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Lexus LFA Roadster concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

According to a new report from AutoWeek, Lexus has a whole slew of tricks up its sleeves that it hopes will help right the ship and keep the automaker atop the luxury car sales sweepstakes, a position that's currently in jeopardy due to a rising tide of threats from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Starting at the tippy-top of the lineup, it seems that Lexus may halt production of the show-stopping LFA coupe after just 500 units have been delivered. If you happen to be one of the lucky ones who can afford its outrageous sticker price, though, perhaps you shouldn't fret too much – AW says a production version of the LFA Roadster concept is once again in the cards. According to the story, the 2008 Detroit Auto Show star will likely even be built in larger numbers than its hard-hatted predecessor, though it could take a year or so for it to show up.

Also on the potential possibilities list is a so-called Lexus VX, which would supposedly be a step up from the Japanese brand's all-conquering RX crossover. The car-based VX would feature seven seats and offer more interior room and strive to offer better driving dynamics. Interestingly, the marque is also said to be studying a rival for BMW's X6.

Of course, we know that the CT200h hybrid hatchback is right around the corner, but Lexus is also reportedly planning a bevy of updates across its entire model range to bring some freshness into its showrooms. Want to know more? Feel free to hit up the source link below for all the gossip.

[Source: AutoWeek]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      A sexy lexus? o.O
      • 4 Years Ago
      This concept looked decent. How is it the actual released vehicle ended up looking like such a hodge-podge of mis-matched surfaces...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is that so pretty? I know it isnt just the red. That is how the front of the regular Lfa should look!!! WTF happened? I would still have an LFA in the garage because its a more "the sum of its parts" car than it is a "blow you away with its spec sheet" car
        • 4 Years Ago
        It is the concept car, not the final design.

        I have long said that Lexus got it backwards, and the proof is in the pictures.

        The concept cars were all well finished and slick.

        The production car still looks like a development mule, and looks far worse than the concept.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have to agree with Boxer. Seeing the production car is honestly odd in appearance. The concepts were much prettier, but maybe it was other factors in the reason behind the changes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      it almost reminds me of a lotus esprit .....ill pass on the front end though!
      • 4 Years Ago
      imagine looking over your left shoulder only to have your sunglasses fall off..and..OOPS right into the intake! DOH!
      • 4 Years Ago
      CUV's seem to be a huge craze in the auto world now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmmm a 7 passenger CUV from Lexus, I wonder what that will be like, it definitely has to hit high, because the MKT is amazing, and I think that's where Lexus needs to aim if they are looking to enter the 7 passenger crossover market.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Knowing Lexus, they will not disappoint [except maybe, for driving dynamics] but I wouldn't me too sure if it's great to be based off of the Highlander's platform. I know it's really expensive to launch a new platform just for one sole vehicle, and don't get me wrong, the Highlander is a great crossover, however It would be rather small, basically the Highlander and the RX share the same platform, and I would say the third row is an afterthought, and is strictly for children, if even which is probably why Lexus chose to omit the third row in the RX.

        The RX is too big to compete in the compact luxury crossover segment, and seems to be around the same size as the X5 and the XC90, sans the driving fun of course. I would love to see the RX perhaps remain in its current segment, yet add some real sport or at least spirit into it, then it would be fine, because Lexus does make AMAZING vehicles, unprecedented technology, and unprecedented luxury, but of course they're also comparable to Ambien CR. =T

        If it's a seven passenger crossover, I doubt that driving dynamics should be THAT big of a concern. The Acura MDX is great, and so are the Q7 and X5, but Lexus should really be aiming for the Lincoln MKT, because of the above crossovers that you mention; only the MKT has a usable third row seat for a decent sized person, I'm only 5'8" and I can fit back there [albeit some headroom issues] pretty well. But even still, I don't think there is any other 7 passenger crossover that is equipped as well as the MKT, and I like I said, Lexus offers so much more than a lot of other automakers on luxury, and the MKT is more than enough for me. Oh should I one day have kids...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've said it all along that Lexus needs to start worrying about CAFE and less about importing the Prado here as a GX. I envision that when the GX gets replaced, it will be with a Highlander based version and compete directly with:

        Acura MDX - $42k starting price
        Audi Q7 - $46k starting price
        BMW X5 - $47k starting price
        Lincoln MKT - $44k starting price
        Volvo XC90 - $37k starting price.

        They all have 7 passenger seating (standard or optional) and are really CUVs designed for the road (not off roading.)

        The Highlander and Lexus GX share the same wheelbase length even, so for all intensive purposes a large CUV with more interior space can be made from the same footprint with a lower weight and increased MPG. Heck even a hybrid version is easy for them to do.

        I think Lexus needs to slim down the RX like it did between the first and second generation designs and align with the competition and produce something capable of competing with the Acura RDX, BMW X3, Audi Q5, Mercedes GLK, Land Rover LR2, Volvo XC60, and Infiniti EX. This should probably be something based of a RAV4.

        Lets be honest, the entire market is going away from capable SUV based setups to street friendly CUVs. Why is Lexus so late to the party? Hell maybe the new Lexus RX can get a hybrid, and EV setup the new Rav4 will be based off?

        I think Lexus was so busy producing so much bland vanilla that they fell into a comfort mode of not being the industry innovator, and in the process produced not only bland products, but had quality control issues a la the big three style.

        Hopefully they start being competitive because I know Toyota and Lexus can build a more capable product line if challenged.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Foglights must be a $2000 option!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is what i thought that Infiniti from the story yesterday shoulda looked like...a two seater...If it has a retractable hard top, it would be damn near perfect...
      • 4 Years Ago
      This concept looks sexy... I don't know why the other guys are calling it "bland". Perhaps their Cobalt is considered hot in comparison.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks great, but make it hybrid or electric.
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