Friday, November 30, 2012

Remember the Lexus LFA that raced the jet? Well here is a detialed account of its trip from arrival in the US to the race site, which doubled as break in period for this amazing vehicle!

Autocar claims the LF-CC is being given the green light and that an Evoque rival is also in the works.

While wandering the floor at this week's LA Auto Show, we had a bit of an epiphany at the Lexus stand. The traditionally stodgy Toyota premium outlet is really starting to come into its own in terms of exciting design. And not just with production models like the excellent new GS sedan. At the front of the display, a triangular formation of plinths was a feast for the eyes – the head was formed by the LFA Nurburgring Package supercar, flanked on either side by the company's outré LF-LC and LF-CC concept cars.

So consider it welcome news on our end that the LF-CC concept shown above has apparently been given the production green light, with a projected arrival by 2015. So says Autocar, which quotes an unnamed source at Lexus willing to confirm that a senior engineer has been tasked with the project. The British publication suggests that the production version of the 2012 Paris Motor Show star will probably be built in both coupe and convertible formats and ride atop the automaker's new modular rear-wheel drive architecture. Power is expected to be an evolution of the GS 350h's hybrid drivetrain.

In other news, that same shadowy source at Lexus has reportedly confirmed that the Japanese luxury brand is "seriously studying" offering a small SUV in the mold of the stylish Range Rover Evoque from Land Rover, though no further details are given. Lexus' own RX crossover range has long been a massive hit for the brand, leaving many industry analysts scratching their heads as to why the automaker hasn't already expanded its crossover offerings to include both larger and smaller formats.

Courtesy of Autoblog

It's Friday! So how about we start the day off with something exciting? Check out this clip of professional drifter Ken Gushi attacking the legendary Pikes Peak Hill Climb in the Lexus IS F CCS-R!

An very sincere thank you to Tammy, for this excellent review! Great job, Wayne; keep up the outstanding work!

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Good afternoon, fans! You have hear us talk about the Lexus LF-CC concept car before; now, check out this video and article detailing what makes this concept so amazing!

Despite the flashing cameras from throngs of European auto journalists, Lexus’ unveiling of the new LF-CC concept vehicle at the Paris Motor Show today was a sublime experience.

Even though Lexus has been rolling out redesigned vehicle after redesigned vehicle—plus concept after concept—for the last 18 months or so, the models never fail to amaze. Each one is unique in its own right, yet each adds—dramatically—to the evolving, unified story of Lexus’ new era of car design.

In the Lexus LF-CC’s case, the concept clearly shares some design clues with the LF-LC concept released earlier this year, but in its own unique way. This is perhaps the boldest interpretation yet of the now signature Lexus spindle grille: Framed by the front edge of the hood, deep lower spoiler, and projecting front fender tips, the grille mesh takes on a pronounced form.

From the side view, the hood’s convex curve flows seamlessly through a steeply raked windshield into a roofline that peaks towards the rear of the cabin—almost as if to emphasize the fact that this hybrid sports a powerful rear-wheel drive configuration.

At the back of the vehicle, a full width bumper flows into the rear wheel arches, and designers gave the L-shaped combination lamps a seemingly three-dimensional design. There’s also a lower bumper section that incorporates a full-width spoiler.

Under the hood, the vehicle’s Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain consists of an “ultra-smooth running” four-cylinder gas engine mated to a compact, high-output, water-cooled permanent magnet electric motor.

It all just begs the question as we head further into auto show season: what’s next?

Courtesy of Lexus News

Lexus Places First in 2012 J.D. Power Sales Satisfaction Index Study

For the second year in a row, Lexus has topped the J.D. Power U.S. Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI) study, placing first among luxury brands and scoring highest overall.

Here’s how Lexus performed against the other luxury brands:

The SSI study ranks the new-vehicle purchase experience and measures customer satisfaction with the selling dealership, and is based on responses from 31,386 buyers who purchased or leased their new vehicle in May 2012.

Courtesy of Lexus Enthusiast

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Lexus Collaborates with the Weinstein Company to Produce Lexus Short Films Premiering in Early 2013

The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today the launch of its collaboration with Lexus to produce five short films for a film series entitled “Life is Amazing.”  This global series will feature filmmakers from the U.S., Europe, Asia Pacific, China and Japan.  The filmmakers will be selected jointly by Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company COO David Glasser and Teri Hill, Lexus media manager. The directors will be chosen based on their previous work to create a new short film, three to six minutes in length. Through these films Lexus will demonstrate the powerful ability to be moved by innovative, dynamic storytelling that challenges the imagination and reinforces that life is an amazing experience.  

  “We couldn’t be more delighted to be working together with Lexus on this endeavor,” said Weinstein about the partnership. “They have always been pioneers in the auto industry with new and inventive ideas, and this project is no exception to that way of thinking.  We are thrilled to be able to showcase these new filmmakers to the world.”

  “The Weinstein Company is the perfect partner for Lexus with its unparalleled pedigree of high quality and award-winning films and television shows,” said Hill. “Their passionate commitment to developing up-and-coming filmmakers and telling unique stories made this the ideal collaboration for us as we enter a new and dynamic chapter for the brand.”

  As part of this partnership, Lexus has been named “Official Automobile Partner” for The Weinstein Company.

  TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein will utilize a Lexus vehicle while on the road as his mobile office. Lexus’ luxury, comfort, and technological innovation provide the perfect vehicle for a busy executive on the go. Lexus will partner with TWC on premieres, film festivals, VIP screenings and awards related events throughout the year.  This is the first deal of its kind for Lexus.

  Lexus recently embarked on the next chapter in its history best expressed through the striking new design language that is now rolling out across the product range.  Amazing design and innovation combined with industry-leading customer care provide a more progressive approach to luxury car ownership. Beyond the actual in-vehicle experience, Lexus wants to inspire and surprise consumers every time they experience the brand.

  The first presentation of the shorts will take place at a reception in Los Angeles in February with the world premiere of two of the short films.  The entire series will then be shown at an event in Tokyo in Spring 2013.  Following the premiere screenings, the shorts will be available online. 

  Lexus selected the short film format as it represents a key expression of the future in cinematography.  Each film will be developed by an individual director chosen from among the best up-and-coming talents in the industry.  Each director will represent a different part of the world, as well as a different genre of filmmaking. Through these films, Lexus will demonstrate the powerful ability to be moved by innovative, dynamic story-telling that challenges the imagination and reinforces that life is an amazing experience.

  The Lexus Short Films series will premiere in early 2013.  In the meantime, the films’ progress and production can be followed through beginning Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Lexus GS 350 and LS 460 Receive ALG's 2013 Residual Value Awards

Lexus earned top honors in two categories of ALG’s 2013 Residual Value Awards. The LS 460 flagship sedan received the Residual Value Award for the Premium Executive Car segment while the GS 350 sport sedan ranked highest in the Premium Fullsize Car segment.

  “We are proud of the GS 350 and LS 460 for winning their segments in ALG’s 2013 Residual Value Awards,” said Brian Smith, Lexus vice president, marketing. “Both vehicles were redesigned for 2013, and these awards recognize the major improvements made to both of them in dramatic styling, dynamic driving performance and all-new multimedia systems. Top residual values are important to luxury owners, and these awards demonstrate, once again, how Lexus strives to create an amazing ownership experience for our customers.”

  “Driven by impeccable build quality and an outstanding brand reputation, Lexus has again delivered great value to consumers,” said Larry Dominique, President of ALG. “The Premium Fullsize segment is full of strong competition, but the GS gets the nod for its consistent reliability, quiet yet sporty ride. The LS continues to offer a quiet, smooth ride with impressive fuel economy and strong feature content.”

  Recognizing that residual values are a widely used measure of brand health and vehicle quality, ALG honors those vehicles in each segment predicted to retain the highest percentage of their original price after a three-year period. The annual awards are derived after careful study of segment competition, sales strategy, resale performance, and industry residual values.

Courtesy of Press Releases

We posted the teaser for this video last month; now check out the extended edition of Mark Clemmon's day of Unleashing the LFA! How would you like to take the LFA for a spin, let alone around the legendary Leguna Seca road course?!

The accolades for the GS350 F Sport keep rolling in! Austraila's Best Cars has named it the Best Large Car Over $60k. We must say, they have great taste in cars!

In a class largely dominated by European marques, premium Japanese brand Lexus has swept all before it to win this prestige motoring category with their new GS350 F Sport. It’s the fourth-generation of the GS nameplate and brings a range of improvements over the superseded series.

The range features three grades - Luxury, F Sport and Sports Luxury. Prices for the GS range start at $77,900 for the GS250 Luxury while the GS350 Luxury with its bigger engine lists at $89,900. With a sub- $100k price tag the F Sport outshines higher priced finalist A6, but gets shaded by the cheaper 5-series BMW, the other class contender. Mid-field scores for pricing and depreciation are made up for though by the F Sport’s handsome standard features list that gets a best-in-class score.

Climate control, tyre pressure monitors, 19” alloys, active cruise control, heated and cooled front seats, leather trim, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, DAB+ digital radio, 10 airbags including driver and front passenger knee airbags, advanced safety technologies including Lexus Pre-collision Safety System, alarm, navigation system and moon-roof are just some of the standard fare.

The F Sport’s ergonomics rated highly thanks to well positioned controls and inclusion of features such as paddle shifters, a heads-up display showing speed and other important driving information, a blind spot monitoring system, and reversing camera.

The heated and cooled front seats offer excellent support and adjustability including wrap-in bolsters and cushion extension to enable occupants to get just the right ‘fit’. Centre rear passengers don’t fare so well though with the seat too hard and an intrusive driveline tunnel robbing lower limb space. Although Lexus claim increased space in the new model, the GS350 only scored mid-field with rear leg room still limited and boot hinges that intrude into the load space.

On the road, the F Sport name had a ring of truth with judges having to remind themselves this was a prestige model, as it would have easily fared well in one of the sports car classes. Not something that would have been said of the old model. Maybe the development work at the Nurburgring paid off.

Lexus claim the naturally aspirated 3.5-litre V6 is good for 233kW and 378Nm. Our testing showed it’s a real gem offering strong response and performance that will surprise and delight. The purposeful engine and exhaust note goes with its sporting aspirations but may not appeal to all prestige car buyers.

Sport suspension with tuning unique to the F Sports model, plus dynamic rear-wheel steering and some sophisticated adaptive electronic vehicle dynamics control systems are standard on F Sport. A mode selection system allows drivers to customize the power-train and suspension settings.

Judges rated the rear-wheel drive F Sport’s dynamic ability very highly, to garner a best-in-class handling score. A flat stance through the slalom test and twists and turns, plus responsiveness to throttle or steering inputs won praise. Long regarded as masters of vehicle handling, the German makes were outclassed by the Lexus. Brakes impressed too, thanks to four-piston front callipers and larger two-piece front discs, unique to the F Sport variant. GS350 also maintains the high standard of fit and finish Lexus are known for.

Courtesy of Australia's Best Cars

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Having trouble figuring out the perfect present for the Lexus enthusiast in your life? No need to worry, Lexus of Orlando has the answer for you! Come by today and purchase a Gift Certificate for our very popular Presidential Detail, or any of the other


Lexus launches Lexus Design Award competition!

The Lexus International Division of Toyota Motor Corporation announces the launch of the Lexus Design Award, an international design competition targeting designers around the world.

  The Lexus Design Award is aimed to provide an opportunity for the next generation of designers to work with a world-famous designer as a mentor to create prototypes of their designs. Through this initiative, Lexus hopes to contribute to nurturing and supporting creativity.

  The theme of the Lexus Design Award 2012 is motion—a word and concept directly connected to people’s everyday lives. Under this award program, Lexus welcomes innovative design and calls for works that display a deep understanding of Lexus’ design philosophy, uniquely interpret concepts and provide original perspectives on and solutions to various issues of daily life. Lexus welcomes entries from designers in fields such as architecture, product design and fashion.

  The application period runs through Dec. 31, 2012. The winners are to be announced and their works exhibited during Milan Design Week in April 2013.

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Toyota Motorsports GmbH unveils photos of their 641hp model LS, the TMG Sports 650! We're looking forward to the official debut next month!

Toyota Motorsports GmbH has finally unveiled the super sedan it has been working on, and its official name is the TMG Sports 650. Why 650? Because this Lexus LS-based road rocket generates 650 PS, or about 641 horsepower, from its twin-turbo 5.0L V8 engine that's mated to an eight-speed transmission capable of handling all that force.

We don't know much more than that, as TMG unveiled the scooped, vented and flared body of the Sports 650 on its Facebook page, and while the company provided pics aplenty, details about the car like specs, pricing and availability are still absent. The Facebook post does tell us that the Sport 650's aerodynamics were developed in TMG's wind tunnels and that significant development has been dedicated to its handling, which we already knew based on the number of times prototypes were caught testing on Germany's Nürburgring.

Last we heard, the TMG Sport 650 will be making its official in-person debut at the Essen Motor Show in December. At that time, we might see TMG take one big step closer to becoming the factory performance tuning arm of Toyota, just like AMG is to Mercedes-Benz. Lexus could do a lot worse, with TMG having been the brains and brawn behind the company's last effort in Formula One, as well as its latest push to challenge Audi in Le Mans racing with the hybrid TS303 LMP1 car.

Courtesy of Autoblog

Monday, November 26, 2012

Check out this interview with the designer of the Lexus LF-LC's exterior, Edward Lee!


Lexus says the Japanese brand’s lack of a rich design heritage is a huge advantage over its German rivals that are generally bound by traditional values.

Speaking to CarAdvice in Melbourne yesterday, Lexus’ Californian-based senior creative designer, Edward Lee, a former Audi designer who joined Lexus in 2007, said design flexibility is one of Lexus’ strong points, which the company has only recently began to exploit with new models such as the GS and concept cars like the LF-LC and LF-CC.

“Coming from a brand (Audi) that had that strong history of design and background, my first reaction (at Lexus) was, I wish there was more structure, but as time went by and as we started to develop the Lexus design together and moved it towards more emotional and expressive design, I realised this (freedom) was a true advantage”

While manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz adhere to and accommodate over 125 years of design tradition, with BMW and Audi not so far beyond, Lexus is taking full advantage of its relatively young 22 years in the business by redefining itself.

“We can be more explorative, more daring, find the right answers that define our history. We can be more flexible.”

When asked why Lexus had in the past stuck to a more conservative and somewhat Japanese-inspired design language while the likes of BMW were daring enough to create cars such as the bold X6 coupe-like SUV, Mr Lee said that times are changing and that Lexus is now focused on customers that are really interested in what Lexus has to say about its cars.

“We said in the past that maybe we weren’t taking as many chances but right now Lexus is in the era of taking this movement towards more definite design tastes. We are hungry for innovation and we are hungry for making a statement of passionate design.”

Lee was the lead exterior designer of the Lexus LF-LC, which was one of the highlights of last month’s Sydney Motorshow and generated massive crowds at the Paris Motor Show in September.

Lee is adamant that Lexus must stay with of the ever-changing customer tastes in car design. Stressing that customers’ preference in car designs has changed over the last few years.

“I can say maybe a couple of years ago, customers desired what their neighbours would buy, but now customers are becoming more confident in the choices they are making and the taste that they have, they are really going to look out for products that cater to their taste. That’s the same direction that Lexus is moving in.”

Despite the emphasis on new and innovative design processes taking place at Lexus, Mr Lee admitted that he has a love for further perfecting an existing design.

“For me, because of my background starting from a company like Audi with that history, I love making that sort of same designs over and over again and perfecting what has already been perfected.”

Comparing the design language and mission of a brand like Audi to Lexus, Mr Lee said the difference is considerable.

“Audi design is looking for something that is new two percent of the time and 98 percent of the time it’s about brand identity and refinement where as Lexus is the complete opposite of that. We are looking for something new, fresh new ideas and we don’t try to hammer it so much to the point where we are losing the emotional aspect of our design.”


Courtesy of Car Advice

The writers at Autoblog got their hands on a 2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport, and it sounds like they were quite pleased with what they found! Check out the full article!

The Lexus GS has been chasing the BMW 5 Series for more than two decades. This year, it may have finally leapfrogged its benchmark prey.

Rewind your clock back to the late 1980s, when the midsize four-door sport sedan segment was dominated by BMW. The Bavarian automaker was selling rear-wheel-drive sedans (with manual transmissions, no less) that were every bit as powerful and agile as they were luxurious and comfortable – the best of both worlds, felt many buyers. Of course, it didn't take long for other automakers to get in on the action.

Lexus made its first legitimate attempt at the segment in 1998, with the introduction of its second-generation GS sedan. Despite many accolades, the sporty four-door arrived just in time to compete against BMW's E39, a 5 Series platform that was arguably one of its all-time best. Even after the third-generation GS (2006-2011) went head-to-head with BMW's Bangle-styled E60, the Lexus was still playing catch-up despite its strong performance and loads of new and innovative technology.

But today things are very different. There are now a handful of genuine players in the segment, including very capable sport sedans from Audi, Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz. BMW recently released its sixth-generation F10 5 Series, but the applause has been notably muted. Will that automaker's arguable misstep allow the all-new third-generation Lexus GS to capture the lead? We spent a week with the Japanese sport sedan to find out.

After a slew of early teasers and leaks, Lexus officially introduced its all-new 2013 GS 350 at Pebble Beach in August of 2011. Its bold new appearance (complete with the automaker's new signature spindle grille) hid a sophisticated new platform even more rigid than its predecessor. The track was also widened and the suspension redesigned to further improve handling. While the V6 engine was only slightly massaged and the V8 was dropped completely, the clean-sheet interior would be almost unrecognizable to a previous-generation GS driver.

First out the gate at the Concourse event was the rear-wheel-drive GS 350, fitted with a 3.5-liter V6 rated at 306 horsepower. It was soon followed at the 2012 Frankfurt Motor Show by the GS 450h, a gasoline-electric hybrid with a total system power of 338 horsepower, and then came all-wheel-drive variants. Most interesting to us, however, were the enthusiast-tuned F Sport models that debuted the following month at SEMA.

The F Sport models, in the words of Lexus, are "designed to engage driving enthusiasts with factory engineering and the ability to take performance to an entirely new level." To accomplish this mechanically, GS F Sports are fitted with 19-inch alloy wheels with performance tires, F Sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), upgraded suspension bushings, thicker anti-roll bars and larger front brakes with high-performance brake pads. Rear-wheel-drive models also gain the automaker's Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS).

Cosmetically, the GS F Sport models are visually identified by their distinctive sport front bumper (with unique mesh grille inserts) and rear lower valance. There is also a rear lip spoiler on the trunk decklid and F Sport badging on each front quarter panel. Inside the cabin, the performance tuned models feature 16-way power driver's sport seats and other minor cosmetic upgrades, including available Cabernet Red leather.

Our test car, a 2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport, was painted Liquid Platinum over black leather with Striated Aluminum trim. It arrived carrying a base MSRP of $46,900 and its costliest option was the F Sport package ($5,690), including 19-inch staggered alloy wheels, Adaptive Variable suspension (AVS), Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS), upsized brakes, F Sport driver's seat, black headliner, F Sport aerodynamic package and more. The Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System ($1,380) added a 17-speaker, 835-watt sound package and the Navigation package ($1,735) introduced the 12.3-inch high-resolution split-screen display. Lastly, our car was fitted with Intuitive Park Assist ($500) and an Accessory package ($242) with trunk mat, cargo mat and locking wheel locks. Add in the destination fee ($875), and our total was $57,332. Sadly, our test car was missing the Lexus Dynamic Handling System, including its rear steering actuator that is capable of turning the wheels up to two degrees to improve handling.

Its aggressive pricing structure places the Lexus right where it needs to be when pitted against the pricing sought for its sporty competitive set such as the Infiniti M37 (base price $48,200), Audi A6 3.0T ($50,400), Mercedes-Benz E350 ($51,000) and the BMW 535i ($53,100) – we don't need to remind anyone that there isn't a single poor choice on that list.

After more than a year, we have had plenty of time to get used to the GS's bold new look. Whether one approves of it or not, it is unquestionably aggressive and sporty from just about every angle. And, to the designer's credit, it has lost none of its trademark "Lexus" profile. The F-Sport enhancements integrate well with the design, serving to improve its overall appearance without looking forced, cheap or aftermarket. The staggered wheels (painted a hue that hides brake dust) are also attractive and the rear spoiler blends cleanly with lines of the trunk.

On paper, the new GS 350 F Sport reads like a midsize sport sedan champ – especially in specification.

Carried forward from last year with only a few tweaks is a naturally aspirated all-aluminum 3.5-liter V6. The four-valve engine takes advantage of the automaker's dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) to generate 303 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 274 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm. A six-speed automatic transmission (Toyota's A760E) delivers power to the rear wheels in one of three electronically controlled modes (Eco, Normal and Sport). Despite a lack of launch control on the traditional torque converter gearbox, the 3,795-pound sedan will still break the 60 mph benchmark in about 5.7 seconds. Keep your right foot planted and the Lexus won't run out of steam until about 142 mph.

Underpinning the redesigned sport sedan is an all-new suspension engineered to improve cornering precision and respond better to irregularities in the road surface. Up front, the upper and lower control arms are cast in lightweight aluminum, while the rear multi-link setup (mounted in a completely redesigned subframe) uses the same alloy in its control arms. Even the oil within the dampers has been changed to a lower viscosity in an effort to improve its responsiveness. Standard on the F Sport is the AVS with driver-selectable shock absorber damping.

The front brakes utilize four-piston calipers over ventilated rotors and there are single-piston sliding calipers over ventilated rotors on the rear. The F Sport also wears upgraded 19x8-inch cast aluminum alloy wheels at all four corners. For grip, Lexus had configured our test vehicle with Bridgestone Potenza RE050A summer tires (265/35YR19), but production rubber will also be supplied from Dunlop, Michelin and Yokohama.

Before pressing the 'Start/Stop' button, drivers should familiarize themselves with the four different driving configurations offered by the new Lexus Drive Mode Selector, which is located just behind the traditional console-mounted transmission lever (PRND+/-). In a nutshell, the engineers have incorporated a slew of electronically controlled performance settings into the vehicle that may be accessed through the puck-sized round dial.

By default, the system reverts to Normal mode (blue dash illumination, standard throttle mapping, comfort-oriented gearshifts, standard AVS damping and full power to all accessories) when the vehicle is started or the button is pushed straight down. Those seeking a bit more dance in their step will need to turn the dial to the right to activate Sport S mode (red dash illumination, quicker throttle mapping, firmer AVS damping and full power to all accessories).

If that doesn't get juices flowing, some models (including our high-end GS) also allow yet another turn to the right for enthusiast-tuned Sport S+ mode (red dash illumination, sport throttle mapping, sport AVS damping, sport steering effort, sport VSC logarithms and other powertrain enhancements), On the complete opposite side of the spectrum, a turn of the dial to the left will initiate ECO mode (blue dash illumination, slow throttle mapping, reduced seat heating and reduced climate control operation). Understandably, ECO mode is configured for those who are most concerned with reducing fuel consumption.

Lexus has done a fine job with its GS passenger cabin as it is roomy for up to five passengers and very comfortable. Gone is any hint of wrap-around styling, but the 90-degree panel angles are fresh, stylish and well... youthful. The primary instrument cluster, with its two large Optitron analog dials (tachometer and speedometer) and a TFT multi-function display, remains familiar. Not so for the truly massive 12-inch split-screen infotainment display on the center console. It is positively eye-opening, and in a very good manner. Everyone marveled at the colorful and easy-to-read display, although it does take some time to become familiar with its joystick-like interface – now controlled via the current Lexus Remote Touch haptic joystick on the center console – and not everyone will like the amount of light pollution the large screen puts out at night, even on its dimmest setting.

A fine sport sedan is comfortable in the daily commute and luxurious on the open highway all while remaining competent in the canyons. We happily report that the 2013 Lexus GS 350 earns high marks in all three of those categories.

Our favorite drive mode, without question, was Sport S. Even though Normal mode felt plenty sporty (almost 'un-Lexus-like', truth be told), the Sport S setting provided much quicker steering response, better throttle feel and firm (but not abusive) shock damping. The ride was good, even in this aggressive setting, with cornering grip levels that were very high (the sticky tires wear a treadwear rating of just 140).

The GS 350 is considerably lighter than the BMW 535i (the German tips the scales at 4,090 pounds), and that pays dividends in the handling department. The BMW drives with a comparatively heavy feel while the Lexus comes across with a much more agile demeanor. Road feedback though the wheel isn't perfect, but effort and initial turn-in is spot-on. We'll go so far to say that the steering on the Lexus (in Sport S or Sport S+ mode) feels damn near go-kart quick. There was plenty to enjoy with the F Sport sedan, especially when zipping merrily through our favorite mountain roads.

To be perfectly honest, we were more than a bit wary about the GS's powertrain at first. As competitors move towards forced induction and seven- and eight-speed automatic transmissions, the Lexus soldiers forward with an engine/gearbox combo that debuted in 2007. Our concerns were diffused after just minutes behind the wheel, as the gearbox responded brilliantly to our commands (with our right foot or with the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters) to deliver a solid kick in the pants. The engine provided plenty of punch, and its throaty soundtrack just may be the best in its competitive segment (credit a new Helmholtz resonator and a retuned muffler). We never tired of hearing its full-throttle wail.

After a week in the driver's seat, the 2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport left us very impressed – so much so that we're now wondering if this particular enthusiast-tuned GS is a better sport sedan than the benchmark BMW 535i. Those are strong considerations, but the third-generation Japanese contender delivers quicker acceleration, more grip and a much more engaging driving experience. The BMW 5 Series is a fine automobile, but it appears that Lexus has finally managed to raise the all-important sport sedan bar just a bit higher.

Courtesy of Autoblog

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Lexus Takes Top Honors for the Second Year in a Row in Kelley Blue Book’s 2013 Best Resale Value Awards for Luxury Brand


Lexus earned top honors in the Luxury Brand category of Kelley Blue Book’s 2013 Best Resale Value Awards. In addition to taking the luxury brand award for the second year in a row, four Lexus models won in their categories: the IS sport sedan in the Entry-Level Luxury Car category, the GS 350 sport sedan in the Luxury Car category, the RX 450h in the Hybrid SUV category and the LX 570 in the Luxury Full-Size SUV/Crossover category. The Lexus LX 570 was also in the Top 10 overall for 2013 Best Resale Value. This is the third time since the Best Resale Value: Luxury Brand award was initiated in 2009 that Lexus has won, having earned the honor for the 2010 and 2012 model years as well.

“It’s an honor to be named Kelley Blue Book’s prestigious 2013 Best Resale Value Award in the Luxury Brand category,” said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “We work hard to create the best overall ownership experience and having the best resale value is an important part of the success of Lexus.”

Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value Awards are based on projections from the Kelley Blue Book® Official Residual Value Guide, determined by a skilled staff of automotive analysts. These prestigious awards honor vehicles expected to maintain the greatest proportion of their original list price after five years of ownership.


Courtesy of Lexus Pressroom

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hey fans, you have seen us posting quite a bit about the all-new 2013 Lexus LS. Now, you can check out the LS F Sport in action for yourself!

Good afternoon, fans! It's nearly Thanksgiving, and we want to know which delicious part of the Thanksgiving feast you are most thankful for!


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Pearl Yellow LFA to be featured on BBC's infamous Top Gear

Jeremy Clarkson of the hit BBC auto television show Top Gear confirms this. A recent tweet pic from Jeremy's own personal twitter account shows the infamous Pearl Yellow LFA parked in an undisclosed parking garage parked between a light blue Aston Martin and a black SRT Viper. So what are they about to do?

Top Gear magazine says that James may will will drive the new Aston Martin Vanquish, Hammond will drive the Viper, and Clarkson will be driving the LFA. One of our unnammed sources said they had plans to drive south of the border into Mexico, but with the chaos and violence down south, we'll have to wait and see where Top Gear Season 19 actually takes us.


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Monday, November 19, 2012

Lexus of Orlando’s Exclusive Launch Event Introduces All-New 2013 LS to Guests


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Winter Park, Fl. – In an exclusive event held only for LS owners, Lexus of Orlando unveiled the all-new 2013 edition to their guests’ in the dealership’s sales facility Nov. 15th.


Guests who attended had the opportunity to experience the 2013 LS firsthand, and Lexus of Orlando’s support staff was readily available to answer any questions or inquiries. Guests were treated to catered hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and a live modern jazz band. Those who RSVP’d online prior to the event received an Elite Lexus Gift and were entered into a raffle for a chance to win multiple prizes.


Lexus of Orlando also donated to Compassionate Hands and Hearts Breast Cancer Outreach. Founded by WFTV news anchor Ms. Echols, who also served as the host for the event. Compassionate Hands and Hearts Breast Cancer Outreach aims to support those in need during their battle with breast cancer by improving the quality of life for them and their families. Ms. Echols herself is a breast cancer survivor.


Photos of the event are available through Lexus of Orlando’s Facebook page:


The all-new redesigned 2013 Lexus LS focuses on the driver. The vehicle offers a wide range of features that can personalize the vehicle to a driver’s tastes. The bold new exterior styling is part of the new Lexus aggressive look, which features a redesigned spindle grille. This serves as a tribute to Toyota Motor Corporation’s humble beginning as Toyoda Loom Works in the textile industry.


The Lexus LS is the vehicle that started the Lexus phenomenon. Attention to detail, effortless performance and outstanding quality all add to the appeal of the LS. It also has a well-earned reputation for reliability and consistently high guest satisfaction.


One guest was so impressed with the redesigned LS that a sale was made at the event.


About Lexus of Orlando: Located at 305 North Semoran Blvd., Winter Park, FL 37292, Lexus of Orlando has served Central Florida for 40 years, proudly providing the finest new and used Lexus vehicles and Lexus parts and accessories, along with excellent service. For more information, please visit or call (407) 671-0000.


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JTGrey Lexus LX 570 Wins Stock Full Class in BAJA 1000

After two days and two nights of racing, Joe Bacal and the JTGrey Lexus LX 570 have won the Stock Full class in the 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.

While the Baja 1000 is typically a 621-mile loop that starts and finishes in Ensenada, Mexico, this year’s course took racers along the entire length of the Baja California peninsula, from Ensenada to La Paz — a 1,122 mile journey that started Thursday and ended Saturday.

The JTGrey LX finished the race with a final time of 35 hours 5 minutes at an average speed of 31.8mph, and Joe Bacal was behind the wheel the entire time, driving the entire distance himself. He was assisted in the LX by co-drivers Brian “Woody” Swearingen, Paul Williamsen and Joe Nolan.


Paul Williamsen kindly provided further details on the race via email:

The LX ran flawlessly without a single mechanical issue, starting and finishing on the same four BF Goodrich “Baja” tires and TRD F SPORT alloy wheels. Nothing but fuel and drinking water at its eight planned pit stops.

The team led the Stock Fullsize class for most of the race, except for a brief period south of Bahia de Los Angeles when class champion Wes Bevly & his Ford F150 EcoTe got ahead of us between the 3rd & 4th pitstops.

Joe finished over 150 miles ahead of the Ford. There were no other finishers in our class.

Congratulations to Joe and the entire JTGrey team for a victory well deserved!

Courtesy of Lexus Enthusiast

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Vehicle Exchange Program allows customers to trade in their current vehicle, and possibly upgrade to a New Lexus for the same or lower monthly payment! What are you waiting for?

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2013 Lexus LS launch event last night! Especially Vanessa Echols, who was such an amazing host. Everything went off without a hinge to celebrate the phenomenal and technically advanced LS!


Lexus LF-LC Blue Concept Debuts in Sydney, Coming to L.A. Auto Show

Years ago, wild concepts were a dime a dozen at auto shows—real concepts, that is, not next year’s dreary production model dressed in a retina-searing color and sparkly wheels. But in recent years, the trend has started to die out, and gussied-up previews have become the norm. Lexus certainly has been doing its part in recent times to keep this proud tradition of dedicated show-cars alive. Over the past decade we’ve seen a series of concepts appear under the “LF” nomenclature, and in Sydney, Lexus unveiled its latest effort—the LF-LC Blue, the second iteration of the show car first seen at the Detroit show earlier this year.

Outwardly, the Blue (the color is inspired by opals found in the Australian outback, Lexus says) may look like the ruby-red Detroit show car, but this is more than merely a paint job—it’s a brand-new car, hiding significant technical advances under the skin. The most important of these lie in the powertrain, where the car differs in a couple of key respects to the initial LF-LC. Although both cars share a similar 500-horsepower gas-electric hybrid drivetrain featuring an Atkinson-cycle combustion engine, the new car’s output is distributed to all four wheels, unlike the rear-drive concept seen in Detroit. An even bigger change is to be found in the battery pack, which has been upgraded to a very high-density, lightweight job, packing five times the energy density of a current production battery. Probed for details, Lexus Australia’s corporate manager for marketing, Peter Evans, offered up the following: “It [the battery] was announced at a technological seminar in [Toyota theme park] Mega Web in Tokyo a couple of weeks ago. They didn’t confirm lithium-ion, but if you look at what they talked about, then you could speculate that it’s in that kind of area of technology.”

Lexus also has unveiled a few more details about the car’s construction. It’s built primarily from carbon fiber, bonded and with aluminum substructures. It’s a practice Lexus is considering for future products outside its LF-badged models. Measuring in at 182.3 inches long and 76.8 inches wide, but only 50.0 inches high, the two-plus-two LF-LC certainly is an imposing and impressive car in the flesh. Particularly striking are the taillights, which Lexus says were inspired by the afterburners of jet fighters.

The Blue also features a redone interior compared to the original LF-LC, colored in white and brown. Leather, suede, brushed metal, and wood are among the materials to make an appearance, along with two 12.3-inch LCD screens—one for the instrument cluster, the other for navigation—which boast the ability to stream info to each other.

Officially, the LF-LC is described as “still three to four years away from production,” with a fast-tracking of the process “possible” (read: entirely contingent on customer feedback). Still, those prospects are an improvement from when it was first unveiled back in January. “This car was never meant for production,” Evans explained. “Then, (general manager of Lexus product and marketing) Mark Templin said, a month or two after Detroit, that the response was so positive from dealers and distributors around the world, that it had moved from being ‘no plan for production’ to ‘a 50-50 chance.’ The fact that they’ve built a second one, and that they’re showing it here and in L.A.—every time that happens it increases the, I guess, consumer pressure to deliver a car like this into production.”

The LF-LC Blue is set to make its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. And with another auto-show appearance, we hope the pressure on Lexus to build the LF-LC continues.

Courtesy of Car and Driver

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Don't you just love this 2013 Lexus LX570! Get behind the wheel of this beautiful vehicle and stop by Lexus of Orlando for your test drive today!

Lexus Design Award Competition

An international competition that targets next-generation innovators around the world. Lexus welcomes innovators and calls for “DESIGN” that responds to various issues in daily life in relation to “Motion” and provides solutions.

The official launch will be announced at the Lexus booth during TOKYO DESIGNERS WEEK from October 30, 2012 (Tuesday) to November 5, 2012 (Monday). The application period will be from October 30, 2012 (Tuesday) to December 31, 2012 (Monday). The winners will be announced and their works will be exhibited during Milan Design Week in April 2013.

The LEXUS DESIGN AWARD will provide an opportunity for young innovators from around the world to work with a world-famous designer as a “mentor”, make prototypes from their ideas and exhibit the results during Milan Design Week in 2013. Lexus hopes to contribute to nurturing and supporting young creators who enrich our world.

Courtesy of Lexus Global

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The Two-Toned Lexus LFA

It was late in August when I first heard rumors about a two-tone Lexus LFA arriving in the U.S. One month later, a video appeared on YouTube showing a Pearl Gray LFA with a Steel Gray roof being delivered to Lexus of Lehigh Valley in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Shortly after that, I was on my way to Allentown, all set to meet with the dealership owner, Peter Cooper, who had purchased the LFA after his son suggested its unique paint job.

After spending the morning at the dealership (which has a stunning collection of wrapped Lexus vehicles in colors like Sky Blue and Lime Green), we took the LFA to the outskirts of Allentown, determined to get some great photos:

The two shades of gray complement one another—the darker Steel Gray matches the window tint perfectly, giving the cabin exterior a unified, pod-like look, and it balances nicely with the warm Pearl Gray body.

It’s hard to believe that a two-tone paint job could be understated, but the way the colors blend together is surprising in its subtlety—just the right combination of brash and class for the Lexus supercar.

Courtesy of Lexus Magazine

Friday, November 9, 2012

Kudos to Dominic on a job well done and a happy customer!


"Dominic is the ultimate professional when it comes to the definition of service. Not only was he concerned with the car problems I was encountering but he kept me up to date every step of the way. I would highly recommend Lexus of Orlando service department becasue of people like Dominic." - Jim V.


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Thursday, November 8, 2012

For the second year in a row, we have been awarded the Women's Choice Award from WomenCertified, a company dedicated to empowering female consumers to make smart buying choices. Way to go team!

Magic Touch

Identifying future trends is a big part of the fun at auto shows. So when the Lexus LF-CC concept debuted at the 2012 Paris Motor Show in September, savvy trend-spotters zeroed-in on something that was intentionally absent from the vehicle’s high-tech interior: The knobs, buttons, and switches conventionally used to control vehicle functions were nowhere in sight.

The LF-CC provides a glimpse of how drivers may interact with vehicles of the future. It combines technologies that have only recently come to market with some far out futuristic stuff. The vehicle’s dashboard is essentially segmented into two distinct zones. The upper Display Zone includes a digital instrument panel, as well as a high-resolution extra wide navigation screen. All are nicely situated for at-a-glance viewing.

But where things get interesting is in the lower Operational Zone. Gone from the center console separating the driver and passenger are the afore-mentioned knobs and switches. Instead, a smooth, touch-sensitive screen is positioned flush on the console to facilitate remote operation. In addition, a smartphone-sized touch pad has been built into the driver’s right-hand armrest.
The control screen is called the “touch tracer display,” a key element in what Lexus calls the “driver-centric sports cockpit” of the future. Vehicle functions are controlled not with toggles and dials but rather with the familiar taps and flips that have become ubiquitous in modern communication devices. Think iPad tablet—but with a distinctly Lexus flair.
Combined with the next-generation Remote Touch, the touch tracer display in the LF-CC embodies a next step in the company’s HMI (Human Machine Interface) design philosophy. It takes ergonomics and user-interface to a whole new level. Other performance enhancements include a low, highly focused driving position, a wide-grip steering wheel, and optimum pedal placement. The touch tracer display is located directly behind the shift lever for maximum comfort and ease of operation.

Lexus fans are, of course, familiar with how these engineering leaps have a way of making it into production. Witness the LFA, which went though several concept-car iterations before going into production, or the LF-Gh concept’s spindle grille, which paved the way for the now-signature Lexus front-end design. It will be interesting to see how and when Lexus’ touch tracer innovations transition to the showroom.

Setting aside the touch tracer display’s potential for ease, convenience, and outright coolness, I can tell you another thing that appeals to this detail-oriented enthusiast: replacing all those intricate knobs and switches with a flat-glass touch-screen could help make Lexus-interior detailing a snap!

Courtesy of Lexus Magazine

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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In Consumer Reports' reliability study, Toyota brands earn top spots

Toyota’s three brands — Scion, Toyota and Lexus — swept the three top spots in Consumer Reports’ annual reliability survey, which analyzes subscribers’ experiences with 1.2 million new vehicles to predict future reliability.

Ford’s reliability took its biggest hit yet as complaints about its MyFord Touch infotainment system and a new transmission continued to hurt the automaker, causing its ranking to fall to 27th of 28 brands, down from 20th in last year’s study.

Cadillac, at 11th, was judged the most reliable domestic brand, improving from 25th last year.

Asian brands took nine of the top 10 spots. Audi, at No. 8, was the only German automaker to rank in the top 10. This year, Mazda was ranked fourth, followed by Subaru, Honda, Acura, Audi, Infiniti and Kia.

The drop for Ford comes three years after Consumer Reports praised Ford as the only domestic automaker with “world class reliability.” Two years ago, the Ford brand also cracked the top 10. Now, only Jaguar is ranked lower.

Despite efforts to improve MyFord Touch, the smartphone-like screen on which drivers can control everything from their phones to temperature settings to entertainment options, continues to confuse some customers, said Jake Fisher, director of testing for the magazine.

Fisher said customers say the touch screens sometimes go blank, or settings disappear and sometimes the system needs to be rebooted. Customers also continue to complain about rough shifting with Ford’s six-speed, dual-clutch Powershift transmission, Fisher said.

“They’ve put out some updates to try to address some of those problems for both the transmissions and the infotainment controls, but it doesn’t seem to be enough,” Fisher said.

Chrysler also had a disappointing showing. The Auburn Hills automaker has devoted tremendous attention to quality in recent launches of new vehicles. Still, three of its four brands ranked near the bottom. Jeep, the automaker’s top-ranked brand, finished 19th, six spots lower than last year.

Inconsistent reliability for Chrysler was caused by problems with optional powertrains and issues with features found on higher-priced versions, the magazine said.

Fisher said Chrysler’s problems stem from overhauling so many vehicles so quickly. The Auburn Hills automaker significantly redesigned or upgraded 18 cars and trucks in 18 months after it emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Those changes included new engines and other new technology.

“Chrysler seems to be a victim of its own improvements,” Fisher said. “They have actually improved a lot of their vehicles quite a bit, but when you make so many changes it is hard to maintain your reliability.”

In addition to Cadillac’s much-improved showing, Buick, Chevrolet and GMC all climbed several spots.

The Cadillac brand was the first to receive substantial changes and upgrades from GM after it came out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy and has been steadily improving in recent years, Fisher said.

Consumer Reports is often criticized for favoring Asian automakers over domestic automakers because Asian automakers almost always finish near the top and the Detroit Three typically struggle.

“We are basically just taking data that the consumers and subscribers are providing to us,” Fisher said. “We often have people tell us they really love their domestic cars.”

Courtesy of Consumer Reports

Shots From SEMA

The SEMA auto show kicked off last week, and as usual the Lexus vehicles were turning heads. On display this year: a modified LS from Five Axis, a customized GS from VIP Auto Salon, the IS F CCS-R racecar, the LF-CC concept, and the LFA Nürburgring Edition. Some shots from the Lexus display area: