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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Lexus LS Pricing Unveiled in Detroit: Significantly More Affordable Than Mercedes S-Class

Lexus just unveiled pricing for the new-generation LS sedan at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. The Japanese four-door is significantly more affordable than its German counterpart, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series. Redesigned from the ground up on a new platform, the latest LS has a sportier design, the most luxurious interior yet, and new V-6 and hybrid drivetrains. Pricing starts from $75,000 before options and special packages.


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“The hybrid version, called the LS 500h, retails from $79,510 with rear-wheel drive and from $82,730 with AWD”

The base model is the LS 500 and comes with rear-wheel-drive. Upgrade to AWD and the sticker jumps from $75,000 to $78,220. Compared to the base Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the LS is a whopping $14,900 less expensive. The difference is smaller when compared to the BMW 7 Series, but the LS is still a solid $8,100 more affordable.

The hybrid version, called the LS 500h, retails from $79,510 with rear-wheel drive and from $82,730 with AWD. Finally, the range-topping LS 500 F Sport comes in at $81,000 with RWD and $84,220 with all-wheel drive.

Lexus also offers five upgrade packages. The Interior Upgrade Package adds quilted-stitch, perforated semi-aniline leather-trimmed interior, 28-way power driver’s seat with multifunction massage, power front seatbelt buckles, and heated rear seats for $3,730 in the LS 500 and LS 500h. Next up is the Luxury Package, which includes 28-way power passenger seat with multifunction massage, passenger-seat power cushion extender, 18-way heated and ventilated power-reclining rear seats with memory, remote adjustment for passenger seat, and four-zone climate concierge. The bundle costs $12,290 for the LS 500 with RWD, $12,270 for the LS 500 with AWD and the LS 500h with RWD, and $12,250 for the LS 500h with AWD.


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More luxury comes from the Executive Package, adding butterfly power-retractable front headrests, 22-way power rear seats with butterfly headrests, memory, and multifunction massage with heat. Available for the LS 500 model only, it costs $17,100 with RWD and $17,080 with AWD. The Executive Package with Kiriko Glass is the most expensive upgrade available, adding Kiriko glass interior door trim and hand-pleated interior trim to the previous bundle. This package fetches $23,100 on the LS 500 RWD, $23,080 on the LS 500 AWD and LS 500h RWD, and $23,060 on the LS 500h AWD. Finally, the F Sport Performance Package adds dynamic rear steering, variable gear-ratio steering, and active stabilizers to the LS 500 F Sport RWD for $9,700.

LS 500 LS 500h LS 500 F SPORT
MSRP* RWD / AWD $75,000 / $78,220 $79,510 / $82,730 $81,000 / $84,220
Interior Upgrade Package
Quilted-stitch, perforated semi-aniline leather-trimmed interior, 28-way power driver’s seat with multifunction massage, power front seatbelt buckles, heated rear seats and more.
$3,730 $3,730 N/A
Luxury Package – 28-way power passenger seat with multifunction massage, passenger-seat power cushion extender, 18-way heated and ventilated power-reclining rear seats with memory, remote adjustment for passenger seat, four-zone climate concierge. $12,290 / $12,270 $12,270 / $12,250 N/A
Executive Package
Butterfly power-retractable front headrests, 22-way power rear seats with butterfly headrests, memory and multifunction massage with heat.
$17,100 / $17,080 N/A N/A
Executive Package with Kiriko Glass
Kiriko glass interior door trim, hand-pleated interior door trim, 22-way power rear seats with butterfly headrests, memory and multifunction massage with heat.
$23,100 / $23,080 $23,080 / $23,060 N/A
F SPORT Performance Package
Dynamic Rear Steering, Variable Gear-Ratio Steering, active stabilizers.
N/A N/A $9,700 RWD
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Lexus LS


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Read our review of the 2018 Lexus LS500


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Read our full review on the 2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport.


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PostHeaderIcon Lexus GS 200t F Sport – Driven

The Lexus GS has been around since 1991, and its latest generation raises the bar for Lexus’ mid-size luxury sedan. The fifth-generation GS debuted for the 2013 model year and underwent a refresh in 2015 as it gained the highly recognizable and polarizing Spindle grille. The refresh also brought the 200t variant and its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. When matched with the available F Sport package, which brings a sport-tuned suspension and more aggressive aesthetics, the GS truly shoulders the role of a proper sports sedan.

I just spent a week behind the wheel of a 2017 GS 200t F Sport covering some 200 miles of mixed driving over familiar Central Florida roads. From the grocery store parking lot to the high-speed Autobahn/demolition derby known as I-4, I put the Lexus through it all. Even the parent pick-up line at the kiddo’s elementary school saw some F Sport action. Here’s how things played out.

Continue reading for my driven review of the 2017 Lexus GS 200t F Sport.

Exterior

  • F Sport package adds aggressive exterior
  • 19-inch wheels with summer tires
  • Adaptive dampers matched with drive modes
  • Passive entry
  • Optional power-lift trunk
  • Optional orange brake calipers

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“The current Lexus GS is a calm, subtle sedan with a somewhat large grille and the personality of a no-nonsense accountant who only makes practical decisions”

The current Lexus GS is a calm, subtle sedan with a somewhat large grille and the personality of a no-nonsense accountant who only makes practical decisions. The F Sport version, however, is like putting that accountant on a protein, carbs, and Red Bull regimen and sending him to the gym six days a week. The sedan’s entire theme moves from calm to confrontational.

The enlarged F Sport grille and side air intakes dominate the car’s face. The more aggressive appearance continues onto the side with sportier-looking 19-inch wheels wrapped in summer performance rubber and big brakes poking from behind the thin spokes.

Around back, the truck gets a deck lid spoiler and the dual exhaust tips are enhanced with chrome trim. A faux diffuser resides between the exhaust, finishing off the GS F Sport’s more menacing styling. For those who want even more, Lexus will happily point you to the V-8-powered GS F.


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“Besides its appearance, the GS offers plenty of functionality, too.”

Besides its appearance, the GS offers plenty of functionality, too. The side mirrors are large and easily dispel blind spots. The Blind Spot Monitoring system helps with that, as well. The large, wide windshield and tall side windows make the cabin feel airy. For those times when the sun is too bright, the rear window has a power-operated shade.

An optional power-operated trunk lid is available and a button on the key fob opens it, as does the button just above the license plate. One complaint, though: the release button is too small and placed far to the right rather than being centered under the Lexus badge. It’s just a poor design that Lexus should have fixed years ago. Thankfully, the touch-sensitive door locks are incredibly easy to use. The doors unlock quickly by reaching behind the handle, even before you have time to start pulling. Locking the doors happens just as quick with a light touch near the front of the handle. It makes getting into and out of the GS very simple.

My GS tester came with the $300 orange brake caliper upgrade. It might not be for everybody, but I really like the splash of color. It also helps accentuate the F Spot’s intended nature.


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Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 112.2 in.
Overall Length 192.1 in.
Overall Width 72.4 in. (mirrors folded)
Overall Height (unloaded) 57.3 in. (AWD 57.9 in.)
Tread Width – Front/Rear 62.0/62.6 in.

Interior

  • F Sport package brings deeper front bucket seats
  • Heated & vented front seats
  • Entune Infotainment system with joystick controller
  • 12.3-inch screen
  • Head-Up display

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“The dash layout is familiar and easy to find controls”

The GS’ interior is typical Lexus – but that’s mostly a good thing. The dash layout is familiar and easy to find controls. The fit and finish is good, too, with the leather feeling soft and the plastics of decent quality. The F Sport package also brings deeper bucket seats with both heating and ventilation. The steering wheel also gets nifty F Sport badge to officially announce the car’s sportiness to the driver.

The back seats are remain the same between the F Sport and conventional GS, but provide a comfy spot to pass the miles. A folding center armrest makes elbows happy, but the fold-up cup holders seem a bit flimsy. Why Lexus chose a coin tray rather than cup holders is beyond me. Another disappointment are the non-folding seatbacks. There is a small pass-through behind the armrest, though.


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“The 12.3-inch screen is pretty and the ability to have a split screen is nice with some menu functions.”

Continuing with the negatives, I’m not too fond of the Entune infotainment system. Its joystick controller works, but isn’t the most user-friendly method of selecting items on the screen. The menus are a bit convoluted, too. It isn’t all bad, though. The 12.3-inch screen is pretty and the ability to have a split screen is nice with some menu functions. You can read more of my thoughts on the Entune system here.

From behind the wheel, the GS proved very comfortable thanks to the vast adjustability of the seat, the power-adjustable steering column, and the placement of the controls and buttons. The interior is also whisper quiet from both wind and road noise. The view outside is pretty good, as well. The large windshield and tall side windows offer good visibility and the blind spot monitoring system helps keep an eye out. The same is true with the lane departure warning and lane keep assist features.


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Interior Dimensions

Headroom – Front/Rear 38.0/37.8 in.
Legroom – Front/Rear 42.3/36.8 in.
Shoulder room – Front/Rear 57.3/55.7 in.
Hip room – Front/Rear 54.5/54.1 in.
EPA Cargo Volume 18.4 cu. ft.

Drivetrain

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
  • 241 horsepower & 258 pound-feet of torque
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 0 – 60 mph in 6.6 seconds
  • F Sport adds larger brakes, adaptive dampers

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“The engine makes a respectable 241 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at only 1,650 rpm”

The Lexus GS has four powertrains to choose from, including the mighty 5.0-liter V-8 in the GS F, the 3.5-liter V-6 in the GS 350, and the V-6 combined with a mild hybrid system in the GS 450h.

Here in the GS 200t – the standard powertrain configurations – power comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The engine makes a respectable 241 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at only 1,650 rpm. The engine’s torque curve stays mostly flat through the rev range, offering a healthy dose of turbo-induced twist up to the peak horsepower.

The engine is a sweet piece of engineering and it doesn’t suffer from the grating noise that often plagues four-cylinders. Its only problem is some slight turbo lag that is exacerbated by the eight-speed automatic transmission’s lackadaisical downshifts on initial acceleration. Thankfully, selecting Sport or Sport+ with the drive mode knob makes things slightly better.


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“The F Sport package adds larger brakes to each corner, with the front getting 14.4-inch, two-piece rotors and four-piston calipers”

The GS 200t isn’t a slouch, though. It will sprint to 60 mph in roughly 6.6 seconds and through the quarter-mile in 14.9 seconds at 95 mph – not bad for a 241-horsepower sedan that weighs nearly 3,900 pounds.

And thanks to the F Sport package, the GS 200t is very good at stopping. The F Sport package adds larger brakes to each corner, with the front getting 14.4-inch, two-piece rotors and four-piston calipers. Pay $300 and Lexus will paint the calipers orange.

The F Sport package also adds adaptive dampers. These shocks cater the ride to the drive modes, offering a smooth ride in Eco and Normal modes, while Sport and Sport+ have sharpened handling. Summer performance tires are included, too.

Fuel economy isn’t generally a big selling point on a $50,000+ luxury sedan, but the 2017 GS 200t doesn’t disappoint. The EPA estimates it gets 21 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined. Premium fuel is recommended. In my hotshoe driving and idling for photos and in the parent pickup line a the kiddo’s school, I averaged 22.4 mpg over 200 miles.


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Drivetrain Specifications

Type, Materials In-line 4-cylinder aluminum block and cylinder heads
Designation 8AR-FTS
Valvetrain DOHC 16-valve with Dual VVT-iW
Displacement 2.0 liter twin-scroll turbocharged with intercooler (1,998 cc; 120.2 cu. in.)
Bore x Stroke 3.39 in x 3.39 in
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Horsepower (SAE) 241 HP @ 5,800 RPM
Torque 258 LB-FT @ 1,650-4,400 RPM
0-60 mph Acceleration 6.6 seconds
Top Speed 143 mph
Estimated Fuel Economy (city/highway/combined mpg) 22/33/26

Pricing


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The GS 200t is the entry point in to the Lexus GS family. It carries a price of $46,310 for the rear-drive model. Adding the F Sport package pushes the price to $53,980. My tester came with a few á la carte options like a color head-up display for $900, the one-touch power trunk for $400, orange brake calipers for $300, Intuitive Park Assist for $500, illuminated door sills for $425, and a bundled cargo package that includes a trunk mat, cargo net, and wheel locks for $225.

Add in the $975 destination fee, and my tester stickers at $57,735.

The Competition

Cadillac CTS 2.0T


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Hailing from America, the Cadillac CTS
has been fighting the Germans and Japanese hard since the current version debuted for 2014. Its sleek “art and science” design gives it a unique flair not seen in its rivals. Its low-slung hood and crisp lines still look fresh four years later. The CTS is offered in several trim levels with four engine options. The Caddy’s interior is plush, though not on the Lexus GS’ level. Many complain about the CUE infotainment system’s slider controls for HVAC and radio settings, too. Still, the CTS is a bonafide luxury sedan.

While the CTS-V with its supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 is the most exciting, the most comparable engine to the GS 200t is the Caddy’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The engine is surprisingly closely matched to the Lexus, offering 268 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque backed by an eight-speed automatic that powers the rear wheels. AWD is available with the 2.0T, unlike the Lexus, which requires the V-6 to spin all four wheels.

The 2018 Cadillac CTS starts at $47,490 and comes standard with the 2.0-liter. Adding AWD adds $2,000. The mid-level Luxury trim starts at $55,190 and adds several welcomed features like heated and vented leather seating, navigation, a 13-speaker sound system, the UltraView sunroof, ambient interior lighting, and a handful of active safety systems. The Premium Luxury trim starts at $60,690 and adds Magnetic Ride Control, a head-up display, a 360 camera system, and tri-zone air conditioning.

Read our full review on the 2017 Cadillac CTS 2.0T.

2018 BMW 530i


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The BMW 5 Series comes in several flavors, including the hybrid 530e iPerformance, the inline-six 540i, the impressive M550i with its twin-turbo V-8, and the mighty M5. For this comparison, though, the 530i with its 2.0-liter turbo-four makes the most sense. Three trim levels are offered, with prices starting at $52,650 – a few grand more than the competition. There is the Sport Line Design, the Luxury Design, and the M Sport Design, the latter of which competes well with the GS’ F Sport package. That pushes the price to $58,000 – only $265 more than my Lexus GS 200t F Sport tester. For even more handling performance, BMW offers the $1,650 Dynamic Handling Package. It includes active dampers, M Sport brakes, and four-wheel steering.

As for that 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, the engine makes 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels, though BMW’s xDrive AWD system is available.

Read our full review on the 2018 BMW 5 Series.

Conclusion


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The 2017 Lexus GS 200t F Sport might not be the newest or most technologically advanced in its class, but it remains highly competitive and a solid performer. It combination of smooth luxury and aggressive appearance match the four-cylinder’s peppy nature and the F Sport suspension’s ability to handle twisty roads. The only letdowns include some turbo lag, a transmission that takes a second to downshift for acceleration, and an infotainment system that isn’t the most user-friendly and isn’t filled with the latest tech like Apple CarPlay or a 360-degree camera system.

Still, the GS 200t (now called the GS 300 for 2018) makes a fantastic, mild-mannered performance luxury sedan. For those wanting more power, the V-6 offers 311 horsepower and the V-8 brings 467, while the GS 450h combines the V-6 with a hybrid system for slightly better fuel economy at 29 mpg city and 34 mpg on the highway.

  • Leave it
    • * Infotainment system needs improvment
    • * Slight turbo lag

References

Lexus GS


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Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus GS.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus GS F.


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Why is Lexus Charging $1,400 for Heated Seats on a $47k Car?


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The Lexus GS 200t’s Infotainment System is its Weak Point


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How the Lexus GS 200t F Sport Compares to the GS F


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Driven Opinion: How the Lexus GS 200t Compares to the Competition

PostHeaderIcon How the Lexus GS 200t F Sport Compares to the GS F

Lexus might be best known for its cushy cars and that unforgettable Spindle grille, but the company has a long list of high-performance vehicles that include the iconic LF-A and a handful of F Performance models. The F stands for Fuji Speedway where the vehicles are developed, but it might was well stand for fun. These models have performance-oriented suspensions, larger brakes, a powerful engine, and more aggressive styling. A perfect example of this is the Lexus GS F. It’s a full-size sedan with a 467-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8, rear-wheel drive, massive Brembo brakes, and looks to kill.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is the Lexus GS 200t – the same sedan but powered by a 241-horsepower turbo-four. While the cars couldn’t be more different, Lexus offers something in the middle: the F Sport package. This adds 19-inch wheels, larger brakes with high-friction pads, an adaptive suspension system, variable ratio steering, and a body kit that closely resembles the GS F’s.

This week happens to have a 2017 Lexus GS 200t F Sport in my driveway, and I wanted to explore the differences between it and the all-out GS F, especially haven driven both.

Continue reading for the quick comparison.

Exterior

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“It might take a Lexus expert to spot the differences between the GS F Sport and the GS F when seen separately, but when put together, the differences become noticeable”

It might take a Lexus expert to spot the differences between the GS F Sport and the GS F when seen separately, but when put together, the differences become noticeable. Up front, the GS F has larger air intakes below the headlights. The Spindle grilles are actually pretty similar, though the GS F uses some carbon fiber trim along the bottom.

Around the sides, the front fenders have a massive vent slotted right behind the front wheels. This functional piece helps evacuate air from within the wheel well, put there by the brake ducts designed to keep the big Brembos cool. A more pronounced rocker panel skirt follows the vented fender, giving the GS F a more planted look.

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“Around back, the GS F uses stacked, quad exhaust pipes and a carbon fiber deck lid spoiler to denote its high-performance nature”

Around back, the GS F uses stacked, quad exhaust pipes and a carbon fiber deck lid spoiler to denote its high-performance nature. A smaller details are the gray mirror caps that stand apart from the seven available body colors – well, except for Smoky Granite Mica color.

The most noticeable different, however, are the wheels. The GS F comes with 19-inch, 10-spoke wheels, while the GS F Sport comes with 19-inch five-spoke wheels with thicker, less intricate spokes.

As for things the GS F Sport doesn’t have, well, its basically the opposite the GS F. It has smaller openings below the headlights, standard GS front fenders, less pronounced rocker panels, body-colored side mirrors, a body-colored decklid spoiler, and integrated oval dual exhaust tips.

Interior

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“The GS F comes with carbon fiber trim; suede inserts on the center console, dash and door panels; and deep bucket seats with uniquely stitched leather.”

Like the exterior, the GS 200t F Sport and GS F share the same basic interior layout. The differences are in the details. The GS F comes with carbon fiber trim; suede inserts on the center console, dash and door panels; and deep bucket seats with uniquely stitched leather. The GS F also boasts a gauge cluster much like the LF-A supercar. It has a small speedometer on the right, a large tachometer in the center, and an information screen on the left. The standard GS and GS F Sport’s gauges look similar, but replace the speedometer for fuel level and coolant temperature, which in all honesty, is a much better use of space. Both cars have digital speed readouts inside the tach and a head-up display with a digital speedometer is optional.

As for the GS 200t F Sport, it comes with comfort-oriented seats, aluminum-style trim, and leather covering all the spots where suede would be on the GS F. And beyond the gauge cluster, the rest of the interior is basically identical, including the large, 12.3-inch infotainment system and odd joystick controller.

Drivetrain


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“The GS 200t comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 241 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at only 1,650 rpm.”

Of course, the biggest differences between the GS 200t F Sport and GS F are the drivetrains. The GS 200t comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 241 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at only 1,650 rpm. Conversely, the GS F comes with Lexus’ familiar 5.0-liter making substantially more power at 467 horses at 7,100 rpm and 389 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. And though the GS F trails its super sedan competition like the Cadillac CTS-V and BMW M5, its naturally aspirated engine loves to rev and sounds good doing it.

Both the GS 200t and GS F use an eight-speed automatic transmission and pump power to the rear wheels.


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“The GS F comes with Lexus’ familiar 5.0-liter making substantially more power at 467 horses at 7,100 rpm and 389 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm”

As for performance the GS F sprints to 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds and through the quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds at 113 mph and onto a top speed of 168 mph. The GS 200t F Sport needs 6.6 seconds to hit 60 mph and 14.9 seconds to complete the quarter-mile at 95 mph. Its top speed is governed at 143 mph.

Last but not least, the GS F uses a sophisticated electronic rear differential with torque vectoring to help in cornering. The GS 200t F Sport gets an open differential, though by graduating to the GS 350 F Sport opens up the optional Torsen limited-slip differential ($500) and the Dynamic Handling System with rear-wheel steering ($1,700). The GS F isn’t even available with the rear-wheel steering.

Suspension and Brakes


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“The GS F rides on "F-Adaptive Variable Suspension" that’s tuned for a sharper ride and better cornering”

The GS F is clearly designed to handle track time and high-speed cruising. It rides on “F-Adaptive Variable Suspension” that’s tuned for a sharper ride and better cornering. It uses forged aluminum control arms and steering knuckles up front and massive, six-piston Brembo brakes clamping 14.9-inch slotted and vented rotors. Out back, four-piston Bembos clamp on 13.5-inch slotted and vented rotors. The GS F also rides on wider, sticker summer performance tires measuring 255/35R19 up front and 275/35R19 in back.

The GS 200t F Sport might not be that quick in a straight line, but its F Sport package does wonders for its handling prowess compared to the standard GS sedan. Of course, it can’t match the GS F’s road-holding abilities. The GS 200t F Sport uses a similar Adaptive Variable Suspension system that get the “F Sport tune” rather than the “F tune.” Lexus doesn’t dive into the specific calibration differences. The GS 200t F Sport uses 14.0-inch, two-piece brake rotors up front with four-piston calipers. The rear brakes measure 12.2 inches in diameter and come with single-piston sliding calipers. The F Sport still comes with summer performance tires, but they are narrower at 235/40R19 in front and 265/35R19 in back. Both cars share the same electronic power steering system with 2.8 turns to lock.


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“The GS 200t F Sport uses a similar Adaptive Variable Suspension system that get the “F Sport tune” rather than the “F tune.””

According to Car & Driver, the GS F manages an impressive 0.93 g on their 300-foot road-holding skidpad, while the GS 200t F Sport manages a slightly milder 0.86 g in the same test. Interestingly, there is a big difference in curb weights between the two cars, as well. The GS 200t F Sport C&D tested weighted 3,869 pounds while the GS F weighted a porky 4,128 pounds. Lexus claims the GS F only weights 4,034 pounds.

Pricing


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“The GS F starts at $84,350 – a full $30,370 more expensive than the GS 200t F Sport”

While the 2017 GS 200t starts at $46,310, adding the F Sport package pushes the price to $53,980. The GS F, on the other hand, starts at $84,350 – a full $30,370 more expensive than the GS 200t F Sport. That’s a hefty jump, though it’s undeniable the vastness of the performance jump between the cars, too.

For someone who wants a serious sports sedan but isn’t keen on Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz or Porsche, the Lexus GS F proves to a solid choice. For those who would rather carve corners than drag race or do long drifts around some bendy autocross circuit, the GS 200t F Sport is the better choice. For those in the middle, Lexus has the GS 350 F Sport with its 3.5-liter V-6 making 311 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. For those wanting to be green, Lexus also has an F Sport package for the GS 450h and its hybrid drivetrain.

Behind the Wheel

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So far, we’ve covered all the objective facts between the two GS models. Now it’s time for sliding behind the wheel and getting a feel for them.

Both cars feel incredibly similar thanks to the shared dashboard design, infotainment system, and related gauge clusters. Even the steering system are the same, offering the same number of turns from lock to lock and connected feel doing down the road. There is zero on-center vagueness and both cars start dancing at the slightest turn of their leather-wrapped wheels.

The first big noticeable difference is the seats. The GS F has thickly bolstered front bucket seats while the GS 200t F Sport has cushier padding and less contrast stitching. Once moving the power level quickly becomes apparent. The GS F will rocket away, accelerating very rapidly to extra-legal speeds. The 241-horsepower GS 200t takes a bit more time. Between the somewhat slow-shifting transmission and slight turbo lag, the GS 200t takes few milliseconds to get moving, even with the throttle jabbed quickly to the floor. The naturally aspirated, 487-horsepower GS F doesn’t have that problem.

The differences in braking and road-holding are nominal on the street and would need a racetrack in order to illuminate the GS F’s advantages. Just tooling around the streets will never explore the GS 200t F Sport’s brakes full capabilities, let alone the GS F’s big Brembos.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed.com for more on the 2017 GS 200t F Sport and check below for our previous coverage.

References

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The Lexus GS 200t’s Infotainment System is its Weak Point

PostHeaderIcon The Lexus GS 200t’s Infotainment System is its Weak Point

This week has a 2017 Lexus GS 200t in my driveway, and while there are many admirable qualities about this full-size luxury sedan, its infotainment system isn’t one of them. It’s called the Lexus Enform system, and it’s been around for a while. It relies on a joystick-like controller to scroll and click through menus. The system helps guide the joystick to menu buttons and selectable options like the planchette on an Ouija board.

Making the situation worse is the menu layout within the infotainment system due to a cluttered-looking screen with fonts of varying sizes. But the worst grievance by far is imputing addresses into the navigation system. It just takes too much patience and time. Thankfully, voice commands are able to help. On the other hand, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are nowhere to be found.

Continue reading for more information.

There Is Still Plenty To Like


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“The Lexus Enform system works, but it’s not the most intuitive infotainment system on the market, or the most capable”

Admittedly, I’ve gotten pretty good at using the Enform system and its controller over the years thanks to the numerous Lexus vehicles I’ve tested, but its learning curve is rather steep. While familiarity makes for an easier time, car shoppers might be detracted by its initial complexity, and new owners might have to break out the owner’s manual before fully understanding its functions.

The Enform system does have some redeeming traits, though. Its large, 12.3-inch display is handsome, and the split-screen view within some menu pages is a nice touch. Navigation maps view full screen is also pretty attractive. I’m also happy Lexus didn’t bury the HVAC controls within Enform. Rather, the most used functions get their own buttons on the dash.


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“Lexus also did a great job at making the joystick feel nice in your hand”

Lexus also did a great job at making the joystick feel nice in your hand. The leather-wrapped palm pad is curved just right, and the joystick falls nicely at the fingertips.

One helpful trick that makes using the joystick more tolerable is adjusting the force-feedback function. It’s basically turning down the “planchette’s pull” and making it not so strong when gravitating to different menu buttons. The adjustment is made in the settings menu and is one of the first changes I make in every Lexus tester.

Here’s the thing: the Lexus Enform system works, but it’s not the most intuitive infotainment system on the market, or the most capable. Lexus has some ground to make up in this department, though the rest of the GS is rather impressive.

I’ll be writing more on the 2017 Lexus GS 200t in the coming week, so stick around to TopSpeed.com for more.

References

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Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus GS.


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Why is Lexus Charging $1,400 for Heated Seats on a $47k Car?

PostHeaderIcon Why is Lexus Charging $1,400 for Heated Seats on a $47k Car?

There are a few features shoppers tend to expect come standard when buying a luxury sedan. Power window, power locks, leather seats, push-button starting – these have turned from extra-cost options to basic necessities in a vehicle billed as luxury. Apparently, Lexus didn’t get the memo with the GS sedan as heated and vented seats are bundled in the $1,400 Premium Package, along with the power rear sunshade and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

But there’s a logical reason Lexus does this.

The Premium Package is technically only available on the GS 200t and GS 350. It comes as standard equipment on the GS 200t F Sport, GS 350 F Sport, GS 450h, and GS 450h F Sport. In other words, only the base trims come without the Premium Package and its heated and vented seats. That brings up Lexus’ reasoning. Without the added cost of those features, Lexus is able to price the 2017 GS 200t at $47,305, which is well beneath the starting prices of the GS’ main competitors, the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Jaguar XF, and Audi A6. The base GS with no options provides that luxury car look and feel, but at a more affordable price and without many of the gadgets some folks might not want. It’s all about packages and the base price.

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Here’s What’s Included with my 2017 Lexus GS 200t F Sport Tester


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“Heated and vented seats are bundled in the $1,400 Premium Package, along with the power rear sunshade and rain-sensing windshield wipers.”

Selecting the F Sport package on the GS 200t sedan adds roughly $7,600 to the price. Though a hefty option, the F Sport makes several options come as standard equipment, including the aforementioned Premium Package. It also adds several go-fast bits to the suspension and brakes, along with a more aggressive exterior appearance and interior adornments. My tester also includes the $1,730 Navigation Package with turn-by-turn directions.

Beyond those packages, the GS 200t F Sport offers several á la carte options like a color head-up display for $900, the one-touch power trunk for $400, orange brake calipers for $300, Intuitive Park Assist for $500, illuminated door sills for $425, and a bundled cargo package that includes a trunk mat, cargo net, and wheel locks for $225.

All told, my tester stickers at $57,735, which includes the $975 destination fee.

References

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Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus GS.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus GS F.

PostHeaderIcon Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept Coming To Detroit as Flagship SUV

Lexus confirmed it will bring a new concept car at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show in January and already released a couple of teasers. While the first image showed the rear end of a crossover with thin headlamps and a sporty tailgate, the second video gives us a glimpse at the vehicle’s front end. Described as a “flagship crossover,” the LF-1 Limitless boasts an evolution of the company’s current design language, sporting a huge “Spindle” grille and a very aggressive headlamps design. While still somewhat similar to the existing units due to the Z-shaped layout of the LED strips, the concept car also features orange lights that descend into the bumper, on the outer edges. It’s a unique look and a clear hint that Lexus is using this concept car to introduce its next-generation design language.

“Lexus didn't reveal any details outside the name, but the "flagship" description could mean that the LF-1 Limitless preview the four-generation LX”

Unfortunately, Lexus didn’t reveal any details outside the name, but the “flagship” description could mean that the LF-1 Limitless preview the four-generation LX, the company’s largest SUV. Based on the latest Toyota Land Cruiser, the third-gen LX is already ten years old as of 2017, with the latest update introduced in 2015. A complete redesign is necessary and likely to arrive in 2018, which leads me to believe that the concept car previews the new LX. The “L” in the “LF-1” name also suggests that we’re dealing with a full-size SUV. The LF-1 Limitless will be unveiled on January 15, 2018, and we’ll review the concept vehicle as soon as the official details are out.

The LX is one of Lexus’ most important crossovers. It’s been around since 1995 and went through two major redesigns until now. U.S. sales drop from almost 8,000 units in 2008 to less than 4,000 per year between 2009 and 2011, but the LX managed to move more than 5,000 examples a year in 2016 and 2017. It’s definitely a good time to build on the momentum.

References


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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Lexus LF-1 Limitless Teased for NAIAS Debut

Don’t let the name fool you. Lexus LF-1 Limitless is not a new LF-A sort of concept, nor even a plain old sports car. It’s yet another bloody crossover set to be revealed at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. It will preview the look future Lexus SUVs. 

Lexus, of course, tries to make this concept more important than it really is. They say it “reflects the next genre in luxury crossover vehicles.” That must mean that car has some revolutionary design features, which we highly doubt. After all, there is only so many ways you can twist a crossover shape without turning it into something else completely. So no, you don’t have to worry about your mind getting blown at the mere sight of this thing. You may not even notice it’s new.

Lexus LF-1 Limitless is conceived at the car maker’s CALTY design studio in Southern California. You could probably guess that since they have painted it Trump Orange. To be honest we would have much preferred if it was designed in Japan, because then at least we could have counted on some exquisite little detail. Still, we should probably wait until at least they reveal this “flagship crossover” in full before whacking it mercilessly. It’s just the name LF-1 is so intriguing, we kinda wish it belonged to something more dramatic than a compact SUV.

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Lexus LX Two-Row Only Available in One Trim; Limited Options

If you’ve ever shopped for a Toyota 86 or anything under the now-defunct Scion brand, you’ll know they only come in one trim level and options are very scarce. It’s Toyota’s way of simplifying the purchase experience while making production easier thanks to far fewer build combinations. Well, Lexus is at it again with the 2019 LX 570 Two-Row.

If you haven’t heard, Lexus is now offering its swanky LX 570 without the third-row seats at a $5,000 reduced price. The mono-spec trim accompanies the changes by including the four-zone climate control system normally included with the $1,190 Luxury Package. Unfortunately, it seems the optional heated and vented second-row seats are not available or is the dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system.

Still, the 2019 Lexus LX 570 offers a laundry list of standard comfort and convenience items expected with an $85,000 price tag. Thankfully, the LX 570 Two-Row doesn’t lose any off-road prowess. It continues to come with the full-time 4WD system, locking center differential, CRAWL Control, Multi-Terrain Select, Turn Assist, and hill descent and hill start assist. The familiar 5.7-liter V-8 remains and continues to produce 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. Though it has an eight-speed automatic transmission, the LX 570 can only muster 13 mpg city, 18 mpg highway, and 15 mpg combined on premium gas.

So what’s the big deal? Well, it provides shoppers with an easier time at dealerships since the only choices are interior and exterior color options. Unlike its competitors like the Cadillac Escalade and Range Rover, the LX might be a godsend for the indecisive.

  • 14-way power adjustable driver’s seat includes dual-function lumbar and cushion extender
  • 12-way power front passenger’s seat features lumbar adjustment.
  • Easy Access system automatically retracts the steering wheel and moves the driver’s seat rearward when the ignition is switched off; both return to their preset memory positions the next time the driver is seated and starts the ignition.
  • The 40/20/40 split, power-sliding second-row seat slides forward and aft 3.5 inches for passenger comfort and cargo storage versatility. Folding the seatbacks increases total cargo space to 50.5 cu. ft.
  • Split rear tailgate design features a power upper door, while the bottom section raises and lowers with minimal effort.
  • Lexus Enform Safety Connect includes an Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, and Stolen Vehicle Notification.
    The Lexus Enform response center operates 24/7/365.
  • Lexus Enform Service Connect (complimentary 10-year subscription now included), enables the LS to send alerts for specific factory recommended maintenance, simultaneously alerting a preferred Lexus retailer.
  • With Lexus Enform Remote (one-year trial subscription included), the customer can remotely view and control certain aspects of the vehicle using a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Once registered, the app can operate remote door lock/unlock; remote stop/start for the engine and climate control; vehicle finder, guest driver monitor, and more.
  • The complimentary Lexus Enform App Suite app offer access to favorite mobile applications through the vehicle’s center console display, including Pandora®, iHeartRadio, Slacker, and Yelp.
  • Lexus Enform Destination Assist (complimentary for one year) acts as an in-car personal concierge, providing directions and destinations delivered by a live agent.

References

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Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus LX 570.


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PostHeaderIcon Eject-O Seat-O: 2019 Lexus LX Drops Third Row and $5,000 Off the Sticker

Remember when Chevrolet announced the 2018 Tahoe Custom a few months ago? It comes without the third-row seats and a $3,750 cheaper price tag. Well, Lexus is running that exact play with its biggest SUV, the LX570. For 2019, Lexus is offering the LX in a two-row version with a whopping $5,000 off the MSRP.

It’s called the Lexus LX570 Two-Row, and it will start at $84,980. The uninspired name aside, the new model is aimed at customers who don’t need seating for seven or who need extra cargo space. A positive side effect of losing the rear seats is an added 5.8 cubic feet of cargo room for a new maximum of 50.5 cubic feet. Lexus also makes the roof rack and rails standard equipment here, too.

The rest of the 2019 Lexus LX 570 remains unchanged. Power comes from the venerable but outdated 5.7-liter V-8 making 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic feeds power to the full-time 4WD system. Towing remains at 7,000 pounds, and fuel economy is stagnate at 13 mpg city, 18 mpg highway, and 15 mpg combined. Premium gas is required, but that probably isn’t a concert for shoppers willing to spend $85,000 on a full-size, body-on-frame SUV.

Lexus will continue selling the seven-passenger, three-row LX 570 alongside the new two-row version. Expect to see both 2019 versions in dealerships sometime in mid-2018.


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  • 14-way power adjustable driver’s seat includes dual-function lumbar and cushion extender; 12-way power front passenger’s seat features lumbar adjustment.
  • Easy Access system automatically retracts the steering wheel and moves the driver’s seat rearward when the ignition is switched off; both return to their preset memory positions the next time the driver is seated and starts the ignition.
  • The 40/20/40 split, power-sliding second-row seat slides forward and aft 3.5 inches for passenger comfort and cargo storage versatility. Folding the seatbacks increases total cargo space to 50.5 cu. ft.
  • Split rear tailgate design features a power upper door, while the bottom section raises and lowers with minimal effort.

References

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Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus LX 570.


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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Lexus RX L Offers Three Rows of Seating for 6 or 7 and Tri-Zone Climate Control

Lexus has debuted a new, long-wheelbase version of its insanely popular RX luxury crossover. The new vehicle is stretched by 4.3 inches to make room for a power-folding third row with two seats. This brings the total seat count to seven – a first for a Lexus crossover. Optionally, second-row captain’s chairs add more comfort and easier access to the third row while bringing the seat count to six. Not surprisingly, Lexus calls this elongated version the RX L.

In addition to the extra two seats, the RX L comes with a tri-zone climate control system with vents for all three rows. Headroom is said to be respectable for third-row passengers thanks to a raised roof height and taller, more upright tailgate. Despite the design change, the RX retains its swoopy yet angular appearance.

The RX L will offer both gasoline and gasoline-hybrid powertrains. The RX 350L uses the newish but familiar 3.5-liter V-6 with 290 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and FWD is standard and Lexus’ Dynamic Torque Control AWD system. The RX 450L hybrid uses the same V-6 but adds an electric motor and 37-kW battery that bumps horsepower to 308. The hybrid uses a continuously variable transmission, and AWD comes standard.

The 2018 Lexus RX L will go on sale before 2017 ends for a starting price of $47,670. Adding AWD knocks the prices to $49,070. Pricing for the hybrid hasn’t been announced. Lexus will continue selling the standard, two-row RX, allowing customers to choose which best suits their needs. Both versions offer the same exterior and interior color choices and list of optional features.

References

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Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus RX.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus RX L.


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PostHeaderIcon Lexus RXL

The mid-size Lexus RX premium crossover has been around for almost two straight decades now, first hitting U.S. shores in the late ‘90s. Since its debut, Lexus has ushered in four generations, with the latest dropping in 2015. Now, it’s time for a refresh, and Lexus is providing just that with the latest 2018 model year. We’re still waiting for all the details, but the big news so far is the addition of third-row seating, bringing total passenger capacity to seven, a much-needed update for the top-selling model. Indeed, the Lexus RX is one of the segment’s most popular entries, and a seven-seater option has been expected for quite some time now. In addition to the added practicality, the RX will continue to offer efficient hybrid power and AWD grip, both features that should find their way to the new three-row model as well. The uniquely sharp exterior styling is expected to continue on more or less unchanged, as will the high-end luxury and technology inside the cabin.

Updating the RX with new seven-seat practicality is a good move for Lexus, giving customers a shot at greater seating capacity without stepping up to the larger V-8-powered Lexus LX and Lexus GX. We should get the full rundown on the 2018 Lexus RXL next week at the Los Angeles Show, but for now, read on for our speculative review.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 RX 350L.

Exterior

  • Same sharp exterior styling
  • Bright LED headlights
  • Added length behind C-pillars
  • Same wheelbase as before

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Note: 2017 model year Lexus RX pictured here.

“Going into the 2018 model year, we don’t expect the Lexus to change a whole lot”

When Lexus debuted the fourth-gen RX in 2015 at the New York International Auto Show, the updated exterior styling was immediately polarizing. While some praised the hyper-aggressive frontend and large Spindle Grille, others derided it as too busy and angular. However, customers ate it up, and sales increased overall.

Going into the 2018 model year, we don’t expect the Lexus to change a whole lot. The headlights should still be sharp and narrow, while the front intake will dominate the crossover’s nose. Lower creases will broaden the chin’s visual width, while in the flanks, lower character lines will combine with a “floating roof design” to give the RXL the appearance of a sporty, forward-leaning rake. LED headlights will light the way forward. Alloy wheels measured at 18 inches in diameter will take up residence under the fenders, most likely with a selection of new designs to boot. 20-inch rollers will be an available option. Changes will most likely be minimal – reshaped corner intakes, new rear bumper trim, new exterior color options, and similar enhancements.

“Rumor has it the new third-row model will be a bit a bit longer behind the C-pillars to accommodate the extra passenger spots.”

However, rumor has it the new third-row model will be a bit a bit longer behind the C-pillars to accommodate the extra passenger spots. At the moment, the Lexus is sized at 4,890 mm (192.5 inches) in length, but reports indicate an increase to 5,050 mm (198.8 inches), which is an additional 160 mm (6.3 inches) total. If the RXL is a bit longer, that wouldn’t be a surprise at all – the rear end kinda needs extra metal to squeeze in those extra two seats, especially if the model hopes to offer any sort of rear cargo room as well.

The rest of the exterior dimensions should remain the same, including the wheelbase. To give you an idea what that means, we’ve included the current model’s exterior dimension below.

2017 Lexus RX Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 2,789 mm (109.8 inches)
Length 4,890 mm (192.5 inches)
Width 1,895 mm (74.6 inches)
Height 1,720 mm (67.7 inches)

Interior

  • High-end materials like leather, brushed metal, and wood
  • Should include latest suite of safety technology
  • Rearmost headroom might be a bit cramped

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Note: 2017 Lexus RX interior pictured here.

“Going into 2018, we wouldn’t be surprised if Lexus tossed in new safety technology features.”

Like the exterior, we think the 2018 RXL’s cabin will be mostly a carryover from the 2017 Lexus RX. That means a broad horizontal layout with a prominent 12.3-inch multimedia screen mounted tall on the dash. An analog clock can be found below the screen, flanked on either side by square air vents. Hard buttons make up the center console, while the central tunnel gets the shifter, a duo of cup holders, and further controls for the infotainment system. A digital readout is found in the gauge cluster, while options include a full-color heads-up display to give it that extra high-tech vibe. There’s also an available rear entertainment package with dual digital screens mounted to the backs of the front seats. The Lexus Enform system offers further connectivity features.

Going into 2018, we wouldn’t be surprised if Lexus tossed in new safety technology features. As is, the Lexus RX offers a panoramic view monitor, parking assist, and blind spot monitor.

Interior materials will include all the usual good stuff, like leather upholstery, brushed metal for the surrounds, and lots of wood trim as well.

“In terms of interior space, we’re willing to bet that passengers seated on the new third row will be a bit cramped in the headroom department.”

In terms of interior space, we’re willing to bet that passengers seated on the new third row will be a bit cramped in the headroom department. Even with its extended length, the RX’s sloping roofline in the rear will inevitably impact comfort back there. What’s more, legroom for the middle passengers might get a little more cramped as well after adding an entire third row behind.

Note that the seven-seater incorporates two passengers in front, three in the middle, and two in the rear. To give you a better idea how this upgrade might work in the previous five-seater, we’ve listed the current RX’s interior dimensions below.

2017 Lexus RX Interior Dimensions

Headroom (front / rear) (Inches) 39.4/39.1
Legroom (front / rear) (Inches) 44.1/38
Shoulder room (front / rear) (Inches) 57.8/57.6
Hip room (front / rear) (Inches) 56.6/56.1

Drivetrain

  • Base model gets 3.5-liter V-6
  • Hybrid adds an electric motor to the 3.5-liter V-6
  • Is a sport model in the cards?

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Note: 2017 Lexus RX engine pictured here.

“Under the hood, not much should change with the RXL, with Lexus offering the same engines and specs as the standard five-seater RX model”

Under the hood, not much should change with the RXL, with Lexus offering the same engines and specs as the standard five-seater RX model. Peak output is rated at 295 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque for the base model, with features like four camshafts, four valves per cylinder, and dual variable valve timing keeping it honest.

Routing the power to the front axle is an eight-speed automatic transmission, enabling a run to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds and top speed of 124 mph. Mileage figures look like 20 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined. Extra outlay will get you AWD, which adds grip, but makes the crossover a bit slower to 60 mph (7.9 seconds) and a bit less efficient with the dino juice (19 mph city, 26 mpg highway, 22 mph combined).

“If you’re feeling saucy, Lexus also offers a “Sport” iteration that adds more aggressive suspension tuning, wheels, tires, and brakes, but it’s uncertain whether such an upgrade will be offered with the longer RXL.”

If you’re feeling saucy, Lexus also offers a “Sport” iteration that adds more aggressive suspension tuning, wheels, tires, and brakes, but it’s uncertain whether such an upgrade will be offered with the longer RXL. We think it’s unlikely, given the practicality focus of adding a third row, but you never know – folks love their sporty crossovers, these days.

“The hybrid model adds a single electric motor to the standard 3.5-liter V-6, padding output and efficiency in the process.”

Next up, we have the hybrid model, which adds a single electric motor to the standard 3.5-liter V-6, padding output and efficiency in the process. Routing the muscle is an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT). Output comes to 308 horses, while mileage looks like 31 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 30 mpg combined. AWD comes as standard with the hybrid, with the run to 60 mph taking 7.9 seconds and top speed rated at 112 mph.

Look for all these numbers to carryover with the RXL, possibly with a few minor updates where appropriate (a few extra horsepower here, a few extra mpg there).

2017 Lexus RX Engine And Performance Specs

Engine configuration Naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6, hybrid 3.5-liter V-6
Drivetrain FWD, AWD
Transmission Eight-speed automatic, CVT
0-to-60 mph 7.7 seconds, 7.9 seconds
Top speed 124 mph, 112 mph
Mileage (mpg, city/highway/combined) 20/27/23, 31/28/30

Prices


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While final pricing has yet to be announced, we aren’t expecting a huge jump for the extended third-row model – perhaps just a couple thousand more at most. As is, the Lexus RX starts at $43,220 for the FWD RX 350, while tossing in AWD bumps that up to $44,620. Go for the RX 350 Sport, and you’re looking at $49,120 for the FWD model and $50,520 for the AWD model. Finally, the hybrid will run ‘ya $53,035, while the hybrid sport is $56,495.

Competition


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Audi Q7

Recently revised for the 2017 model year, the Q7 gets all the good stuff that Audi can stuff into its mid-size dimensions. Outside the styling is handsome, with simple design features that look on par with the Four Ring brand’s current crop of vehicles, including a large Singleframe grille in the nose and lots of squared shapes front to back. Inside, the cabin gets a fresh layout that looks equally appealing, arriving with lots of leather, aluminum, and wood. Several engine selections are on tap, including a 3.0-liter diesel, 3.0-liter gas, and 2.0-liter gas options. There’s also a hybrid option, if you’re so inclined.

Read our full review on the 2018 Audi Q7.

Volvo XC90


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Long story short, the critics love the XC90. Not only does it look great outside, with its sleek front fascia, LED headlights, and powerful proportions, but it gets even better inside, where the Swedes bring the heat with elegance and refinement on par or exceeding that of its European rivals. The technology onboard is extensive and cutting-edge, with lots of features keeping it safe, while five individual powertrains are offered under the hood. Both diesels and gas options make the cut, but the most powerful of the bunch is the T8 hybrid, offering as much as 400 horsepower and 472-pound-feet of torque.

Read our full review on the 2017 Volvo XC90

Conclusion


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Note: 2017 Lexus RX pictured here.

“This segment is still brimming with opportunity for those automakers willing to explore new niches, and the RX looks to fill about every nook and cranny with the RXL.”

Adding an extra row to the uber-popular Lexus RX is a natural evolution for the mid-size crossover. Not only will it expand the practicality and appeal of the model, but it will also do well to broaden the brand’s current crossover offerings overall. This segment is still brimming with opportunity for those automakers willing to explore new niches, and the RX looks to fill about every nook and cranny with the RXL. A hybrid option is definitely in the cards at this point, and who knows, maybe a sport version will drop as well.

The only potential drawback we could see is pricing, especially with so many competitors waiting in the wings to scoop up missed sales. That said, we don’t think Lexus will fumble on this one – it seems like a pretty straightforward upgrade to add that rear bench, so the price tag shouldn’t get too much of an increase. Stay tuned for an update after the LA Auto Show.

  • Leave it
    • Polarizing styling
    • Seemingly endless number of competitors
    • Might be a bit cramped on the rear bench

References

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2017 Lexus RC F Limited Edition

Founded less than 30 years ago as of 2017, Lexus has come a long way in the luxury market, now offering quite a few models that can give production from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi a run for their money. The Japanese company has been growing so fast it’s already celebrating a full decade since it launched its first performance-oriented vehicle wearing the now familiar “F” badge. To mark the anniversary, Lexus launched two limited-edition models at the2017 Tokyo Motor Show, one of which is the RC F Limited Edition.

While the name might not be very inspiring, this RC F has plenty of new features to brag about. From a wide array of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body elements to an exclusive upholstery layout and upgraded suspension, the limited-edition coupe proves that the RC F has yet to reach its full potential. Unfortunately, this beefed-up two-door won’t make it to the United States, but you’ll have to keep on reading to learn more about that.

Read more about the Lexus RC F limited edition.

What makes the Lexus RC F limited edition special

  • CFRP body parts
  • Upgraded splitter and diffuser
  • Matte grey paint
  • Heat Blue upholstery
  • White contrast stitching
  • CFRP trim inside the cabin
  • Performance shock absorbers
  • Titanium mufflers
  • Limited to only 50 units

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“The special-edition RC F stands out thanks to a range of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) elements”

While exterior modifications are far from radical, the special-edition RC F stands out thanks to a range of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) elements. Up front, we can see the lightweight material at each corner of the bumper, in the form of race-inspired winglets. Adding to the fact that they are made from CFRP, these elements aren’t fitted on the standard RC F either, so it’s more than just a material upgrade. The engine hood is also made from CFRP, which should translate into significant weight loss. The fact that it has a transparent finish that shows the carbon layer makes it that much better.

More CFRP goodness is visible on the sides, where Lexus replaced both the side skirts and the front fender intake covers with this material. Just like the hood, it has a glossy transparent finish. The standard model has these elements painted in the same color as the body, so they don’t stand out as much. Around back, both the diffuser and the lower bumper now feature CFRP elements. What’s more, the diffuser has a redesigned center section with three small fins. The spoiler was seen on the standard model.

To top things off, Lexus painted the car in matte grey for a nice contrast with the glossy CFRP elements.


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“Called Heat Blue, the new interior color adorns the steering wheel, the seats, the gear shift knob, and the center console”

Inside, the limited-edition is pretty much standard business, but Lexus did introduce a new, exclusive color. Called Heat Blue, this light blue color adorns the steering wheel, the seats, the gear shift knob, and the side panels of the center console. There’s blue leather atop the instrument cluster hood too, as well as blue stitching in the door panels, The steering wheel, the dashboard, the seats, and the shifter have contrasting white stitching. Finally, there’s carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic trim on the door panels and atop the glove compartment door.

Lexus mentioned no upgrades under the hood, so it’s safe to assume that it features the same 5.0-liter V-8 as the regular model. The naturally aspirated unit cranks out 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque and pushes the coupe from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. Top speed is limited to 170 mph. However, the limited-edition RC F gained lightweight titanium mufflers and performance shock absorbers. So, while it might not be quicker in a straight line, it will provide improved steering stability, which means it should be a bit quicker on the race track.


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“The limited-edition RC F gained lightweight titanium mufflers and performance shock absorbers”

Production is limited to only 50 units, all of which will be sold in Japan. Pricing information is not available as of this writing.

References

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2017 Lexus RC F Limited Edition

Founded less than 30 years ago as of 2017, Lexus has come a long way in the luxury market, now offering quite a few models that can give production from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi a run for their money. The Japanese company has been growing so fast it’s already celebrating a full decade since it launched its first performance-oriented vehicle wearing the now familiar “F” badge. To mark the anniversary, Lexus launched two limited-edition models at the2017 Tokyo Motor Show, one of which is the RC F Limited Edition.

While the name might not be very inspiring, this RC F has plenty of new features to brag about. From a wide array of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body elements to an exclusive upholstery layout and upgraded suspension, the limited-edition coupe proves that the RC F has yet to reach its full potential. Unfortunately, this beefed-up two-door won’t make it to the United States, but you’ll have to keep on reading to learn more about that.

Read more about the Lexus RC F limited edition.

What makes the Lexus RC F limited edition special

  • CFRP body parts
  • Upgraded splitter and diffuser
  • Matte grey paint
  • Heat Blue upholstery
  • White contrast stitching
  • CFRP trim inside the cabin
  • Performance shock absorbers
  • Titanium mufflers
  • Limited to only 50 units

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“The special-edition RC F stands out thanks to a range of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) elements”

While exterior modifications are far from radical, the special-edition RC F stands out thanks to a range of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) elements. Up front, we can see the lightweight material at each corner of the bumper, in the form of race-inspired winglets. Adding to the fact that they are made from CFRP, these elements aren’t fitted on the standard RC F either, so it’s more than just a material upgrade. The engine hood is also made from CFRP, which should translate into significant weight loss. The fact that it has a transparent finish that shows the carbon layer makes it that much better.

More CFRP goodness is visible on the sides, where Lexus replaced both the side skirts and the front fender intake covers with this material. Just like the hood, it has a glossy transparent finish. The standard model has these elements painted in the same color as the body, so they don’t stand out as much. Around back, both the diffuser and the lower bumper now feature CFRP elements. What’s more, the diffuser has a redesigned center section with three small fins. The spoiler was seen on the standard model.

To top things off, Lexus painted the car in matte grey for a nice contrast with the glossy CFRP elements.


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“Called Heat Blue, the new interior color adorns the steering wheel, the seats, the gear shift knob, and the center console”

Inside, the limited-edition is pretty much standard business, but Lexus did introduce a new, exclusive color. Called Heat Blue, this light blue color adorns the steering wheel, the seats, the gear shift knob, and the side panels of the center console. There’s blue leather atop the instrument cluster hood too, as well as blue stitching in the door panels, The steering wheel, the dashboard, the seats, and the shifter have contrasting white stitching. Finally, there’s carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic trim on the door panels and atop the glove compartment door.

Lexus mentioned no upgrades under the hood, so it’s safe to assume that it features the same 5.0-liter V-8 as the regular model. The naturally aspirated unit cranks out 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque and pushes the coupe from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. Top speed is limited to 170 mph. However, the limited-edition RC F gained lightweight titanium mufflers and performance shock absorbers. So, while it might not be quicker in a straight line, it will provide improved steering stability, which means it should be a bit quicker on the race track.


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“The limited-edition RC F gained lightweight titanium mufflers and performance shock absorbers”

Production is limited to only 50 units, all of which will be sold in Japan. Pricing information is not available as of this writing.

References

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2017 Lexus LS+ Concept

The fifth-generation Lexus LS just hit the market this year, but the Japanese automaker is already looking ahead into the future with a new concept for its flagship sedan that’s heavy on state-of-the-art technology. The concept is called the LS+, and if you were thinking it to be outlandish in the typical Lexus concept fashion, then you’d be right. The LS+ Concept is a feast for the senses in more ways than one.

We already have an idea of how Lexus does concept vehicles. The NX Concept from a few years ago blasted our expectations through the roof, and it’s nice to see that Toyota’s premium brand isn’t letting up. This car, Lexus says, is going to be a showcase of what the LS could look like down the road. It’s not a certainty that this blueprint will be put to use in the future, but as far as giving us a taste of what could come, then it hits all the right spots. It looks the part of a futuristic concept though more important than that are the litany of tech features that it comes with, including the curiously named “Highway Teammate” automated driving technology that brings autonomous driving tech to life. That’s just one of the technology goodies we can expect from the LS+ Concept, so expect a whole lot more now that the full-sized beauty is sitting pretty at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Lexus LS+ Concept

Exterior

  • Laser light technology
  • Spindle front grille with mechanized shutters
  • Side-view cameras
  • 22-inch wheels

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“The thing that you’ll immediately notice is how Lexus designers were able to combine current design elements with new visual features that are culled from improved technology”

If this is what the Lexus LS is going to look like in the future, then sign me up. Of course, Lexus has shown a penchant for designing some of the most incredible concepts that I’ve seen in recent years, so it’s nothing out of the ordinary that its vision for the future of the LS flagship sedan follows in that tradition. At first glance, . Take the massive spindle grille for example. Lexus already employs that feature in its current lineup but it still plays a prominent part in the overall look of the concept. Here’s the new-age rub, though. The grille itself incorporates what looks to be a mechanized shutter that does double-duty by helping with cooling the car’s internal parts and boosting the sedan’s overall aerodynamic flow.

The boomerang-like headlights are also similar in design from the current LS but, like the spindle grille, there’s more to it than meets the eye, specifically the illumination. Turns out, laser technology will be a big part of Lexus’ future, as is probably the case too with a lot of automakers down the road. Not only does it guarantee much better illumination than what we’re used to these days, but it’s a clear step in the right direction towards improving road safety for everyone involved. Then there’s the use of cameras instead of conventional side mirrors. It’s not a new “concept” but everyone’s doing it too. What’s a bit surprising is that the concept sits on massive 22-inch alloy wheels, much bigger than the 20-inch wheels the current LS uses.


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Overall though, the exterior of LS+ Concept is solid work from Lexus designers. The whole shape of the body is consistent with what we know the LS to be, so it’s good that the designers didn’t go too out of the box with its presentation. It’s imposing in its own right, but not at all intimidating. That’s what you want a flagship sedan to look like.

Interior

  • Inspiration from Japanese design
  • Should have leather interior
  • Should have wood trim
  • Ambient lighting

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Interior from 2018 Lexus LS500 shown here
“The heavy inspiration on Japanese design has been a hallmark of Lexus for years so there’s no reason to think that the future LS will adopt a similar design philosophy”

The interior of the Lexus LS+ Concept is trickier to get a hold off because judging by how blacked-out those windows are, it appears that there’s very little there to talk about. Some concepts adopt this approach so it’s nothing that we’re not used to. That said, we can still speculate on what the concept’s cabin could look like.

Personally, I don’t think the interior will be a far departure from what the current LS already has. That’s a good thing because the cabin of the current LS is one of the cleanest ones in its segment. The heavy inspiration on Japanese design has been a hallmark of Lexus for years so there’s no reason to think that the future LS will adopt a similar design philosophy. Fine leather should be a gimme. Same thing with ambient lighting and some kind massage feature on the seats. These are hallmarks of Lexus’ Japan-style cabin treatment and I’m all for getting all those things – maybe even more – on the future LS sedan.

As far as tech features go, the expectation is that Lexus is going to take a massive leap from what it has on the table now. A navigation display should still be in the mix, but it could cater to a number of new tech items in the future, including the aforementioned “Highway Teammate” technology that effectively puts a fully functioning autonomous system in place for the LS sedan.

Drivetrain

  • Highway Teammate autonomous driving technology
  • Data tech system
  • Could be all-electric
  • Could have 354-horsepower drivetrain from LS500h

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“Lexus LS+ Concept is going to adopt autonomous driving technology using its Highway Teammate system”

The only thing we know about the Lexus LS+ Concept is that it’s going to adopt autonomous driving technology using its Highway Teammate system. This technology essentially gives the luxury sedan full autonomous driving capabilities to navigate around specific road conditions, including merging, lane changes, and diverging. It’s also tipped to be smart enough to keep the sedan in its lane, a safe distance from the car in front.

Coinciding with the use of Highway Teammate is the concept’s ability to communicate with a data center, allowing the system’s software to be updated on the fly. It’s something that Tesla is already doing with its fleet of models so if Lexus is going to get that level, it’s going to need to have it’s own architecture in place if it’s going to fully adapt autonomous driving technology in the future.


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“The likeliest candidate is a fully-electric set-up, though a hybrid shouldn’t be dismissed either”

Beyond that, it’s anybody’s guess what kind of drivetrain the future LS could have. The likeliest candidate is a fully-electric set-up, though a hybrid shouldn’t be dismissed either. If it does end up being the latter, Lexus can point to the setup of the current LS 500h, which makes use of a 3.5-liter V-6 gasoline engine and a couple of electric motors. Total output is rated at 354 horsepower, giving the LS enough boost to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds.

Is it possible that the future LS will have a gas-engine? I’d say yes, though, I wouldn’t be surprised if Lexus goes fully hybrid and electric in the future.

Conclusion


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I’m always intrigued every time Lexus comes out with a concept vehicle. It’s arguably one of the best at it and if you’re not a believer, look up some of the past Lexus concepts from the last few years. The LS+ Concept fits into that mold because it not only looks the part of a futuristic concept, but it also looks like something that Lexus will eventually turn into a production car in the future. Those are always the best kind of concepts to begin with so I’m expecting big things out of the LS+ down the road. Don’t expect it to happen anytime soon though because the LS just got its fifth-gen model rolling.

But for the future? You bet I’m looking forward to it.

  • Leave it
    • Not happening anytime soon
    • How much of it will be adapted to future LS models is a good question
    • Not enough details on the interior and drivetrain

References

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PostHeaderIcon Thoughts of A Lexus LFA Successor has us Wondering: Can Dreams Come True?

Everyone dreams, including those tasked with keeping an automotive company running at full speed. Never more has that been evident than when it comes to the dreams of Lexus President, Yoshihiro Sawa, who recently told Autocar that he can’t “rule out” a spiritual successor to the Lexus LFA, but for now it remains “just a dream.” That, ladies and gentlemen, has a begging the question: Do dreams come true?

Well, the truth is, they do…sometimes – most of us have experienced moments of déjà vu (or as some would call it, a “glitch in the matrix”) and there are many reports of people dreaming about something that eventually happens days, months, or years later. Whether or not that means we’ll see a successor for the Lexus LFA is a question that has been etched in our minds since the model technically went off sale back in 2012, just a few years after it stole the show at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. And, even though Lexus has “other priorities for now,” the fact remains that Mr. Sawa certainly dreams of a successor. That may not mean that it will happen tomorrow or even in 2020, but it is a glimmer of hope for those of us who actually got to spend some personal time with the $375,000 Japanese-built supercar.

Want to take a trip down memory lane? Click “Continue Reading” to hear about why an LFA successor isn’t on the table right now, see some cool videos, and learn more about the famous, Japanese-built supercar that stole our hearts back in 2009.

SUVs… That’s Why


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“Lexus has to keep up with the Jones’, and that means it needs to build SUVs”

According to Autocar, Sawa has expressed a generalized reason why there is no LFA successor in the works right now: “I really want to do an LFA successor, and it is important to have dreams, but for now it is a very complicated situation. It’s a very difficult question to answer as I would like to do it, but we have other priorities for now.”

Those other priorities, folks, lies in the fact that Lexus has to keep up with the Jones’, and that means it needs to build SUVs because everyone is still buying them up like they are the best thing to hit the market since toilet paper. The biggest thing that Lexus is working on now is the Lexus UX – a model that will compete against the Germans and take on models like the Audi Q3, Mercedes GLA, and the BMW X1. And, Lexus wants to take on the Range Rover Sport as well, so it needs a seven-seater that will likely be formed out of the versatile and luxurious Lexus RX. So, with that in mind, an LFA successor probably won’t come to be until either the SUV craze dies down, and automakers are sent scrambling to jump on the bandwagon of the next trend or until Lexus has a full lineup of SUVs and enough extra capital to build another six-figure supercar. Sure, that kind of sucks because that could take a long time, but hey – there’s always Sawa’s dream and, as we all know, sometimes dreams come true.

The LFA in a Nutshell


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“It was high-revving with a redline cutoff at 9,000 rpm and could hit the 60-mph sprint in just 2.6 seconds on the way to an electronically limited speed of 202 mph.”

To put it simply, the Lexus LFA was the cream of the crop in 2009 when it debuted at the Tokyo Auto Show. It featured carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) construction for not only the chassis but the body as well. It was developed from the ground up by a very small team, with nothing to go on but the hopes and dreams of the engineers involved. The project started in 2000 and didn’t debut until 2009, so it took around eight years for Lexus to perfect its supercar. And, as Lexus put it, they “created the most driver-oriented car they possibly could.” All in all, the car was built in just 500 examples, and as a 2011 model, it went off sale in 2012. It was powered by a 4.8-liter V-10 that pushed out an incredible-for-the-time 552 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. It was high-revving with a redline cutoff at 9,000 rpm and could hit the 60-mph sprint in just 2.6 seconds on the way to an electronically limited speed of 202 mph.

Unfortunately, the LFA is pretty much a collectors car now, with used examples rarely showing up for sale. And, even if you find one, you’ll surely be asked to pay more than the original $375,000 asking price. But, for what it’s worth, there are still a few examples sitting around various U.S. dealers that are listed as new. One was even sold earlier in 2017. Of course, those are being held onto by the dealers that own them, so chances are, you’ll really pay a pretty penny if you want them to come up off them.

Lexus LFA Specs


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Engine Type 72° V10, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection with 10 independently controlled throttle bodies (one per cylinder)
Displacement 4.8 liters (292.914 cubic inches)
Valvetrain Four cam, four valves per cylinder, with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVTi)
Compression Ratio 12.0:1
Horsepower 552 HP @ 8,700 RPM
Torque 354 LB-FT @ 7,800 RPM
Redline 9,000 RPM
0-60 MPH Acceleration 3.6 seconds
Top Track Speed (electronically limited) 202 mph
EPA Fuel Economy Ratings (city/highway/combined) 11/16/12

Fun LFA Videos

References

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PostHeaderIcon Lexus LC 500 Inspired By Black Panther

As one of the most powerful and influential people in the Marvel Universe, you would think that Wakandan king T’Challa would have no problem procuring some of the most exotic supercars in the world. A Bugatti Chiron perhaps? Maybe a Koenigsegg Regera? But, the man who also is known as the Black Panther is far from a flashy fellow – his costume’s all-black! – so he’s probably not into the flaunting-his-wealth lifestyle that his colleague Tony Stark seems to be obsessed with. It’s also likely to be one of the reasons why he’s more than comfortable being spotted in a Lexus LC, and as fate – or marketing – would have it, we’re going to see exactly that at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show when Lexus brings a heavily dressed LC 500 dripping in Black Panther regalia.

For the record, Lexus actually created two LC 500 models for the promotion of the Black Panther movie. One of them is called the Lexus LC Inspiration Series. It’s more subdued than the other, owing to it being a special edition release that will be limited to just 100 units. The other unit, called the Black Panther Inspired LC, is a complete one-off and is not for sale. It’s also dripping in Wakandan technology, which isn’t a real thing to begin with, but awesome to imagine nevertheless. Hard to imagine Lexus suddenly getting resources from a fictional kingdom that gives them access to self-healing paint and vibranium-powered core indicator nodes, but you get the point. If you’re excited about getting the special edition unit that will be on sale, you might want to be on the look-out for when Lexus actually offers it up to the public. There’s not that many, to begin with, and considering the popularity of the Marvel Universe in this day and age, there’s a good chance all 100 units will be scooped up faster than it takes T’Challa to put on his Black Panther costume.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Lexus LC 500 Inspired by Black Panther.

What makes the Lexus Black Panther Inspired LC special

  • Pulsating underbody glow
  • Side-view mirror design
  • Black Panther mask inlay on hood with vibranium-powered core indicator nodes
  • Vibranium-infused self-healing paint treatment
  • Customized body-widening kit
  • Wakandan B-CPU (Brain/Computer Interface) system
  • Remote Pilot Kimoyo Bead Interface

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“The biggest takeaway from this model is its prevalent use of vibranium, the super precious metal that can only be found in the kingdom of Wakanda”

Let’s get started with the Black Panther Inspired LC Concept first because this is the one that’s literally out of this world. The biggest takeaway from this model is its prevalent use of vibranium, the super precious metal that can only be found in the kingdom of Wakanda. It’s also the same metal that makes up Captain America’s shield so you know it’s made from the good stuff. Somewhat incredibly, the Lexus LC 500 gets generous helpings of vibranium, including on the aesthetic front where the coupe’s sheet metal is reinforced with a layer of vibranium weave, making the concept virtually indestructible. If that’s not enough, Lexus also found a way to get its hands on vibranium-powered core indicator nodes that give the coupe unlimited fuel. Yep. Unlimited fuel.


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“The concept is also fully autonomous, all thanks to a Remote Pilot Kimoyo Bead Interface”

Oh, and the concept is also fully autonomous, all thanks to a Remote Pilot Kimoyo Bead Interface whose functions are completely way over my head. All I know is that with this tech in place, the LC can be “driven remotely from control stations within Birnin Zana.” Good enough for me. From an aesthetic standpoint, the LC gets a wide-body kit and underbody glow because why not. The design of the side mirror is shaped like a panther’s claw and it has “instinctual positioning technology” that aligns with the driver’s eyeline automatically.

All that said, the most important feature of the Black Panther Inspired LC Concept is its Wakandan Brain/Computer Interface, a technology that’s able to create a symbiotic relationship between the driver and the actual car. Think of it in terms of the Jaeger program in Pacific Rim. In other words, it’s as futuristic as it is above and beyond rational explanation.


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“All this tech-inspired wizardry doesn't apply in the real world so don't expect this concept to go up for sale anytime soon”

Unfortunately, all this tech-inspired wizardry doesn’t apply in the real world so don’t expect this concept to go up for sale anytime soon. If it did, prepare to be massively disappointed when you realize that all that talk of vibranium-powered core indicators and Wakandan Brain/Computer Interfaces are nothing more than figments of Lexus’ imagination.

References

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Read our full review on the 2018 Lexus LC.


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PostHeaderIcon Lexus LS+ Concept Revealed with Autonomous Mode

If you’ve been wondering when is Lexus going to get into the autonomous game, here’s your answer. The new Lexus LS+ Concept,unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show 2017, comes with a pretty clever self-driving AI they call ‘highway Teammate’. It also previews the next iteration of Lexus’ L-finesse design language. 

So basically, Lexus LS+ Concept is what the brand’s sedans are going to look like in year 2020 and beyond. Technologically, too, the concept paves the way for the features we will be getting in upcoming Lexi. The autonomous feature in the LS+ is focused currently on highway driving, hence the nickname. On motor-vehicle-only roadways, through appropriate recognition, judgment and operation by onboard systems in response to actual traffic conditions, these technologies can already enable automated merging, lane changes and diverging, as well as keep a vehicle in its lane and maintain vehicle-to-vehicle distance.

The launch film for Lexus LS+ Concept suggests one can talk with this autonomous system instead of operating it via buttons and knobs. We don’t know if that’s for real, but it’d be cool to overtake someone simply by shouting the order at your dashboard. The artificial intelligence that controls self-driving in the LS+ is also connected to a data center. This allows new features to be added automatically, but we’re not sure about privacy implications of such a system. It appears cars are becoming more and more like smartphones.










The LS+ Concept, equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, indicates the future image of the “LS” flagship sedan. With its advanced yet dignified styling and automated driving technologies planned for application in 2020, the LS+ Concept was developed as a model that symbolizes Lexus’ foresight.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Lexus LC Inspiration Series (& Black Panther)

The 2017 SEMA show is an important for Lexus as they are planning to launch two special versions of the LC coupe at the event. The Lexus LC Black Panther is the headline, inspired by Marvel Studios’ movie. And it’s the opening act for the debut of 2018 Lexus LC Inspiration Series.

We didn’t realize the LC would need a special series so soon in its life cycle as a sort of pick-me-up. But anyway, the 2018 Lexus LC Inspiration Series features some exclusive visual cues inspired by the by the Black Panther character, King T’Challa, and his home country of Wakanda. I know, I know, but what’re you gonna do, this stuff is all the rage right now, no matter how silly they might appear to an intelligent person. The main features include carbon fiber scuff plate, a bespoke white interior, 21″ forged alloy wheels, and a collection of barware for some reason. They are only making 100 copies of this model.




The one-off, SEMA show-special Lexus LC Black Panther takes that ‘inspiration’ thing to a whole new level. It coated with a layer of vibranium weave which makes the car bulletproof. We would like to test this by putting the guy who thought of this BS in the car and spray him with a Squad Automatic Weapon. It also features a big black panther head on the bonnet, underbody glow, panther claw on the mirror and some other made-up nonsensical features inside. We have to say though, all the nerdy stuff aside, the body kit on this car is pretty dope.




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PostHeaderIcon Apple’s Self-Driving Lexus Spotted On Public Roads

In case you hadn’t heard, Apple is secretly developing self-driving car technology, and earlier this week, one of the tech giant’s autonomous test mules was possibly spotted out and about on California streets. Made public in a brief video clip posted to Twitter, the car in question is a late-model Lexus RX SUV with what appears to be a roof full of cameras, radar equipment, lidar, and various other sensors critical to self-driving operation. Making the spot was MacCallister Higgins, co-founder of Voyage, a rival self-driving tech startup, who seems convinced that the car is indeed of Apple origin. In response to Higgins’ short video clip, Twitter user @idiggapple posted a pic of the same Lexus (or one that looks very similar), which apparently pulled up to an Apple shuttle stop briefly before departing.

By all accounts, it certainly looks like this is indeed Apple’s latest test mule. The company has already been approved for public testing of autonomous Lexus RX vehicles, the previous iterations of which have made headlines after showing up at random intervals around the Bay Area. To us, this definitely looks like the car is gathering data for self-driving software development, although the car could also be used for mapping purposes, another activity that lends itself to self-driving tech development.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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We’ve been following the Apple car story for a few years now, even going so far as to draw up a rendering of what it might look like. However, these days it’s looking like Apple will probably stick with just creating self-driving software, rather than a whole new car from the ground up.

That wasn’t always the case. Apple’s self-driving project, dubbed internally as “Project Titan,” was reportedly first tasked with designing and producing a standalone all-electric vehicle. However, following a variety of setbacks and staff shakeups, it would appear as though Apple is now focusing primarily on software creation.

“Following a variety of setbacks and staff shakeups, it would appear as though Apple is now focusing primarily on software creation.”

Meanwhile, a variety of other tech companies are also pushing for full-autonomous tech. Google is one good example, which created the subsidiary Waymo to take over its self-driving project in 2009.

The question is this – who will get there first, and what will the tech look like?

While the idea of a standalone car built by tech companies is an interesting proposition, the more likely scenario is an established automaker sourcing self-driving software solutions from the tech companies in some kind of joint project.


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“While getting there first is important, the tech has to stand up to the rigors of the real world.”

The alternative is a company like Tesla, which seems deadest on developing its own systems and offering them directly to customers through products like the Model 3.

But here’s the rub – while getting there first is important, the tech has to stand up to the rigors of the real world. And that’s no easy feat, especially when developing these systems in secrecy while racing to be the first to market. Tesla knows this all to well, already feeling the heat after several highly publicized crashes raised questions over the safety of self-driving systems.

What do you think, dear reader? Does the idea of self-driving cars excite you, or does news like this have you worried? Let us know your opinion in the comments section below.

References


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Read our full speculative review on the 2021 Apple iCar.

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Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus RX.

PostHeaderIcon Apple’s Self-Driving Lexus Spotted On Public Roads

In case you hadn’t heard, Apple is secretly developing self-driving car technology, and earlier this week, one of the tech giant’s autonomous test mules was possibly spotted out and about on California streets. Made public in a brief video clip posted to Twitter, the car in question is a late-model Lexus RX SUV with what appears to be a roof full of cameras, radar equipment, lidar, and various other sensors critical to self-driving operation. Making the spot was MacCallister Higgins, co-founder of Voyage, a rival self-driving tech startup, who seems convinced that the car is indeed of Apple origin. In response to Higgins’ short video clip, Twitter user @idiggapple posted a pic of the same Lexus (or one that looks very similar), which apparently pulled up to an Apple shuttle stop briefly before departing.

By all accounts, it certainly looks like this is indeed Apple’s latest test mule. The company has already been approved for public testing of autonomous Lexus RX vehicles, the previous iterations of which have made headlines after showing up at random intervals around the Bay Area. To us, this definitely looks like the car is gathering data for self-driving software development, although the car could also be used for mapping purposes, another activity that lends itself to self-driving tech development.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


2021 Apple iCar - image 688456

We’ve been following the Apple car story for a few years now, even going so far as to draw up a rendering of what it might look like. However, these days it’s looking like Apple will probably stick with just creating self-driving software, rather than a whole new car from the ground up.

That wasn’t always the case. Apple’s self-driving project, dubbed internally as “Project Titan,” was reportedly first tasked with designing and producing a standalone all-electric vehicle. However, following a variety of setbacks and staff shakeups, it would appear as though Apple is now focusing primarily on software creation.

“Following a variety of setbacks and staff shakeups, it would appear as though Apple is now focusing primarily on software creation.”

Meanwhile, a variety of other tech companies are also pushing for full-autonomous tech. Google is one good example, which created the subsidiary Waymo to take over its self-driving project in 2009.

The question is this – who will get there first, and what will the tech look like?

While the idea of a standalone car built by tech companies is an interesting proposition, the more likely scenario is an established automaker sourcing self-driving software solutions from the tech companies in some kind of joint project.


Apple's Self-Driving Lexus Spotted On Public Roads - image 739283
“While getting there first is important, the tech has to stand up to the rigors of the real world.”

The alternative is a company like Tesla, which seems deadest on developing its own systems and offering them directly to customers through products like the Model 3.

But here’s the rub – while getting there first is important, the tech has to stand up to the rigors of the real world. And that’s no easy feat, especially when developing these systems in secrecy while racing to be the first to market. Tesla knows this all to well, already feeling the heat after several highly publicized crashes raised questions over the safety of self-driving systems.

What do you think, dear reader? Does the idea of self-driving cars excite you, or does news like this have you worried? Let us know your opinion in the comments section below.

References


2021 Apple iCar - image 688199

Read our full speculative review on the 2021 Apple iCar.

Lexus RX


2016 Lexus RX - image 624726

Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus RX.

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