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Toyota Announces Lexus ES 250 AWD with 203 Horsepower

Lexus ES 250 AWD

All wheel drive is finally coming to the Lexus ES sedan, with the 203 horsepower ES 250 AWD set to arrive at dealerships later this year. The ES 250 AWD is powered by a 203 horsepower 4-cylinder engine, with an estimated fuel economy of 28 combined MPG. A F SPORT package will also be offered.

Lexus ES 250

Here’s the Lexus press release explaining the new AWD system:

Dynamic Torque Control AWD can provide effective traction for inclement and slippery weather while minimizing AWD’s typical drag on fuel economy. The system can direct up to 50 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels, in response to acceleration from a start or slippage at the front wheels.

When AWD isn’t needed, the electromagnetic controlled coupling on the rear drive axle can disengage the propeller shaft to help prioritize fuel efficiency. The AWD is designed to re-engage in an instant, when needed, and its operation is transparent to the driver and passengers.


Lexus Files LBX Trademark in Europe

On August 5th, Toyota registered a European trademark for LBX . What really placed it on our radars is the discovery, a few days later, of a corresponding Lexus LBX trademark filed the same day in Israel. Notably, it has yet to be filed in the U.S.

What could a Lexus LBX be? Several of our forums members suggested it might be a new infotainment system, perhaps a successor of sorts to the outgoing Lexus Enform system. However, the original trademark filing for Lexus Enform was verbose and detailed, whereas the LBX trademarks are simply for “automobiles and structural parts thereof”.

A future concept vehicle is also possible, perhaps a Lexus Battery eXperimental or Lexus Battery crossover as a possible offshoot of Toyota’s e-TNGA initiative. Earlier this year, it was rumored Lexus was preparing a small crossover based on the Toyota Yaris Cross, with plans to call it the BX.


Lexus Trademarks the RZ 450e Nameplate in USA & Europe

Lexus RZ 450e

Lexus has registered the RZ 450e in the USA, Europe and Australia over the past two weeks, suggesting both a new model and a new powertrain could be on the way.

Of course, there is the matter of figuring out what exactly the RZ 450e nameplate could be — considering the current market, it’s a safe assumption this new model will be a crossover of some description. The engine is an even safer bet, as Lexus has adopted the letter e as their battery electric designation.

Key to this puzzle is the Z, as it essentially guarantees a new model. The R is also interesting, because the two other Lexus vehicles to share the letter are a crossover and a coupe, a combination that’s more and more common among luxury manufacturers.

Toyota announced that it would release six battery electric vehicles by 2025, with the first to debut in 2020. The UX 300e kicked things off, launching in China earlier this year, and it’s clear another Lexus EV is on the horizon.

(With nothing but letters to go on, it’s hard to make a guess at what the RZ 450e. A possibility is a crossover coupe, perhaps something like this recent Toyota concept:

Lexus RZ 450e


No V8 Engines for Future Lexus Models

Lexus LC F Cancelled

According to a new Mag-X report out of Japan, Toyota has cancelled all V8 engine development in favour of turbo V6s and electrified powertrains.

If true, this move throws the future of the Lexus F brand into doubt, as next-generation F models were believed to center around a 600+ horsepower twin-turbo V8. This engine was to power a LC coupe in this year’s 24 Hours of Nürburgring race before COVID shut everything down.


Lexus Scores Third Consecutive Victory in IMSA GT3 Racing

Lexus RC F GT3 Winner

Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo finished first in the #12 Lexus RC F GT3 at Sunday’s IMSA race at Road America, marking a third consecutive victory for the AIM VASSER SULLIVAN team.

Along with the win for the #12 Lexus, Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz recorded their third straight podium finish in the #14 RC F GT3 with a third-place result. Hawksworth and Telitz came into Sunday’s race with back-to-back victories at Daytona International Speedway and Sebring International Raceway.

This is the fifth victory for AVS in their second year of IMSA competition and the third career IMSA win for Bell, the first for Montecalvo and their first win behind the wheel of the Lexus RC F GT3. Lexus currently leads the manufacturer championship points in both the overall and Sprint Cup standings.

Lexus and AIM VASSER SULLIVAN compete next at Virginia International Raceway on Saturday, August 22 at 1:40 pm ET.

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Lexus NX F SPORT Black Line Special Edition Now Available in the USA

Lexus USA has released a special NX Black Line edition, complete with a hybrid powertrain, F SPORT package, and some appearance upgrades.

The NX Black Line will debut an exclusive Grecian Water exterior color synced up with the blue hybrid badging. Ultra White and Obsidian exteriors will also bet offered, all with color-coded fenders and 18-inch dark sputter finish wheels.

The interior gets blue stitching throughout, and there’s a set of Zero Halliburton travel cases included — from the press release:

The custom Lexus Black Line Zero Halliburton luggage set includes an Edge Lightweight 22” Continental Carry-on and a 26” Medium Travel Case, both in black. Travel cases will be sent to guests at the address of their choice.

The NX 300h F SPORT Black Line special edition is now available in dealerships. With only 1,000 units to be produced in the next three months, the suggested MSRP is $46,810 USD.


#14 Lexus RC F GT3 Wins Second Consecutive IMSA Race

Lexus RC F GT3 Racing Daytona

The #14 Lexus RC F GT3 driven by Jack Hawksworth & Aaron Telitz won this week’s IMSA race at Sebring International Raceway for their second consecutive victory.

Saturday night’s victory is the fourth for the AIM VASSER SULLIVAN racing team in IMSA competition and the second of the season for the #14 Lexus after scoring two wins in 2019. It marks the fifth career IMSA win for Hawksworth and his fourth behind the wheel of the Lexus RC F GT3. The back-to-back wins are the first career IMSA triumphs for Telitz who took over full-time driver duties earlier this month.

This puts the #14 team in a strong position to finish first in the IMSA Sprint Cup championship, with a 12 point lead over the second place #12 Lexus RC F GT3 team of Townsend Bell & Frankie Montecalvo.

Lexus and AIM VASSER SULLIVAN compete next at Wisconsin’s Road America road course on Sunday, August 2nd.