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Lexus Adds Two New RC Coupe Models for 2016

Japanese luxury brand aims for lower entry price – but holds back the numbers.

by on Oct.02, 2015

Lexus will offer three different engine options for 2016 on the RC, including a new turbo 200t.

Lexus is adding two new versions of its RC Coupe for the 2016 model-year, and that should be good news for those on a budget.

Echoing moves by a growing list of luxury and performance competitors, the 2016 Lexus RC line will no offer buyers a turbocharged 4-cylinder option, as well as an all-wheel-drive version of the model’s more powerful V-6.

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The luxury arm of Toyota also plans to offer more infotainment options for the 2016 model-year, including the optional Lexus Enform Service Connect. Among other things, the maker explains, that will allow an owner “to remotely view information about certain aspects of their Lexus vehicle,” including maintenance and other alerts.


Lexus Teases LF-C2 Concept Coming to LA Auto Show

Convertible likely to join expanding line-up at Japanese luxury brand.

by on Nov.12, 2014

Is the LF-C2 a convertible version of the Lexus LF-LC or a new take on the Lexus RC Coupe?

This teaser image from Lexus begs a few puns, and it’s easy to suggest that the concept coming to the Los Angeles Auto Show next week is likely to eclipse the old SC430 convertible that the Japanese maker pulled from production a few years back.

A terse press release says that, “On November 19, at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Lexus LF-C2 Concept will make its global debut. This exciting new open-air concept will be revealed at a press conference scheduled for 1:40 p.m. in the brand’s display located in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center.”

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So, what are we likely to discover next week, and will it leave us howling at the moon?  Two very different possibilities emerge.


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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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.


Lexus Fills in the Blanks on the New RC Coupe

RC F model to feature 467-hp V-8.

by on Sep.05, 2014

Lexus intends to pump up its performance with the launch of the new RC coupe line.

Traditionally known for its value and reliability, Lexus has been pushing to broaden its appeal, especially to younger enthusiasts, with a more “passionate” line-up. So it’s betting heavily on the upcoming launch of its new RC Coupe.

More than just a renamed version of the old Lexus IS line, the 2+2 Lexus RC adopts a much more sporty design language – including the most sinister version yet of the brand’s signature “spindle” grille.

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It also will feature a new high-performance model that skips the hybrid drivelines Lexus has long favored for a 467-horsepower V-8.

The 2015 Lexus RC could be critical to building momentum for Lexus which has lately regained its position as sales leader in the U.S. luxury car market.

The 2-door model is said to ride on its own chassis, though Lexus acknowledges that it blended the front end of the bigger GS platform with the rear of the IS sport sedan.


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.

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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.


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.

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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.


Lexus Adding New RC 350 Coupe

Performance RC F model may also be in offing.

by on Nov.04, 2013

Lexus adds an all-new line of coupes with the debut of the 2015 RC 350 and RC 300h.

Look for Lexus to introduce the all-new RC 350 coupe at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show – but calling this an entirely new model line isn’t entirely accurate.

As BMW has just done, splitting off the old 3-Series Coupe and rebadging it the 4-Series, so Lexus is doing with the two-door version of its familiar IS line.  But while the Lexus RC 350 will have fewer doors the images the maker has released in advance of the Tokyo show reveals that the coupe will have a significantly bigger and more dramatic version of the now-familiar Lexus “spindle” grille.

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The interior, meanwhile, adopts a more refined and sporty appearance than the entry-oriented Lexus IS, with a more driver-oriented layout designed, says Lexus, to “enhance the fun-to-drive intention of the RC.”