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Lexus RC 350 F SPORT Review – Wolf’s Clothing

Lexus RC 350 F SPORT Review – Wolf’s Clothing

When you're driving a bright orange Lexus RC 350 F SPORT, you quickly realize two things. First, that even when you're in laid-back San Francisco, people are going to stare, even if they’ll try to make it look like they’re not interested. Second, that nobody is going to let you out of junctions or to merge in their lane (though they'll often match your speed, just ahead or behind of you, so that they can peer at the badge; Lexus is still more associated with sensible - maybe staid - sedans than outlandishly swoopy coupes). Like the RC 350 F SPORT itself, relationships on the road are complicated.

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Spindle grille makes its way to the 2016 Lexus ES sedan

Spindle grille makes its way to the 2016 Lexus ES sedan

Lexus just loves is spindle grille, even if many absolutely hate it. It is staying steadfast in its decision to keep the design alive indefinitely. But it's doing more than keeping it alive. It's also spreading it further. Now the controversial grille design is making its way to the car maker's midsize sedan, starting with the 2016 Lexus ES. But while that particular element might be its most glaring difference from its predecessors, the car actually remains somewhat unchanged in other areas, perhaps to minimize the shock people might have.

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This is the 2016 Lexus RX

This is the 2016 Lexus RX

Lexus has taken the wraps off of the 2016 RX, its all-new update to the best-selling luxury SUV. Revealed at the New York International Auto Show today, the new car pushes Lexus' distinctive design language, with a huge, angular grille, "floating roof", and more aggressive stance. Inside, meanwhile, there's a greater focus on safety and infotainment, with Lexus pushing down the cost of adding on things like smart cruise control and pedestrian-spotting.

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Toyota, Lexus to launch low-cost automated braking

Toyota, Lexus to launch low-cost automated braking

Toyota and Lexus have announced plans to roll out low-cost automated braking systems, with the goal being to introduce the advanced safety-centric technology to the mass market without being cost prohibitive. Both auto makers will be kicking this off by introducing new models at the New York Auto Show in the near future that includes such technology, as well as other integrated safety packages. Costs won't be revealed for those particular models (the RAV4 Hybrid and 4th-generation Lexus RX) until their debut, but the finer details on Lexus and Toyota's planned braking packages have been given, including a rollout timeline: by the end of 2017.

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Lexus is about to take its biggest risk yet

Lexus is about to take its biggest risk yet

See these L-shaped lamps and aggressive haunches? They're the first glimpse of what will arguably be Lexus' most risky launch so far, as the company revamps its best-selling RX SUV. The 2016 Lexus RX is set to make its official debut in two weeks time, at the North American International Auto Show in New York, and the stakes for the luxury SUV are high. On its own, the RX accounted for more than 30-percent of all Lexus sales in the US last year, which means that if the company gets the new model wrong, it could find itself in seriously hot water.

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Lexus LF-SA Concept wants to chew up Smart and MINI

Lexus LF-SA Concept wants to chew up Smart and MINI

It may look like a Predator helmet mounted on ridiculous alloy wheels, but the Lexus LF-SA Concept is actually pretty sensible: think Alien-hunter for the urban dweller. Freshly revealed at the Geneva Motor Show this week, the diminutive two-door is Lexus' take on the ultra-compact, sub-B-segment that Smart plays in. Less than 136 inches long and 67 inches wide, there's hardly enough space on the front to mount the company's ever-more-gaping spindle grille, here looking as though it's puckering up to the Lexus badge.

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2016 Lexus GS F pairs luxe and lunatic

2016 Lexus GS F pairs luxe and lunatic

Lexus had already spilled the beans on its 467 HP surprise for the Detroit Auto Show, the 2016 Lexus GS F, but there's no denying it's an intriguing beast in the metal. Latest to the Japanese company's F SPORT line-up, and spiritual successor to the IS F, the midsized sedan sticks with Lexus' controversial design language - including a vast "spindle" grill, angular LED headlamps, and splashes of carbon fiber to emphasize its sporting ambitions. Those ambitions aren't just on paper, mind: with 389 lb-ft and a 7,300 rpm redline, this Lexus should shift.

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2016 Lexus GS F makes 467HP monster from luxe sedan

2016 Lexus GS F makes 467HP monster from luxe sedan

Lexus originally planned to save the big reveal of its new GS F performance sedan until the Detroit Auto Show next week, but the excitement simply got too much and so the 467 HP beast has broken cover. Latest in the Japanese company's F branded performance line-up, and spiritual successor to the smaller - but no less crazy - IS F that has so charmed us in the past, the 2016 Lexus GS F packs a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 and a new unibody construction that promises track-capable stiffness and the sort of handling you might not associate with Toyota's luxury arm.

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Is Lexus next on the fuel-cell bandwagon?

Is Lexus next on the fuel-cell bandwagon?

Lexus is reportedly eyeing Toyota's fuel-cell powertrain, planning a new flagship version of its LS luxury sedan that would run on hydrogen not gasoline. Currently, the Lexus four-door range is topped by the LS 600h L, a long-wheelbase hybrid pairing a 6.0-liter gas engine and an electric drive system, which conveniently makes for a quieter limo and a good example of how parent company's hybrid strategy makes sense for more than just the Prius. However, according to new leaks, it's the propulsion system inside the Toyota Mirai which has now caught Lexus' eye.

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Lexus teases new F track car: Is this the GS F?

Lexus teases new F track car: Is this the GS F?

Lexus may not be the first luxury car company you associate with track performance, but Toyota's high-end sibling is aiming to change that with a second "F" branded car to be shown off in Detroit next month. The unnamed "high performance" car will join the RC F coupe in Lexus' line-up, and is being described as "track-ready", something fans of the ill-fated IS F will likely be very excited to hear. As for what the car itself might be, while Lexus is tight-lipped, there's already chatter of a perhaps surprising donor vehicle forming the basis of the new F car, and one itself overdue an update.

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