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Sponsor: Lexus NX F SPORT with Vossen VFS-1 Wheels

Lexus NX F SPORT VIP Auto Salon

The Lexus NX 200t F SPORT is a perfect fit for these 21-inch Vossen VFS-1 wheels — it really is something else:

A collaboration between multiple Lexus Enthusiast partners, the NX was built by VIP Auto Salon and features Nitto tires, RS-R Sports-I coilovers, and an APEXi N1-X Evolution exhaust .

Vossen is an official sponsor of Lexus Enthusiast — follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Instagram.


Lexus LC F to Debut at This Year’s Tokyo Motor Show?

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Car & Driver is reporting the Lexus LC F will debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in October:

According to our source at Lexus, this high-performance powerplant is in essence two 8AR-type 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines joined together at 90 degrees. The twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 also will find its way into the GS F—making 550 horsepower—but for the LC F it will be turned up to 600 horsepower, with 470 lb-ft of torque. As with the LC500, the F will use the company’s 10-speed automatic transmission.

There are other details — an agressive body kit, 20-inch wheels, six-piston brake callipers — but the big news is the 600-horsepower V8. This would be the most powerful power plant Lexus has ever built, with enough power to transform the entire brand. Even the idea that a detuned version could find its way into the GS F (and RC F?) is a huge deal.

But how accurate is this rumor? With enough smoke about the twin-turbo V8, I’m inclined to believe there’s fire. If anything, it’s the timeline that doesn’t ring true — Lexus has traditionally introduced F performance models at the Detroit Auto Show, and it’s a strategy that’s served them well. A minor point, but worth mentioning.

(Thanks Den!)


Design Critique: Analyzing the New Lexus LS 500

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Automobile Magazine longtime design critic Robert Cumberford has turned his eye on the new fifth-generation Lexus LS:

At first glance this big, powerful modern car reminded me of a 1957 Buick Roadmaster. Not because of any specific details, obviously. But both cars are strongly assertive, their grilles complex assemblages of an enormous number of discrete pieces, far bigger than necessary for cooling the mechanisms behind them but impressive in their massive presence.

If both cars look very heavy, I believe it is by intention.

The thick-pillared, nearly flat-sided body seems to press down heavily onto a perfectly flat base plane. There’s a strong horizontal theme to the LS, emphasized by the hard chrome edges at the bottom of the front end, carried back along the sills by a straight chrome trim piece.

Regardless of his final assessment (“I see this design as an esthetic mess”), Cumberford delivers a thorough critique of the new LS — his point-by-point design analysis is always an interesting read.


Video: Top Gear’s Chris Harris Compares Lexus GS F & BMW M5

Lexus GS F vs BMW M5 Chris Harris

Chris Harris has a new video comparing the Lexus GS F & BMW M5, and it’s an incredibly fun ride. Currently only available on the Top Gear website, go ahead and [click over to watch the full thing].

(No point in spoiling the conclusion, as there are multiple “plot holes” — the road condition favors the GS F, while the special edition M5 has 600 horsepower and costs 20% more. It’s worth watching regardless.)


Lexus Confirms 3.5L Multi-Stage Hybrid Engine for LS 500h

Lexus LS 500h Hybrid

In a press release today, Lexus confirms the next-generation LS 500h debuting at next month’s Geneva Motor Show will be powered by the same 3.5L V6 multi-stage hybrid system found in the LC 500h coupe:

The Multi Stage Hybrid System adds a four-stage shift device to the LS 500h’s Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain, which features a 3.5-litre V6 Dual VVT-i petrol engine and two electric motors. The result is more direct response to driver throttle inputs – a quality that is particularly noticeable when pulling away from stationary.

Although the system comprises a four-stage shift, its operation replicates the feel of driving with a 10-speed transmission, like that featured in the twin-turbo 3.5l V6 petrol engine powered LS 500, with a linear, direct and continuous acceleration feel, making for a more rewarding driving experience.

The Lexus LS 500h will be revealed at a press conference during the Geneva Motor Show on March 7 at 6:45am ET/3:45am PT.