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Japanese Car Auction Find – 2014 Lexus RC F

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, December 13th, 2014

You may remember our earlier post when we learned that the Lexus RC and RC F might not be the only new models inspired by the Lexus LF-CC, LF-LC and LF-C2 concepts we’ve seen successively over the past few years. You can go back and read more that here if you like, but all that talk about Lexus sports cars gave us automotive cravings. So, today we’re going to dive headfirst into this eye-catching 2014 Lexus RC F with a deep Obsidian paint job:

Honestly, it was a little surprising to find the RC F already up for auction, since it’s only been available in Japan in the second half of 2014 and is only now making its way to US shores. Yet, here it is –another example of the caliber of vehicles to be found inside the Integrity Exports Japan car auction system. Given the newness of the car, and the relatively low mileage, it is quite likely that this vehicle was used as a demonstrator.

As the most track-oriented model in the Lexus RC range, the RC F includes several performance improvements over the other RC models. Chief among them is the massive 5.0L Atkinson cycle V8 engine (code 2UR-GSE) that powers the monstrous coupe with 467 hp. Driving that power to the 19-inch forged alloy wheels, an automatic 8-speed Sport Direct Shift transmission, aided by a Torque Vectoring Differential (hence the TVD on the auction sheet) and a vertical G-sensor to integrate with Toyota’s specialized handling software, VDIM.

2014 Lexus RC-F auction find

Of course, with an engine as blisteringly powerful as the one in the RC F, you’re going to need some extra cooling. That explains the vented hood at the front of the vehicle, and two sets of cooling vents integrated into the front fender. Lexus also tuned the underbody with aerodynamic under covers and stabilizing fins to optimally at manipulate airflow underneath the vehicle. There’s even an active rear spoiler built into the trunk, which automatically deploys at speeds over 50 mph and retracts at speeds less than 25 mph.

2014 Lexus RC-F interior

Moving into the cockpit, you can see clear proof that the RC F was developed and tested on the renowned Nürburgring track. The form-fitting seats are high-backed with excellent grip, and those in the RC F are upholstered with comfortable perforated leather. The aluminum and black carbon fiber accents throughout the interior reinforce the lean, purposeful feel, but the orange accents along the seats and the thick-grip performance steering wheel remind you that this is a car meant for fun.

Honestly, an entire blog post could be written solely about the fine-tuning that went into the Lexus RC F’s driving dynamics, much less the car’s design, interior and technology. That’s why Lexus’ official press release for the RC F is literally 20 pages long. You can read it for yourself here.

In the end, though, all you need to know is that this 2014 Lexus RC F is a really cool, really fun, really sleek car that’s in excellent shape. You can get more specific specs by reading the full translation of the auction sheet below:

2014 Lexus RC-F auction sheet

“Grade 6, interior A, first registered October 2014, standard model with TVD system, DBA emissions code, FAT, AAC, one owner, blind spot camera, rear cross traffic alert, semi-aniline leather (black and orange), Lane departure alert, power steering, power windows, original alloy wheels, ABS, leather seats, airbag, original navigation system, original TV, digital tuner, TBD system, pre-crash safety system, reversing rearview camera, Lexus body coating, seat heater, seats sagging, marks as per map”


Lexus LF-C2 Concept Premieres in Sunshine State

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

2014 Lexus LF-C2 Concept LA auto show

The Lexus LF-C2 Concept was the most highly anticipated new Japanese car coming to the 2014 LA Auto Show, and now that it’s here, it’s definitely lived up to the hype. You may remember Toyota’s initial LF-C2 teaser that we showed you a couple weeks ago, so you can keep that theme in mind as we examine the official premiere images throughout this post.

2014 Lexus LF-C2 Concept

In case it’s not obvious from the picture, there is one very distinctive feature to be noted about the LF-C2 concept – it’s not a convertible; it’s completely topless. There is no roof whatsoever, just open-air goodness. So, it makes sense that Lexus would reveal it in the Sunshine State since this is where drivers would most appreciate such a weather dependent concept.

That being said, realistically this is a car that could never see production, and Lexus isn’t trying to pass it off as such. Instead, Lexus VP Jeff Bracken says that the car “shows what’s in store for our brand’s future design direction… [And] shows consumers around the world Lexus’ devotion to emotional designs as well as our passion for an exceptional driving experience.”

Speaking of the design, Lexus definitely hit this one out of the park. Every little element is perfectly crafted to highlight a contrast between boldness and elegance. Up front you have the enormous pinched mesh grille, now a Lexus trademark, which gracefully swoops into clean-cut body lines that gently pull the viewer’s eye along the body to the back of the car. The rear has a very slight taper to it with a heavily sculpted back-end and eye-catching wraparound taillights.

2014 Lexus LF-C2 Concept interior

Inside, the Lexus LF-C2 boasts a cockpit that is arguably more production-ready than the exterior. It’s exactly in line with what we’d expect from Lexus – premium materials, an immaculate white color scheme and plenty of technology to go with it (see the dual-screen center console?). In particular, you can via the image above that the front seats can be pushed back literally to the edge of the rear seats for maximum legroom.

Even after a full reveal, we still don’t know exactly what the Lexus LF-C2 Concept is supposed to preview. All Lexus says is that it’s their interpretation of an open-top GT. However, it definitely seems most likely that this car previews either a Lexus RC or an IS convertible.

If you’d like to see more of the Lexus LF-C2, check out the full promo video below:

Otherwise, you could head over to our Integrity Exports Japanese car auction database to find a whole host of alternative Lexus sports cars, like this 2010 Lexus IS C which the new LF-C2 may actually replace.

2010 Lexus IS Convertible

As you can see, it has a clean and classy black exterior with what used to be a typical Lexus grille. This also would’ve been the last convertible that Lexus offered in their lineup. We don’t see too many of these come through our database, so be sure to check this one out if you’re interested. Or, you can keep reading below the auction sheet for detailed specs:

lexus-is-250-c-at-auction-in-japan

“Interior A, first registered May 2010, IS250C Version L model, DBA emissions code, FAT, AAC, black leather air seats, open car, original AWs, power steering, power windows, ABS, original TV and navigation system, leather seats, airbag, one owner, DVD changer, paddle shift, card key, wheels scratched, scrapes, stone chips in front windscreen, marks as per map”


Lexus RC Coupe and Lexus LF-NX Turbo Concept Previewed for Tokyo

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Today, Lexus officially confirmed that they will be showing the long-anticipated Lexus RC Coupe at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show which takes place later this month. But, that’s a not the only car that they will be showcasing… They’re also bringing back the Lexus LF-NX Concept from this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, but with a new sportier twist.

As you continue reading, you’re going to learn everything we know about the Lexus RC Coupe, and we’ll quickly fill you in on the changes Lexus has made to their experimental LF-NX Concept.

Let’s start with the juicy stuff first…

Brand-New Lexus RC Coupe(s)

Lexus RC Coupe

Lexus is bringing not one, but two trims of their two-door RC Coupe to the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. However, don’t get too excited because the only difference between the two is engine specifications – the Lexus RC 350 will get a 3.5L V-6 while the RC 300h will get a hybrid powertrain with a 2.5L engine.

Why doesn’t the RC 300h get a 3.0L engine as the name would imply? Nobody knows. Perhaps it’s all part of a Lexus plan to emulate BMW — 323i anyone?

Fortunately, the RC Coupe looks good enough to forgive any naming discrepancies. The two-door gets an extra-wide and extra-low pinched Lexus-style grille, a new three-lamp LED headlight configuration, and two different aluminum wheel styles (19-inch 10-spoke/18-inch 5-spoke). In addition, the RC will showcase a new painting process which apparently enriches and deepens the exterior colors, or so Lexus claims.

You can take a look at the Lexus RC from the rear below:

Lexus RC Coupe - rear

As for the inside, the Lexus RC Coupe gets “high contrast interior trim” with bold design lines, wooden highlights, and bottom-up interior lighting. And, of course, the new RC coupe will feature the latest in Lexus technology, including a new Remote Touch interface. Finally, RC drivers will cruise in comfort as the Coupe features seats made from a unique “integrated foaming construction method”, which apparently mimics the comfort and support of seats in race cars.

What’s New with the Lexus LF-NX Concept?

Lexus LF NX Concept

As you may or may not recall, we first saw the Lexus LF-NX concept earlier this year at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show. However, in an effort to get more mileage out of it, Lexus is bringing back the LF-NX with a slight twist – a turbocharged 2.0L engine. While the original concept featured a regular 2.5L engine with 156bhp, we have no idea what the new turbocharged version will output. But, we do know it will offer “guaranteed power” and better fuel economy.

What the heck is guaranteed power? And how does it differ from good ol’ regular powwwweeeerr? Nobody knows.

Other than the engine, the Lexus LF-NX Turbo doesn’t seem too different than the original, although Lexus claims that it has a lower center of gravity and an overall sportier look. For example, the experimental SUV now features a front under spoiler and more muscular wheels.

All in all, both new Lexus vehicles look like they’re going to be very drool-worthy, and we can’t wait to see more. Stay tuned for further updates ahead of the 2013 Tokyo motor show which opens doors later this month on November 22. Until then, thanks for reading!