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Lexus presents LC Inspiration Series Concept and UX 250h Concept at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
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.Read the entire article Lexus presents LC Inspiration Series Concept and UX 250h Concept at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Currently, there aren’t any Lexus convertibles out in the market, but it seems like it won’t be too long until we see one again. This is because Toyota’s premium brand is reportedly thinking of taking the LC’s roof off. These look pretty cool too for a more powerful variant of the coupe as well.
It also seems like the convertible is already a done deal. A source told Auto Express that there has already been a go signal for the production of this model. That being said, it is not scheduled to arrive dealerships until at least two years from now.
Yoshihiro Sawa, the Japanese automaker’s Senior Managing Officer, told Auto Express that their luxury market will definitely require a convertible, and that he hopes to have a convertible in their lineup very soon. So simply said, they have not confirmed the rumours yet.Read the entire article Lexus LC convertible is rumoured to arrive by 2020, LC F may follow
When Lexus first launched the production version of the LC coupe, it surprised many because it had a strong resemblance with the LF-LC concept that many loved as seen back during the 2012 NAIAS.
Now, the LC coupe has an interesting body design, and it really is not the easiest model to modify, but Liberty Walk decided to do so anyway. And voila, customers can now get this body kit, which is available for both the LC500 as well as the LC500h. They also have two choices when getting the package, the FRP and the CFRP that costs from $13,380 to $19,440 outside of Japan.
So you are probably wondering what you would get with the Liberty Walk package. Well, that includes the Japanese tuner’s massive bolt-on fenders that are now actually considered to be the company’s signature. But that’s not all you will get of course, as this also comes with a front lip, side skirt add-ons, a boot lid-mounted wing, and a more aggressive rear diffuser.Read the entire article Liberty Walk outfitted the Lexus LC 500 in a flashy body kit
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).Read the entire article Rumored Lexus LC F hardcore performance coupe to offer 621 hp from a bi-turbo V8
Marvel fans will be looking forward to another movie in February -- the Black Panther. We initially thought that he would be driving a car like the Bugatti Chiron. But it turns out that the superhero is actually going to be driving a Lexus instead. Yes, believe it or not, it is Toyota’s sister company that stepped up to work in collaboration with the upcoming Black Panther, which is set to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In fact, they even built special cars specifically for the film, and soon a few lucky people will be able to purchase one of the cars built. But of course, you have to be real quick to get your hands on one. Lexus said that only 100 examples of the special edition model will be built. Another thing you’ll need to have is a lot of extra money in the bank, because it took a total of eight months just to complete the paint job alone, so it has got to be extremely pricey.
So what exactly is this car you ask? It is a 2018 Lexus LC 500 that is part of the automaker’s Inspiration Series. And only 100 units of the very first model will be available for the United States. You’ll probably agree that the LC 500 is already a beautiful coupe, and Lexus enhances it even more with a bespoke white interior, a unique set of 21-inch wheels, carbon fiber scuff plates and a Barneys barware set. We are guessing that the latter is for the passenger to enjoy, and not the driver. But we will see in the movie if Black Panther takes advantage of it. As for the mechanical bits, they remain the same, with a 5.0 liter V8 engine that works with a 10 speed automatic transmission, producing as much as 471 horsepower - not bad for a superhero.Read the entire article Lexus built two cars for Marvel’s Black Panther movie, will debut at SEMA
For the past 15 years, Lexus has been conducting a research into butterfly wings. And this study resulted in a special paint job from the Japanese automaker. It is so complicated that the paint alone requires 12 steps and 20 quality inspections. We will first see this on the LC 500 Structural Blue Edition, that creates an iridescent look on the grand tourer.
The company was inspired by the Morpho butterfly, which gave them this particular shade of blue. Lexus says that unlike conventional finishes where the paint reflects just under 50 percent of the pigments, this shade reflects almost 100 percent. The tiny pigments let the vehicle produce an ever changing shade of blue. The only downside is that this is not apparent in photographs, which is why you cannot really appreciate it in these photos.
When Lexus first came up with this shade, they had to use 40 layers of paint to let it produce this effect. However, after years of study, they were able to reduce this down to only 7 layers - now making it more feasible for production models.Read the entire article Butterfly-inspired iridescent Structural Blue paint appears first on Lexus LC 500
Who would buy a secondhand car that has already crashed? That would be someone who knows a good opportunity when he sees one. We know that the 2018 Lexus LC 500 had begun deliveries to its United States customers recently. But apparently, one has already crashed and it’s now being sold on Copart.
With only as little as 777 miles on its odometer, the two-door sports coupe’s life has already been cut short after the accident. The vehicle is being sold by State Farm Insurance, with a title that says it had been salvaged but is repairable. Here’s the thing, it will be challenging and costly to repair a model like the Lexus LC 500, considering that it is a 2018 model.
Based on the photo that had been posted, the LC 500 has gone through a painful hit up on the front fascia. The bumper, spindle grille, hood and front quarter panels have been seriously damaged. That is not all, even the windshield has been shattered, while the radiator has been pushed out of place. Furthermore, the undercarriage was also seriously damaged, which caused the steering wheel and curtain airbags to be inflated.Read the entire article Crashed 2018 Lexus LC 500 is listed for sale
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.Read the entire article Lexus LC F would be as potent as Nissan GT-R Nismo and Mercedes-AMG GT
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.Read the entire article 600 hp Lexus LC F rumored to premiere at the 2017 Tokyo Auto Show
There is no harm in admitting that both the conventional and the hybrid versions of the Lexus LC 500 are real stunners when it comes to its exterior styling. Even its interior is richly luxurious and dynamically comfortable, as what you could expect from a Lexus.
When it comes to performance, the Lexus LC 500 is also mesmerizing, with acceleration and speed levels that are out of the ordinary.
Nonetheless, when it comes to choosing cars, fuel economy has been a consideration. Even when fuel prices are low, there is still a good number of customers who see fuel economy as one of the factors in buying a car. Good news is that while both the Lexus LC 500 and the Lexus LC 500h are high-performance units, they are pretty fuel efficient, especially the hybrid version.Read the entire article 2018 Lexus LC 500h boasts impressive fuel economy rating of 30 mpg combined
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.Read the entire article Toyota trademarks LC F and Lexus LC F, a hardcore LC could be coming
Soon, one of the largest annual games in the United States will happen, and Lexus will not let its live broadcast pass by without showing a commercial advertisement. After all, it’s the National Football League’s Super Bowl, one of the most watched games both in the stadium and in the television – a big chance to reach a massive audience in one go.
To note, Lexus missed the 2016 edition of the big game, the Super Bowl 50. But the luxury arm of Japanese carmaker Toyota Motors will be present this year. During the 2015 edition – the Super Bowl XLIX – Lexus showed two spots with durations of 30 seconds each. The first spot (Make Some Noise) was about the Lexus NX luxury crossover, while the second ad (Let’s Play) trumped the Lexus RC premium sports coupe.
For this year’s Super Bowl – to be held on February 5, 2017 at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas and to be primarily broadcasted live by Fox in the United States – Lexus will be flaunting its newly unveiled LC 500 luxury coupe. Lexus’ upcoming Super Bowl spot will be a 30-second version of a just-released one commercial ad – lasting for a minute -- titled “Man & Machine.” This one-minute features well-known movement artist and street dancer Lil Buck and the sportily elegant Lexus LC 500 luxury coupe seemingly dancing together. The duo matches their rhythm to the dynamic song “Move Your Body” by pop star Sia. The aggressive spot is directed by music video maker Jonas Akerlund, whose previous projects included Madonna’s Ray of Light video. Voiceover is done by award-winning actress Minnie Driver.Read the entire article Lexus’ Super Bowl LI ad will have the LC 500 and Lil Buck moving in rhythm [w/video]
When Lexus unveiled the LC 500 luxury sports coupe, it proved to the world that it is brave enough to reinvent itself. Well, it was not long ago when Lexus was considered as a premium brand that has become utterly boring. That could be because Lexus has been creating premium cars with similar designs, similar cues and similar values.
We couldn’t blame Toyota’s luxury brand for doing that. Lexus spent not just years, but decades of building a reputation for high quality and very reliable vehicles. With this, Lexus was able to experience a surge of success. But its own achievements were what made Lexus quite hard-headed about reinventing itself to become a premium manufacturer of also sporty and exciting luxury cars.
Enter the Lexus 500 luxury sports coupe. This flagship coupe is the company’s strongest statement – so far -- regarding the future direction of its production line. It is bound to influence Lexus’ lineup better than the Lexus LFA sports car. While the luxury brand during recent years has been introducing new models like the IS, NX, and RC -- all of which boast of high levels of emotion – the LC 500 is a personification of performance, luxury and athleticism and style.Read the entire article Lexus reinvents itself by marrying sportiness and luxury with LC 500 grand touring coupe
Wonder what else is happening in Detroit? Well, since the official pricing for the 2018 Lexus LC has been already announced, more audiences would surely be lining up to see what the new sports coupe has to offer.
The timing is quite perfect as the all-new Lexus LC is currently on display at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. According to Lexus, you can have the LC for as low as $92,000 MSRP. Assuming the destination and handling costs would be more or less $975, that’s still below $100,000.
The LC 500 variant will be able to generate 471hp and 398lb-ft of torque from its 5.0-liter V8 engine. We think this is a much better choice when it comes to price and performance. What’s more, this Lexus model will be the first to have the 10-speed automatic for its gearbox.Read the entire article 2018 Lexus LC priced from $92,000
One can argue that when it comes to coupes, the LC is one of the most attractive there is. Lexus however knew that this model can become more beautiful and thus, it entered into a partnership with Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing to make this possible. Revealed during the 2016 SEMA Show, this version of the 2017 Lexus LC 500 Coupe may well be the first ever customized variant. Though some may consider this to be a relatively easy project, the brand in fact started development of this customized version a full year before presenting the production model version. This was a big challenge as it meant that the prototype had be developed before the base model is released to market and there is no aftermarket support or even any accessories.
Lexus has yet to reveal any changes done on the interior although the brand says it will have the same specifications as that of the GT3 like the body-hugging Sparco seats that have been dipped in carbon fiber and the safety cage. For the exterior, the diffusers have been made more noticeable, and one can see the new rear ear wing and fender flares, with the side skirts made more robust.
This combination ensures that while the customized version has a more spirited appearance it continues to have the original design’s sharpness. Though already strong, this look is enhanced even further by fitting in the HRE 22-inch wheels that comes with a satin charcoal finish and then equipped with the Pirelli P Zero Nero tires. At the back of the wheels are the Brembo brake calipers which are color-coordinated with the same wheels.Read the entire article Lexus unveils first ever customized LC 500 Coupe during 2016 SEMA Show
The new Lexus LC 500h, a hybrid version of the all-new LC luxury coupe will be unveiled in the coming 2016 Geneva Motor Show -- featuring the company’s recent breakthroughs in hybrid technology. The new hybrid promises better efficiency, performance and improved driving experience thanks to the Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System, Lexus’s next generation hybrid powertrain.
On the other hand, the flagship luxury coupe, the all-new LC was recently debuted during the 2016 North American International Auto Show. With its premium styling, fine craftsmanship and dynamic performance, it is easy to gauge that this luxury coupe showcases Lexus’ latest architecture and design philosophy.
The LC is inspired by the LF-LC concept that was first unveiled in 2012, which marked a shift then in Lexus’ design language and engineering philosophy. The impressive visual styling of the concept was praised and recognized as evidenced by the awards this concept has received: LC EyesOn Design awards for Production Car and Best Designed Interior at the 2016 NAIAS.Read the entire article 2017 Lexus LC 500h features the world’s first Multi Stage Hybrid System
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