Ok so Lexus teased a pic of their LF-LC concept a week or two ago. It looked nice and low and swoopy but we also worried that it maybe looked a bit too much like the recently redesigned (and underwhelming looking) Lexus GS.
And then we saw the full frontal shot above and thought: interesting.
Dial back the alien cheese grater a bit and this might be the first mass production Lexus 2+2 sports coupe since the SC (limited production run LF-A aside.)
Lexus says: “It’s been crafted from a clean sheet of paper, combining high technology and organic shapes to achieve a close connection between driver and car.”
Looks more like it’s been crafted from a sheet of metal to us.
Anyway, details are scant, though the badge suggests it’ll be a hybrid. We do know that it was drawn at Lexus’ Calty studio in Newport Beach, California, and it’s a glimpse of the next evolution of the company’s design language.
Thanks for sharing your favorite cars of 2011 with us the other day. While all of the cars in the TopGear.com roundup were special, for sure, your thoughts on the Audi RS3, Mustang GT500, and Subaru WRX were pretty spot on as well.
Well now that we’re a whole two and a half days into 2012, we might as well take a look at some of the cars TopGear.com is looking forward to in the new year.
The production Pagani Huayra, Porsche 918, Jaguar’s Cayman fighter, and a new Dodge Viper are all slated to see the light of day in the next 363 days. Additionally, we should get deets on the next 4 door Bugatti and the Alfa 4C should make it to the States. Even with all of that, we’re dying to see the next Mustang GT500 which is supposed to break the 200mph barrier.
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It’s an all-new car, packed with the now traditional raft of new acronyms, but most importantly, it’s an almost all-aluminium car, a first for Mercedes among its mainstream products. So although bigger, it is significantly lighter. ‘Sporty Lightweight’ indeed.
Benz’s lifelong determination to think of new stuff before the others means the SL is the only car in its class to feature FrontBass (which uses the aluminium structure as a bass woofer). And there’s more ‘magic’ involved in ‘MVC’, or Magic Vision Control, which is basically a very sophisticated wiper systems that delivers warm water when required directly to the wiper blade. There’s also HFA, hands free access, which allows you to open the boot by pretending to kick it and Neck-Pro head restraints active, also unique in the class.
Remember the Scion FR-S/Toyota GT-86 we showed you the other day? This BRZ is essentially the same car, so you’re looking at the same 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed flat four engine - a ‘boxer’ - producing 197bhp and 151lb ft of torque.
And underneath the near-identical body sits Subaru’s lightweight, front-engined, rear-drive chassis, held together in the middle by a proper six-shift manual gearbox. Subaru tells us the BRZ gets an aluminium bonnet, high-tensile steel in the ‘upper structure’ and a low centre of gravity - helped in part by the flat-four engine.
They’re both lookers and they’re both proper sports cars so we’ll have to see how pricing and options shake out — but until then: which one would you rather have?
Remember when the NSX and CRX made Honda a name to be reckoned with in the sports car arena? Well it looks like those days may be returning:
Honda President Takanobu Ito arrived at the company’s Motegi test track on Monday in full leathers riding the company’s all-conquering 2011 Moto GP bike. This is clearly the sort of bloke who should be running a car company.
More significantly, Ito was also one of the chassis engineers on the original NSX, and he knows that Honda desperately needs to inject some sparkle into its environmentally worthy but rather pedestrian range. The company’s Tokyo show stand will feature no fewer than three new concept cars, but the big news as far as TG is concerned is a car that isn’t actually here but WILL be at the Detroit show in a month’s time: an all-new NSX.
‘We need a halo car,’ Honda’s design manager Yoshikazu Kigoshi told TopGear, ‘and this is a decision that’s come from Ito-san down. A new S2000 is a difficult car for us to do, because of its front-engined, rear-drive platform. But we are definitely looking at the EV-ster and a new NSX.’
Read more deets at TopGear.com
You know that Elizabeth Olsen movie with the four names? Martha Marcy May Marlene? We’ll it seems Toyota was inspired by it in giving it’s FT-86 sports car a different name in each market:
Firstly, and for no obvious reason, Toyota’s ditched the F and hyphen. Secondly, they’ve added RULES. Europeans get the GT 86 (but we have to call it the eight six, not eighty six), in Japan it’ll be the 86 (as in eighty six and no GT prefix) and America gets the Scion FR-S.
So, what else is there to report? Beyond these heavily Photoshopped pictures, not a lot. We’ve spotted some slight styling and interior differentiation from the concept - there’s a big diffuser on its lower rump, and Toyota’s fitted a Very Small Steering wheel (365mm in diameter, which is the smallest it has ever fitted to a road car).
Well, it’s still good looking.
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Where to begin? Well it fits the driver perfectly. You get in, twiddle the seat adjustment thing, and within seconds you feel like you’ve just pulled on a second skin. It’s not too upright, its extremities are as easy to place as ever, and it’s palpably a place in which to do business….
If this needs to be communicated briefly, via Twitter or somesuch, just tell them it’s the best car in its class. Still. Because it is. If you want to go into much depth, begin with increased dimensions (93mm longer, 9mm taller etc) and go on to discuss how the new lower nose design has improved both aerodynamics (0.26Cd for the most air-cheating models) and pedestrian safety.
Of course it’s not a revolutionary leap forward. This is a mainstream car that sells in massive numbers - when it goes on sale in the UK next February it needs to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. We can’t see it alienating many. With the exception of the pointier front end the exterior is entirely fine. Nothing radical, just a good freshen up. Same indoors, too. BMW has been bolder with materials, folding them into more interesting shapes, yet the ergonomics are excellent and the quality and design is fully up to scratch.
If you’re seriously considering this car, do yourself a favor and read the rest at TopGear.com
We have to admit that we cringed a bit when we first saw this car in profile, but once you get a close up look at it (peep the gallery above), this car isn’t that bad looking. We still prefer the balanced, well tailored suit of the current 5 series — however the new 3 is leaner in back (we see a little bit of E24 in the thinner Hofmeister kink), a bit more
droopy aggressive up front, and best of all, this isn’t a straight up 7-series clone. You can see ‘tear duct’ cues from BMW’s new i-series in the headlamp treatment (by the way, a 3-series hybrid is part of the new mix) and if this means a new M3 is around the corner then welcome, new 3-series. Please stay a while. We’re sure you’ll sell well among the young executive set.
More details at topgear.com
It has a fully retractable hard top and a mid-rear engined layout. In fact, it’s the first in the world to feature both. Ferrari says that the design of the wind stop allows for normal conversation while cruising at speeds of up to 125mph.
See more pics and video at TopGear.com