AutoGuide.com News » Lexus http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:29:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 AutoGuide.com News » Lexus http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/wp-content/themes/autoguide-proper/img/logo_autoguide_red.gif http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news Lexus LF-LC Variant Getting 600-HP Twin-Turbo V8 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/lexus-lf-lc-variant-getting-600-hp-twin-turbo-v8.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/lexus-lf-lc-variant-getting-600-hp-twin-turbo-v8.html#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:26:20 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=251413 Lexus LF-LC Variant Getting 600-HP Twin-Turbo V8 Lexus LF-LC Variant Getting 600-HP Twin-Turbo V8
Lexus is planning a contender in the luxury sports coupe category. While the company has the upcoming RC F to look forward to, rumor has it that a high-performance variant of the production LF-LC could be packing a twin-turbo version of the RC F’s 5.0-liter V8 engine. It was reported earlier that the LF-LC production... more]]>
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Lexus is planning a contender in the luxury sports coupe category.

While the company has the upcoming RC F to look forward to, rumor has it that a high-performance variant of the production LF-LC could be packing a twin-turbo version of the RC F’s 5.0-liter V8 engine. It was reported earlier that the LF-LC production will kick off in 2016 and will likely head to market as a new SC model for the Japanese automaker.

SEE ALSO: Lexus LF-LC Production to Commence in 2016

It is being speculated that the high-performance SC F model will be powered by the twin-turbo V8, though a 600-hp rating could be on the conservative side. The company will also bring a SC H hybrid model with a powertrain that is likely the result of the company’s joint projects with BMW. The hybrid powertrain could sport around 500-hp total system output. Finally the base naturally-aspirated V8 will be less powerful than the hybrid variant with around 450 hp.

As the luxury sports car horsepower war rages on, Lexus will need to pull out all the stops in order to compete.

GALLERY: Lexus LF-LC

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[Source: Motor Trend]

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Lexus Pondering Sub-NX Crossover http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/lexus-considering-smaller-model-nx.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/lexus-considering-smaller-model-nx.html#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:02:57 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=251348 Lexus Pondering Sub-NX Crossover Lexus Pondering Sub-NX Crossover
Lexus wants to become less dependent on the North American market for its sales and that could mean a smaller lineup. Most recently, the Japanese automaker added the new NX crossover, but the company is considering an even smaller crossover. According to the brand’s European vice president, Alain Uyttenhoven, the launch of a small SUV... more]]>
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Lexus wants to become less dependent on the North American market for its sales and that could mean a smaller lineup.

Most recently, the Japanese automaker added the new NX crossover, but the company is considering an even smaller crossover. According to the brand’s European vice president, Alain Uyttenhoven, the launch of a small SUV is “not impossible” for Lexus and even “made sense” for the brand. He wouldn’t confirm that a model is being developed.

SEE ALSO: 2015 Lexus NX Review

Currently the North American market accounts for nearly half of the company’s total annual sales. But tastes in the European, Chinese and Japanese markets will likely result in the development of smaller models, such as one that would slot under the new NX. Uyttenhoven said rouhgly 60 percent of the premium vehicles sold in Europe retail below $54,000 and that he believes the premium market starts with the compact Audi A1.

GALLERY: Lexus NX 200t F Sport

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[Source: Autocar]

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Lexus LF-LC Production to Commence in 2016 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/lexus-lf-lc-production-commence-2016.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/lexus-lf-lc-production-commence-2016.html#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:26:37 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=251262 Lexus LF-LC Production to Commence in 2016 Lexus LF-LC Production to Commence in 2016
Lexus has plans for a new flagship coupe model based on the LF-LC Concept, which will beging production in 2016. According to Autocar, the production car will look almost the same as the concept car, which impressed crowds with its style when it was revealed at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. “The production LF-LC will not be... more]]>
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Lexus has plans for a new flagship coupe model based on the LF-LC Concept, which will beging production in 2016.

According to Autocar, the production car will look almost the same as the concept car, which impressed crowds with its style when it was revealed at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. “The production LF-LC will not be a huge volume [car] for Lexus, but it will bring huge emotion,” said Lexus Europe’s vice-president Alain Uyttenhoven.

SEE ALSO: Lexus SC Might Return as Production LF-LC

Recent rumors suggest that the LF-LC will bring back the SC badge, and will be based on a shortened version of the Lexus LS platform.

Lexus has plans to introduce an all-new car every year between now and 2020. In 2014, it is the NX crossover, while 2015 will be the RC Coupe and 2016 will be the LF-LC.

GALLERY: Lexus LF-LC

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[Source: Autocar]

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Most Watched Videos of the Week: July 6 July 13, 2014 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/watched-videos-week-july-6-july-13-2014.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/watched-videos-week-july-6-july-13-2014.html#comments Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:42:48 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=250696 Most Watched Videos of the Week: July 6 – July 13, 2014 Most Watched Videos of the Week: July 6 – July 13, 2014
Whether you’re shopping for a sports car, SUV or all-purpose wagon, AutoGuide.com’s most watched videos have you covered. This past week, our viewers flocked to the review of the all-new Lexus NX crossover to see how it stacks up to the competition in a rapidly-growing segment. In addition, our review of the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG... more]]>
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Whether you’re shopping for a sports car, SUV or all-purpose wagon, AutoGuide.com’s most watched videos have you covered.

This past week, our viewers flocked to the review of the all-new Lexus NX crossover to see how it stacks up to the competition in a rapidly-growing segment. In addition, our review of the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S 4MATIC wagon garnered plenty of views while luxury convertible lovers gravitated to our Jaguar XKR-S review.

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2015 Lexus NX Review

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Most Read Car Reviews of the Week: July 6 13 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/read-car-reviews-week-july-6-13.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/read-car-reviews-week-july-6-13.html#comments Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:31:32 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=250677 Most Read Car Reviews of the Week: July 6 – 13 Most Read Car Reviews of the Week: July 6 – 13
Lexus has jumped into the luxury compact crossover segment with the new 2015 NX, our review of which was the most popular on Autoguide.com last week.  The hybrid version of the NX offers class-leading fuel economy at 22 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway. The other option is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo that makes 235 hp... more]]>
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Lexus has jumped into the luxury compact crossover segment with the new 2015 NX, our review of which was the most popular on Autoguide.com last week. 

The hybrid version of the NX offers class-leading fuel economy at 22 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway. The other option is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo that makes 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

Another new luxury compact crossover proved popular this week, the 2015 Porsche Macan. Although it starts at $50,895, the Macan can be dressed up with loads of options taking the price tag up to $102,435. For that, you get a Turbocharged 3.6L V6 that makes 400 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque.

The all-new 2015 Subaru Outback takes the third spot on the list this week. Subaru has ditched the Outback’s automatic transmission in favor of a CVT, which is now the only option. So can the Outback still hack it off road?

A high-power station wagon takes the fourth spot. The Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon uses a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 that makes 577 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, sent through all four wheels through a seven-speed automatic.

Last up this week is the 2014 Jeep Wrangler S. One of the low-end models, the S comes with a six-speed manual transmission and costs $28,645.

So whether you’re shopping for a new car and looking for advice, you want to keep up to date on the auto industry or you’re just looking for a good read, check out the hotlinks to each of the stories below and see more new car reviews here.

2015 Lexus NX Review – Video

2015 Porsche Macan Review – Video

2015 Subaru Outback Review 

2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Review – Video

2014 Jeep Wrangler S Review 

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Lexus RC F Spotted in the Wild Once More http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/lexus-rc-f-spotted-wild.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/lexus-rc-f-spotted-wild.html#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:06:50 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=250621 Lexus RC F Spotted in the Wild Once More Lexus RC F Spotted in the Wild Once More
AutoGuide.com has received even more photos of the stunning Lexus RC F Solar Flare. The Lexus RC F originally made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year as the brand’s latest sports coupe. Powered by a 5.0-liter V8 that will sport over 450 hp according to the Japanese automaker, the RC F... more]]>
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AutoGuide.com has received even more photos of the stunning Lexus RC F Solar Flare.

The Lexus RC F originally made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year as the brand’s latest sports coupe. Powered by a 5.0-liter V8 that will sport over 450 hp according to the Japanese automaker, the RC F is poised to compete with other luxury sports cars such as the BMW M4.

Recently, the company held a contest and asked its fans to help name the new orange paint shade that was added to the RC F’s palette, with Solar Flare winning the vote.

SEE ALSO: Lexus RC F Solar Flare Looks Stunning in Real Life

Along with at least 450 hp, the RC F is expected to have at least 383 lb-ft of torque and the powerplant will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The newest Lexus model is expected to arrive dealerships later this year and expect pricing to be announced closer to its launch.

GALLERY: Lexus RC F

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[Source: Hype Media]

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Lexus NX 300h Claims Most Fuel Efficient Crossover Title http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/lexus-nx-300h-claims-fuel-efficient-crossover-title.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/lexus-nx-300h-claims-fuel-efficient-crossover-title.html#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:10:55 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=250330 Lexus NX 300h Claims Most Fuel Efficient Crossover Title Lexus NX 300h Claims Most Fuel Efficient Crossover Title
The newest addition to the Lexus lineup is also the most fuel efficient in the crossover segment.  With a combined fuel economy rating of 33 mpg, the Lexus NX 300h bests the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, which nets 31 mpg combined. Subaru’s offering however comes with all-wheel drive so if we’re to compare apples to... more]]>
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The newest addition to the Lexus lineup is also the most fuel efficient in the crossover segment. 

With a combined fuel economy rating of 33 mpg, the Lexus NX 300h bests the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, which nets 31 mpg combined. Subaru’s offering however comes with all-wheel drive so if we’re to compare apples to apples, the Lexus NX 300h AWD gets a 32 mpg combined rating. In front-wheel drive form, the Lexus NX 300h is rated at 35 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway while the all-wheel drive model returns 33 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient SUVs

The 2015 Lexus NX 300h features the company’s Hybrid Drive system with a total output of 194 hp from its 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine mated to an electric motor. In the all-wheel drive NX 300h, an extra 67-hp electric motor is utilized to drive the rear wheels, though it doesn’t affect total system output.

SEE ALSO: 2015 Lexus NX Review

For those looking for a luxury crossover with impressive fuel economy, the NX 300h might be your choice. Then again, pricing for the model hasn’t been announced so it’s unclear just how competitive it will be within the market.

GALLERY: Lexus NX 200t F Sport

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Top 10 2014 Total Quality Index Vehicles http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/top-10-2014-total-quality-index-vehicles.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/top-10-2014-total-quality-index-vehicles.html#comments Sat, 05 Jul 2014 14:14:05 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=249777 Top 10 2014 Total Quality Index Vehicles Top 10 2014 Total Quality Index Vehicles
Each year, Strategic Vision releases its Total Quality Index, which it says includes positive and negative product experiences on vehicles including reliability, actual problems, driving excitement and other measures. This year’s study surveyed a total of 38,361 owners and here are the top 10 vehicles with the highest scores. more]]>

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Each year, Strategic Vision releases its Total Quality Index, which it says includes positive and negative product experiences on vehicles including reliability, actual problems, driving excitement and other measures.

This year’s study surveyed a total of 38,361 owners and here are the top 10 vehicles with the highest scores.

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Lexus RC F Solar Flare Looks Stunning in Real Life http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/lexus-rc-f-solar-flare-looks-stunning-real-life.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/lexus-rc-f-solar-flare-looks-stunning-real-life.html#comments Fri, 04 Jul 2014 20:42:46 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=250032 Lexus RC F Solar Flare Looks Stunning in Real Life Lexus RC F Solar Flare Looks Stunning in Real Life
Lexus recently gave its fans the chance to name a new color that will adorn RC F, and the first photos have popped up showing the car in the flesh. Named Solar Orange, it certainly is an eye catching color on what it probably one of the nicest looking cars that Lexus has ever put... more]]>
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Lexus recently gave its fans the chance to name a new color that will adorn RC F, and the first photos have popped up showing the car in the flesh.

Named Solar Orange, it certainly is an eye catching color on what it probably one of the nicest looking cars that Lexus has ever put together, save perhaps, the LFA.

SEE ALSO: Lexus Names New RC F Color ‘Solar Flare’

Under the hood of this car, a 5.0-liter V8 will put out more than 450 hp, though numbers are yet to be announced. Lexus has said however that it will be the most powerful V8 they have ever put under the hood.

GALLERY: Lexus RC-F Solar Flare

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2015 Lexus IS gets Minor Tweaks, Small Price Increase http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/2015-lexus-receives-light-refresh.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/2015-lexus-receives-light-refresh.html#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:36:10 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=249745 2015 Lexus IS gets Minor Tweaks, Small Price Increase 2015 Lexus IS gets Minor Tweaks, Small Price Increase
Lexus has lightly upgraded the IS sports sedan for the 2015 model year with some new standard content and revised style.  The sole exterior styling change is the addition of new LED foglights, while the rest of the additions come to the interior. New piano black trim comes to the window switches and instrument panel,... more]]>
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Lexus has lightly upgraded the IS sports sedan for the 2015 model year with some new standard content and revised style. 

The sole exterior styling change is the addition of new LED foglights, while the rest of the additions come to the interior. New piano black trim comes to the window switches and instrument panel, while a new Stratus Gray interior color scheme replaces the Light Gray. Also, heated and ventilated front seats have been added to the IS F Sport.

For technology, Siri Eyes Free from Apple has been added to the IS, which is compatible with the iPhone 4S and 5. The car’s backup camera now gets grid lines to help with parking and finally customers are treated to a one-year subscription to Lexus Enform Remote, which allows you to control different functions of your car, like locking and unlocking doors, remotely from your smart phone.

SEE ALSO: 2014 Lexus IS vs 2014 Cadillac ATS

Mechanically, the IS remains the same, still offering a 2.5-liter V6 that makes 204 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque and a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 306 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. Both engines can be hooked up to all-wheel drive, though the car comes standard as rear-wheel drive. All models comes with a six-speed automatic except the IS350 rear-wheel drive, which gets an eight-speed automatic.

Pricing for the new car is getting a $450 boost across the board, which means the 2015 Lexus IS will start at $37,295.

GALLERY: 2015 Lexus IS

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Lexus RC F May Get Dual-Clutch Gearbox http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/lexus-rc-f-may-get-dual-clutch-gearbox.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/lexus-rc-f-may-get-dual-clutch-gearbox.html#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:08:54 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=249236 Lexus RC F May Get Dual-Clutch Gearbox Lexus RC F May Get Dual-Clutch Gearbox
Would the Lexus RC F and IS F models benefit from a dual-clutch gearbox? The IS F has admittedly not caught onto the high-performance luxury segment as well as the Japanese automaker would like. What Lexus was hoping would be a competitor to the BMW M3 has simply become an anomaly in the lineup, not... more]]>
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Would the Lexus RC F and IS F models benefit from a dual-clutch gearbox?

The IS F has admittedly not caught onto the high-performance luxury segment as well as the Japanese automaker would like. What Lexus was hoping would be a competitor to the BMW M3 has simply become an anomaly in the lineup, not even receiving the same styling and design updates as the standard IS sedan. But now, with the RC F revealed and heading to dealerships before the end of the year, the need of a dual-clutch gearbox is becoming more prevalent.

SEE ALSO: 2015 Lexus RC F Coupe Snarls With ‘More than 450 HP’

Which is why Toyota Motorsport GmbH has been tasked with the job of developing what its calling a manual-shift gearbox, which is likely a dual-clutch transmission. In a recent interview, TMG business operations director Rob Leupen shared the news of the gearbox’s development but also noted that development of hybrid technology for the next-generation IS F is also in the works in combination with the new dual-clutch gearbox. According to Leupen, the next-generation IS F is two or three years away.

GALLERY: Lexus RC F Coupe At 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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GALLERY: Lexus RC F Coupe Live Shots

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[Source: Motoring]

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Toyota’s TMG Performance Sub-Brand Shelved http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/toyota-tmg-performance-sub-brand-shelved.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/toyota-tmg-performance-sub-brand-shelved.html#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:15:17 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=248496 Toyota’s TMG Performance Sub-Brand Shelved Toyota’s TMG Performance Sub-Brand Shelved
Don’t expect a performance sub brand from Toyota or Lexus anytime soon. According to a recent report, the plan to make Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) into a performance sub brand like AMG has been shelved for the time being. In speaking to the Australian media, business operations director Rob Leupen said, “I don’t think you... more]]>
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Don’t expect a performance sub brand from Toyota or Lexus anytime soon.

According to a recent report, the plan to make Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) into a performance sub brand like AMG has been shelved for the time being. In speaking to the Australian media, business operations director Rob Leupen said, “I don’t think you will find in the next four or five years a TMG car in any dealership.”

SEE ALSO: Toyota Considering Performance Sub Brand: Report

Leupen expanded saying that TMG is providing ongoing vehicle development assistance to Toyota across a wide range of areas, not just performance. Unfortunately, he also took the time to confirm that the TMG Sports 650, which is based on the Lexus LS, will not head to production.

GALLERY: TMG Sports 650

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[Source: Motoring]

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