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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 Teases Open-Top LF-C2 Concept Ahead of LA Reveal

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Today we have perhaps our most epic Los Angeles Auto Show preview yet. It’s an all-new sports car concept from premium Japanese automaker, Lexus. This, ladies and gentlemen, is our first glimpse at the open-air Lexus LF-C2 Concept:

Lexus LF-C2 Concept Teaser

We already knew that one of Toyota’s other sub-brands, Scion, would be debuting the Scion iM Concept in LA, but we had a sneaking suspicion we’d get a peek at something more exciting before the show’s doors open next week. Sure enough, this sleek open-top convertible comes along and lives up to the hype, complete with a thematic 72 Hour Eclipse Reveal planned for the concept’s debut.

Lexus plans to release at least one more teaser of their new LF-C2 Concept before its LA premiere. We’ll either get to see the spindle grille, wheels or interior, determined by a fan vote taken at Lexus’ promo page for the new concept (linked above). Be sure to head over there and vote for the interior preview! 🙂

For those of you wondering, there is not an actual eclipse of any kind happening in LA (we already checked). Apparently Lexus didn’t get the sun on board with their promotional campaign.

2012 Lexus LF-LC Concept

2012 Lexus LF-LC Concept

All joking aside, this preview is actually quite a mystery. It doesn’t need to be said that Lexus is keeping tight-lipped about their newest concept, and the automotive blogosphere can’t seem to reach a consensus either. Here are just a few of the guesses other sources have made:

  1. Revived Lexus SC 430 (which was discontinued in 2010)
  2. Convertible version of the 2012 LF-LC Concept
  3. … Which could also preview a convertible Lexus RC
  4. Replacement for the Lexus IS Convertible, as a follow up to the Lexus LF-CC Concept
  5. New version of the Lexus LFA supercar
2014 Lexus RC F

2014 Lexus RC F

Personally, our guess is option 2/3 – the new Lexus LF-C2 Concept will preview a convertible Lexus RC. Maybe even a Lexus RC F convertible too, if we’re lucky. Our reasoning is simple, but sound; the 2012 Lexus LF-LC Concept was widely agreed to prequel the new Lexus RC, and LF-C2 sounds awfully similar to LF-LC. The other likely option is a new replacement for the Lexus IS Convertible.

That being said, we secretly hope that the Lexus LF-C2 Concept will preview an LFA-inspired, commercially accessible open-air sports car. But we hesitate to even say such a thing out loud, lest we jinx the possibility.

Whatever the LF-C2 concept is that being, Lexus is going the extra mile to make its reveal as exciting and engaging as possible. The “Eclipse Reveal” isn’t just the theme behind this particular teaser; it’s also the name for Lexus’ 72-hour social media campaign in which they’ll reveal the car bit by bit. Or, you can plan ahead to watch the live stream press conference at 1:40pm PST.

 


Top 6 Japanese Cars Coming to the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

In Europe, the first hours of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show have already passed, and several new cars have already been unveiled. As the rest of the week unfolds, these are the top five Japanese cars to look out for from the 2014 Geneva Motor Show:

#1. Next-Gen Toyota Aygo

We’ve received new teasers of the upcoming Toyota Aygo since our original blog post on the new car. Just remind you, this is the car that was developed in collaboration with French auto group Peugot-Citroen, and it has a distinctly European feel to it as a result. Toyota has gone the extra mile to differentiate their city car from their French partners, however, with the Aygo getting a distinct rear end and window configuration from the Peugot 108 or Citroen C1.

#2. Mazda Hazumi Concept

Mazda Hazumi Concept Geneva Show 2014

This is another car that we’ve received a new teaser for since our original blog post. The concept heralds the new Mazda2 city car, which is actually a common theme throughout the Geneva motor show… Almost every car from Japanese automakers or otherwise is either a city car or a super car. That’s Europe for ya.

In our opinion, the Mazda Hazumi Concept is the single most exciting car to look out for, but that could be our indescribable bias towards Mazda speaking.

#3 & #4. New Nissan Juke & GT-R NISMO

Nissan is actually bringing two new vehicles to the Geneva Motor Show this year, although the Nissan GT-R NISMO is only making its European debut, not its worldwide one. As for the new Nissan Juke, we wrote about it here, and since then Nissan has continued to release more and more teasers through social media participation. The latest image to be teased is pictured below, this one revealing a possible sunroof:

#5 & #6. Lexus RC F Sports Coupe & GT3 Racing Concept

Lexus RC 350F Sport

Last, but not least, we have the new Lexus RC F SPORT, an extremely appealing sports coupe that’s taken influence from the old Lexus LFA supercar both in technology and design. It looks extremely promising, but if you can believe it, Lexus is actually bringing something even more appealing to go along with it.

We hinted at in our teaser post – it’s the Lexus RC F GT3 Racing Concept (below), and it’s basically a souped-up RC F SPORT coupe with shimmering holographic decals and a huge rear spoiler, along with several other performance enhancements. And it has real-world application too; Lexus plans to race the RC F GT3 in the Japanese Super GT Series later this year.

Lexus RC F GT3 Racing Concept

All in all, there’s a lot to look forward to from the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Stay tuned throughout the rest of the week for in-depth coverage of all the sweetest new Japanese cars from Europe’s biggest automotive event of the year.


Lexus RC 350 F SPORT Coupe Coming to Geneva Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Lexus RC 350F Sport

Lexus has just officially previewed their newest addition to the Lexus RC coupe lineup ahead of the Geneva Motor Show next week. It’s the Lexus RC 350 F SPORT, and as you can see, it looks pretty swell. As you continue reading, we’ll go through the press release and other sources to give you a good idea of what to expect when the car makes its official debut next Tuesday.

As you can see, the Lexus RC 350 F SPORT features a substantially enhanced look over the standard RC coupe. Most notably, it gets the signature F SPORT mesh spindle grille and exclusive 19-inch F SPORT alloy wheels, complete with gun-metal finish and dark metallic paint.

But, as great as the RC 350 F SPORT looks from the exterior, it looks even better from within.

Lexus RC 350F Sport Interior

Notice the vibrant Rioja red leather and silver trim coupled with the black perforated leather around the steering wheel, creating a simultaneously luxurious and edgy interior design. That front dash looks like it’s hiding a plethora of new features and technologies, but we’ll have to wait for Geneva to find out for sure. However, if you look closely at the center console you’ll see a feature which some of our readers may recognize from the old Lexus LFA supercar. It’s a moving center ring which allows the driver to shift into Sport+ driving mode. While in this driving mode, the Lexus RC 350 F SPORT coupe essentially heightens its senses, reportedly, “allowing the driver to feel improved body control and precise responses to steering input.”

Even without Sport+ mode though, the Lexus RC 350 F SPORT boasts vastly improved driving operation. This is largely due to the advanced Adaptive Variable Suspension which will automatically adjust the dampening on all four wheels depending on the vehicle’s motion and road surface conditions. This, coupled with the Lexus Dynamic Handling system – a combination of Dynamic Rear Steering and Variable Gear Ratio Steering – make for a car that performs even better than it looks. Basically, the Dynamic Handling System allows the RC 350 F SPORT to slightly adjust the angle of the front and rear wheels independently for that slight edge in handling at both high and low speeds.

We don’t know too much about the technology featured in the powertrain itself, but we know that it will be a 306hp V6 with RWD and 277lb-ft of torque at 4800 rpm. We’re sure that Lexus will reveal even more when the newest RC Coupe officially debuts next week in Geneva. Lexus also apparently has another RC F-related surprise for us, so you’ll have to stay tuned next week to see exactly what that is.

Until then, thanks for reading!


Is This the Lexus RC F Coupe We’ll See at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show?

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

For Lexus, 2013 has been all about rebranding. They’re in the process of refreshing most cars in their lineup, while releasing new vehicles for market segments in which they want a bigger presence (eg. the Lexus  LF-NX Concept).  Another segment that Lexus has been strangely absent from for the better part of the past 5 years is that of the coupe.

The Lexus LFA was the last coupe Toyota’s premium brand manufactured, but that was extremely expensive (think somewhere around $400K) and only 500 units rolled off the production line over the course of 2 years. However, all that will change next year when Lexus releases their new RC and RC F coupes.

We’re expecting (hoping) to see the Lexus RC F debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show in just a couple months, but until then we have a couple possible teasers to keep your mouth watering. These images were taken from Japan’s Best Car magazine, and they appear to be the very first official images of the Lexus RC F coupe:

Lexus RC-F

Compare that image to the spy shot we saw earlier this year of a confirmed Lexus RC F prototype undergoing on-road testing and, as you can see, the two vehicles look very similar. They have almost identical front clips, with the same large air-intakes, the same Lexus grill and headlights, and even the same ram-style air hood. They have an almost identical roofline, and they both feature the same style of rear spoiler… Although the official photos make it look like it has shrunk a bit since the prototype.

Here’s the second image depicting the back of the Lexus RC F, which gives us some more information:

Lexus RC-F rear

Here we see the quad-tailpipe configuration originally seen in the Lexus IS of old, the same rear bumper design as in the spyshots, and more of the roof (which we know is made from carbon fiber).

To refresh your memory, the Lexus RC F coupe will reportedly run on an upgraded 5.0L V8 engine capable of outputting 455 bhp and 401 lb/ft of torque, which allows it to burst from 0 to 60 in less than 5 seconds. There will also be a regular RC coupe that will run on a not-as-face-meltingly-powerful 3.5L V6 with 306 hp. However, both cars have been designed with fuel economy in mind, so don’t expect a gas-guzzling supercar.

It should be noted that Lexus hasn’t actually confirmed either of these two images outside of what Best Car magazine has reported. While it’s unlikely, there is an outside possibility that these images are actually artist renderings and not the real metal.

Either way, we’ll know for sure when Lexus debuts their new coupe at either the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show or the Detroit Auto Show following in January. The coupe will definitely go on sale in September of 2014 – that, at least, we know for sure.