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Lexus Trademarks LQ Name, Hints At New Flagship SUV

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Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept

As with every automaker, Lexus is serious about adding even more crossovers to its lineup. It has trademarked the LQ name, which could be used for new flagship crossover.

Toyota’s luxury arm teased the idea of new flagship crossover with the LF-1 Limitless concept at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. The “L” portion of the LQ name follows the brand’s tradition of having all of its flagship models start with an L (e.g. LS, LC and LX), but We’ll have to wait and see what the Q stands for since that letter has never adorned a Lexus.

How does LQ sound for the name of a crossover? Too effeminate, maybe?

There is a rumor that the Lexus LQ could debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show and that the LQ name could simply be used for another concept instead of a production model. Lexus may not even use it for anything.

You’ll have to stay tuned for what’s been cooking.

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New Lexus RC F Track Edition Joins 2020 RC F Lineup With Less Weight, More Performance

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2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition

A track-focused version joins the updated RC F for 2020.

The new Supra was Toyota’s big debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, but luxury subsidiary Lexus tagged along to remind everybody that it already has a performance coupe, one with a V8 to play with.

The RC F has received some upgrades for 2020 model year, and to make it more compelling for sports car enthusiasts, Lexus has added a new Track Edition to the lineup for 2020. The so-called RC F Track Edition is a stripped-down, track-only spec model that benefits from more aggressive aerodynamic elements and a weight-reduction regime.

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Like the regular RC coupe, all Lexus RC F models get new headlights, a restyled grille and new taillights. The 5.0L V8 has been caressed to squeeze out an extra five horsepower and 6 lb-ft. of torque, bringing the total to 472 horsepower and 395 lb-ft. The eight-speed automatic transmission carries over but now has a higher final drive ratio (3.13 vs 2.93).

With the RC F Track Edition, major panels like the roof and hood are carbon fiber, and the standard RC F’s rear seats have been replaced by a carbon fiber partition.

Engineers also equipped 19-inch BBS forged-alloy wheels, Brembo with lightweight carbon-ceramic brake rotors, and a titanium muffler and tail pipes. These lighter pieces come together to reduce the Track Edition’s weight by 176 pounds from the RC F, and Lexus estimates that using the standard launch control system propels it to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just under 4.0 seconds (3.96 seconds, to be exact).

Standard on even the stock RC F, the new electronic launch control automatically adjusts the traction and throttle control for maximum acceleration from a stop. All the driver has to do is press and hold the brake pedal, engage the system, floor the accelerator to bring up the engine speed, and release the brake.

To help the RC F Track Edition stand out, designers gave it a red leather interior with Alcantara seat accents and red carbon trim on the doors and dashboard. Only two exterior colors are available: Ultra White and Matte Nebula Gray.

Production of the updated Lexus RC F and RC F Track Edition begin in the second half of 2019. Pricing notwithstanding, do you feel compelled to buy one?

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Lexus LC Convertible Concept Previews Stylish Drop-Top Roadster

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Lexus LC Convertible Concept

The rumors about the LC 500 getting a droptop version were true after all.

Lexus has revealed the LC Convertible Concept, which likely previews an upcoming open-top roadster and hints at a shift in the LC’s design language.

Presented as a roadster, the LC Convertible Concept is designed to express “ultimate beauty” and serve as an aspirational halo vehicle for the entire Lexus lineup. Its proportions are nearly identical to the LC Coupe but stands out with a steeply-raked windshield and a contoured trunk lid.

“This concept takes the unmistakable design of the LC coupe and reimagines it as a future convertible,” said Tadao Mori, chief designer of the LC Convertible concept. “It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible.”

The interior features white leather trim, contrasted by yellow accent stitching to break up an otherwise monochrome look.

The Lexus LC Convertible Concept appears to be close to production-ready. Do you want one?

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Lexus’s High-Performance Models Will Be Hybrid-Powered

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Yellow Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Concept

Toyota’s luxury brand is betting on electrification for better performance.

Lexus has confirmed that “performance hybrids” would form the cornerstone of the brand over the next 10 years.

In an interview with at the unveiling of the UX crossover, Lexus International executive vice-president Chika Kako revealed that hybrid technology will be used to squeeze out more power.

“I think everybody’s preconception of the hybrid with Lexus has always been about fuel efficiency, but as we move forward we would like to add more value to that and have more focus and emphasis on the sportiness and dynamics that the hybrid technology can offer,” he sated.

Kako-san also confirmed that Lexus would even consider a high-performance F-stamped version of its SUVs, notably the UX, if there was strong enough demand.

This isn’t the first time that we’re hearing about a hybrid powertrain for its high-performance F models. Earlier in 2018, company president Yoshihiro Sawa hinted at a hybrid GT model.

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