The Lexus LFA was launched in 2010 at the 41st Tokyo International Motorshow. Its production started in December 2010 and ended in December 2012 with only 500 of them produced worldwide. This supercar from Lexus boasts of its superfast top speed of 325km/h with an acceleration of 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds. That is surely a heart-stopping driving experience.
What makes the Lexus LFA extremely special is that majority of its components are exclusive, unique and are assembled mainly for this supercar, by hand. It took the makers of this car 10 years to design, innovate and conceptualize the supercar that pushes all boundaries to their limits.
In the earlier prototypes, the Lexus LFA was made from aluminum. But even if this material is already lightweight, the engineers at Lexus feel that it is still too heavy for the ultimate performance they want to achieve. To address this issue, the engineers formulated an ultra-light but extremely durable and tough Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) and replaced the aluminum body. To ensure that the Lexus quality is achieved, the company developed its own carbon loom manufacturing process instead of outsourcing it from elsewhere. This ensures strict quality control and standard materials used for the production of the Lexus LFA.
To live up to its supercar status, the Lexus LFA is hand-built with a 4.8 V10 naturally aspirated engine. Before the Lexus LFA was launched, it was exhaustedly tested and perfected at the Nürburgring racetrack in Germany. Conventional analogue tachometers are not able to keep up with the ultra fast revving of this modern-day supercar. Of course, immense power must be coupled with great control. That is why the Lexus LFA’s superb V10 engine is married to a lightning-fast 6-speed automated sequential gearbox.
Another unique characteristic of the Lexus LFA is its hair-raising sound. This is no accident. Haruhiko Tanachi, the chief engineer of LFA wants to achieve a high-speed symphony that will give the driver and the onlookers an unforgettable auditory experience. It is the Formula 1 sound that inspired the hair-raising wail of the Lexus LFA. To achieve its unmistakable roar, LFA closely worked in conjunction with Yamaha. As a result, the surge tank of the Lexus LFA is made with horizontal ribs and rigid sides. To refine the exhaust note further, tubular manifolds with equal lengths are used. This means the driver’s ears are surrounded with high notes while the lower frequencies are pushed towards the feet of the driver.
Precision is what makes Lexus LFA. It offers high-speed halting power as well as anti-fade performance with its precisely-adjusted braking system. The Lexus LFA also boasts its world-class aerodynamics for high-speed stability and optimum drive train cooling. The Lexus LFA also uses Electric Power Steering or EPS for excellent responsiveness.
For an ultra-fast supercar such as the Lexus LFA, safety is a much-needed requirement. It introduced the world’s first shoulder belt bag to minimize secondary injuries from collisions. The Lexus LFA is not only a sleek, athletic and muscular supercar. It is also the epitome of speed, precision and safety.
Lexus, Toyota’s luxury arm, is best known for creating cars with superior comfort and sophistication. However, thanks to cars such as the LF-A and the IS F, Lexus is starting to gain a sportier reputation. Adding to this reputation even further is a car that has just been released for this year: the Lexus RC F. Lexus says that this car is created with “pure driving enjoyment” in mind. This article will see if this car indeed lives up to that promise.
The Lexus RC F was released with much fanfare at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The look is distinctively futuristic, with its edgy lines, uniquely placed daytime running lights, and a massive mesh grille that’s woven from numerous F emblems. Based on the Lexus RC, the F version of this coupe comes with extensive bodywork that optimizes airflow, improves aerodynamics, and creates a sportier look. Most of these modifications are functional. Take for example the hood bulge and expanded front fenders. Doing these modifications are necessary to fit in a bigger engine (more on that later).
The interior of the Lexus RC F stays true to its sports car intentions. The seats are wrapped with leather, with prospective owners having 5 different colors for upholstery to choose from. You’ll also see unique stitching on the seats, which are actually inspired by form-fitting base layers worn by professional athletes. A bespoke steering wheel that provides superior grip is also installed. As for the dashboard, the tachometer is located at the center of the information screen, with the speedometer located on its right and the information screen located on its left. In a unique touch of detail, the cluster detailing changes depending on which drive mode is selected.
It is on the performance department where the Lexus RC F makes a killing. It all starts with the 5.0 liter V8 engine housed under that radically shaped hood. Somewhat similar to the engine installed on the IS F, it carries a number of modifications that allow it to have a maximum output of 450 horsepower. Outside of the limited-numbers supercar LF-A, this is the most powerful Lexus ever produced. The RC F’s engine runs on an Atkinson cycle on most driving conditions for better fuel economy, while switching to an Otto cycle when more power is needed. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that is programmed to better fit the RC F’s needs.
There are not much performance information available yet for the Lexus RC F as it’s released just weeks ago. However, it is realistic to expect that its performance would be superb. Expect a 0-to-100 km/h run to be completed in less than 5 seconds. Also, expect a top speed that approaches anywhere between 260 to 300 km/h. The RC F is expected to compete against sport coupes such as the BMW M4, and it is also expected that it would give them a legit run for their money at the very least.
For all it’s worth, the Lexus RC F shall be a compelling car to purchase. Sealing Lexus’s new sporty reputation, it’s seemingly destined to be among the best sports cars for 2014.
Lexus, the North American luxury arm of Toyota, is not exactly known for creating sporty cars. While they do release high-performance cars from time to time, they are better known for bringing out cars that are more renowned for their comfort and refinement. All that is about to change with the release of the Lexus IS F. A 4-door sedan that has its sights firmly targeted on cars such as the BMW M3, the IS F aims to redefine your notion on how a Lexus should perform. This article is an up-close review on the 2013 Lexus IS F.
The Lexus IS F has long been a favorite for motoring experts and casual drivers alike. Since being released in 2007, this car has struck the sweet spot between having a luxury car that will pamper you and your passenger on long trips and having a sports car that will blitz tracks and winding roads with ease. While it looks virtually similar 6 years since it was first released, the 2013 Lexus IS F has been the recipient of a number of improvements in various departments.
Over the years, the improvements done on the Lexus IS F are numerous. In 2010, a Torsen limited-slip differential is added to improve power distribution, dramatically improving cornering performance in the process. Also, Bluetooth streaming, XM satellite radio, language voice commands are added. In 2011, updates in both the suspension and electric steering system are made, further improving handling characteristics. Daytime running lights and an instrument cluster similar to the limited-numbers supercar LF-A is added. All these changes made it to the 2013 Lexus IS F, making it the most complete iteration of this compact touring car yet.
From a mechanical standpoint, the 2013 Lexus IS F retains the same successful drivetrain it had since 2007. It still has the same 5.0 liter V8 motor first installed during its debut. Naturally aspirated and coming with direct injection, this engine has a maximum output of 416 horsepower and 371 lb-ft of torque, which places within range of most of its market rivals. This is matched with Toyota’s 8-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission with sequential shifting. This gearbox is notable as the first-ever 8-speed transmission in a production car and for being able to change gears within a tenth of a second.
When it comes to performance, it’s easy to say that the 2013 Lexus IS F brings it to the competition. Thanks to its combination of a powerful engine and a sharp transmission, with a 0-to-100 acceleration time completed within 5 seconds flat. Top speed is measured at 170 miles per hour or 270 kilometers per hour. It also boasts of a best-in-class fuel economy rating of 20 miles per gallon. With 14-inch Brembo disc brakes on all 4 corners, it can stop from 100-to-0 at an impressive 100 feet. With its suspension tuned for superior cornering, it consistently gets competitive lap times during tests.
The 2013 Lexus IS F redefines how car enthusiasts look at Lexus. It is a competent sports car that retains most of the things that make Lexus cars great.
Lexus is not exactly known for creating sports cars. They are better known for creating luxury vehicles that wow the crowd with its elegance and class. However, starting with the supercar LF-A, Lexus is trying to redefine its image as a car brand that’s capable of stirring the emotions of enthusiasts with sporty and dynamic cars. They have made in-roads to that goal thanks to the sublime IS F, and now they are trying to carry that new image even in their hybrid cars. This is where the Lexus GS450H F Sport comes into the picture.
On the exterior, you can see immediately the new designing language of Lexus. The GS has incredibly sharp lines, especially up front. It has the look that it’s ready to pounce on unsuspecting competition. While the model refresh for the GS line does reflect aggressive lines, the F Sport takes this aggressive stance to the next level. Just take a look at its radically-designed front bumper! 19-inch F Sport wheels and more aerodynamic parts distinguish the Lexus GS450H F Sport even further from its more subdued siblings.
It is noticeable that the F Sport’s interior is sportier than its stable mates. Replacing the usual wood trim in the Lexus GS450H F Sport is an abundance of leather and metal. You can select different colors for the trim, but the red one surely brings out that sporty nature best. The sports seats on the front do well in keeping occupant securely seated, while the rear seats offer sufficient space for occupants to feel great even in the midst of a long trip. More space is now found in the trunk, thanks to stacking the batteries on the rear instead of laying them flat.
Just like most hybrid cars, it is the drivetrain that takes the headlines when it comes to the Lexus GS450H F Sport. A 3.5 liter V6 petrol engine joins forces with an electric motor to deliver much needed power. Working in tandem via an Atkinson cycle, their maximum combined output is measured at 336 horsepower. A 6-speed CVT transmission transfers all that force into the rear wheels. Thanks to this high amount of power and equally high amount of torque, the F Sport can accelerate from 0-to-100 km/h within 5.9 seconds. Top speed is measured at an electronically-limited 250 km/h.
However, there is more to an F Sport car than just having a dynamic engine setup. The CVT transmission is calibrated in such a way that engine responsiveness is maximized. The Lexus GS450H F Sport also comes with an adaptive air suspension, but it also has the unique Lexus Dynamic Package, which includes rear-wheel steering, electric power steering, and a variable ratio steering rack. This is definitely the best-handling car in the GS family.
The Lexus GS450H F Sport comes with all the class and sophistication you expect from a Lexus. However, thanks to its high-performance build, this car has transformed into something more. It is a hybrid sports cruiser that’s more than happy to hang with true sports cars.
Toyota is one of the industry leaders when it comes to hybrid technology. Famous for creating the world’s most successful hybrid vehicle, the Prius, they are now incorporating this technology to other cars belonging to their fleet. One of their more notable hybrids is the Lexus LS600H F Sport. This is definitely not your ordinary hybrid car, as it has more than enough capability to blow the doors off unsuspecting sports cars. You’ll get a more detailed look on this car at the jump.
The Lexus LS is considered as the flagship sedan of Lexus. A hybrid version, the LS600H, is loaded with some of the best hybrid technologies available today. It gives you the usual benefits you associate with a hybrid car: better fuel economy and less harmful emissions. However, this luxury cruiser is not exactly known for being a high-performance vehicle, in spite of the fact that it can generate close to 400 horsepower. However, Lexus is attempting to change all that by giving the LS600H the “F Sport” treatment. The Lexus LS600H F Sport will redefine the way you look at luxury cars.
On the exterior, there is no hint that this car is not your ordinary hybrid cruiser. Other than the F Sport badge attached on the front quarter panels and a set of 19-inch sport wheels, there is not much to distinguish the F Sport from other LS variants. For most fans of the Lexus LS, that is actually a good thing. This is because the Lexus LS600H F Sport is still very attractive. It has very graceful lines fit for a luxury cruiser yet it is edgy enough to give it that aggressive and emotional character.
On the interior department, the Lexus LS600H F Sport has everything you’ll look for in a flagship sedan. Both the front and rear seats are comfortable and well-appointed. Whether you are cruising on country backroads, taking off at a local race circuit, or dawdling around in heavy city traffic, this car’s interior is not going to disappoint. A Mark Levinson sound system will keep everyone onboard entertained and metal trimmings abound for that luxury sport feel. An F Sport steering wheel that comes with various vehicle controls completes the package.
It is on the drivetrain that the Lexus LS600H F Sport sets itself apart from its competition. A 5.0 liter V8 engine that comes with VVT-I and direct injection joins forces with an electric motor combine to produce more than 430 horsepower. It is typically a rear-wheel drive vehicle, but you can install 4-wheel drive as optional equipment. An electronically-controlled CVT transmission relays all that power into the wheels. An air suspension provides a pliable base to the vehicle. However, switch to the Sport S and Sport S+ function, and you’ll have damping that’s better adjusted for high-speed maneuvers.
Weighing in at more than 2 tons, it is safe to say that the Lexus LS600H F Sport is never going to be the speedster-type. However, with its soulful looks, tons of torque, and sharp cornering abilities, the F Sport is a luxury hybrid with deceptive performance potential.
Over the years Japanese car makers have produced some pretty amazing sport cars. Ones of the most popular ones are definitely, Nissan Z, Toyota Supra, Mazda RX-7, Subaru BRZ and even Scion FR-S. When it comes to supercars though, we have to admit that the Japanese market is pretty poor and that it is difficult to find something truly noticeable. But there have been some supercars that managed to impress us.
1. Nissan GT-R
It has a very affordable price compared to other Japanese supercars and it is a very impressive vehicle. At the beginning it appeared as a version of the Skyline Nissan and it was able to produce 480 horsepower. After that it was separated into its own model, in 2007 and it can now produce 545 horsepower which come from a 3.8 liter twin turbo V6 engine. It can easily reach 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and its top speed is somewhere around 190 mph.
2. Acura NSX
Acura is definitely an exotic car, but also a very powerful one. It has a rear drive layout, mid-engine and a special aspect that makes it really interesting. Even if it has a 3.0 liter V6 engine and it can produce 280 horsepower this does not mean that it is not a supercar. It was produced from 1990 to 2005 and according to recent news they plan on building a new hybrid NSX in the next few years.
3. Lexus LFA
This car has a 4.8 liter V10 engine and it is definitely easy to notice because of its aggressive styling. It costs $375.000 but it worth every cent. It is made of carbon fiber and it can produce up to 552 horsepower. In can go from 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds and it has a top speed of 202 mph. We can say that it is the fastest Japanese supercar. Apparently a roadster version may appear in the future years.
4. Nissan R390
This vehicle was designed by Nissan in order to compete at Le Mans in the late 1990s. Thanks to homologation requirements, Nissan built 2 cars, one of them residing in Nissan’s archives. The car has a 3.5 liter twin turbo V8 and it can produce 550 horsepower. Not to mention it goes from 0 to 60 in only 3.8 seconds and it can reach a 196 mph top speed. Isn’t it spectacular?
5. Mitsuoka Orochi
The only moment when this car was presented by someone, in public, was when James May drove it when Top Gear visited Japan. It first appeared in 2001 and it was produced until 2006. It comes with a 3.3 liter V6, can produce 230 horsepower and it has a five speed automatic. The car costs about 10 million yen and it is definitely an exotic one.
When it comes to the hybrid hatch, Lexus has announced that it is going to receive an important boost in power.
Recently a photo with the refreshed 2014 Lexus CT200h appeared and it managed to impress everybody.
Immediately new topics started and everybody wonders if the carmaker plants to expand the lineup of its popular hatch with a non-hybrid variant and a sedan. Another possibility is a high performance model. No matter what they plan to reveal, everybody is thrilled and they cannot wait to see new projects from this incredible carmaker.
Apparently one of Lexus’ senior global executive hinted that their new car is going to be a more powerful one and that their goal is to create something elegant, stylish and extremely powerful in the same time.
Taking into consideration the fact that their hatch has a decent reputation because of its incredible suspension set up and handling, if you add another powertrain option then a lot more units can be shifted. The car seems even more impressive and it has some huge chances to become very popular.
According to Mark Templin, the International Executive Vice President at Lexus, a lot of people loved the aspect of the car and they enjoyed the way it drove but they wanted something faster. This is how they missed the segment of the market that wants fast cars.
As we say, they do not plan on repeating the same mistake over and over again and this time they want to do it right. A good looking, easy to drive and fast car is exactly what they intent to release and this is definitely a combination that can please even the most demanding driver.
Lexus is the first carmaker that managed to create a luxury hybrid model by launching the CT exclusively with the drivetrain. Now they have two different possibilities: they can either add a larger gasoline electric hybrid, or they can even add a new 2.0 liter turbo that is going to be released in the LF-NX concept this month, in Tokyo.
We cannot wait to see what they have in mind and how the final vehicle is going to look like, but mostly, which are going to be its characteristics. Lexus is an important company and they never disappointed their loyal customers. We are sure that this is not going to be an exception and that their new car is going to be a pretty impressive one.
If you take a look at the exterior of the car then it is very possible to start wondering if you are looking at a car that was designed for the Power Rangers or other nonconformist heroes or for simple people.
The main conclusion that we can come to is that Lexus is done with bland styling. They have changed they style and they have gone nuts with something new, original and extremely modern. There are only two possibilities when it comes to their new ideas: either you love them or you hate them. There is not a grey zone here at all.
This new original design has been applied to all of its latest models but the LF-NX Crossover Concept is the most impressive one. It is an extremely important car for Lexus and they consider it as an experiment that explores the boundaries of such a vehicle.
The car is actually a mid size crossover which has a full hybrid system. Its power comes from a 2.5 liter engine which can produce 156 hp. It also has an electric power that manages to add some 44 hp extra. According to Lexus, this car was tuned for SUV performance.
At this moment the concept is a front wheel drive one but it is possible that they create all wheel drive systems later on. The interior of the car is extremely impressive and it has a new touchpad Remote Touch Interface design.
When it comes to the center console and the dash aspect the key word is “dramatic”. We can only appreciate Lexus’ interest in creating something unique and interesting.
The LF-NX concept was created in order to compete with Range Rover Evoque and Audi Q5 and this puts a lot of pressure on the shoulders of its makers. The design project manager Nobuyuki Tomatsu said that he hopes that this car becomes a very influential one which is able to transform its rivals into boring and ordinary cars.
The vehicle will be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week and we bet that it is going to surprise everybody. We are not sure yet that it is going to be a pleasant surprise but we are definitely curious to see what they managed to create.
This car seems a pretty special one and we are 100% sure that it is going to have a lot of fans.
Great news for all you LFA fans out there! Even though the last of the 500 LFA units has been sent to its owner, Lexus has been busy at work preparing the next best thing. Mr. Brian Smith, or Lexus’ Vice President of Marketing, has confirmed that a production version of the 2012 LF-LC concept is already on its way.
As a reminder, the concept car was unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show as a hybrid 2+2 sport coupe. It features an evolutionary design with a huge spindle grille, vertical fog lamps and L-shaped daytime running lights. The vehicle also showcases a glass roof, a quad exhaust setup, aggressive headlights and tail lamps, as well as a set of huge alloy wheels. The interior looks out of this world with features chizzled down to the last detail. Just take a look at the steering wheel and the dashboard…
There’s not too much info regarding what’s trapped under the bonnet, other than it will be a front-engine layout with an Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive system connected to a rear-wheel drive system.
Hopefully the final production model won’t suffer too many modifications thus keeping its awesomeness intact. Furthermore, it’s not known if the model will be a replacement for the LFA but most likely it will be more expensive than most of Lexus’ lineup and available in limited quantities.
Mr. Brian Smith added that the Japanese carmaker still has several holes in its lineup to fill, hinting at future crossovers and SUVs which are increasingly popular all over the world.
Recent developments in the automotive industry are steadily closing the gap between reality and science-fiction. Soon enough, we’ll be able to get into our cars, select the destination and let technology do what the magic carped did for Aladin.
Today’s vehicles come equipped with safety features like the imminent collision technology, driver alertness and lane assist, so how far down the rabbit hole do we have to drive until we remove the driver from driving? Well, aside the automakers that have been integrating these safety systems into their cars, a handful have been experimenting with completely autonomous cars.
Toyota has recently joined this “exclusive club” with the unveiling of its own self-driving car. At the Consumer Electronics Show now under way in Las Vegas, the Japanese automaker has presented the first details about an automated prototype based on the Lexus LS sedan. Also known as the Advanced Active Safety Research Vehicle, the vehicle depicted here features a number of systems developed by Toyota’s Integrated Safety Management Concept which combines various new technologies to let the Lexus LS drive itself.
Some of the technologies fitted on the vehicle include GPS, stereoscopic cameras, radar and a laser system called Light Detection and Ranging of LIDAR. The latter uses a spinning sensor, mounted on top of the car, that can detect objects all around the car for 70 meters. The system is supplemented by three high-def color cameras that can read as far as 150 meters to see other vehicles on the road and even read traffic lights. The result of all these systems is that the car can drive itself – starting up the engine from park, driving off, stopping to avoid collisions and safeguarding the occupants in case of a crash.
Toyota’s officials have said that even though the systems haven’t been designed for creating an autonomous production vehicle at the moment, they could very well lead to such a development in the future. Furthermore, “Toyota and Lexus envision technologies that enhance the skills of the driver, believing a more skillful driver is a safer driver.”