The Lexus CT hatchback has been dead for a while in North America, but it’s still alive and well in Europe.
Just a month after entering the Yacht business, Lexus is now trying its hands at shoe-making. The company has unveiled a new line of sneakers that are inspired by the CT 200h F Sport.
Created by UK shoe manufacturer Walsh, the peculiar unisex sneakers are wrapped in bright red perforated leather and black suede with contrast red stitching that echoes the red and black interior option for the CT 200h F Sport. They also feature a Lexus leather tab on one set of laces.
Lexus celebrated the launch of the new shoes by wrapping the exterior of a special CT F Sport in the new trainer’s design, complete with signature Union Flag detail that’s found on Walsh products.
The limited edition Lexus sneakers are priced at £165, and you can get a pair here.
New Lexus RC F Track Edition Joins 2020 RC F Lineup With Less Weight, More Performance
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.
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the RC F Track Edition, major panels like the roof and hood are carbon fiber, and the standard RC F’s rear seats have been replaced by a carbon fiber partition.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?
Lexus LC Convertible Concept Previews Stylish Drop-Top Roadster
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?
Lexus’s High-Performance Models Will Be Hybrid-Powered
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.