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Apple’s self-driving Lexus test SUV spotted in Silicon Valley

Apple’s self-driving Lexus test SUV spotted in Silicon Valley

Earlier this month, word surfaced that Apple had both applied for and been granted a permit to test self-driving vehicular technology on public roads in California. Following that, someone has spotted a Lexus vehicle fitted with autonomous technology that Apple is using to conduct tests, though none of it appears to contain any Apple-centric gadgets. The vehicle's presence follows the release of apparent training documents from Apple that detail a trio of 2015 Lexus RX450h SUVs being used as testing vehicles.

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The 2018 Lexus LS 500 F SPORT gets the detailing spot-on

The 2018 Lexus LS 500 F SPORT gets the detailing spot-on

Lexus' F SPORT trim has been a runaway success, with a sizable percentage of the company's sales in the US being the sportier models, and the 2018 LS 500 F SPORT should be no different. Unveiled at the New York International Auto Show 2017 this week, it's an opportunity for the Japanese automaker to demonstrate how it can take on the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S Class, and Audi A8's in the parking lot. With no horsepower improvements, however, the F SPORT badge means handling tweaks and, more noticeably, styling changes. Read on for some of the highlights.

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2018 Lexus LS 500 F SPORT promises coupe handling from luxe sedan

2018 Lexus LS 500 F SPORT promises coupe handling from luxe sedan

Lexus unveiled its curvaceous new LS 500 luxury sedan earlier in the year, and now the four-door is getting the F SPORT treatment. Revealed for the first time at the New York International Auto Show 2017, the fettled LS gets a more aggressive exterior design, more sporting-themed cabin, and changes to the chassis and more. However, there's a hiccup if you were hoping for a full BMW M760i or Mercedes AMG S63 Sedan competitor.

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The internet’s best April Fools’ 2017 pranks and jokes

The internet’s best April Fools’ 2017 pranks and jokes

Today is the day the collective internet both hates and loves the most: April Fools' Day. It's a day that's plagued by fake headlines and announcements from websites (apart from the existing 'fake news' epidemic), along with humorous and creative joke products from companies and brands. We here at SlashGear won't be participating in the former, but have rounded up some of the best of the latter.

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The 2018 Lexus LS 500h plays hide the hybrid

The 2018 Lexus LS 500h plays hide the hybrid

Lexus already wowed us back in Detroit with the reveal of its all-new LS flagship sedan; now it's the turn of the 2018 LS 500h hybrid to steal the show. Launched today at the Geneva Motor Show, the new sedan picks up Lexus' torch of big, luxury cars with electrified powertrains. In this case, it's the combination of a 3.5-liter V6 gas engine and a pair of electric motors.

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Toyota’s new autonomous test platform gets smarter over time

Toyota’s new autonomous test platform gets smarter over time

Toyota Research Institute's autonomous driving tests seem to be moving right along, with the auto maker today introducing its 2.0 generation autonomous test vehicle. The plug-and-play test platform has been built on the back of the Lexus LS600hL, and is designed to explore two important facets of autonomous driving.

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A 600HP Lexus LC F could give Porsche’s 911 track fear

A 600HP Lexus LC F could give Porsche’s 911 track fear

Lexus may have only just wowed us with the 2018 LC 500, but the automaker is reportedly readying an even more potent, even more exclusive LC F version. The LC is currently available in two forms, the 471 horsepower LC 500 which uses a 5-liter V8 naturally-aspirated engine, and the 354 horsepower LC 500h hybrid, which pairs electric motors with a V6 engine. According to a new report, however, Lexus is preparing to throw some serious turbocharged grunt at the curvaceous car.

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5 Things you need to know about the 2018 Lexus LC

5 Things you need to know about the 2018 Lexus LC

The 2018 Lexus LC is without question the most gorgeous car to ever emerge from the Japanese luxury brand's design center - and it's also the first time Lexus has made a full-size sports coupe available in the United States since the more modest SC debuted in the 1990s. Motivated by your choice of V8 (5.0-liters, 471 horsepower) or hybrid (V6 + electric motors) power, the LC 500 and LC 500h are two distinctly different takes on the same grand touring concept.

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2018 Lexus LC 500 First Drive: Ground-breaking luxury coupe lets Lexus find its soul

2018 Lexus LC 500 First Drive: Ground-breaking luxury coupe lets Lexus find its soul

The 2018 Lexus LC is an act of bravery. Not only did Lexus take the unusual and difficult step of birthing a street car that hews almost perfectly to the gorgeous, yet production-challenging lines of the LF-LC concept that preceded it, but it also chose to ignore prevailing winds - or are those forced induction vortices? - that have come to define the drivetrains found in top-tier luxury coupes. That the Lexus LC is a stunning design achievement is obvious to anyone with a pair of eyes. That it also waves a big, five-liter middle finger in the direction of its would-be German rivals is in a way both a more and a less-subtle statement.

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2018 Lexus LC priced up, and it’s cheaper than we feared

2018 Lexus LC priced up, and it’s cheaper than we feared

Lexus has announced pricing for its 2018 LC 500 and LC 500h coupes, ahead of the sleek two-doors arriving in dealerships in just a few months time. The cars, based on the LF-LC concept and astonishingly close to that design as they reach production, will sneak in under the $100,000 mark whether you go for the naturally-aspirated V8 or the hybrid model. Meanwhile, there's a healthy options list with some of the niceties we've seen on the GS F, details of which you'll find below.

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2018 Lexus LS 500 adds twin-turbo power to luxury flagship sedan in Detroit

2018 Lexus LS 500 adds twin-turbo power to luxury flagship sedan in Detroit

Is the world ready for a twin-turbo Lexus LS? It really doesn't matter, because that's what we're getting with the redesigned 2018 edition of the brand's flagship luxury sedan. After flirting with turbo technology just a few short years ago in the entry-level Lexus NX crossover, the automaker loses its past reluctance to dance with forced induction by making a bold statement under the hood of its premier model.

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This Lexus is covered in over 40,000 programmable LEDs

This Lexus is covered in over 40,000 programmable LEDs

Lexus is back with another of its radical concept design projects. Following the tires made of ice, life-size cardboard replica, and glowing, heartbeat-projecting paint comes a 2017 IS sedan covered in 41,999 programmable LEDs. Dubbed the "LIT IS," the car can change colors in seconds, or just constantly shift through the spectrum, turning it into a digital disco ball on wheels.

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