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    Entries in coupe (7)

    Wednesday
    Apr192017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus RC 350 vs 2017 BMW 4 Series

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus RC 350 vs 2017 BMW 4 Series

    Drivers shopping for a luxury coupe have more options today than ever before, and more competition means better quality for consumers. As such, San Jose drivers should do their homework and never compromise.

    In this one-to-one comparison, we have two examples of modern coupes that give other brands a run for their money: the 2017 Lexus RC 350 and the 2017 BMW 440i. Read on to see which one pulls ahead in the luxury coupe segment.

    Safety and Tech

    Lexus RC 350

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Lexus RC a Top Safety Pick+ after it earned best possible scores in all crash tests, including small and moderate front overlap, side impact, rear crash, and roof strength.

    Each model of the 2017 RC has SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, dual-zone climate control, NuLuxe interior trim, power-adjustable front seating, LED headlamps with dynamic auto leveling, LED daytime running lights, Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Remote App. For your entertainment and convenience, it also features standard Lexus Display Audio with color multimedia display, Scout GPS Link navigation, backup camera, 10-speaker premium sound system, subscription-free traffic and weather, Bluetooth technology, and Siri Eyes Free.

    Available features include power moonroof, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist, LED foglamps, premium triple-beam LED headlamps, Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Torsen Limited-Slip Rear Differential, and Lexus Dynamic Handling with Dynamic Rear Steering and Variable Gear-Ratio Steering.

    BMW 440i

    The 2017 4 Series has not been evaluated by any major safety organizations.

    All 4 Series models feature power-adjustable front seats, automatic climate control, and adaptive xenon headlights. Standard entertainment features include AM/FM/CD/HD Radio, USB input, Bluetooth technology, a 9-speaker audio system, and 6.5-inch display. It also features a standard moonroof, though a rearview camera will cost extra.

    Premium features include a 16-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system, hands-free trunk, and leather seating. Other upgraded features are available only in groups, such as the Technology Package (navigation and apps) and Driver Assistance Package (blind spot monitor, lane departure alert, and collision-mitigation system).

    Performance

    Lexus RC 350

    The 2017 RC 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 306 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. You can choose between rear-wheel drive with an 8-speed automatic transmission or all-wheel drive with a 6-speed automatic transmission. All models feature paddle shifters and Drive Mode Select for optimal use of power in any road condition.

    BMW 440i

    The 2017 440i has a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine that produces 320 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. All models have the option for all-wheel drive and standard 8-speed automatic transmission, with available 6-speed manual transmission.

    Pricing

    Lexus RC 350

    Starting at $43,010 MSRP

    BMW 440i

    Starting at $48,500 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Dec072016

    REVIEW: 2017 Lexus RC

    Silicon Valley Review 2017 Lexus RC

    Great style and sporty performance don’t always go hand-in-hand with high safety ratings and conservative fuel economy, so in this way, the 2017 Lexus RC is an outlier – in the best way possible. Drivers in Silicon Valley who want a sporty coupe without compromise need look no further than the RC, whether they choose the 200t, 350, or F model. Here’s our full review of this deluxe coupe from Lexus:

    FEATURES

    Each model of the RC has standard automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rearview camera, and a deluxe infotainment system that has a 7-inch display screen, 10 speakers, HD radio, dual USB ports, Bluetooth technology, and eyes-free smartphone integration. Additionally, it’s equipped with Lexus Enform Service Connect to ensure you never miss a routine service appointment.

    There’s also available heated and ventilated front seats, navigation with touch-pad controller, upgraded Enform system, leather interior, heated steering wheel, and moonroof. You can also add a deluxe Mark Levinson audio system, driver assistance technologies, and performance features such as high-tuned suspension and Sport+ driving mode.

    STYLING

    The RC is a muscular looking coupe, fit for passing the competition on the highway and leaving an impression without being a showoff. The spindle grille is unmistakably Lexus, while a low roofline and turned up rear are decidedly sporty and add to the performance. The interior has a creatively designed center console, a roadster-worthy steering wheel, and stylized, high-back seats to round out the RC’s athletic look. The F model comes with standard BBS aluminum wheels, carbon-fiber roof, and rear spoiler.

    SAFETY

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 RC a Top Safety Pick+. The coupe earned perfect scores in tests for small and moderate front overlap, side impact, rear crash, and roof strength.

    In addition to standard safety features like airbags, anti-lock brakes, and daytime running lights, the RC is available with some of the most advanced safety features available. These include pre-collision warning, brake system with force distribution, dynamic radar cruise control, intuitive parking assistance, blind spot monitor, hill-start assist, and rain-sensing wipers.

    ENGINE

    You have the choice between four engine options on the RC. Note that the rear-wheel drive and F models have an 8-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel drive models are mated to 6-speed automatic transmission.

    The base engine is a 3-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque; while you can also upgrade to a 3.5-liter V6 with all-wheel drive that makes 255 horses of power and 236 lb-ft of torque. The RC 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 306 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. If performance really matters to you, go with the F model, which has a 5-liter V8 engine with 467 horses of power and 389 lb-ft of torque.

    PRICING

    Starting at $40,155 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Jan182012

    Show-Stopper: LF-LC Captures Detroit Auto Show Design Award

    So some photos leaked ahead of time, but even we were stunned to see Lexus' bold showing at the Detroit Auto Show last week...

    Evidently, the design judges were also taken aback. The Lexus LF-LC concept coupe has been named the 2012 EyesOn Design winner.

    According to the official press release,

    "The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2012 EyesOn Design Awards honor the most significant automotive designs on display at NAIAS 2012 as determined by the North American and global leaders of design from automotive manufacturers, along with academic chairs of transportation design programs and design leaders from other fields. The awards recognize the skill and creativity of designers in the areas of Aesthetics and Innovation, Concept Implementation, Functionality and Spirit of Industrial Design and are awarded in production and concept categories."

    Spiritually, this car is the successor to the beloved SC coupes, currently absent from the Lexus model lineup. Fittingly, this coupe's design was borne at the same location, Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, California. Thanks to the overwhelming praise, we have high hopes of seeing it in our showroom in the coming years.

    Thursday
    Dec222011

    Now, It's Official: The Lexus LF-LC Concept

    Enthusiastic Kaizen readers: behold the penned-from-scratch Lexus LF-LC concept coupe, slated to debut at next month's North American Auto Show in Detroit.

    Yesterday, Road & Track Magazine leaked pre-release shots of this show-stopper, and the net was a'buzz with praise for a new sports coupe, clearly influenced by the LFA supercar. Now that Lexus has released the official image you see above, we're pleased to be able to share the news with you.

    Tipsters inform us that this car will feature some version of a hybrid drivetrain, as well as an ultra-elegant interior, with flowing stitch patterns and enveloping, wood door inlays.

    Here comes Lexus' bold, new design language in full force. Please stay tuned for the coming updates!

    Thursday
    Aug042011

    A True Coupe

    Throughout its history, Lexus has only offered one fixed-roof coupe for sale: the original SC300 / SC400. Yet, many associate the Lexus brand with flowing lines and sleek styling usually reserved for sports cars. Will Lexus reenter the market with a fixed-roof two-door?

    Some car media sources, like Edmunds' Inside Line, say, "Yes." Here's one sketch of how it could look:

    For many, the SC430 is the most captivating design Lexus has ever manufactured. Buyers scour the internet to find clean examples, years after production of the model has ceased. The ISC has been a huge hit, and is offered at an attractive price point. The first generation SC enjoys a cult following too. If the above drawing is any indication of a renewed interest in rolling out a sporty show stopper, it will have big shoes to fill, and likely, a long line of shoppers hungry to slip into something svelte.