Welcome to the New Lexus Enthusiast

After years of planning and months of development, the new Lexus Enthusiast website is here. Here are the details on the new features and changes.
Kevin · January 28th, 2015

Details on the Lexus RC F CCS Concept from Tokyo Auto Salon

Let’s circle back to the Tokyo Auto Salon earlier this month and take a closer look at the Lexus show booth. On display was the RC F GT3 car and something else entirely: the RC F CCS Parts Concept. Here are some photos from Japanese website Response: Most important is this graphic behind the RC …
Kevin · January 19th, 2015

The Lexus GS F Revealed: First Photos & Information

Lexus has revealed the 2016 GS F high-peformance sedan a week before its official debut at the Detroit Auto Show. Details are limited right now, but one thing is for sure — the GS F will share the RC F’s 5.0-liter 467 horsepower V8 engine. Four photos in total were released, here they are in …
Kevin · January 6th, 2015

Lexus ES 350 Production in Kentucky to Start by Late 2015

The Lexus manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Kentucky is getting ready for the production of the ES 350, with much of the construction required for the new 307,310 square-foot facility either completed or in progress. Equipment at the existing plant will also be improved to facilitate production, and staff is also undergoing extensive training for assembly …
test · October 9th, 2014

Lexus USA Announces Crafted Line Special Edition Models

Lexus USA has announced The Crafted Line, a group of special edition F SPORT vehicles with an exclusive Ultra White/Obsidian exterior and two-tone black/red interior. The LS, GS, RX, ES, & IS are all available with the package — here are photos showing off the special edition models: All Crafted Line vehicles feature an Ultra …
Kevin · August 5th, 2014

New Lexus RC F Orange Exterior Named by Lexus UK Fans

Lexus UK challenged their Facebook fans to name the new orange exterior color debuting with the RC F. From the hundreds of submissions, Solar Flare was chosen: …Solar Flare was picked as the best by Richard Balshaw, Lexus Director. The name will now become an official colour for the RC F in the UK when …
Kevin · June 25th, 2014

Photo Gallery: The Lexus RC F GT3 Racing Concept

Lexus International has released a new photo gallery of the RC F GT3 concept: Developed over two years by Lexus International and subsidiary Techno Craft, the RC F GT3 concept is powered by a modified version of the RC F’s V8 engine that produces 540+ hp (397kw). The race car is wider and lower than …
Kevin · June 17th, 2014

More Information on the Lexus CT BG Concept

Japanese website Response.jp has more photos of the Lexus CT BG Concept from the Beijing Motor Show last month: The CT BG, or CT Black Gold, was built by Lexus China — I received some additional information on this concept: Q: What is the concept of CT BG show car? A: The concept of this …
Kevin · May 22nd, 2014

Video: Lexus RC F on the Track

There’s a new video interview with Lexus RC F chief engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi, and it features some excellent footage of the RC F on the track: Right from the release of the IS F, it’s been clear that Yaguchi-san had a plan for Lexus performance — excited to see how that vision presents itself with …
Kevin · May 22nd, 2014

Ultrasonic Blue Lexus NX F SPORT Spotted in Madrid

Lexus Europe is testing the NX compact crossover in Madrid this week, and an Ultrasonic Blue NX F SPORT was one of the test models: Seeing the NX in blue shows me two things: the IS influenced the design more than I realized, and the NX is going to look great in darker colors. (I …
Kevin · May 20th, 2014

BEYOND Article: The RC F Performance Path

The latest issue of Lexus BEYOND Magazine arrived in the mail today, and I’m proud to announce that I have a story in the USA edition. It’s the article on how previous Lexus performance models influenced the RC F super-coupe — the Lexus Drivers website has the full text online: Despite its implied adrenaline-charging sensibilities, …
Kevin · May 13th, 2014

Fresh Green Lexus LFA For Sale (Again)

The Lexus LFA #250 in Fresh Green is now available on the duPont Registry — here are some photos of the vibrant supercar: This is the second time LFA #250 has been up for sale — it was originally sold by Lexus of Orlando last year to a car collector in Ohio. The asking price …
Kevin · May 12th, 2014

Lexus Photos from the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

The Lexus RC F SPORT & RC F GT3 race car debuted at the Geneva Motor Show today, and there’s plenty of photos from the reveal — let’s start off with this Lexus Europe photo gallery from the press conference: There’s a Lexus UK photo gallery on Facebook, here’s a selection of images: There’s also …
Kevin · March 4th, 2014

Sponsored: Show Your Lexus Love

How much do you love your Lexus? Share your stories and photos with Lexus of Smithtown, and you could win a $250 cash prize! Entering is simple — visit the Lexus of Smithtown website for full contest details, including how to submit your entry.
Kevin · February 6th, 2014

Sponsored Post: Lexus Canada Facebook Contest

Lexus Canada is currently running a Facebook contest for a getaway to the Wickaninnish Inn, Canada’s premier five-star resort, including business class air travel to scenic Tofino, British Columbia. Entering is easy — visit the Lexus Canada Facebook page for more details.
Kevin · January 31st, 2014

Explaining the Lexus Spindle Grille

In an interview with Autocar, Lexus chief designer Yasuo Kajino explained the reasoning behind the spindle grille design that’s now seen on every Lexus: “We have a challenge,” he explained. “Lexus is a young brand and our line-up is still very small compared to those of our rivals. We need to get noticed, and the …
Kevin · January 29th, 2014

Lexus RC F GT500 Race Car Revealed at Tokyo Auto Salon

Lexus debuted the RC F GT500 at the Tokyo Auto Salon today, revealing the true identity of their Super GT racecar — Auto Sport Web has some photos: The RC F GT500 is set to participate in the GT500 class of this year’s Super GT, alongside the Honda NSX & Nissan GT-R — more details …
Kevin · January 10th, 2014

Lexus IS F CCS-R is the Benchmark for Future F Performance Models

Motoring Australia interviewed Lexus IS F chief engineer Yukuhiro Yaguchi about the next-generation of F performance models, and learned some interesting details: If you want a taste of the sort of handling and power delivery the new BMW M4-rivaling Lexus RC F coupe is expected to deliver then go and have a drive of the …
Kevin · December 16th, 2013

High Performance Lexus RC F to Debut at Detroit Auto Show?

Drive Australia is reporting that the high performance Lexus RC F will debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January: [RC chief engineer Junichi] Furuyama-san says the new model – which is expected to wear the RC F badge – will boast different styling to the regular RC coupe, including a “bulging” bonnet line to …
Kevin · December 1st, 2013

Photo Gallery: Lexus IS 300h F SPORT in Ultrasonic Blue

Lexus UK has released a nice photo gallery of the Ultrasonic Blue IS 300h F SPORT: While Ultra White may be the F SPORT color of choice nowadays, Ultrasonic Blue would be my first choice, hands down. Looks fantastic. [Source: Lexus UK]
Kevin · October 18th, 2013

Video: Top Gear’s Richard Hammond Drives the 2001 Lexus GS 430

Let’s travel back to the year 2000 with Top Gear’s Richard Hammond reviewing the 2001 Lexus GS 430 for the Men & Motors TV show Much like his review of the LFA nearly a decade later, Hammond focuses on his unfortunate belief that Lexus lacks a soul — regardless, it’s still fun to flashback to …
Kevin · October 4th, 2013

Lexus China Commerical: Living in a CT 200h

Really like this CT 200h commercial from Lexus China: There’s something very authentic about this video and the way it captures the emotion of hybrid technology — job well done.
Kevin · October 3rd, 2013

Driving the 2014 Lexus IS

A couple weeks back, Lexus invited me to Austin, Texas, where I was able to drive the new third-generation Lexus IS.
Kevin · April 3rd, 2013

Lexus LF-LC Blue Concept Debuts in Australia

Lexus has debuted the LF-LC Blue concept at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney — first things first, let’s start with the full press release.
Kevin · October 17th, 2012

Driving the 2013 Lexus ES

After a morning of presentations, which I summarized in my earlier ES article, it was time to start driving, and first up was an Obsidian ES 350.
Kevin · June 4th, 2012

2013 Lexus RX Photo Gallery Leaked

Just moments after posting the official Lexus teaser photo of the 2013 RX 450h F Sport, I discovered that photo galleries of RX 350, RX 450h, & RX F Sport were already making the rounds.
Kevin · March 2nd, 2012

Lexus Magazine Article: 2011 Year in Review

For my latest Lexus Magazine article, I picked my five most important Lexus news stories of 2011, with a bonus mention of the Lexus concept set to debut in Detroit.
Kevin · December 29th, 2011

Japanese Lexus GS 350 F Sport Lighting

While the North American Lexus GS 350 F Sport package won’t be equipped with fog-lamps, that won’t be the case in other parts of the world.
Kevin · November 22nd, 2011

2011 Lexus RX 350 Recalled for VDIM Issue

Lexus has issued a recall for a small number of RX 350s equipped with Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) systems. The issue stems from improper calibration of the hydraulic control valves, which may cause the front right wheel to function incorrectly during ABS (Antilock Braking System) or VSC (Vehicle Stability Control) activation
Kevin · August 3rd, 2011

Lexus: The Relentless Pursuit

Seven years after its original hardcover release, a revised edition of Chester Dawson's book Lexus: The Relentless Pursuit has been released as a paperback, and I have the distinct pleasure of being featured as one of the back cover quotes.
Kevin · July 17th, 2011