Lexus LC: First Generation

Photo Gallery: The Lexus LC 500h in Space Orange

Lexus LC 500h Space Orange

The Lexus LC 500h Matte Prototype in Space Orange debuted at the 2019 Automobile Barcelona, and here we have photos from Spanish website Motor.es:

The exterior color was inspired by “the shades of orange that are visible when looking at the Sun on clear sunsets”, and is not expected to become a production color. Other touches include black semi-matte 21-inch wheels and carbon fiber roof and rear active spoiler. Inside, Space Orange accents are applied to the dashboard, steering wheel and door panels of the black interior.

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Will the Updated 2020 Lexus GX 460 Look Like This?

Lexus GX Update Refresh Render

After spy shots of the upcoming Lexus GX 460 refresh broke last week, Russian website КОЛЕСА wasted no time imagining what the SUV might look like under the camouflage.

Lexus GX Refresh Render Update Rear

Should these renderings be accurate, there won’t be much separating the GX from its current form — a grille based on the LX flagship design and new lights would be the extent of the changes.

As a comparison, the original images before Photoshop:

Lexus GX 460 Undoctored

(Projecting the debut of the updated GX is pure guesswork, but Lexus has used the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to reveal updated models in the past. Barring that venue or an online debut, the next possibility is the LA Auto Show.)

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New Lexus LC F Rendering Brings Possible Track Edition to Mind

Lexus LC F Track Edition

Best Car has new predictions for the eagerly-awaited Lexus LC F, with the Japanese magazine claiming the high-performance coupe will be released in 2021 with 660 horsepower.

Accompanying this rumor is the above rendering, which is said to be based on insider information. There are plenty of carbon fiber elements meant to reduce weight, but the overall look is ludicrous at first glance. How close could this be to an actual production model?

It all comes down to the newly released RC F Track Edition:

Lexus RC F Track Edition

Put side-by-side, does the Best Car LC F rendering really look out of place? An even better question — what’s to stop the eventual LC F from getting a similar Track Edition?

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Lexus Racing Report: Mid-May 2019

Lexus Super GT

May 2019 has proven fortuitous, thus far, for Lexus motorsports. We’ve already reported on AIM Vasser Sullivan’s victory in Round 3 of IMSA WeatherTech GTD racing in Mid-Ohio in the U.S. Lexus racers in Japan and Europe have seen similarly positive results.


Super GT Round 2 at Fuji (500 km)

As with Round 1 at Okayama, rain was the operative word (including a 30-minute red flag period). Ultimately, the rains stopped, and after a thrilling duel with the #23 Nissan GT-R, the #38 ZENT CERUMO LC 500 co-driven by Yuji Tachikawa and Hiroaki Ishiura claimed the first GT 500 Lexus victory of the season. Other Lexus top-10 finishers were the #39 Denso Kobelco SARD LC 500 co-driven by Heikki Kovalainen and Yuichi Nakayama (4th place), the #37 KeePer TOM’S LC 500 co-driven by Ryo Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy (7th place) and the #6 Wako’s 4CR LC 500 co-driven by Kazuka Oshima and Kenta Yamashita (8th place).

In the GT 300 class, the sole Lexus top-10 finisher was the #60 SYNTIUM LMcorsa RC F GT3 co-driven by Hiroki Yoshimoto and Dominik Farnbacher in 9th place.

The next race will be on May 26th at the Suzuka Circuit.


Blancpain GT Europe Round 2 at Silverstone, England

Lexus RC F GT3 Blancpain

In just their second race in the Blancpain GT Series Europe Endurance Cup, the #23 Tech1 Racing Lexus RC F GT3 co-driven by team principal Fabien Barthez and Bernard Delhez achieved their first AM Cup class podium finish (2nd in class and 31st overall).

The next race will be on June 1 at Circuit Paul Ricard in France.

Lexus UX: First Generation

2019 Lexus UX Crossover Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

Lexus UX Crash TestLexus ES 2016 Top Safety Pick

The 2019 Lexus UX has earned a Top Safety Pick ranking by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for crash test results.

The UX earned good ratings in all six crashworthiness tests: driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, and the passenger-side small overlap front test. The front crash prevention system included with the Lexus Safety System + was rated as superior.

The only element preventing the UX from receiving the higher-tier Top Safety Pick+ award were the base headlights:

The UX is available with two headlight options. Its available curve-adaptive headlights earn an acceptable rating in IIHS evaluations. Its base headlights earn a poor rating, largely due to excessive glare from the low beams. Both headlight systems have high-beam assist, a system that automatically switches between high beams and low beams, depending on the presence of other vehicles.

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Lexus Builds 844 Horsepower RC F for Pro Drifting Champion Ahmad Daham

Lexus RC F Drift Car

Lexus & Al Futtaim Motors has partnered with five-time Middle East Drift Champion and Guinness World Record holder Ahmad Daham to build the world’s first RC F Pro Drift spec car:

Built with the LX 570’s 3UR-FE engine and a Harrop supercharger, the RC F Drift will put out 844 horsepower through a Samsonas 4-speed gearbox. The first competition appearance will be in July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, followed by events in Norway, the UAE and Oman.

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Lexus Debuts LC 500h “Prototype” with Space Orange Exterior

Lexus LC Space Orange Prototype

The 2019 edition of Automobile Barcelona will see the unexpected debut of a new Lexus LC 500h Matte Prototype, which features a Space Orange exterior color that’s “inspired by the shades of orange that are visible when looking at the Sun on clear sunsets”:

Other exterior touches include black semi-matte 21-inch wheels and carbon fiber roof and rear active spoiler. Inside, Space Orange accents are applied to the dashboard, steering wheel and door panels of the black interior.

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Spy Shots: The Updated 2020 Lexus GX 460

Lexus GX Update 2020

The Lexus GX looks to be getting a update this year, and Motor1 has the first spy shots of the refreshed SUV — here’s a selection from their gallery:

The update centres around the front end, with a triple LED headlights straight from the LX flagship and a grille that’s difficult to discern. Inside, a new steering wheel appears to be the only difference:

Lexus GX Interior 2020

It’s a minor update by any stretch of the imagination, and the third iteration of an SUV that debuted in 2009. Even so, the GX sells well for Lexus in the USA, and this refresh could be enough to carry it through to a full next-generation model.