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Rumored Lexus LC F hardcore performance coupe to offer 621 hp from a bi-turbo V8

As soon as Toyota trademarked the names “LC F” and “Lexus LC F” at the European Union Intellectual Property Office, speculations have emerged that there could actually be a hardcore performance version of the Lexus LC 2+2 coupe. Just recently, an insider within Lexus has divulged to a Japanese automotive magazine that the LC F hardcore coupe could offer up to 621 hp of output.

In an interview with Japan’s Holiday Auto magazine – and as posted by Japan’s Lawrence Motorcycle X Car – the Lexus insider disclosed that the LC F would be taking on the formula of more power and less weight to offer a high level of performance without any compromise in luxury. This formula entails the employment of a powerful biturbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that could deliver around 621 hp (463 kW).

The formula also entails the intensive use of carbon-fiber reinforced polymer, a material that isn't just strong and rigid, but is also light and easy to shape. According to the Lexus insider, this weight-saving measure is being adopted on the LC F as the carmaker aims to make the hardcore performance car seven percent lighter than the LC coupe. If achieved, the LC F would have a weight of 3,980 lbs (1,778 kg).

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Lexus LC F would be as potent as Nissan GT-R Nismo and Mercedes-AMG GT

Even before Toyota, or in extension Lexus, makes an official announcement about the arrival of the more hardcore version of the LC performance coupe, certain details are already circulating over the specs of this variant—the Lexus LC F. Just recently, a Japanese Web site has said that the new Lexus LC F is being geared to offer a performance level that would be at par with the Japanese monster Nissan GT-R Nismo and the German powerhouse Mercedes-AMG GT.

In case you missed it, there have been speculations that Lexus could be planning hardcore variant of the LC. But it’s highly possible that it’s already in the midst of developing such a model after it was reported that Toyota Motors Corp. had applied for the trademark of the names “LC F” and “Lexus LC F” with the European Union Intellectual Property Office.

Lexus intended the LC to fully highlight its sporting credentials and its renewed focus on dynamism. Offering an F version that could take on some of the known performance cars would be a natural and logical step. Not only that, other Lexus coupes like the RC also had an F version. Thus, Toyota’s trademark application could serve as a vital clue to Lexus’ plans to offer an LC F.

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600 hp Lexus LC F rumored to premiere at the 2017 Tokyo Auto Show

Barely a month ago, a trademark was filed for a new Lexus LC F. That alone hints that something is up for the Japanese automotive brand. This early, it does look like Lexus is armed and ready for the upcoming 2017 Tokyo Auto Show this Fall. As it turns out, an unnamed insider from Toyota’s luxury division had spoken with Car and Driver and shared a few intriguing details on the supposed high-performance F variant.

The source said that the new LC F will have a more aggressive design to go with the more powerful engine underneath its hood. It sure is a good thing when you stumble upon a news feed where torque curves and power boost are also on the cards, don’t you think?

According to the source, the new LC F will not be using any of the LC 500h’s 354hp, 3.5-liter V6 electrified power unit nor it will have the LC 500’s 471hp 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 machinery. Rather, it would come with the latest 4.0-liter V8 turbocharger capable of delivering an impressive 600 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque.

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Toyota trademarks LC F and Lexus LC F, a hardcore LC could be coming

When Lexus unveiled the LC sports coupe, quite a number of people were already wishing that it would have a performance version. It is not that the LC 500 coupe isn’t much of a performer. In fact, Lexus has described the new LC as its new flagship 2+2 performance coupe. However, a more hardcore version of the Lexus LC would be a very welcome proposition. How we wish – just like many – that such LC version would be on its way.

Just recently, speculations have arisen that Lexus might be planning or is already working on a hardcore version of the LC performance coupe. These speculations were brought to the air by the fact that Lexus’ parent – Japanese auto giant Toyota Motors Corp. – has applied for the trademark of the names “LC F” and “Lexus LC F” with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. Since the LC was created in order to expressly highlight the premium brand’s sporting credentials and its new focus on dynamism, Lexus creating a more hardcore F version wouldn’t be a surprise. In fact, would be a natural and logical step to take, considering that its other coupes like the Lexus RC, also received an F version.

However, we will be quick to point out that a trademark application for a certain name doesn’t really amount to using it. A carmaker may file to trademark a certain name because it intends to realize it into an actual vehicle. However, the opposite could also be true – there could really be no plans to use that name on a certain vehicle in the near term. That carmaker may simply want to protect that name, thereby preventing other companies from using it.

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Ferrari and its beloved V8 engine have a lot of history together. This is the same engine that powers the Ferrari 488 GTB (Gran Turismo Berlinetta). Now, Ferrari has unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show a new two-seater berlinetta that pays homage to its most powerful V8 mill so far – the new Ferrari F8 Tributo.

As it names clearly indicates, the Ferrari F8 Tributo is a tribute to its award-winning V8 engine. For three years in a row – 2016, 2017 and 2018 – Ferrari’s 3,902-cc V8 engine grabbed the “Best Engine” accolade in the International Engine of the Year awards. It was also named as the best engine of the last two decades in 2018.

In the Ferrari 488 GTB, which was unveiled four years ago at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, this 3,902 cc V8 turbocharged engine delivers an astonishing 670 cv of max output at 8,000 rpm and 760 Nm of peak torque in the seventh gear. This amount of power is sent to the rear wheels via a revised seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox derived from 458 Italia. This allows the 488 GTB to sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.0 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 8.3 seconds, and achieve a top speed of 330 km/h or 205 mph.

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German carmaker Volkswagen is now making the latest evolution of the new Volkswagen Golf GTI -- the new Golf GTI TCR. First unveiled as a concept at the annual GTI meeting in Worthersee, Austria, the new Golf GTI TCR is touted to be the most hardcore, most powerful and the fastest Golf GTI ever. Interested customers in Germany can now order the new Golf GTI TCR at a starting price of EUR38,950 (around $44,356) including VAT.

The new Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR is basically the street going version of the same-named racing car that won the international TCR racing series two times. It is powered by a version of the carmaker’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is tuned to deliver up to 286 hp (213 kW) of max output. Power is sent to the wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission – the only option -- with a limited-slip front differential.

With this amount of power, the new Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR is capable of sprinting from nil to 62 miles per hour (100 km/h) in just 5.6 seconds, on its way to a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). However, when a customer avails of a certain option (Vmax), the Golf GTI TCR can go as fast as 162 mph (260 km/h).

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It has been three years since Toyota’s luxury division, Lexus, unveiled the LC Coupe at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), which is also known as the Detroit Auto Show. Now at the same venue, Lexus is presenting to the global public an open -top study of the LC Coupe – the Lexus LC Convertible Concept.

As the luxury carmaker puts it, the Lexus LC Convertible Concept suggests future direction of its LC flagship. The premium carmaker calls the LC Convertible Concept as an aspirational halo vehicle for the entire Lexus lineup. In terms of looks, the LC Convertible Concept is essentially the LC Coupe without a fixed roof. For three years, not a few have imagine how the LC Coupe would appear if it become a convertible. The LC Convertible Concept is the realization of this imagination in metal.

As Tadao Mori, Chief Designer of the Lexus LC Convertible Concept, quipped, the show car re-imagines the unmistakable design of the LC Coupe as a future convertible. He added that the LC Convertible Concept is a blend all the best aspects of the original LC Coupe, but with the dynamic design of a convertible.

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After VIN registrations revealed months ago that Porsche was planning a new 718 Cayman T, new details have surfaced that about the hardcore model. According to a report by Auto Express, the German sports carmaker has almost completed the new lightweight Porsche 718 Cayman T and is now putting the finishing touches on this new hardcore model.

As reported by Auto Express, the new Porsche 718 Cayman T will served as a follow-up to the recently released 911 T as its smaller sibling. The new 718 Cayman T will be much lighter than the 718 Cayman, as made possible by employing a number of weight saving features like thinner glass, fabric door pulls and sports seats. In addition, the 718 Cayman T has seen its audio system removed from its cabin.

Overall, the 718 Cayman T would be around 20 kg lighter – in terms of kerbweight -- than the 718 Cayman. The VIN listings uncovered in July show that the 718 Cayman T will have a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 3,649 lbs(1,655 kg), which is lighter than a manual-transmission Cayman S (3,670 lbs or 1,665 kg).

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Modena, Italy-based Ares Design is relatively a new company in the field of bespoke automotive design and modifications. But in the short time, Ares Design has demonstrated its capability of creating high-quality coach-built cars. Now, it is out to prove that once again, it can convert almost any vehicle into a bespoke creation through the new Project Wami.

Project Wami is Ares Design’s latest work, with the promise of becoming one of the most enticing roadsters ever made. However, there is yet no actual, final product at sight – the roadster has yet to exist. According to Ares Design, project is currently in its development stage. Nonetheless, based from the images released by the Italian tuning company, the Project Wami roadster looks gorgeous and holds a lot of promise.

Since there is actual car yet, the images of the Project Wami roadster released by Ares Design were just renderings. These are rendered images of how the final version of the Project Wami roadster would look like when it springs to life and take on the road.

Read the entire article Project Wami is a Maserati-inspired retro-roadster in development from Ares Design

More than a year after introducing the widely acclaimed ATS GT prototype at the at the luxurious Salon Privé exhibit, Automobili Turismo e Sport (ATS) has finally presented the final and production version of the supercar – the new ATS GT Launch Edition -- at the prestigious 2018 Monterey Car Week at The Quail.

The ATS GT Launch Edition takes inspiration from the 1964 ATS 2500 GT, a small coupe designed by Franco Scaglione, developed by ATS co-founders Giotto Bizzarrini and Carlo Chiti, and built more than 50 years ago. Back then, ATS only built 12 examples of the 2500 GT. As it seeks to honor the original model, ATS is also building 12 examples of the new GT Launch Edition.

Designed by ATS chief designer Emanuele Bomboi, the new ATS GT Launch Edition boasts of an aerodynamic bodywork -- made of carbon fiber – that reinterprets the original design of the 2500 GT. It features unique side-blades and seemingly floating rear lights. These rear lights are designed to extract the hot air from the engine bay. The GT Launch Edition makes use of the company’s Sistema-Trio hand-welded titanium with mufflers.

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The only hybrids that automotive customers can get now from Porsche are its Panamera four-door saloon and its Cayenne sports utility vehicle. While the German sports car maker has confirmed that it would build a hybrid version of the Porsche 911 sports car, that won't happen in the near term. For those who can’t wait for Porsche to offer a 911 hybrid, Vonnen Performance is offering to convert your sports car into one.

Porsche’s main reason for not offering a hybrid version of the 911 is that the German company still doesn’t believe that the current battery technology is on par with its expectations for its venerated sports car. But with the rapid pace that the battery technology is growing, that could happen in the next few years. Porsche chief executive Oliver Blume had said that a 911 hybrid may arrive on the mid-cycle refresh of the 992 generation, which should happen by around 2022 or so.

Because Porsche won't do a 911 hybrid now, Vonnen Performance is offering to do so for 911 models built between 2012 and 2016. This also applies for other Porsche offerings currently not having a hybrid version, like the Boxster and the Cayman. The conversion kit and the entire setup would cost a Porsche owner around $75,000.

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They easily look like the modern reincarnationa of the 1948 Ferrari 166 MM, the Ferrari 750 Monza and the Ferrari 860 Monza. After all, the Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 that were recently introduced by Ferrari take inspirations from legendary Ferrari Sports cars of the past in terms of both design and engineering.

The new Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 are the first models in a new concept of limited-edition special series dubbed as ‘Icona,’ as inspired by the carmaker’s iconic and legendary cars. The Monza SP1 and SP2 essentially blend the evocative design of Ferrari cars in the 1950s and the most advanced technology found in modern sports cars. The 1948 Ferrari 166 MM, the Ferrari 750 Monza and 860 Monza were credited for creating Ferrari’s legend in the 1950s through unprecedented wins in the World Sports Car Championship.

In terms of looks, the Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 are essentially twins. However, the Monza SP1 is single-seat road car that can only accommodate the driver on the right side. On the other hand, the Monza SP2 is a two-seater that allows the driver to bring along a front passenger to the ride. In the Monza SP2, the tonneau cover has been removed, while a second protective screen and a second roll-bar are added. The front passenger sits in a cockpit that replicates that of the driver, sans the steering wheel and a number of controls.

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Mercedes-AMG has a new entry-level performance model that will compete in the compact segment. Set to go against the Audi S3 hatchback, the new Mercedes-AMG A35 4MATIC is out to prove that premium hot hatches are able to deliver a new level of driving performance on the road.

The Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC was developed along with the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class right from the start, allowing AMG to inject the vaunted AMG DNA into every detail of the new hot hatch. The Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC makes use of the design idiom of the new A-Class with the addition of distinctive AMG elements.

For instance, the front end of the new AMG A 35 4MATIC is marked by a radiator grille with twin louvers, a front splitter and a AMG Line front apron with flics on the air intakes. Silver chrome trims are also found on the louvers in the outer air intakes. On the sides, the premium hot hatch features side sill panels of the AMG Line as well as aerodynamically optimized 18-inch light-alloy wheels in twin-spoke design. The rear end, meanwhile, is defined by a spoiler lip on the roof, two round tailpipe trims and a rear apron with a new diffuser insert.

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BMW M GmbH is getting things all hyped up leading to the impending launch of its BMW X3 M sports activity vehicle and the BMW X4 M sports activity coupe. In an effort to make things more excited and make prospective customers think more about the new X3 M and X4 M, BMW has decided to let the public view their respective prototypes as they tackled the Nurburgring.

BMW’s high performance unit calls the event as the first official presentation of the new BMW X3 M and the BMW X4 M. However, the event can’t be called an official unveiling, the as both M versions of the X3 and X4 were both heavily camouflaged, and BMW M didn’t really provide more details – especially their actual specs – about these new high performance models. Indeed, a presentation is really the most appropriate word to describe the event.

The official presentation of the new BMW X3 M and BMW X4 M, which series development has already been kicked off, took place during the DTM racing weekend at the Nrburgring (September 7 to 9, 2018). During the official presentation, BMW M had prototypes of the BMW X3 M and the BMW X4 M test driven on the circuit. The prototypes have been camouflaged to indicate their nature as pre-series vehicles, which means that nothing is final yet with regards to the development of the X3 M and the X4 M. Their performances are still being tuned, and their first public appearance is just a showcase of what to expect from these two new M vehicles.

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October 2019 is an important month for Nissan. It marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary 240Z, which is the original Z model from the Japanese carmaker. As part of the celebrations, Nissan is planning to unveil a new Z car – in prototype form -- at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, which coincides with the 50th year of the very first Z model.

This was basically confirmed by Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s Senior Vice President for Global Design, during an interview with Whichcar.com.au. Before this confirmation, there had been rumors that Nissan is planning a replacement for the 370Z, which has been in production since nearly 10 years ago. This decade-old two-seater rear-wheel-drive coupe is considered as one of the oldest sports car available in the market. A replacement would hardly surprise anyone, but back then, Nissan had yet to confirm anything.

During an interview with Whichcar.com.au, Albaisa remarked that is a huge pressure in creating a new Z car, adding that he is completely excited that he is in the position to work on the newest Z model. His statement essentially confirmed the rumors and the possibility of a new Z car. This also confirmed that no less than Nissan’s Senior Vice President for Global Design is involved in the project. Nonetheless, many are thrilled that the 370Z won't be continued as another version – instead a new Z car is really on the way. Expect a new Z prototype at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.

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Abarth is introducing the all-new 2019 Abarth 595 range, offering a sporty touch and performance, as back by a new suspension, upgraded technology and a powerful engine. The new Abarth 595 essential transform a Fiat 500 into an athletic hatchback that blends style and performance.

The brand with the iconic scorpion badge is offering the new 595 either as a hatchback or a convertible. The new Abarth 595 comes in five different flavors or trim levels: 595 (base), 595 Pista, 595 Turismo, 595 Competizione and 695 Rivale. All versions

All Abarth 595 models are packed with special features that don’t just make them look sportier, but also increase their performance levels. Their redesigned front end has larger air scoop that help manage heat in engine bay while hiking their cooling capacity by 18 percent. The rear bumper, meanwhile, comes with pronounced extractor as well as specific bumper inserts for each trim level.

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Being a sponsor of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Lexus took advantage of the prestigious event to unveil two new concepts that represent the luxury carmaker’s different takes on the future of luxury – the new Lexus LC Inspiration Series Concept and the new Lexus UX 250h Concept.

The Lexus LC Inspiration Series Concept is essentially the second vehicle in the carmaker’s Inspiration Series. The first Inspiration Series was an LC 500 finished in Structural Blue and inspired by a superhero from the Marvel cinematic universe -- King T’Challa, the monarch of Wakanda. Both the LC 500 Inspiration Series and the LC Inspiration Series Concept are regarded by Lexus as ultimate expressions of their flagship coupe, as marked by bold designs and exclusive elements.

While the first Inspiration Series wrapped in Structural Blue, the Lexus LC Inspiration Series Concept is finished in Flare Yellow exterior paint. This concept rides on a distinct set of black 21-inch forged alloy wheels. It also features a carbon fiber roof and an active rear spoiler.

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Just last month, Aston Martin took the veil off the all-new DBS Superleggera, the British carmaker’s latest V12-powered flagship that marries the dynamics and athleticism of a supercar and the luxurious refinement of a GT. If you are interested in personalizing your own DBS Superleggera without visiting the nearest Aston Martin showroom, then this online configurator is a great help.

The configurator for the Aston Martin took the veil off the all-new DBS Superleggera will prove to be a great aid for interested buyers to ensure that their new super GT is up to their own taste and preferences. Nonetheless, with a starting price of $304,995, the DBS Superleggera isn't that accessible; it is an extraordinary car with extraordinary price. Thus, the online configurator could also serve as a big fan-service to enthusiasts who admire the new DBS Superleggera but whose pockets aren’t deep enough to afford one.

The online configurator for the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera allows one to choose from two color palettes: the typical range of colors from Aston Martin, and the selection of shades exclusive to the Q by Aston Martin service. One can also figure the finish of the carbon fiber exterior body pack, louvers on the bonnet and the sides, mirror caps, roof, roof strake, and underbonnet. There are also options for the tail lights, wheels and brake calipers. Six 21-inch forged wheels are available while the brake calipers can be painted in any of the 12 colors (six regular and six Q by Aston Martin choices.

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Aston Martin has finally unveiled its newest V12-powered flagship that combines the power and sportiness of a super car and the refinement and luxury of a GT – the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.

The new Aston Martin combines two names that have been considered memorable names. The name “DBS” is derived from an iconic nameplate that made its debut in 1967. The moniker “Superleggera,” on the other hand, is a tribute by Aston Martin to the groundbreaking innovative lightweight construction methods initiated by renowned Italian coachbuilder, Touring.

Thus, the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera brings the best of two worlds into one Super GT. It boasts of remarkable power and dynamics to deliver an exhilarating driving experience. At the same time, the new DBS Superleggera delivers a high level of craftsmanship as complemented by an opportunity for customers to personalize the Super GT according to their tastes and preferences.

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Mercedes-AMG only came out with the E43 lineup a few years ago, and already, the said model is ready to retire the badge so they could give way for the arrival of the electrified E53 family. It was first revealed at the beginning of the year during the Detroit Auto Show and came in two body styles, a coupe and a cabriolet. These were then followed by the reveal of the sedan and wagon flavours last month.

And according to the automaker, towards the end of the year, Mercedes will be selling the 2019 model year E53 Sedan in the United States, as a replacement of the E43 Sedan, and it will come along with the more upscale two-door E53 models. To make it clear, the name change is just a minor thing.

The real upgrade is in its performance, as it now packs more power. But instead, the new inline six biturbo 3.0 liter engine has an output of 429 horsepower and 384 pound feet of torque. That’s a noticeable difference compared to the old model that offered the output of 396 horsepower and 384 pound feet that came from the former V6 engine.

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