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Lexus RX 400h, Wagoneer Edition

While I have strong doubts that Lexus will ever release a RX Wagoneer edition, one 400h owner isn’t about to wait to see. Discovered by Autoblog.it, this one-off wooden body kit was created by Italian tuner firm Castagna Milano for someone very rich and equally eco-obsessed:

Wood Lexus RX 400h Body Kit

Most of the reactions to this unique body modification are decidedly negative, but I’m not sure I share that opinion (I’ve always had a soft spot for the Wagoneer). With the RX model being Lexus’ most ubiquitous, it’s a real challenge to stand out in the crowd, and that’s certainly not going to be a problem here.

Click Read More for some additional shots, including a photo of the fully customized interior.

[Source: Autoblog.it]

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A Preview of the New Lexus LX 570

The New Lexus LX 570

Automobile.com has previewed the upcoming 2008 Lexus LX 570 and though they do count off all of its new features, it seems the greater question is: Why does this vehicle even exist?

…it’s odd to have a manufacturer like Lexus offload another V8 dinosaur to set foot on the streets of an ever increasing environmentally sensitive global consumer base. How long will this vehicle segment last before car manufactures reconsider their direction of innovation? Why not at the very least consider making a hybrid version?

It’s true that this new Lexus Land Cruiser is a rather significant upgrade of the outgoing model — the redesigned exterior is considerably more modern, and the new engine does help somewhat with gas mileage — but it’s a wonder that this update didn’t include the LS 600h’s hybrid engine, or that the vehicle wasn’t trimmed down to make it a touch lighter on its feet.

Lexus US Vice President/General Manager Bob Carter stated during the New York Auto Show that “LX customers have traditionally been our most affluent—professionals with families who add the LX to their stable of vehicles for its luxurious utility, versatility and capability.” Wouldn’t it stand to reason that these self-same people would be willing to pony up the extra money for a more eco-friendly version?

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Flickr Find: Lexus @ Salón del Automóvil de Barcelona 2007

Flickr user j0rdi has been taking some great shots at Salón del Automóvil happening right now in Barcelona. Not content to take photos of full cars, all the shots are beautifully cropped, leaving only the finer details.

One of these photos was of a Lexus SC 430, and it takes headlights to an entirely abstract level:

Lexus SC 430 Headlight Detail Shot

j0rdi’s other photos are amazing, particularly this one — Be sure to check them out.

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Comparison: Lexus IS 350 vs. BMW 330i

Lexus IS 350 vs. BMW 330i

It’s now almost two years old, but I’ve seen few comparisons as detailed as Autoweb’s head-to-head showdown between the 2006 BMW 330i and the 2006 Lexus IS 350.

No stone is left unturned as they pit the two cars against each other, comparing them in convenience, design, comfort, and driving. The results couldn’t be considered all that surprising, but the thoughtfulness in the examination certainly was. Not to play spoiler, but here’s how it shook down:

Convenience

1. IS 350 2. 330i

Design

1. IS 350 2. 330i

Comfort

1. IS 350 2. 330i

Driving

1. 330i 2. IS 350

Like I said, not all that surprising, though it did raise my eyebrows to see the IS 350 top the 330i in the Design category. Here’s their justification of the result:

In the end, our editors gave a slight edge to the Lexus’s aggressive, muscular stance and look-at-me styling that was just one massive rear wing shy of being over the top. But, without that hopped-up Honda Civic add-on, the 2006 Lexus IS 350 makes a powerful statement, something that should be required of any sport luxury sedan with an as-tested sticker in the $45,000 range. The 2006 BMW 330i, on the other hand, represents with a powerful stance, but the off-the-shelf look of the taillights, for example, relegates the Bimmer to the Lexus IS 350’s shadows.

As you probably guessed, with a 3-to-1 margin, the IS 350 came out on top of the comparison. The BMW will perpetually win any battle when it comes to the driving experience, but when the main concern is commuting, as it is with most drivers, the IS 350 has the 330i beat.

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Family Car Reviews the Lexus LS 600hL

The Lexus LS 600hL

The Family Car review of the ‘93 LS 400 was one of the articles I used to convince the girlfriend to buy our car, so I took a special interest in their fresh new review of the LS 600hL, knowing full well it was going to be all quality.

I wasn’t disappointed, this is an incredibly detailed road test, expertly researched and full of interesting insight:

My first impression of this new luxury sedan is that Lexus has succeeded in building a technological marvel. The quality and craftsmanship is apparent at first glance by the depth of its meticulous paint job, the one-piece chrome trim around the side windows and the close fit of all the body panels.

My first experience driving this car was surreal.  Sitting behind the wheel, with the exception of the power gauge, it looked like I was in a well equipped LS460.  That is until I tapped the start button to bring the engine to life.  No sound.  Nothing.  I do feel a cool breeze coming from the AC outlet, but the tach is right on zero.

Whenever the LS600h L is coasting or slowing down, the gasoline engine will shut off, which also saves fuel.  When accelerating from a stop, MG2 is capable of propelling the car at light throttle and low speeds without having to restart the engine.  When engine power is needed, MG1 will bring the engine to life almost imperceptibly.  The CVT transmission has no reverse gear, backing up is handled completely by the electric motor (MG2).  You rarely have any sensation of when the gasoline engine starts or stops.  This is the smoothest hybrid I have ever experienced.

Recommended reading to anyone in the market for this car, which is becoming more and more exceptional with every detail I get. Can’t wait to see one in real life.

[Via: Autospies]

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Wald International Developing New IS 250/350 Body Kit

Wald International has been busy this week, releasing a new LS 460 body kit and now this, some behind-the scenes photos of the new IS 250/350 Sports Line body kit development:

Wald International IS 250/350 Body Kit 1

Interesting to see the process behind the making of one of these kits, I especially like all the tape protecting the IS paintjob.

To get a better idea of the final product, a digital rendition is featured on their site:

Wald International IS 250/350 Body Kit Photochop

I especially like the rear spoiler, thought it seems derivative of BMW 3-Series. The front bumper is different, but not necessarily better than the original, and I certainly don’t care for the modified fenders or side-skirting, which seem overly complicated and out of place, even on a body kit like this.

[Source: Club Lexus]

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Do Not Try This

Warning: This is not for the faint of heart.

In a bid for first place in the “Stupidest thing you can do with a Lexus” contest, an absolutely insane Saudi Arabian teenager decided to drive 150/mph in an LS 430 LX 470 at night…all while sitting in the backseat. Don’t believe me? Turn down your speakers and watch:

I had to fight myself to watch the whole thing, and instead focused on the little details, the plastic wrap on the seats, the brightness of the interior light, just anything not concentrate on the actual events transpiring. How could this even be possible, wouldn’t the car eventually veer to one side?

Beyond comprehension.

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Lexus & Golfers Are A Perfect Match

Lexus Golf Balls

Rounding out this week of surveys and studies is a rather strange birdie — Lexus, as the first ever automotive partner of the United States Golfing Association (USGA), conducted a survey of golfers and found themselves looking in a mirror. It seems like Lexus and golfers have that very same relentless pursuit of perfection:

  • Four out of ten golfers (43%) would readily give up sex for a month in order to have the perfect golf swing! (And more than one in five — 22% — would give up their hair!)
  • Another 21% would be willing to sacrifice their next raise for the perfect swing.
  • Three out of ten golfers say if they had to choose, they’d rather have a perfect golf swing than a perfect marriage.
  • Two out of three golfers have skipped work in order to play golf (66%). More than four out of ten have skipped church or religious services (43%), and a similar percentage have bailed out on a family gathering (41%).
  • Nearly one out of every two golfers (49%) says when buying a car they check to see how many bags of clubs can fit into the trunk.

The phrasing of the results is a little misleading: Is it so hard to believe that people would sacrifice their hair or their next raise to be actually be “perfect” at something?

[Source: PR Newswire]