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Lexus Confirms “Track-Ready” Model Coming to Detroit

Likely to be new 2016 Lexus GS F.

by on Dec.18, 2014

Is this the 2016 Lexus GS F?

Hoping to add still more performance to its traditional mainstream luxury line-up, Lexus has confirmed it will introduce a second, “track-ready” model at the North American International Auto Show next month.

While it isn’t providing any specific details about the new model, there’ve been plenty of sightings of prototype Lexus GS F sedans running around, notably while undergoing testing at Germany’s famed Nurburgring race track.

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The new model would all but certainly share the basic 5.0-liter V-8 found under the hood of the 2015 Lexus RC F model launched over the summer. But given the bigger size and weight of a mid-range GS, the performance version will but certainly get a bump up from the 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of the smaller RC F model.

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Lexus Punches up Passion Quotient with 2014 IS

by on Jan.15, 2013

Lexus abandons staid for a more passionate design with the 2014 IS remake.

For the new Lexus IS, Chief Engineer Junichi Furuyama, flipped  conventional on its head.

“I adopted an entirely different approach to the development of the all-new IS,” IS Chief Engineer Junichi Furuyama said. “Specifically, it was to make an entertaining driving experience a major premise behind all aspects of performance.”

You hear the word, “passion” in Lexus circles a lot these days.

Lexus introduced its second-generation IS, meant to be a BMW 3-Series fighter, at the Detroit Auto Show today.

A shift in design direction that began with an all-new GS sedan two years ago now transforms the marque’s entry-level offering, the 2014 Lexus IS, which is making its debut at the North American International Auto Show.

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Intended to be sportier and more performance-oriented, the 2014 IS sedan will be available in rear- and all-wheel drive versions while offering a mix of powertrains in the IS 250 and IS 350 variants.  Also in the works will be a further evolution of the IS F-SPORT, with the sport trim available across the entire model range

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First Look: 2014 Lexus IS

Pumping up the passion meter in an entry-lux sedan.

by on Jan.09, 2013

Lexus returns to Detroit for the reveal of its 2014 IS.

While it may be located in the Motor City, Lexus has always had an affinity for the North American International Auto Show. And more than two decades after debuting its original two offerings in Detroit, the Toyota luxury brand will be back to pull the wraps off the all-new 2014 Lexus IS.

As the entry offering in the brand, the IS plays a critical role and, arguably, could be even more important going forward.  Lexus has been struggling to regain momentum over the last few years as luxury brands BMW and Mercedes-Benz push past it in the market and second-tier brands such as Audi and Infiniti – never mind Cadillac and Lincoln – start taking aim.

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The outgoing IS was, if anything, an example of why.  It was a competent but far from inspiring product, according to most analysts, attracting buyers who were more interested in quality statistics than 0 to 60 times. But as other makers have improved their own reliability that has become less of an advantage.

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Now It’s Official: Lexus Releases LF-Lc Pics

by on Dec.21, 2011

Lexus offers up an official image of the LF-Lc concept.

Well, Lexus has made it official.  Pics of the maker’s new concept car inadvertently leaked out as Road & Track magazine got ready to release its new issue.  So the maker decided the rest of us deserved a closer look and sent over the first official shots of the Lexus LF-Lc show car, rather than the close-up teaser that the Toyota luxury division had previously released.

While we’re now able to get a good look at the 2-door 4-seater Lexus still isn’t providing any pertinent details, hoping we’ll still show up at the maker’s Detroit Auto Show news conference next month.

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Nonetheless, a few relevant bits can be gleaned, as TheDetroitBureau.com reported earlier:

“…insiders offer hints it could be the concept version of an eventual replacement for the slow-selling Lexus SC430.

“As seen here a few specifics can be deduced from the images: the concept apparently opts for a targa top, rather than the folding hardtop of the awkward SC430.  Both vehicles appear to be roughly the same size and the new model maintains the 2-door design of the current hardtop cabrio.  But it appears to add two rear seats.  Functional?  Well, that remains to be seen.

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Lexus Concept to Reveal New Design Direction

Pumping passion into the brand?

by on Dec.12, 2011

Lexus offers a tease of the new styling concept it plans to unveil in Detroit next month.

The folks at Lexus (and parent Toyota) seem to be making it a requirement to use the word, “passion” whenever possible.  It certainly has been a hallmark of comments made by CEO Akio Toyoda in recent months, especially when he has turned the topic to the maker’s high-line Lexus brand.

According to the grandson of Toyota Motor Co.’s founder, the goal is to dial up the emotional factor for a marque that has tended to be staid and solid but decidedly not passionate in its first two decades.  We got a hint of the more expressive Lexus with the recent launch of the 2013 GS sedan.  (Click Here for more on the Lexus GS.)

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