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Lexus Chooses Electric Cars Over Plugin Hybrids

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2018 Lexus LS flagship sedan

Lexus won’t follow the same electrification strategy as BMW and Mercedes-Benz with their range of plug-in hybrid models, choosing instead to focus on fully-electric vehicles.

Lexus’ current electrification strategy includes basic hybrid models, but those models won’t be replaced. The coming years will see the brand introduce only full-electric and fuel-cell powered models.

Alain Uyttenhoven, Lexus’ European boss, said as much in an interview with :

“We do not need to have plug-in hybrid vehicles. It’s a loophole in the market. We will reach the CO2 targets without them.”

The fuel-cell powered sedan will be based on the LF-FC concept and should arrive sometime in 2020. The LS and LC models are also slated to get electric versions.

The first fully-electric Lexus could possibly be a small, premium electric car, with Uyttenhoven adding:

“It could be. A lot of people who have reached a certain level of wealth like to have a small premium car more than a bigger, more mainstream brand of car.”

We’ll have to wait to see what the company cooks up. Let’s just hope they don’t look too funky.

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Lexus RX L Brings Third-Row Seating To RX Lineup

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2019 Lexus RX L

Due to strong demand, Lexus has stretched its popular RX crossover to accommodate a third-row of seats, giving buyers a choice between six- or seven-passenger configurations.

The Lexus RX L is 4.3 inches, has a steeper tailgate window angle to improve headroom, and features a lever that folds the second seat forward to provide access to the third-row can be accessed.

The standard seven-seat configuration employs a 40/20/40-split bench for the second row, while an available six-seat edition features second-row captain’s chairs that allows third-row passengers to simply walk in.

To provide more foot room for third-row passengers, engineers positioned the second row slightly higher than the third. A rear tri-zone climate control system further contributes to the comfort.

The base RX 350L is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 290 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available as an upgrade.

If you want something more efficient, there is an RX 450hL hybrid powered by a 3.5L V6 paired with two electric motors for a combined output of 308 horsepower. It comes standard with all-wheel drive, with the real wheels being powered by the electric motors.

The 2018 Lexus RX 350L has a starting price of $48,665 in the United States, representing a premium of nearly $5,000 over the five-passenger RX350.

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Tesla Model S Wins ‘World’s Greatest Drag Race’

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Tesla Model S P100D

Each year, Motor Trend holds a ‘World’s Greatest Drag Race’ featuring some of the fastest, most exciting sports cars, supercars and hypercars ever made. And this year, not a single one of them won.

The high-octane race part of the magazine’s “best driver’s car” competition and features the finalists doing a simultaneous quarter mile race against each other on an airstrip — the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, this time around.

As you would imagine, the list of contenders is what every car enthusiast’s dream is made of. See for yourself:

  • Ferrari 488 GTB
  • McLaren 570GT
  • Porsche 911 Turbo S
  • Mercedes-AMG GT R
  • Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
  • Porsche 718 Cayman S
  • Lexus LC 500
  • Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
  • Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
  • Aston Martin DB11
  • Nissan GT-R NISMO

The Mazda MX-5 RF, despite being in contention for the “best driver’s car” title, is grossly underpowered and was forced to watch from the sidelines, wishing the track was a little twistier. To make things interesting, Motor Trend decided to replace the Mazda that wished-it-could with the Tesla Model S P100D Ludicrous, a car we’ve all wanted to see frolic with the likes a Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche in terms of pure speed.

And — you guessed it — the relatively unassuming, electric-powered Model S, the heaviest car on the track, beat them all! In fact, it would have crushed the race if not for the Ferrari 488 GTB and Porsche 911 Turbo S being hot on its heels. It’s quite something to see…

Guess which car came in last?

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Black Panther’s Car Is A Super Cool Vibranium Lexus LC500

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Black Panther Lexus LC 500 Vibranium

The Lexus LC is pretty cool, and so is Black Panther. Put the two together and you get one super cool Lexus LC Black Panther Concept.

I don’t know about you, but when I think of a real-life car that Black Panther would drive, something as spectacular and downright ostentatious as the Bugatti Chiron is what comes to mind, but it seems Lexus was the company willing to dish out the most advertising bucks to be in the Black Panther movie.

That’s not to say the Lexus LC isn’t worthy of the king of Wakanda. In fact, the movie will feature two Lexus cars, one of which you can actually buy. You’ll need to be quick, however, because only 100 examples will be built for the United States.

The limited-edition model in question is the Lexus LC Inspiration Series, which Lexus says is the first in the brand’s Inspiration Series. Based on the LC 500, it stands out with an iridescent Structural Blue exterior color, a bespoke white interior, special 21-inch forged alloy wheels, carbon fiber scuff plates, and a signature Barneys sommelier set of barware that we hope doesn’t encourage drunk driving.

Developed through a lengthy eight-month process, the Lexus LC Inspiration Series’ Structural Blue paint isn’t actually blue. Rather, its construction reflects blue light, appearing as a vibrant shade of blue when looking directly at it and as a much darker hue when viewing it off-angle.

The car’s mechanicals remain unchanged from the regular LC 500, meaning it produces a health 471 horsepower that’s channeled to the ground via a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Set to star in the Black Panther movie and co-developed with Marvel, the second model is a “Black Panther” inspired LC 500 and Marvel had a hand in its development. It incorporates Vibranium (a mythical metal in the Marvel Universes) into its very core, featuring a nearly bulletproof sheet metal that, much like Black Panther’s uniform, is reinforced with a layer of Vibranium weave.

As if that wasn’t sci-fi enough, the Black Panther Lexus LC concept also boasts top-secret refinement processes that enable a self-sustaining fueling component (Vibranium-powered core). That’s to say it can drive forever without needing to refuel.

A special computer that uses a “brain/computer interface” to create a special relationship between car and driver, a hood with the Black Panther’s face emblazoned on it, claws on the mirrors, a custom wide-body kit, a pulsating underbody glow, a Vibranium-infused self-healing paint treatment, and a Remote Pilot Kimoyo Bead Interface that allows it to be driven remotely help round out its impressive suite of tech features.

So yeah, sorry to ruin your party, but this isn’t a car you can buy, probably even in your dreams.

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