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Lexus Insider Says LC F Will Use 621 HP 4.0-Liter Twin-Turbo V8 13
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in LEXUS, Lexus LC, Reports on 12 13th, 2017


The upcoming Lexus LC F looks set to become the firm’s most powerful production vehicle ever and could be tapping on the doors of established supercars.

Japanese publication Holiday Auto recently conducted an interview with an alleged Lexus insider who claims that the LC F will use a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine delivering a healthy 621 hp, Lexus Enthusiast reports. To put that figure into perspective, the current LC 500 has 471 hp and that car is no slouch, meaning the LC F should be absolutely blistering.

Beyond the vehicle’s adoption of a new powertrain, the insider asserts that the LC F will weigh approximately 7 per cent less than the LC 500, or approximately 300 lbs less, thanks to the use of additional carbon fiber reinforced plastic.

Last but not least, the source claims that the LC F will start at roughly 20 million yen ($176,000) and arrive in dealerships around the world in 2019.

The veracity of these claims can’t be verified at this early time but they have certainly piqued our interest in the car.

Expect to learn more about the LC F throughout 2018.

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Lexus LC500 Looks Even More Futuristic On 24-Inch Forgiato Alloys 19
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Forgiato, LEXUS, Lexus LC, tuning on 11 19th, 2017


The Lexus LC500 represents the very cutting edge of the Japanese automaker’s design ethos, looking like something out of the future. But the wheels may not be to everyone’s liking.

Enter the folks at Forgiato, who outfitted one such pearl-white coupe with a new set of their Tecnica Tec 3.3 alloys.

They’re massive 24-inch units, with brushed spokes and polished rims, and they’ve been shod with low-profile Pirelli P Zero Nero all-season rubber.

The turbine-style wheels cut a rather different profile than the stock units and give the sleek Lexus an altogether different look. The storm-trooper look of the white bodywork and all that black glass doesn’t do anything to burst that futuristic bubble, either.

The owner has apparently removed the model-designation nameplate off the back, but we’re told this is a conventionally powered LC500, with the old-school 5.0-liter V8 rated at 471 horsepower. And we dig it. But for a more forward-looking propulsion unit that’s perhaps better matched to the futuristic design, Lexus also offers the LC500h with a 3.5-liter hybrid V6.

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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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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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Road & Track Names The McLaren 720S The 2018 Performance Car of The Year 2
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in alfa-romeo, audi, Bentley, Bentley Continental, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, honda, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Huracan, LEXUS, Lexus LC, mclaren, McLaren 720S, mercedes, Mercedes AMG GT, porsche, Porsche-911 on 11 2nd, 2017


Road & Track has named the McLaren 720S the 2018 Performance Car of The Year.

Designed to recognize cars that push the “limits of performance and pleasure,” the award was given to the McLaren which beat out nine other contenders in this year’s test which took place over the course of four days.

The ten contenders for the fifth-annual Performance Car of the Year award were broken into four categories and the McLaren 720S was pitted against the Lamborghini Huracán Performante in the prestigious supercar group. Despite calling the Huracán Performante the “unchallenged star of the show,” R&T’s editors gave the award to the 720S as “nothing short of a Kawasaki ZX-10RR has a prayer of keeping up with the McLaren.” They also praised the car’s natural feel and unintimidating driving experience.

The Grand Tourers category saw the Bentley Continental Supersports and Lexus LC 500 face off for top honors. The editors noted this was a difficult choice but decided the Lexus was the winner as it is a “stylish cruiser that can still clip an apex and be steered with the throttle.”

The Track Stars category is particularly interesting as it saw the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE compete with higher-end vehicles such as the Mercedes-AMG GT R and Porsche 911 GT3. The prestige of the latter two models wasn’t enough to overcome the Camaro’s impressive performance and modest price tag.

Lastly, there are the Wild Cards which include the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, Audi TT RS, and Honda Civic Type R. The first two vehicles have a serious horsepower advantage but the editors were impressed by the Civic’s ability to be “calm and comfortable when you’re cruising” and a “firecracker when you lean into it.”

You can read more about the cars and the results over at Road & Track.

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2018 Lexus LS F Sport Gets A Modest Makeover For SEMA 27
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in LEXUS, Lexus LC, Lexus LS, SEMA show, tuning on 10 27th, 2017


Lexus recently announced plans to introduce two Black Panther-inspired LC models at SEMA and now the automaker has confirmed plans to showcase an assortment of other vehicles as well.
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Lexus And Marvel Create Black Panther-Inspired LC Concepts 24
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in LEXUS, Lexus Concept, Lexus LC, Movie Cars, new cars, SEMA on 10 24th, 2017


Lexus has teamed up with Marvel Studios in order to create two Black Panther-inspired LC models, one for limited production and one as a design study.
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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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World’s Greatest Drag Race 7 Has An Obvious Winner 22
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Alfa Romeo Giulia, Aston Martin DB11, Chevrolet Camaro, Corvette, Drag-Racing, Ferrari 488, Lexus LC, Mclaren 570GT, Mercedes AMG GT, nissan gt-r, porsche cayman, Porsche-911, Tesla Model S, video on 09 22nd, 2017


As part of Motor Trend’s annual Best Driver’s Car competition, the publication organizes what it dubs the “world’s greatest drag race.” Now in its seventh year, the race has morphed into an event many patiently wait 12 months to see.
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Someone Has Already Crashed A Lexus LC 500 2
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, auction, LEXUS, Lexus LC on 09 2nd, 2017


Well, that didn’t take long. A few short months after U.S. deliveries of the 2018 Lexus LC 500 commenced, at least one has been crashed and listed for sale on Copart.
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New LC 500 Is Exactly What Lexus Needed Right Now 30
Aug
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in LEXUS, Lexus LC, Lexus Videos, reviews, video on 08 30th, 2017


Having a proper halo model in the range is pretty important for Lexus and the new LC 500 looks like the ideal car for them.
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Facelifted Lexus NX And CT Going To Frankfurt For Their European Premiere 22
Aug
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Hybrids, LEXUS, Lexus CT 200h, Lexus LC, Lexus LS, Lexus NX, new cars, Reports on 08 22nd, 2017


Lexus is one of the automakers that isn’t skipping this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, and will be present at the German event with two local premieres.
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40+ Minutes Of POV Drive Should Make You Want A Lexus LC 500 11
Aug
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in LEXUS, Lexus LC, Lexus Videos, reviews, video on 08 11th, 2017


There are plenty reviews of the Lexus LC 500 out there, but not many of them let you experience it on the road from the driver's seat.
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40+ Minutes Of POV Drive Should Make You Want A Lexus LC 500 11
Aug
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in LEXUS, Lexus LC, Lexus Videos, reviews, video on 08 11th, 2017


There are plenty reviews of the Lexus LC 500 out there, but not many of them let you experience it on the road from the driver's seat.
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