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Exploring the inspiration for F Sport
Known for comfortable luxury, we take a look at the Lexus brand’s emerging focus on performance.
Lexus will soon add a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as a step toward modernizing its powertrain selection.
In December 2012, the last Lexus LFA, number 500 of 500 rolled off the assembly line, leaving many car fans wondering what’s next for the Japanese brand? While Lexus has been mum about the future of its supercar, the company released a new video saluting the advancements of the LFA, and the new driver-focused mantra of Lexus.
There’s very little noise more satisfying than the screaming V10 engine of the Lexus LFA, and fortunately this video’s soundtrack is littered with the brilliant exhaust note of the big engine. Putting out over 500-hp and having a redline at 9,000 rpm, the engine isn’t even the LFA’s most interesting component.
It’s mostly carbon fiber construction is made in house by Lexus using a carbon fiber circular loom, one of two in the whole world. The whole car is an out-of-the-ordinary excercise by Lexus, an automaker that used to be known for floaty luxury cars just ten years ago. However starting with the LFA it seems like the brand’s emphasis has switched into delivering brilliant driving experiences.
With many hoping another LFA is on the way, Lexus has insisted that the lessons learned from the LFA will translate into its future products. The factory which made the impressive supercar is yet to be shut down, with workers continuing to make parts for the 500 LFA owners out there.
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14. Acura ZDX
As 2012 winds to an end, AutoGuide looks back at all the vehicles that received the axe this year, some that will be missed, while others surely won’t be.
Starting it off is the Acura ZDX, a crossover that had a very tough time breaking into the market. Priced at around $51,815 including delivery, the ZDX was hardly a hot seller for the Japanese automaker, and it’s clear that Acura can’t wait to move forward from it.
10. 2014 Porsche Cayman S
Make no mistake, this IS as much of a bucket-list as it is a dream list of cars. I’ve yet to drive many of these sublime examples of motoring, but if I was ever given the opportunity, I’d jump at it, potentially re-scheduling a birthday party, religious holiday or anniversary to get a chance behind one of these vehicles. If (or until) these opportunities arise, I’ll have to just dream.
When was the last time a car’s braking performance made headlines? Or when a vehicle’s defining feature was listed as its ability to come to a stop in a hurry?