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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
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.Read the entire article Lexus LC Convertible Concept unveiled at 2019 Detroit Auto Show
Audi has unveiled an all-electric concept car at the Pebble Beach Automotive Week in Monterey, California that visualizes a radical electrically powered driving machine for both the road and the race track. The all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron Concept is essentially a design and technical study of a futuristic high-performance sports car.
Basically, the PB18 e-tron boasts of a technical concept built from Audi's years of victories at the Le Mans, as implemented through the carmaker’s high-performance arm -- Audi Sport GmbH. The “PB18” in its name refers to the place and year (Pebble Beach and 2018) it was unveiled, while the “e-tron” signifies the fact that the concept shares the technological DNA with the Audi R18 e-tron, the carmaker’s high successful LMP1 racing car.
In terms of dimensions, the PB18 e-tron is similar to a classical sports car – it measures 4.53 meters (14.5 ft.) in length, 2 meters (6.4 ft.) in width and 1.15 meters (4.6 ft) in height, with wheelbase of 2.70 meters (8.9 ft) and short overhangs.Read the entire article Audi PB18 e-tron is an all-electric high-performance concept with the driver in full control
Acura has unveiled the latest iteration of the Acura NSX at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, in Moneterey, California. The 2019 Acura NSX is still as powerful as before, but the luxurious sports car is now a better performer. It also boasts of new colors both on the exterior and interior, as well as a number of new design cues.
The 2019 Acura NSX unveiled at The Quail is finished in a new premium paint option – the Thermal Orange Pearl coat. This new finish is a tribute to 30 years of Acura motorsports vehicles with orange accented liveries. In addition, orange calipers are also available for the optional carbon ceramic metallic (CCM) brakes. Likewise, red calipers can be fitted to the standard iron brakes.
Moreover, the front grille garnish for all 2019 Acura NSX models are now body-colored instead of silver. The front grille surround, front air intake mesh as well as the rear bumper outlet mesh have received high-gloss treatments, and so are the available Carbon Fiber Decklid Spoiler and Carbon Fiber Exterior Package. This package includes a front chin spoiler, side sill garnish and rear diffuser – all in high-gloss treatment.Read the entire article 2019 Acura NSX offers better performance, new colors and more standard equipment
SSC North America, formerly known as Shelby SuperCars, has been working on a successor for the SSC Ultimate Aero. A concept of the successor was unveiled at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, but due to unknown reasons, the final car has yet to make into production. Seven years after the concept at the same place and event, SSC North America is unveiling to the public the final form of this concept as it goes into production – the new SSC Tuatara.
The new SSC Tuatara is named after a greenish-brown and gray lizard – which can only be found in New Zealand -- known for having the fastest molecular evolution for any living animal. The SSC Tuatara unveiled at Pebble Beach was also wrapped in similar grayish color. Underneath this wrapped is a body and a chassis all made from carbon fiber. Moreover, the 20-inch wheels of the Tuatara are also made from carbon fiber. By employing carbon fiber, SSC North America is able to make Tuatara a lightweight hypercar with a dry weight of just 2,750 lbs. (1,247 kg).
The use of carbon fiber also paved way for a wind-cheating, aerodynamically superior curvy design. The incredibly sporty overall looks of the new SSC Tuatara hypercar is penned by Jason Castriota, a former designer at Pininfarina. The design of the new Tuatara takes inspiration from the aerospace industry. This design gave the hypercar a low drag coefficient value of just 0.279 Cd – the lowest in its class.Read the entire article SSC Tuatara unveiled at Pebble Beach is expected to surpass 300 mph top speed
Before people knew it, Ferrari has already created its 50th droptop model. The Italian sports car maker unveiled its 50th droptop model and the latest member of the Special Series family – the new Ferrari 488 Pista Spider – at the highly prestigious Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach in California.
Earlier this year, Ferrari introduced the 488 Pista Coupe and the track-oriented Piloti 488 Pista Special Edition. The 488 Pista is the considered as the successor to Ferrari’s V8-engined Special Series – the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale. Now, the latest Special Series is welcoming its new member in a convertible form. The decision to unveil the new 488 Pista Spider in the United States was influenced by the fact that Ferrari’s North American clients have been keen connoisseurs of high-performance convertibles since the 1950s.
Essentially, the difference between the Coupe and the Spider versions of the Ferrari 488 Pista is that the latter features a droptop, which roof system is more complex than the fixed one. Because of increased complexity of its convertible roof, the new 488 Pista Spider is around 200 lbs (91 kg) heavier than the 488 Pista Coupe. Since both versions of the Ferrari 488 Pista are powered by the same powerplant -- a twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 engine that delivers 720 hp of max output and 770 Nm (568 lb.-ft.) of peak torque – this difference in weight results to a very slight disparity in terms of performance.Read the entire article Ferrari takes the veil off the new 488 Pista Spider at Pebble Beach
For the past years, Mercedes-Benz has been unveiling spectacular concepts or visions. There were the AMG Vision GT and the Concept IAA, as well as the Vision Maybach 6 and the Vision Maybach 6 Cabriolet. Its latest concept, unveiled at the Monterey Car Week, is likewise nothing short of stunning while showing off the carmaker’s glorious past. This concept is the new Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow.
Just by looking at this concept, people can’t help but associate with Mercedes’ Grand Prix racing cars in the 1930s. During this period, Mercedes cars were called Silver Arrows. Actually, the new Vision EQ Silver Arrow is inspired by and pays tribute to the 1937 Mercedes W125 Grand Prix racing car. Driven by the legendary Rudolf Caracciola, the W125 set a new speed record on public roads in 1937 after averaging 432.7 km/h (268.8 mph) on the A5 autobahn between Frankfurt and Darmstadt. This record sat untouched for around 80 years, until it was broken in November 2017.
Just like the 1937 W125, the Vision EQ Silver Arrow features a long and extended front section and short front overhang. The round cockpit glazing of the Vision EQ Silver Arrow -- modeled on a drop of water in terms of outline and cross-section – was also inspired by the W125. Similar to the Silver Arrows, this one-seater concept is wrapped in alubeam silver paint.Read the entire article Futuristic Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow pays tribute to record-setting W125
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
All eyes were turned to the fuchsia pink bespoke McLaren 720S MSO at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Sunday. Surely, we can understand why. The one-off supercar, which was commissioned by entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael Fux and was created by the British automaker’s bespoke division, wears a very bright, eye catching body paint of pink tone with a hint of purple.
Featuring what is called the “Fux Fuschia” color scheme, the MSO 720S was tailor-made to perfection to meet its owner’s unique taste. Starting from the striking exterior up to its luxurious cabin with custom leather and white stitching, down to its lightweight alloy wheels in platinum. Other highlights consist of the cabin’s carbon fiber elements, the pinstriped steering wheel, the fuchsia pink rear view mirror cover as well as the window surrounds and exhaust pipes in Stealth Gray finish. It also comes with white floor mats to complete the all-white theme interior scheme.
A well-known car enthusiast, Fux has over a hundred luxury cars in his collection and many of those are custom made with some unusual colors. There’s one McLaren P1 in green, a McLaren 12C Spider in purple and a McLaren 12C in orange and now comes the new Fuchsia Fux pink McLaren MSO 720S. Fux’s list of car collection doesn’t end there yet. The self-made businessman from Cuba also owns several Rolls-Royces, Aston Martins, Porsches and Ferraris. Being a famous philanthropist, Fux is known to often put his precious cars on display on charitable events while raising money for a good cause.Read the entire article Bespoke McLaren 720S by MSO revealed at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Famous designer of certain Ferrari vehicles like the Enzo Ferrari and the P4/5, Ken Okuyama has revealed another one of his designs at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours over the weekend. You might have remembered the Kode57 Enji that was previewed last year, this one is a Kode 0 that is somewhat similar to the former.
Having said that, by looking at the Kode 0, you will see several design cues that were taken from Lamborghini. Particularly, these are designs by Marcello Gandini. The guy is best known for designing certain models including the Lamborghini Countach, Lambo Miura, and also the Lancia Stratos Zero, and many others.
The Kode 0 has a base like the Lamborghini Aventador, with its "one motion" design. It had been given a set of 20- and 21-inch wheels wearing Pirelli P-Zero tires, plus a more aggressive front splitter and LED headlights up front, while the rear end of the car is a triangular shaped exhaust complemented by a large rear diffuser.Read the entire article Ken Okuyama unveils his custom Kode 0 Supercar at Pebble Beach
Earlier in August, Acura gave us teasers of the ARX-05 Daytona Prototype race car. And last Thursday night in Monterey, they have decided to finally reveal it to the public.
What the company has confirmed so far is that the Acura ARX-05 will be competing at next year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The race car is going to have the same chassis as the ORECA 07 while featuring a typical Acura specific bodywork. It will also be getting a pair of Jewel Eye headlights.
The ARX-05 race car is going to be powered by a twin-turbo AR35TT engine according to the company. This engine is similar to that of the 3.5 liter V6 from models like the MDX, TLX, and RLX.Read the entire article Acura introduces fifth-generation race car prototype, the ARX-05
A few months ago, Mercedes-Benz promised that they will be treating everyone to a “big surprise” during the Monterey Car Week. And true enough, many of us were stunned as they unveiled the all electric Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet convertible version of the hardtop model that made its debut at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last year.
Just like an art piece, this model is no doubt a head turner just like its predecessor. The Vision 6 Cabriolet stretches out to nineteen feet in length, and it sits on 24-inch wheels. Its hood appears extra long, while the tail tapers uniquely to a certain point. The front fascia gets a huge grille finished in chrome, which contrasts with the slim headlights. Mercedes actually refers to the rear end as a “boat tail”, complementing the Nautical Blue Metallic name for the exterior finish.
The Vision 6 Cabriolet’s interior completely stands out from the exterior. The two-seater cabin is finished in a clean white interior with silver accents - from the seats, the dashboard, to the steering wheel. The center console gets a wing-like “flowing” design that is given an ambient blue lighting around the elements, as well as the door panels. The illuminated dots around the seats all have tiny backlit Mercedes logos.Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz surprises us with Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet
This weekend at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the BMW Z4 Concept will make its first public appearance. The good news is that we will finally have a real idea of what the upcoming roadster will look like.
Senior Vice President of BMW Group Design, Adrian van Hooydonk, said that the BMW Z4 Concept is a representation of the company’s new design language from all perspectives. This ranges from the dynamic design of the fascia to the striking flanks, all the way to the rear end. The lines and the exchange that occurs between surfaces give it a sense of power.
This concept gets its design and inspiration from the older roadsters of BMW, except this one does not look retro at all. If you notice, this concept actually veers from the company’s traditional styling cues - starting from the headlights that are more vertically oriented. This is different from past BMW models that have a horizontally oriented head lights. Another element added to the Z4 is the new mesh grille, instead of its typical bar set-up.Read the entire article BMW Z4 Concept unveiled ahead of 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
The BMW M1 will be one of the most exclusive cars that will be showcased at the upcoming 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, alongside many other extravagant models. Firstly, there are only 40 units of this model that was ever built, but what makes this one unique is that it is the only road-legal BMW M1 Procar. Thanks to the Thermal Club, this example will be heading to Monterey this weekend, and it will be displayed by a virtual reality track experience. The Thermal Club is a private motorsports club that will also offer a virtual tour of their 344-acre facility for Pebble Beach guests.
The BMW M1 Procar Championship was made in accordance with the Federation Internationale du Sport Automobile (FISA) standards. In 1971, the said model was produced by the company in a limited one-year run. And just after two years, it had already been dismantled.
What makes it the one and only street-legal model? Well, the first owner of this race-ready M1 Procar had its racing parts removed before selling it to as a second hand car. After the M1 had been produced, there was no series to race the cars in so BMW was left with the 40 track-focused examples. Each was a stripped out version of the road model where they were based. Luckily for number 31 of 40, it was the only M1 Procar that had been converted into a street legal model. The M1 came with a 3.5 liter straight-six engine that produced as much as 470 horsepower (350 kilowatts). It was capable of going from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in just 4.3 seconds, before it continues to a top speed of 190 mph (305 kmh).Read the entire article The only street-legal BMW M1 Procar goes to Pebble Beach
Infiniti revealed its retro Prototype 9 race car before its slated debut at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance next week. In a recent press release, the company not only disclosed further details about the history of its prototype vintage racing machine, but also released more photos of the new concept car prior to the upcoming event.
While the brand only came into existence in the late nineteen eighties, Alfonso Albaisa, Senior VP for Global Design at Nissan’s luxury division found inspiration from the vintage race cars of the 1930s and combined the brand’s past and current design language into the Prototype 9.
Creating the Japanese Grand Prix inspiration into a real concept actually involves several designers and engineers out to prove their expertise both in car design and manufacturing highly advanced powertrains. What began as a “simple thought” gave way to an undertaking no one else had ever quite expected. The team consists of Nissan’s Autech division, the designers from Japan’s Atsugio studio and the heads of the factory in Oppama with each one of them volunteering their own time for the project.Read the entire article Infiniti Prototype 9 stirs excitement ahead of 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
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