At the rear, a new bumper support combines carbon fiber and aluminum for a lighter, stiffer brace across the back of the vehicle. Although we didn't drive the car on the street, it feels like it would be a comfortable daily for an enthusiast driver. This area is reserved for members of the news media. A wide range of enhancements expands its performance envelope while updates to the overall design further refine the appearance of the broad-shouldered coupe. Presented by Lexus In the sports-car market, comparisons to the European heavy hitters are inevitable. If you'd be so kind as to whitelist our site, we promise to keep bringing you great content. Today, Lexus is at a crossroads.
This led to keying in on unsprung weight since any weight that can be removed from the mass not supported by the suspension pays huge dividends in handling and steering feel. A smaller air conditioner compressor, for example, saved less than a pound, while a lighter intake manifold and new hollow axle halfshafts are 1. The shape of these surfaces slows down the air over the top of the wing to increase pressure and speed up the air underneath the wing to decrease pressure. Lexus also used more rigid bushings for the rear suspension, while the 5. I might have bought one if they took off more weight and if it was faster. With its lightweight performance pieces and nearly 500 horsepower engine, the Track Edition has the potential to be a real threat around a racetrack, too.
It gave a feeling that Lexus was trying to break into the sports-luxury brand market. The fixed wing is not only lighter than the active spoiler, it does double duty by simultaneously reducing both the coefficient of lift and drag. Complimenting the revised throttle mapping is a higher final drive ratio that keeps the engine in the heart of its powerband. This led to a focus on reducing unsprung weight since any weight that can be removed from the mass not supported by the suspension pays huge dividends in handling and steering feel. Despite the weight reduction, the engineers swear the car's weight balance is exactly the same, with about 54 percent of the coupe's weight over its front tires. Its standard red leather seats and surfaces are accented by red carbon trim on the doors and dashboard.
An eight-speed automatic transmission carries over, but a higher final drive ratio 3. That said, on the track, the Lexus does feel tied down and secure. Removing Weight Where It Counts Like the standard model, weight reduction was a key area of focus for the Track Edition. The Editorial department is independent of Cars. Combined that with the 472 hp V8, and the Track Edition has the best power-to-weight ratio 8. It's just not the car it can be, or should be.
It's an amazing car, but, its almost 50% more. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. He wanted a car that could be controlled with the throttle. This should add another 5 horsepower to the base engine. Maybe our expectations were too high. If you want to compare it, you should look at 2 + 2 cars that are built with track focus while still retaining the luxury amenities. Seats The front seats are spacious and comfortable for adults of all sizes.
Only 50 of these Track Edition models will be sold in the U. Lexus' passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Yet despite its power-to-weight figure and despite Lexus shortening the final-drive ratio from 2. The tauter suspension and low rev torque delivery allows the Track Edition to get off the corner more quickly and the transmission, which has built-in performance algorithms, quickly senses how the vehicle is being driven and adjusts the shift logic to match. You could even consider some sedans as rivals to this Lexus, including the sharp-handling and suave new.
And while there's a lot to like here — this is the most powerful and track-capable Lexus since the supercar was launched in 2011 — it's quickly apparent that Lexus' engineers were held back from making the Track Edition what they wanted to make. Canards at each corner generate small air vortexes as the air passes around them. We have a total of nine minutes in the Lexus's. You can see it just by looking cars and I think that's a richness Would like to see the track edition offer with the ultra sonic blue with red interior in the future. A milling process is used to create the complex shape of the wheel spokes that helps to reduce the overall weight of each wheel by 1. Only two exterior colors will be available: Ultra White and Matte Nebula Gray, an exclusive color only available on the Track Edition.
Bonus: it should sound more aggressive, too, thanks to its Titanium exhaust tips. The frustration in Tsurumoto's voice was clear. Honestly, it's more fun to forget about the launch control, shut off the traction control and blaze the coupe's 19-inch Michelins through first and some of second gear. With greater aerodynamics and a lighter weight comes greater control on the track. There are many modifications that can be seen with the naked eye, such as the carbon fiber fixed rear wing and redesigned front bumper.
In back, hollow half-shafts replace the previous solid shafts. More than simply a crash diet, the weight reductions were focused on delivering significant dynamic improvements. Here's how to disable adblocking on our site. In order to give the Track Edition a more exclusive look on the inside, a red leather interior comes standard along with Alcantara seat accents and red carbon trim on the doors and dashboard. Additional weight was removed by specifying carbon fiber for the roof and hood along with switching to a carbon fiber partition behind the rear seats and a carbon bumper reinforcement. A lighter rear bumper saves 1. New Michelin Pilot 4S tires replacing the previous Super Sports certainly help.
Read: However, there are some who believe that the final drive could be shorter when compared other such makes and models. Lexus worked with Michelin for a special version of its Pilot Sport 4 S tire. Red carbon trim on the doors and dashboard is also exclusive to the Track Edition along with red carpeting. By reducing the boundary layer, the fins effectively increase the volume of the intake path and reduce velocity changes that can cause less accurate sensor readings. A more specific objective was to take weight out of the car at its extremes, as even the most modest changes at the front and rear of the car result in significant reductions in rotational inertia.