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2015 Lexus GS F Spy Photos: The GS Gets F’d Up

By Alexander Stoklosa

2015 Lexus GS F (spy photo)

What It Is: A completely undisguised Lexus GS sedan prototype decked out in high-performance, F-style gear. Lexus’s high-performance F sub-brand is similar in concept to BMW’s M or Mercedes-Benz’s AMG, but has thus far only churned out the IS F sedan and the LFA supercar as full-fledged models, as well as a passel of F Sport–branded trim levels for the IS, GS, and LS. Currently, the GS sedan lineup consists on the GS350, GS350 F Sport, and GS450h hybrid. READ MORE ››

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Ultra-Sexy Lexus LF-LC Coupe Concept Reportedly Confirmed for Production

By Alexander Stoklosa

Lexus LF-LC Blue concept

With the departure of the massively expensive, hugely capable LFA supercar from its lineup, Lexus is currently without a halo vehicle. So what might next sit atop Mount Lexus? According to a report from WardsAuto, Lexus’s vice president of marketing has apparently confirmed that last year’s sexy LF-LC concept is going into production.

The LF-LC was well-received when it first debuted at the 2012 Detroit auto show, and Lexus even brought a second iteration to last year’s Sydney and Los Angeles auto shows—painted blue instead of red, garnering even more positive vibes from the public. According to Brian Smith, the aforementioned Lexus exec, the enthusiasm was strong enough to convince Lexus’s honchos in Japan to give the coupe a green light for production. Despite Smith’s statement to WardsAuto, Lexus refused to confirm to C/D that any final decision on the LF-LC has been made, with a company representative telling us only that the car is still under review.

We lean toward believing the Wards report, however, as we were told that the LF-LC had a 50-50 shot of going into production even before the car reappeared in Sydney last year. (At the time, the LF-LC was apparently three to four years away from possibly reaching customers.) One key tidbit still left undiscussed, at least in detail, is what will power the production LF-LC. The concept featured a 500-or-so-horsepower hybrid V-8 powertrain, with the second, blue-painted iteration also getting all-wheel drive. We expect the LF-LC will be expensive, but not to cost nearly as much as the LFA. While we’re guessing prices will start north of $100,000, it should nevertheless find more buyers than the supercar, which in turn will bolster the business case. Bring it on.

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2014 Lexus IS250 Images: Deep in the Heart of Texas

By John Lamm

2014 Lexus IS250

Deep in the heart of Texas, automotive writers from around the world are getting their first shots at driving the third-generation Lexus IS. We’ve had time with the IS350, the IS350 F Sport, and the IS250, but mum’s the word. We can’t share our impressions or concerns with you for another 10 days or so—although we have driven a prototype IS—but that doesn’t mean we can’t give you at least a visual preview. To step back a bit—to the Detroit auto show, perhaps—here’s what we’ve known about the new IS thus far. Visually, the exterior design is evolutionary, the IS shape we know has been honed to a finer cut. Its lines are sharper, and it now features a full incorporation of the brand’s signature spindle grille. The beltline has been raised, while below it another line sweeps up from the sill to the taillights. Those rear lights, which formerly swept up, now angle downward.

A pair of V-6s—a 204-hp 2.5-liter or a 306-hp 3.5—carry over, but the IS300h hybrid won’t make it to American dealers. The manual transmission is done away with, as the six-speed automatic is standard in every version but the rear-drive IS350, which now has the eight-speed auto. A Drive Mode Select knob offers a choice of several levels of throttle response, transmission settings, and chassis characteristics. If that’s not enough, there are F Sport versions of both the IS250 and IS350 with sportier suspension and steering tuning, LFA-inspired 18-inch aluminum wheels, and a unique instrument cluster.

The new IS’s steering wheel, dash, and center console all are influenced by the LFA. As well And as is becoming more common in the luxury league, the climate controls are touch sensitive. On the assist list are lane departure, blind spot, and—when in reverse—rear cross-traffic warnings.

If the new IS is on your wish list, hold your horses, because they won’t be in dealerships until the middle of the year, and while prices won’t be announced for some time, we’re guessing they won’t be far off today’s stickers. As far as the availability or existence of a new IS F or another convertible IS C no news is, well, no news. The pair will continue as they are for the time being and their future is little more than a guess at this point.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Car & Driver

Lexus Fully Reveals New 2014 IS and IS F Sport in Detroit

By Malcolm Hogan

The all-new 2014 Lexus IS has already shown its face through the internet but now Lexus has finally taken the wraps off at this year’s North American International Auto Show to reveal additional details of what appears to be the swoopiest, curviest and sharpest IS yet.

The new 2014 Lexus IS will be offered in the IS 250 and IS 350 variations with standard rear-wheel drive. Customers will be able to opt for all-wheel-drive as well. Both vehicles will be powered by a V6 engine, 2.5-liter V6 in the IS 250 producing around 200 horsepower and the 3.5-liter IS 350 getting 306 horsepower. The IS 350 is expected to do 0-60 mph in just under 6 seconds.

Power will be delivered to the wheels through a new 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and available “G Force Artificial Intelligence” system only offered on the IS 350. Both variants will be available to be equipped with the F Sport kit adding sporty enhancements to the suspension, power steering and exterior accents.


All-New 2014 Lexus IS Sport Sedan Makes World Premiere at the North American International Auto Show

DETROIT (Jan. 15, 2013) – Lexus today unveiled the all-new 2014 IS sedan at the North American International Auto Show. IS will be available in rear- and all-weather drive versions of the IS 250 and IS 350, a further evolution of F SPORT available across the entire model range, and for Europe, Japan, and select international markets, the IS 300h, the first IS to feature Lexus Hybrid Drive.

Driving performance isakey selling point in the sport sedan segment. In conjunction with a bold new design including the Lexus spindle grille, the all-new IS has been painstakingly engineered to have excellent dynamic capabilities to provide an exceptionaldriving experience.

“I adopted an entirely different approach to the development of the all-new IS,” said Junichi Furuyama, IS chief engineer. “Specifically, it was to make an entertaining driving experience a major premise behind all aspects of performance.

“The conventional approach involves developing each individual aspect in the hope that they will combine to offer an engaging driving experience. By contrast, development of the new IS flipped this process on its head, first establishing the pleasurable driving experience owners desire, and then developing the individual performance elements to support it.”

Every aspect of the IS has been engineered with a renewed focus on engaging performance, agile handling, accurate response to driver input and highly communicative feedback.

“The IS has always been precise and fun to drive,” said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “The all-new IS kicks it up a notch with true sport sedan driving dynamics, state of the art onboard technologies, and an all-new design that makes it look fast even when it’s standing still.”

Incorporating several Lexus-first features and technical innovations, the IS showcases an interior design with all the refinement and quality expected of a Lexus, plus a focused driver’s environment, a significant improvement in rear seat comfort and spaciousness, and a larger, more convenient trunk.

Rear- and all-weather drive versions of the IS 250 are powered by a 2.5 liter V6 gas engine. The IS 350 features a 3.5 liter V6 gas engine. The IS 300h, which will be available in Europe, Japan,and select international markets, will employ the Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain, based on a newly developed 2.5L Atkinson-cycle engine.

IS adopts the Drive Mode Select system which offers up to four switchable driving modes- ECO, NORMAL, SPORT and SPORT S+ (S+ available on IS 350 only) – to optimize vehicle systems to suit the driver’s preferred combination of fuel economy, comfort, performance and handling characteristics.

The IS 350 RWD features the eight-speed, Sport Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission from the IS F high performance sedan with quicker shifts, full torque converter lockup and throttle blips in manual mode. The new IS is the first Lexus model to adopt G force Artificial Intelligence (G-AI) control in Sport mode. This system automatically selects the optimal gear and downshift pattern in response to G force, and maintains the selected gear through a corner.

Driving enjoyment was at the heart of the new IS development program, and every aspect of the new Lexus sedan’s driving dynamics has been carefully engineered to that end.

New, laser screw welding and adhesive body bonding techniques, along with additional spot welding, have increased overall body rigidity. This enhances stability and also allows for a more comfortable ride without compromising handling agility.

The double wishbone front suspension system has been revised, offering a twenty percent increase in sway rigidity. The rear adopts a new multi-link suspension system from the GS. Fine tuning has resulted in outstanding grip performance and excellent response to steering inputs. Separate mounting of the spring and shock absorber maximizes trunk space.

Steering feel and feedback is key to an enjoyable driving experience, and the new IS benefits from a steering gear box based on that of the GS sedan, incorporating a variety of tuning techniques. The structure and rigidity of each gear box component has been revised to create a smoother and more accurate steering feel with enhanced input response and greater driver feedback.

IS F SPORT models not only benefit from exclusive, exterior and interior design features, but also genuine dynamic enhancements. Both the front and rear suspension systems and the Electric Power Steering (EPS) are exclusively tuned for F SPORT, enhancing handling performance. An Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system is tuned for F SPORT models, while Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) is also available on IS 350.

F SPORT models announce their presence with an exclusive spindle grille that incorporates a bolder insert design. The bottom corners of the front bumpers feature aerodynamic detailing to provide enhanced brake cooling. Unique 18-inch wheels feature a Y-spoke design inspired by the LFA.

On board, drivers will receive vehicle information from an innovative driver’s meter cluster with a moving center ring, inspired by the LFA. Interior trim detailing includes an F SPORT steering wheel and shift knob, and aluminum pedals and scuff plates that include the Lexus logo.

Exterior Design
The overall dynamic shape of the body emphasizes the wide flare of the wheel arches to give the new IS a broad, powerful stance.

In profile, the strong horizontal beltline shows off the large rear tires and its low center of gravity. The exterior design includes a new, powerfully articulated headlamp cluster design with Lexus’ trademark,L-shaped Daytime Running Lights (DRL) located independently below.

Interior Design
The clean, horizontal theme of the interior is bisected by the strong upward sweep of the center console, creating an ergonomically ideal environment. The newly designed driver’s seat offers greater comfort and better lateral support. Both the seat hip point and the angle of the new, LFA-inspired steering wheel have been lowered and steering reach adjustment has been increased, creating a driver focused seating position.

To better accommodate passengers, the new IS wheelbase is nearly three inches longer, providing a more comfortable cabin and increased trunk capacity. The extended wheelbase and a thinner front seat design results in three inches more knee room for rear passengers. New to the IS are standard, lockable 60:40 split/folding rear seats.

Refined materials throughout the cabin are complimented by a high quality analog clock with surface-emitting illumination. The climate control system incorporates Lexus-first electrostatic switches, which enable vehicle occupants to adjust temperature settings with the touch of a finger.

All IS models are equipped with the next generation, Lexus Display Audio or Remote Touch-controlled Navigation multimedia systems. Both multimedia systems provide industry-first complimentary real-time traffic and weather information delivered without a subscription through HD™ Radio Technology. The new steering wheel is the first on a Lexus to coordinate multimedia system control with both the meter cluster and center console displays.

The 2014 IS has 10 airbags standard, including rear seat side airbags. Available safety and security features include an Automatic High Beam (AHB) headlamp system, a Lane Departure Alert (LDA) system, a Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and a Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system.

The AHB headlamp system maximizes visibility at night by automatically switching to low beams when its camera detects the lights of either an oncoming or preceding vehicle.

An LDA system helps prevent unintended lane changes by alerting the driver when the vehicle deviates from its lane without the operation of the turn signal.

The BSM uses rear mounted radar to detect vehicles in adjacent lanes that are not visible in the outer door mirrors.

The RCTA system employs the BSM radar to alert the driver to approaching vehicles when backing out of a parking space.

The all-new Lexus IS will go on sale in mid-2013.

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Automotive Addicts

Video: Watch an Aventador, Viper and LFA play the songs of their people

By Zach Bowman

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Lamborghini Aventador vs SRT Viper vs Lexus LFA

Our friends at Road & Track recently stopped by Cars and Coffee in Irvine, California, with the 2013 SRT Viper and found themselves a place to park between a Lamborghini Aventador and a Lexus LFA. Those machines might as well be the three musketeers of ludicrous exhaust notes, and rather than keep those 24 raging cylinders muffled, R&T set about conducting an orchestra of internal combustion. On seeing these three lined up, we were more than prepared to call the Viper victorious when it came to tickling our ear drums, but the latest domestic V10 sounds down right civilized in this company.

If we’re picking favorites, we have to say the LFA takes the cake. There’s something about the noise of a street-legal V10 that can wrap it’s tachometer all the way to 9,000 rpm that turns our knees to quivering dollops of jelly. Check out the clip below for a listen. We shouldn’t need to tell you to get frisky with the volume.

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Official: Next-gen Lexus IS design revealed to be swoopiest yet

By Jonathon Ramsey

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We drove it while it was covered in cloth and vinyl not long ago, but before the 2014 Lexus IS350 F-Sport gets revealed at the Detroit Auto Show and we find out everything about it, Lexus has graced us with images. In addition to the spindle grille – with an elevated waistline on the F-Sport – the coming IS gets a jagged set of dual-beam headlights with L-shaped DRLs that are, for the first time on a Lexus, separate from the main units. Further back, the side sills get a twist and intense sculpting throughout the length of the longer wheelbase.

Inside is an LFA-inspired cockpit with thinner sport seats and more room in just about every area, the moving “driver’s meter” in the dash cluster, electrostatic controls for cabin temperature control, 60/40 folding rear seats and “metal film 3-D-effect ornamentation.”

The F-Sport package will be available on the IS250, IS350, IS300h equipped with Lexus Hybrid Drive. The hybrid will not come to the US.

We’ll be bringing you the photos and information from the new sport sedan’s reveal on January 15. The reveal will also be live-streamed at www.lexus.com and Lexus’ Facebook page. For now there’s a press release below with a few more tidbits, and a poll to register your satisfaction – or otherwise – with the future IS.

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2014 Lexus IS F Sport Official Images Leaked before Detroit Reveal

By Malcolm Hogan

Once again, as expected, the internet leaks like a sieve when we get close to a major car show to reveal many new models. Case in point, the new 2014 Lexus IS has been revealed after some sources jumped the gun on release of the official photos to go along with its reveal next week in Detroit.

Only a few details have been circulated by sources to go along with the photos that you see here of the new 2014 Lexus IS F Sport. In production form, the new IS F Sport receives its design character from the LF-CC concept and LFA supercar.

New interior design features a sportier driver’s position with a focus on repositioning the steering wheel and adjustments. The increased width and length of the new Lexus IS increases over-all comfort and boasts much larger rear seating area dimensions. The new 2014 IS also features 60/40 split folding rear seats.

At the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the new 2014 Lexus IS looks to be shown in the F Sport form where additional models and powertrains will be later rolled out and introduced.


[source: blog.lexus.co.uk, pcauto.com]

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