (click for larger images): The photos were taken by Jerry Troung from The Perfect Exposure blog, who did an excellent job — absolutely wild. [Source: Stance Nation]
Kevin · December 9th, 2010