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Lexus is jumping back into the coupe market segment with the Lexus RC, which was officially unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
Two models were on display at Tokyo, one featuring a hybrid setup using a 2.5L four-cylinder engine, while the other model sports the tried-and-true 3.5L V6 engine found in other Lexus vehicles. Lexus was sure to point out that the vehicle will be available with the 8-speed automatic transmission found in the F-Sport equipped Lexus IS.
The Lexus RC Coupe certainly is an eye catching vehicle, following up on the new Lexus design language that was first seen on the new Lexus IS Sedan. The interior carries the same theme, it looks quite similar to what’s in the Lexus IS. While it might look similar to the smaller sports sedan, the RC is actually based on the Lexus GS.
The Los Angeles Auto Show has quickly become one of the most anticipated auto shows on the circuit, with many automakers making global debuts. Nine cars are expected to be shown off for the first time at this years LA show, including the Porsche Macan, MINI Cooper and Subaru WRX. Connected Cars are also becoming a hot topic at the LA show, and a whole day is dedicated to new driving technology.
With new debuts from Toyota, Nissan and Lexus, this years Tokyo Motor Show is proving that the era of Japanese sports car is far from over. Expect a new, small and cheap sports car concept from Nissan and the official reveal of the GT-R NISMO. Toyota is set to debut a new GT86 Convertible Concept, and the fruits of its collaboration with BMW. The Lexus RC Coupe is also expected to make its global debut. Other Japanese automakers sure to showcase new innovations including hybrid and hydrogen technology. It's not all Japanese automakers either, past Tokyo shows saw new cars from German companies too, including Volkswagen and Audi.
Yet another SEMA Show gone by, yet another million plus square feet of sheer custom car insanity.
In a town where weird is normal, the masses of modified cars seem at home. Turbochargers the size of volleyballs are often wedged into Honda Civic engine bays and nobody bats an eye at airbrushed artwork of wolves and near-nude women. Despite the propensity for depravity that comes with a no-last-call town, SEMA is never anything short of a legendary gathering.
With that in mind, here are the top 10 cars of this year's show, hotly debated by the AutoGuide.com staff.
It's time to head back to Las Vegas for the biggest automotive aftermarket expo in the world. Featuring some of the most impressively modified cars imaginable, SEMA always gets the attention of those looking to add a little flair to their rides. The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ will likely steal the spotlight again this year, as more vendors look to show off what they can do with the cheap and popular platform, but be sure to see what other automakers have been involved with, including Hyundai, which has made a habit of debuting a crazy concept at SEMA, and Lexus is reaching out to DeviantArt users for inspiration for its latest project.
Lexus just officially confirmed that it will debut both the RC coupe and a turbocharged version of the LF-NX concept during the Tokyo Motor Show later this month.
Lexus has fitted a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine to the LF-NX Concept that debuted in Frankfurt last September. The company hasn’t released specific output figures for the engine but said in a statement that it will offer “guaranteed power and improved fuel economy.”
That doesn’t mean the 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine mated to a hybrid drivetrain found in the Frankfurt concept is a goner. A filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from earlier this year shows that the company plans to offer models named both NX200t and NX300h, which falls perfectly in line with those two concepts. The extreme body creases seen on the hybrid model carry over to this concept, but Lexus says it has a lower center of gravity emphasized by the front spoiler.
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