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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.

Gain Traction!

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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First Drive: 2015 Lexus RC F

When "F" is more than a passing grade.

by on Sep.11, 2014

The 2015 Lexus RC F takes some laps on the 3.6-mile loop at Monticello Motor Club.

Brand names are something like a word association game. Manufacturers go to great lengths to get potential buyers to immediately think good thoughts whenever they’re mentioned. Mercedes-Benz? Plush and luxurious. BMW? The ultimate driving machine. And Lexus?

Well, there’s nothing wrong with being reliable and offering a good value, but the Japanese maker would also like to associate the word, “passionate,” with the brand, something that’s not easy to pull off with products like the ES sedan line or the CT200h hybrid.

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High Performance!

But you might just have to think again if you get a chance to slip behind the wheel of the new Lexus RC coupe – especially if its bears the single modifier, “F.” While that may be a failing grade for some, our first experience with the new 2015 Lexus RC F found it passing with flying colors and ready to give challenge to some of its better-known European luxury performance competitors.

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Lexus Rounds Out RC Line with New F Sport

Maker adds third model to new coupe family.

by on Feb.28, 2014

The Lexus RC 350 F Sport falls in-between the "base" RC 350 and the RC F models.

Lexus has been using the word “passion” a lot lately, both in terms of design and performance, and it appears ready to back that up when it comes to the launch of the new RC Coupe later this year.

We’ve already seen two sporty versions of the new 2-door, the RC 350 and the RC F, and it turns out we’ll be getting a look at a third model at the Geneva Motor Show next week, the Lexus RC 350 F Sport rounding out the new line.

Always There!

For those not quite familiar with Lexus nomenclature – and it can be confusing – models designated with a simple “F” are the sportiest in the line-up.  Those dubbed F Sport are a little less extreme.

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Muscling Up at the Detroit Auto Show

Green cars give way to performance vehicles at NAIAS.

by on Jan.15, 2014

The new Corvette Z06, dubbed "The Big Nasty" by GM's global product development chief Mark Reuss.

What a difference a year can make.  When the doors opened at Detroit’s Cobo Center for the 2013 North American International Auto Show, visitors were greeted by an array of new hybrids, plug-ins and pure electric vehicles, and even got the opportunity to drive some of the latest green machines on a special course in the sprawling convention center’s basement.

While there are a number of green machines on display as the 2014 auto show gets set to open to the public, the spotlight is shining in a different direction.  Nowhere is that more apparent than at the Toyota stand.

Power to the People!

Only last November, the Japanese giant detailed plans to put a new hydrogen car into production by 2015. But while a prototype is on display, Toyota’s big news for Detroit is the FT-1 sports car concept which, the maker notes, was outfitted with a classic, high-performance internal combustion engine, not one of its many hybrid drivetrains.

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Lexus Upping Performance Quotient with New RC-F

"Back to the grind" takes on a new meaning.

by on Jan.08, 2014

Lexus is back in the performance game with the new RC F set to debut in Detroit next week.

With rare exception, Lexus isn’t a brand folks typically associate with performance.  The asterisk on the line-up was the original Lexus IS-F, a V-8-powered monster that gave German competitors like the M3 reason to keep a watchful eye on the rearview mirror.

With parent Toyota Motor Co. CEO Akio Toyoda promising to put more “passion” into the brand, Lexus is ready to show that the IS-F wasn’t a fluke.  It’s been hinting for weeks that something sinister was in the works and now we’re getting more than just a series of teasers as the Japanese luxury maker lifts the current on the new Lexus RC F.

Auto Show Insider!

The performance coupe, the maker asserts, is “giving new meaning to ‘back to the grind,” with a big V-8 engine that is expected to deliver something in excess of the original IS-F model’s 407 horsepower.  Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait for the formal debut during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week to get precise numbers.

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