Japan comes late to the performance-luxury-sedan game, but it swings for the fences with the V-8 powered Lexus GS.
Lexus, the luxury brand of Toyota, has been "pursuing perfection" since its inception in 1989. Lexus currently produces seven hybrid vehicles, making it the leader in hybrid luxury, and is ramping up its enthusiast credentials with its F Sport vehicles.
Lexus' new RC F coupe is a gorgeous ride. And while styling is subjective, its speed is absolute.
The terrifically impractical 2014 Lexus IS F is the most un-Lexus model in the lineup, but it's an absolute thriller.
The 2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport looks like a boy racer, but it has the soul (and slightly soft performance) of a grand tourer.
The 2013 Lexus LS 460 F-Sport's performance upgrades don't transform it into a sports car, but add a sporty edge to the luxury sedan's already good cabin and comfort tech offerings.
Will this sport coupe arrive with an IS-F badge and 400-plus horsepower on tap, a hotter version of the IS 350's V-6, or something different?
Excellent app integration with the cabin tech suite and excellent fuel economy are high points for the 2014 Lexus CT 200h, but it needs more power to justify its F Sport tuning and looks.
The 2008 Lexus IS-F, with its powerful engine and superior handling, is fully track capable, yet feels like a typical sport luxury car during normal driving. Cabin tech is in need of an update.
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The 2013 Lexus RX 350 lacks some of the more advanced features of rival luxury SUVs, but app integration helps keep it modern. F Sport trim does little for performance, mostly making the ride less comfortable.
The 2013 Lexus GS 350 makes for a convincing high-tech cruiser. With the F Sport package, it has some real performance chops, although it falls short of a BMW M or Mercedes-Benz AMG.