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New Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept Is A Flagship SUV From The Future 15
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, Galleries, LEXUS, Lexus Concept, Lexus Videos, video on 01 15th, 2018


Lexus has pulled the wraps off the LF-1 Limitless concept at the Detroit Auto Show, showing off their vision for a flagship luxury SUV.

According to the company’s CALTY Design Research studio in California, the new Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept is designed to look “like molten metal being forged into a fine Japanese sword”, previewing at the same time the next step in the company’s design language.

“This is our vision for a new kind of flagship vehicle that embraces crossover capability without giving up the performance and luxury delivered by today’s top sedans,” said Kevin Hunter, president, CALTY Design Research. “The LF-1 Limitless concept incorporates imaginative technology while creating a strong emotional connection by improving the human experience for the driver and passengers.”

Lexus avoided to specify what kind of powertrain the LF-1 concept uses by simply saying that “like the name of the concept, the possibilities for powertrains are limitless”. Choices include everything from fuel cell to plug-in hybrid and from gasoline to pure electric.

The company’s designers take great pride at the LF-1’s athletic proportions, with the cabin sitting deep within the chassis which in combination with the 22-inch alloys give it an aggressive and powerful stance.

Another interesting fact is that Lexus didn’t use any chrome on the bodywork, with the spindle grille featuring LED lighting that greets the driver on arrival. “This LF-1 Limitless concept illustrates what could happen if Lexus were to add a flagship crossover to our line-up. It’s a gorgeous execution and we’re anxious to see our customers’ and dealers’ response,” said Lexus General Manager Jeff Bracken.

The cabin was designed for maximum comfort for every passenger, adhering to the Japanese tradition of omotenashi, or hospitality. The dashboard does away with analog knobs and buttons, replacing them with motion-activated controls and a minimalist display ahead. As you would expect from a concept in 2018, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless also offers a fully autonomous Chauffeur mode as well.

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Lexus Drops One Last LF-1 Limitless Teaser Before The Big Reveal 14
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Detroit-Auto-Show, Film, LEXUS, Lexus Concept, Lexus Videos, video on 01 14th, 2018


Of all the new concepts that’ll be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show this week, one of those we’re looking forward to seeing the most is the Lexus LF-1 Limitless.

Billed as a “premium flagship crossover,” the concept has been the subject of two successive teasers until now, and Lexus has just released yet another.

The video is still far from a full reveal, stopping short from showing the overall shape. It does, however, give us a glimpse at some of the show car’s details, including the innovative headlights, mesh grille, split-five-spoke wheels, part of the tailgate, and the techy-looking center console controls.

From what we can see so far, it looks like it could be a real stunner, even if it is a crossover and not, say, a supercar to succeed the LFA. But then, if recent history (starting with Porsche and the Cayenne) has shown us anything, it’s that luxury crossovers are the big sellers bringing in the cash that allow automakers to make the supercars.

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Lexus Kicks Off Ad Campaign For The 2018 RX 350L, Goes On Sale Later This Month 10
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Film, LEXUS, Lexus RX, Lexus Videos, prices, USA, video on 01 10th, 2018


The 2018 Lexus RX 350L will go on sale in the United States on January 16th and the company is gearing up for the occasion by launching a new advertising campaign for the three-row crossover.

The campaign will kick off on January 13th with a new commercial called “Emily.” The video features a little girl, named Emily, who says her parents got a new car but claims “it’s mine.” The clip then shows the girl and her friends being taken to a birthday party and being surrounded by her pets and stuffed animals. The video then ends with Emily’s mother asking her if she’s excited to meet her new baby sister as the girl gives a sad face indicating she doesn’t want to share the crossover.

The ad isn’t exactly Super Bowl material but it will air during the 2018 Winter Olympics and on networks such as CBS, HGTV, ESPN, and the Golf Channel.

The 2018 RX 350L will be priced from $47,670 which makes it $4,400 more expensive than the standard model. That’s a significant price jump but the crossover is 4.3 inches (110 mm) longer and offers seating for up to seven people.

Power is provided by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 290 hp (216 kW) and 263 lb-ft (356 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which can be paired to an optional all-wheel drive system for an additional $1,400.

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Can Lexus’ LC500 Compete With Aston Martin’s Way More Expensive DB11 V8? 21
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Videos, Film, LEXUS, Lexus LC, Lexus Videos, video on 12 21st, 2017


The short answer is yes, but for a slightly longer one, there’s a new Head 2 Head video out now.

Comparing the Lexus LC500 with the Aston Martin DB11 V8 looks natural at first glance, but then you take a look at their respective prices; starting at just under $200,000, the Aston Martin is nearly double the cost of the LC500.

Despite the huge difference in pricing, the two grand tourers share the same focus on areas like an eye-catching design, driving thrills and performance. These are not pure numbers cars, but they do have their way of getting things done.

Aston Martin sourced the much-praised 4.0-liter V8 from AMG, which produces 503hp and 513lb-ft of torque, for the base DB11. Putting a smaller engine into the new Aston made it not only lighter by 115kg (253 lbs) but it also let the chassis reveal its great balance better than it does with the V12.

Lexus, on the other hand, installed its naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 under the bonnet of the LC500, giving it a much more vocal and distinct character in today’s turbo-infested market. It might make just 471hp but the 10-speed automatic with its short ratios combined with the epic soundtrack makes it a very effective smile-machine.

Which one is the best? There’s only one way to find out (sorry Jonny).

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2018 Lexus LS Is A Worthy Rival To The German Establishment 17
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Film, Hybrids, LEXUS, Lexus LS, Lexus Videos, reviews, video on 12 17th, 2017


While the all-new Lexus LS won’t offer you as many engine options as its rivals from Mercedes, BMW and Audi, what you do get is a no-nonsense luxury car that’s extremely comfortable to sit in.

According to Carwow’s review of the LS 500h, the new limo isn’t quite as sharp on the road as the 7-Series or the A8, and its air suspension doesn’t deal with bumps as well as the one you get in the S-Class, but overall, it does a solid job of keeping you comfortable. That actually goes double if you’re sitting in the back, where you can stretch out almost completely and choose between a great number of massaging functions.

The interior is top notch, too, as Lexus made sure the LS would be on par with its rivals when it comes to build quality.

As for straight line performance, the 2018 LS is not a slow car, by any stretch of the imagination, since the hybrid version sprints to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.4 seconds. Sure, you’ll find plenty of faster options out there if you go for one of its German rivals, but we doubt this is a priority in a luxury saloon anyway.

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2018 Lexus RXL Gives RX Owners The Third Row They’ve Been Yearning For 29
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in featured, LA Auto Show, LEXUS, Lexus RX, Lexus Videos, new cars, video on 11 29th, 2017


Lexus has pulled the wraps off their new RX L, a three-row version of their popular luxury SUV that can hold up to seven passengers.

The addition of the third row was made possible by extending the rear of the body by 4.3 inches (110mm) with Lexus also using a steeper tailgate window angle in order to ensure good headroom for third-row passengers.

As standard, the 2018 Lexus RX L will come with seven seats and a 40/20/40 split bench-type second row seat. The optional six-seat setup comes with second-row captain’s chairs that allow for easier access to the third row.

Standard features include a power-folding third-row bench, power tailgate and leather upholstery for the first and second rows. A tri-zone climate system gives third-row passengers separate heating and air-conditioning vents.

The longer Lexus RX L is available in petrol RX 350L form, powered by a 290hp 3.5-liter V6 paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and in the hybrid and AWD RX 450hL version, which pairs the 3.5-liter V6 with two electric motors for a combined 308hp. Petrol models are available with both front- and all-wheel drive.

Base models come with an eight-inch infotainment display but choose the Navigation package and then you get the 12.3-inch high-resolution system along with a 12-speaker premium audio system. Audiophiles will also get the option to choose the available 835-watt, 15-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround System.

The 2018 Lexus RX L is expected to hit the dealerships nationwide late this year, with a starting MSRP of $47,670 for the FWD model and $49,070 for the AWD one.

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Can You Really Compare The New Lexus LC To The Old LFA? 15
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in LEXUS, Lexus LC, Lexus LFA, Lexus Videos, video on 11 15th, 2017


Under ordinary circumstances, comparing the Lexus LFA with the new LC500 would be like putting a Ferrari 812 Superfast up against a BMW 6 Series (or a BMW M760Li against a Skoda Superb). Hardly a fair fight, in other words. But these aren’t ordinary circumstances.

That’s principally because, as wildly different as they are, both the LFA and the LC coupe occupy the same place at the top of the Lexus lineup… even if one costs only a fraction of what the other did back in its day.

Where the LFA was as exotic as they come (at least from Japan at any rate), the LC is standard production fare. Which isn’t to say that it doesn’t have the capacity to get out hearts racing, or draw customers into Lexus showrooms around the world. But a direct successor to the LFA, the LC is not.

With all that context, then, comparing one to the other may seem only natural. Fortunately the fellas over at CarAdvice.com got their hands on one of each, and put this nine-minute video comparison together for our viewing pleasure.

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Can You Really Compare The New Lexus LC To The Old LFA? 15
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in LEXUS, Lexus LC, Lexus LFA, Lexus Videos, video on 11 15th, 2017


Under ordinary circumstances, comparing the Lexus LFA with the new LC500 would be like putting a Ferrari 812 Superfast up against a BMW 6 Series (or a BMW M760Li against a Skoda Superb). Hardly a fair fight, in other words. But these aren’t ordinary circumstances.

That’s principally because, as wildly different as they are, both the LFA and the LC coupe occupy the same place at the top of the Lexus lineup… even if one costs only a fraction of what the other did back in its day.

Where the LFA was as exotic as they come (at least from Japan at any rate), the LC is standard production fare. Which isn’t to say that it doesn’t have the capacity to get out hearts racing, or draw customers into Lexus showrooms around the world. But a direct successor to the LFA, the LC is not.

With all that context, then, comparing one to the other may seem only natural. Fortunately the fellas over at CarAdvice.com got their hands on one of each, and put this nine-minute video comparison together for our viewing pleasure.

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New Lexus LS 600h Is Jam-Packed With Driving Assistance Systems 11
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, LEXUS, Lexus LS, Lexus Videos, reviews, Tech, video on 11 11th, 2017


If you’re building a luxury car to compete with the likes of the BMW 7-Series, Mercedes S-Class and Audi A8, you best fit it with the latest in active safety technology, or risk falling behind.

Lexus knew this all too well while planning their all-new LS saloon, and the end product seems to be pretty future-proof, especially on Japanese roads where you can test out systems like automatic lane-change.

As Carwow’s Mat Watson demonstrates here, the LS is quite good at keeping you and others around you safe, during low speed maneuvers as well as in regular driving scenarios, where the driving assistance systems can take over.

Watson does point out that while the car is able to execute the lane-changing maneuvers safely, the system doesn’t look quite bullet proof. Then again, it’s not like there are any fully autonomous cars out there in the first place.

Another issue he experienced was with the Driver Emergency Stop Assist, a system that is supposed to bring the car to a halt safely if it senses that the driver is incapacitated in any way. Unfortunately, in this instance, the system disengaged before the car came to a complete stop.

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Hybrid Lexus LC500h Coupe Shows How Its Weird CVT Works Under Full Load 8
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Hybrids, LEXUS, Lexus LC, Lexus Videos, video on 11 8th, 2017


While the vast majority of press coverage is taken by the V8-powered Lexus LC, there’s also the hybrid version that deserves some attention.

The Lexus LC500h is powered by the company’s so-called Multi Stage Hybrid System which was developed specifically for the needs of their flagship coupe. A 3.5-liter V6 engine that runs on the Atkinson cycle is still combined with two electric motors but the petrol unit gets lightweight valvetrain components and Dual VVT-i while the transmission is a whole new deal.

The system retains the planetary-type CVT known from other Lexus hybrids but the company has added a second four-speed automatic transmission that works in concert with the CVT.

The two gearsets alter output in four stages in order to better utilize the power of the V6 across the speed range. When in manual, the two transmissions provide the effect of 10 ratios for a more engaging feel through the paddles on the steering wheel while in automatic mode Lexus’ AI shift control finds out and selects the gear that suits the driving conditions and driver inputs.

Lexus claims that the combined system output of 354hp isn’t indicative of the LC500h’s performance potential as the addition of the four-speed automatic amplifies the combined power coming from the engine and electric motors, creating greater drive power under acceleration. It also says that the Multi Stage Hybrid System now allows for greater electric assist on lower speeds, enabling the LC500h to drive with its gasoline engine turned off up to speeds of 87mph.

Sounds too complicated? Well, take a look at the video below showing an LC500h sprinting to 260km/h (160mph) from stop and maybe you’ll get a better idea of how the whole thing works. We’re still trying to figure it out too.

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Consumer Reports Checks Out The New Lexus LS 4
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in LEXUS, Lexus LS, Lexus Videos, new cars, Reports, reviews, video on 11 4th, 2017


With a $75,000+ starting price, the 2018 Lexus LS needs to be pretty darn good to steal customers away from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi.

It has a lot going for it starting with the design that brings a bold front end, a coupe-like silhouette, and a sexy rear on the outside, while its interior is able to compete with the best in class, in terms of luxury, and build quality, ConsumerReports said during their short review of the flagship saloon.

Passengers won’t struggle with the rear legroom, but headroom could be a problem for taller people, and since we’re covering the negatives, it’s good to mention that its track pad-based infotainment system can be frustrating to use, especially on the move, as it has many functions buried inside.

The test car came in the LS 500 specification, which means that it’s powered by a new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, rated at 415hp and 442lb-ft (600Nm) of torque. This version of the car is very agile on straights, needing just 4.5sec to cover the 0-60mph (96km/h) sprint in RWD form, and it feels nimble through corners as well.

The new 10-speed automatic transmission, which is shared with the LC 500, is very smooth, but it can take time to get used to its electronic shifter.

Lexus offers a plethora of safety gear as standard, and even more as optional extras, including the world’s first Intuitive Pedestrian Detection, which makes the LS 500 one of the safest and cleverest cars in the segment.

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The Cheapest Running Toyota Land Cruiser In The USA Is Actually Not Terrible 29
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Lexus LX, Lexus Videos, TOYOTA, Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota Videos, used cars, video on 10 29th, 2017


We all have some idea of how risky it is to spend your money on the cheapest used car you can find, but apparently there are some exemptions to the rule, like this 1999 Lexus LX 470 which is basically a Land Cruiser 100 with a snobby face.
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It Took Lexus 15 Years To Develop The New LC Structural Blue Edition’s Special Paint 9
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in LEXUS, Lexus LC, Lexus Videos, new cars, video on 10 9th, 2017


How much time does it take to develop a new color? If you're Lexus, 15 years. That's how long the research project lasted to create a special shade of blue, called 'Structural Blue', during which they collaborated their Tec Centres in USA and Japan, and VIAVI Solutions Inc.
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Is This The World’s Loudest Lexus RC F? All Those “Bangs” Say Yes 26
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Armytrix, LEXUS, Lexus RC F, Lexus Videos, tuning, video on 09 26th, 2017


If you're familiar with the Lexus LFA, you probably know that the Japanese automaker is no stranger to making loud supercars.
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Check Out Some Of The 2018 Lexus LS 500′ Features 19
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in LEXUS, Lexus LS, Lexus Videos, reviews, video on 09 19th, 2017


Despite the fact that Lexus have been keeping a lid on driving impressions for their 5th generation LS, a few lucky people managed to give us a heads up on what we can expect when the car is stationary.
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