Lexus invited yours truly and a handful of other automotive journalists and bloggers to attend the kickoff of the Lexus Performance Driving School at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter (no, not the planet), Florida on Saturday 1 October 2016. This venue is centrally located (a 2 to 3-hour drive) from the Miami, Orlando and […]
Back in late April of this year, Automotive News Europe‘s blog featured an entry by Nick Gibbs titled Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather . Its “teaser” introduction, citing the lighter weight of “an upmarket leather alternative” led me to expect a discussion on the use by luxury car brands of vinyl synthetic leather in […]
In the course of researching and writing our previous Kaizen Factor story on recent Toyota and Scion trademark filings, we also stumbled upon a number of new trademarks surely earmarked for the Lexus brand. Most of these are simply a matter of United States Patent and Trademark Office filings for trademarks previously registered in Europe […]
After the late March accident that killed a spectator at the season-opening VLN race at Germany’s Nürburgring threatened the 43rd annual ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring race and ultimately led to the imposition of speed limits on portions of the track, the show fortunately went on as scheduled. Of the 159 cars entered in […]
For those of us whose Lexus fandom extends into the domain of motorsports, past history has been filled with a good share of disappointment, especially in North America with the past demise of American Le Mans Series GT2S and Grand Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype efforts, and lower-profile privateer attempts such as Team FBR/Trans Sport […]
The world is anxiously awaiting the next Lexus’ next F model with the upcoming 2015 RC F performance coupé. This bold and powerful coupe is 3rd of the Lexus F line after the IS F and flagship LFA. I had a chance to photograph the first of four, near production 2015 RC Fs that have arrived in […]
Not quite sixty seconds but Lexus did swap a new 2UR-GSE 5.0L V8 for upcoming Lexus RC F in the IS F CCS-R. This time-lapsed video shows the swap out of the IS F CCS-R’s original 2UR-GSE V8 for a more powerful version featuring Atkinson and Otto cycles. The current IS F V8 features 416 […]
It’s hard to believe it’s been a year and a half since the arrival of the only Lexus IS F CCS-R in the United States.When the CCS-R was first announced at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon, it was both a surprise and an unknown to what this car was for. Sure it was nearly 700 lbs lighter […]
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Seeing a Lexus IS F on the road is not as common as seeing any generation BMW M3 anywhere. I was randomly browsing cars online and found a clean low mileage Starfire Pearl IS F that caught my eye. It had the two tone graphite and polished 19″ BBS wheels which is available as an […]
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With the official debut of the next “F” less than a week away, Lexus has officially announced Yukihiko Yaguchi as the Chief Engineer of the new Lexus RC F. A recent interview with Autocar Magazine‘s Jim Holder on Yaguchi-san was posted recently on Lexus UK’s blog . Strategically, Lexus International has also posted a few videos […]
Here’s a pretty eye-catching video of the Lexus IS F chasing a Porsche 911 GT3 out in the desert of Southern California. The track appears to be “Streets of Willow” at the famed Willow Springs Raceway just outside Palmdale, CA. Of course, we would all like to believe that the IS F triumphs over the […]
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Although I promised myself that I would keep my IS F as stock as possible, it was only a matter of time before I would do some mods that would be more practical rather than for just plain old looks. It is well-known that the IS F doesn’t have the plush ride everyone is accustomed […]
Last Sunday marked the 2nd year of trouble free ownership after 31k miles on my 2009 Starfire with Black Interior, Lexus IS F. Last year, I posted a write up on Club Lexus about my history with the IS F. I also posted a one year follow up on my car. My experiences with IS […]
“The Pursuit of Perfection” is the name of the game and Lexus is very good at that. They are not only responsible for creating the world’s best selling luxury hybrids, they are instrumental in recruiting the best tuners to help continue their commitment to perfection. My good friend Clark Ishihara is no stranger to their […]
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