The Lexus RC Turbo a “Little Duece Coupe”

The term “Duece Coupe” originally referenced a 1932 Hot Rod Ford, because of the model year. But I think it is more befitting of Lexus’ newest RC model, the 2.0L RC Turbo, because it has a 2.0L motor, plus I got to test it in the heart of Ford territory, Michigan.

All of the characteristics and styling of the more powerful RC 300/350/F are here, but now the RC features a fuel efficient rear-wheel drive option. At 32 MPG, I was able to drive the car across the entire state of Michigan and back (~350 miles) on a single tank of gas – and it doesn’t have a big tank. While the RC Turbo has half of cylinders and almost half the horsepower (241hp) as the RC F (467hp), it still has pep to its step. Plus since it is performance inspired, you can keep the momentum going as you hug a twisty road – enhanced by the adaptive variable suspension. It brakes well too with 11″ ventilated discs. Another item to note is that 18″ wheels are standard.


Because of the Lexus RC Tubro’s plush interior, it makes a well suited grand tourer. The heated and ventalited seats were perfect for my long trek across the state. I would almost describe them as “unusually comfortable” for its segment because the contour of the seats fit my back well. Being a Lexus, of course they were made from high quality leather. I point this out because most the German competition (excluding Audi) have leatherette seats. 

The infotainment center is easy to use. It is controlled using voice commands or a touch pad on the center armrest. The touch pad isn’t as intuiative as you would think, but once you get use to it, you will love it! Sound wise, beats are pumped out from an optional 17 speaker Mark Levinson sound system. The vehicle I tested this time didn’t have the upgraded sound system, but I heard it play on other RCs before.


Value always come into play when I look at sporty cars, and the RC Turbo is amongst the best! At a starting price of $40k, you will be hard pressed to find a more stylish luxury sports coupe that offers this many standard features. Also it is comforting to know you are driving a machine backed by Toyota (parent company of Lexus) so the car will last FOREVER. 

Visit your local Lexus dealer for more information on the 2017 Lexus RC Turbo or click here to visit the Lexus website.

5 Must See Cars At The 2016 Miami Auto Show

1. Alfa Romeo Guilia


I saw this car at the Frankfurt Autoshow last year and fell in love with it. Now it is for the US market to compete head to head with BMW’s M series and Mercedes’ AMG series vehicles. If you want a unique high performance sedan, this is your car!

2. Acura NSX


Acura (Honda, everywhere else in the world) has been teasing us with a new NSX for the past five years. Now it is finally here and a production ready prototype is on display at the Miami Auto Show. Get ready to see them on the streets of South Florida, because I know of at least one local dealer who delivered the car to a customer.

3. Genesis G90


While the Genesis G90 isn’t the most thrilling car on our list, it is definitely the most luxurious. The new G90 is the successor to the Equus and will give the Mercedes S-Class a run for its money.

4. Audi R8


The new Audi R8 is at the 2016 Miami International Auto Show. Its jaw dropping V10 motor and dual-clutch transmission makes it the fastest naturally aspirated production vehicle on the planet.

5. Lexus LC500 Hybrid 


Lexus has taken the luxury grand-touring car segment to the extreme with their newest vehicle. I saw it from a distance on stage at the Detroit Auto Show, but it is even more impressive up close.

The Lexus RX is no longer a “Mom Car”

  
The term “Mom Car” is a very indearing term for me, because I love my Mom. As guy born in the 1980’s, I have seen Mom Cars shift from station wagons, to mini vans, to SUVs, and now to crossovers. The RX line was introduced in 1998 and quickly saw widespread adoption – it is one of Lexus’ best selling vehicles. While I have seen many guys driving the RX, it appears to be dominated by females drivers; likely due to the fact that the previous three generations had a very feminen design…. Thus why I call it a Mom Car.
There is nothing wrong with driving a Mom Car, but as a single guy who is approaching 30 years old, I want something fun in my driveway, something that is stylish, and something that makes a statement. The new Lexus RX 350 F-Sport is just that!

  
The new design is masculine, aggressive and sleek. Details going all the way down to the headlights and mirrors examplify the new sporty appearance.

The Lexus RX 350 F-Sport also has a little bite to its bark, with a V6 engine that produces nearly 300 horsepower and a locking differential (for off-roading).

  
The cabin of my press vehicle was carefully wrapped in red leather with aluminum trim. The vehicle’s interior poster says performance with sporty bucket seats, paddle shifters and a heads-up-display on the windshield.

I can definitely see myself buying this car! So much so, that I choose the Lexus RX 350 F-Sport over my Porsche Boxster S (my personal car) to take a girl on a date last weekend. It ended up being a wise choice because she complimented me on how stylish the vehicle was… And she drives a Range Rover.

So if you ask me… The Lexus RX 350 F-Sport is a winner for both guys and girls!

The Lexus RC 350 F-Sport Is One Sexy Beast!

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The Lexus RC 350 F-Sport reminds me of Marilyn Monroe – both have dynamite curves! The RC starts with a smooth wide stance towards the nose, then eloquently wraps backwards to create the cabin. Its fastback design leaves an edge in the rear, which gives you the perception that the vehicle is moving even when it is standing still.

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It is just as deadly as it is beautiful. Under the hood of the Lexus RC 350 F-Sport is 306 horsepower 3.5L V6 motor. Despite having a zero to sixty time of only 5.6 seconds, it is rated for 28 mpg on the highway. This makes the Lexus RC 350 F-Sport well balanced for both enjoyment and the commute to the office. The RC 350 F-Sport is available with both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive options. The rear-wheel-drive option produces a quicker zero to sixty time, while the all-wheel-drive option offers improved handling and better traction on slippery surfaces (such as the rain).

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The cabin of the RC 350 F-Sport is sporty, but refined. The seats offer greater bolster support than the average Lexus, while maintaining comfortability. The interior uses Lexus’ updated design language. Every control is placed within an arms length, with most items able to be controlled using an intuitive touch pad on the center console. The RC 350 F-Sport offers plenty of headroom for the driver and front passenger, making this a great option for someone who is tall. Backseat passengers on the other hand will be a little squished.

All around, the Lexus RC 350 F-Sport is a great sports coupe and a worthy competitor to the BMW 4-Series.

I got an opportunity to drive the RC 350 F-Sport and RCF in the fall of 2014 at Monticello Motor Club in New York. Click here to read about it and my first impressions of the cars.

The Lexus LS460 Is Elegant And Refined

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Lexus’ flagship vehicle, the LS460 is one of the most elegant vehicles you can buy for under $75,000. The exterior is stately, with a long body and a long front fascia. It is a reminder of one of the golden eras of automotive, when large cars ruled the road. Drivers of the Lexus LS460 sedan can lean back and enjoy the road with the peace of mind that they are driving a very reliable, safe, and comfortable vehicle. With its smooth ride, you feel calm and relax sitting behind the wheel.  Continue Reading →

You can have your cake and eat it too with the Lexus GX460.

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The 2015 Lexus GX460 is an example of what all SUVs should be: It is versatile, stylish, comfortable and powerful.

The exterior design of the GX460 is very masculine. This is in contrast to Lexus’ lower and mid-level SUVs, which have a more feminine design.

The GX460 means business. Under the hood is V8 motor that can pull a trailer up to 6,500 pounds. The engine produces 310hp and 329 pounds of torque – but the key ingredient is that this torque comes at a low RPM. 

If you are looking for an adventure, you will be happy to find a downhill traction control system and an advanced four wheel drive system with a torque-sensing limited-slip differential. It also features adjustable damping suspension. This ensures that you have a smooth ride in comfort mode and improved stability in normal and sport modes.

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The Lexus GX460 offers a beautifully trimmed leather and wood interior. You will also find plenty of luxury technologies, such as heated and cooled seats, the Lexus Enform app suite, and a 17 speaker Mark Levinson surround sound system.

Because the Lexus GX460 is a large SUV, most people would assume it is difficult to drive and park. This isn’t the case with the GX460. The advanced safety features, such as lane departure alert and blind spot detection, keep you aware of your surroundings.

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The Lexus GX460 is one of the most versatile mid-sized SUVs I have ever driven. Most SUVs in this segment only offer two rows of seating, but the GX460 gives you the option of turning the rear cargo area into a third row. This is perfect for families who have two kids, but will occasionally invite their kid’s friends.

Another great feature of the Lexus GX460 is the rear door. Instead of a hatchback door like most SUVs and crossovers, the GX460 swings open like a car door. This makes it really easy open and close.

If you are looking for a luxury SUV that can easily tow the boat and seat the entire family, the Lexus GX460 should be on the top of your list!