Preview: 2015 Lexus RC F

Back in November at the Tokyo Motor Show, Lexus unveiled the production-ready RC Coupe. While the RC Coupe certainly looked the business, with a choice of either a 314 hp V6 or a 2.5-liter Lexus Hybrid Drive system, RC and IS chief engineer Junichi Furuyama stated at the time that the RC Coupe was designed to ”deliver extra response that exhilarates rather than overwhelms drivers”. At the time, we took that as an indication that this new coupe might end up being a lot more show than go. Fortunately, it turns out that the overwhelming level of performance was being reserved for another variant of the new coupe: the RC F.

By Bradley Iger | January 02, 2014
Preview: Lexus RC Coupe

Today at the Tokyo Motor Show, Lexus showcased their producting-ready RC Coupe. Riding on purpose-built chassis unshared with any other Lexus model, the RC Coupe is further confirmation of Toyota’s desire to recapture more of the performance car market.

By Bradley Iger | November 20, 2013
Lexus Previews RC Coupe Ahead Of Tokyo Debut

Lexus is debuting a new sport coupe concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, from which an upcoming production version won’t be much of a departure. Lexus promises it to be a fun car to drive, with a secondary focus on design.

By John Beltz Snyder | November 04, 2013
Driven: 2014 Lexus IS350 F-Sport

Lexus really needed a new IS. Its entry level sport/luxury sedan was treading water, sure, but with a new BMW 3-Series and Cadillac ATS, outlier competitors like the Volvo S60 and Buick Regal, and newer, freshly facelifted models from Mercedes-Benz and Audi, it’s pretty clear that the sharks have been circling.

By Brandon Turkus | May 15, 2013
Winding Road Video: 2013 Lexus IS-F – POV Test Drive

After a few days with the IS-F, we handed it off to Multimedia Editor Chris Amos, to put together one of our POV driving videos. If you want to know what driving the IS-F is like, just watch this.

By Brandon Turkus | April 10, 2013
Detroit 2013: Lexus Caves To Leaks, Unveils New IS

Our first reaction? It looks like it was styled by an angry man with a samurai sword. That isn’t a bad thing. It’s exactly the sort of aggressive design we’ve been waiting for from Lexus, and there’s perhaps no more important of a vehicle for it to appear on than one that’s meant to do battle with the Cadillac ATS and BMW 3-Series.

By Brandon Turkus | January 09, 2013
Quick Drive: 2013 Lexus RX350 F-Sport

You see, the standard Lexus RX is a top-notch isolation box. It’ll devour miles, children (oh, you know what we mean), and cargo with equal levels of aplomb. Its spacious, smooth-riding character is exactly what you want on a road trip, and it’s also plenty quiet when just driving around town. It is not, however, an involving vehicle. Even its 3.5-liter V-6 is oriented towards comfort. Sure, it packs a decent 270 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, but it’s the buttery, refined character and engine note that make it a success. There’s a reason we didn’t include it in the four-way SUV roundup we conducted a few months back.

By Brandon Turkus | November 20, 2012
Paris 2012: Lexus LF-CC Concept Car

While only a concept at this point, the LF-CC serves as a precursor for a new mid-size coupe coming from the Japanese manufacturer sometime in the near future (we’d bet our bottom dollar said mid-sizer wears the IS badge). Under the hood lies an all new variant of the Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain. The hybrid system consists of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor, and will see duty in several Lexus models. We’ll have to wait until Paris to find out exact specifications of the new powerplant.

By Doran Dal Pra | September 19, 2012
Rumors: Spy Shots—2014 Lexus IS

Lexus is in the midst of an important transformation and is working hard to shed its stigma of being a rather dull and conservative brand. The latest example of this change can be seen with its significant refresh of the popular mid-size sedan, the IS. The steady handed spy photographers over at MotorAuthority captured a heavily camouflaged IS prototype during testing in the US.

By Doran Dal Pra | September 07, 2012
Driven: 2013 Lexus ES350

We really can’t overstate how well Lexus did tuning this suspension. While we could feel, and to a lesser extent hear, the impacts, potholes, and imperfections, only the largest ones made it through to the cabin. We weren’t jostled or tossed about, though. Vertical motion was well controlled, with the ES feeling planted and controllable over the rough sections of tarmac. We suspect part of this had to do with the seventeen-inch wheels of our tester, while the rest was down to the revised suspension Lexus fitted to the new ES.

By Brandon Turkus | June 15, 2012
Rumors: Industry Report—Next Lexus IS-F Leaked?

A new leaked document on ClubLexus reveals that the tables may turn on the BMW M3 when and if the next generation Lexus IS-F hits the road.

By Doran Dal Pra | May 16, 2012
Rumors: Industry Report–Lexus Working On An LFA Successor?

Lexus is reportedly working on a successor to the LFA according to a new report on AutoGuide.

By Doran Dal Pra | April 11, 2012
Quick Drive: 2011 Lexus IS-F

This car is better than the old IS-F, by a fairly large margin. It feels sharper, more communicative, and generally a lot more fun. I still love the dual-stage exhaust, which sounds mellow at low engine speeds but sounds downright burly and racy north of 4000 rpm.

By Winding Road Staff | July 20, 2011
Driven: 2010 Lexus IS350C F Performance

I’m going to go out on a fairly robust limb and say that there are plenty of drivers who a) like convertibles and b) like performance cars and c) would love to find convertible performance cars that are basically as good as their coupe siblings. Unfortunately, with the exception of cars like the Porsche Boxster that are designed from the outset as roadsters, mostly this doesn’t happen. Instead, physics intervenes, and the process of adding the convertible feature adds weight, raises the center of gravity, and reduces torsional rigidity. None of those changes improve driving dynamics. Of course, different manufacturers manage these tradeoffs with differing levels of artistry, but it’s not nice to (try to) fool Mother Nature.

By Tom Martin | September 30, 2010
Ask It: 2010 Lexus IS-F

On a hot and humid Michigan day, we have taken delivery of a Lexus IS-F. Its 5.0-liter V-8 produces 416 horsepower and 371 pound-feet of torque. Power is transmitted through an eight-speed automatic gearbox, with paddle shifting.

We will be driving the IS-F for the next week, so let us know what your questions are.

By Brandon Turkus | June 28, 2010


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