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Lexus unveiled its striking new production-ready RC coupe, scheduled for launch in 2014, at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. The RC raises Lexus’ profile with a broader audience, injecting emotional appeal into the Lexus DNA which has become well known for building quality, refinement and reliability.
“Our focus is to strengthen the brand’s emotional appeal through our products and RC is another demonstration of this focus,” said Mark Templin, Lexus International executive vice president. “The emotional attachment of a coupe is found in its purity of design and its engaging driving experience, and with RC the engineers have achieved the balance.”

“We developed RC to deliver extra response that exhilarates rather than overwhelms drivers, in keeping with the true spirit of Japanese hospitality, or omotenashi.,” noted Junichi Furuyama, RC and IS chief engineer.

RC is part of a ride and handling revolution at Lexus, which started with GS mid-size luxury sedan and continued with the new IS sport sedan. The RC is a stand-alone model, rather than a two-door derivative of a sedan. Based on the GS platform, the coupe differs in all dimensions from the GS and IS lines.

The aggressively styled coupe will be available with two powertrains:3.5-liter V6 teamed with an eight-speed sequential transmission and 2.5-liter Lexus Hybrid Drive system.

Design Exterior
The RC has been infused with deeply contoured lines, integrating the widest and lowest application yet of the Lexus spindle grille. It is unique in the Lexus range – 1.2-inches wider, 1.4-inches lower and 2.8-inches shorter in wheelbase than the new IS sedan, providing a road stance that emphasizes the attraction of a luxury two-door vehicle.

The unique headlamp design adopts the symbolic Lexus L-shaped motif front and rear. There are two choices of aluminum wheels – a deeply sculpted 10-spoke 19-inch and a muscular five-spoke 18-inch.

A new red exterior paint color is made brighter and shows more contrast thanks to a new painting process.

Design Interior
Highly acclaimed sports concept vehicles have greatly influenced the RC interior, making maximum use of contrasting colors, materials and lighting.

A purpose-built Lexus-first lighting package provides a great sense of occasion, with illumination that reflects upwards, rather than downwards, to envelop the cabin. High contrast interior colors emphasize design lines and accentuate the elegant cabin. Genuineshimamoku wood highlights – the result of an intense, layered wood production technique refined by Lexus – are used to emphasize the surrounding trim.

The driver’s cockpit is divided into operational and display zones. The upper zone houses the instrument panel and a seven-inch navigation screen while a layered center console integrates a new Lexus-first Remote Touch Interface.

The seats utilize an integrated foaming construction method, much like the molding of racing seats, to ensure optimum occupant comfort and support which is important in a sport coupe.

Driving Dynamics
The RC’s strong and purpose-built chassis is the latest evolution of Lexus’ objective to achieve a world class driving experience, epitomized by the improved performance of both the GS and IS lines.

Extra thick underbody rocker panels greatly increase the two-door’s rigidity to support driving performance. New manufacturing techniques pioneered in the LS and IS models, including the use of body adhesives, have strengthened the chassis.

Aerodynamic aids, especially on the underbody, contribute to the handling package.

RC uses double wishbone front suspension and multi-link suspension at the rear.

Powertrains
The dual injection 3.5-liter V6 gas engine produces maximum power of 314 hp at 6,400 rpm, and peak torque of 280 lb.-ft. at4,800 rpm.

An eight-speed Sport Direct Shift with paddle shift transmission adapted from the ISF performance sedan optimizes power delivery and fuel economy. In manual (M) mode full torque converter lock up from second to eighth gears allows for down changes in just 0.2 seconds.

The hybrid variant – the first Lexus hybrid coupe – uses a dual-injected 2.5-liter four cylinder engine with a 105kW electric motor driven through an electronic continuously variable transmission with six step gears in a sequential shift-matic feature.

The RC coupe will be offered in rear wheel drive and all-weather drive (AWD), however availability will vary by market.

The sound generated by the engine has been tuned to ensure it delivers a stirring exhaust note under spirited driving conditions.

Advanced Technology
The RC offers several advanced technology features including an updated Spot Monitor and newRemote Touch Interface (RTI).

RC is the first Lexus to adopt the revised Blind Spot Monitor system which detects vehicles that are approaching from behind at a higher speed and from a greater distance than is covered by the current system.

The innovative touch-sensitive Lexus Remote Touch Interface for audio and navigation systems is particularly important in a coupe in which tactile reaction is a desirable part of the driving experience.

Specifications

RC 350 RC 300h
Length (in.) 184.8 184.8
Height(in.) 54.9 54.9
Width (in.) 72.4 72.4
Wheelbase(in.) 107.5 107.5
Seating capacity        persons 4 4
Driven wheels Rear-wheel drive Rear-wheel drive
Engine type 2GR-FSE 2AR-FSE
Cylinders V6 L4
Horsepower 314 hp @ 6,400 rpm 176 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 280 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm  163 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm
Total System Output 217 hp
Transmission 8AT E-CVT
Suspension Front:Double Wishbone
Rear:Multilink
Front:Double Wishbone
Rear:Multilink
Tire 235/40 R19 (front)
265/35 R19 (rear)
235/40 R19 (front)
265/35 R19 (rear)

*Japan specification

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Kelley Blue Book’s Best Brand and Best Luxury Brand awards are what every car company on the planet strives for annually. When your brand is recognized, this shows the world an undisputed icon of long-term value.

Lexus was proudly named as the 2014 KBB Luxury Brand!

Lexus insists on a high level of quality and mechanical craftsmanship.  The interiors make a person so comfortable, you will neverwant to leave. And most importantly, Lexus builds vehicles that earn the emotional trust of our customers. Over the past three years, Lexus has taken home back-to-back-to-back Best Resale Value Awards as the Best Luxury Brand in America.

Read KBB’s Reviews:

Crossovers & SUVs

Sedans & Convertibles

Hybrids & Plug-In Cars

You can view our Lexus inventory online here. We welcome you to visit us and test drive any of our Lexus models.

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The all-new Silverado underwent more than 13 million miles of testing – resulting in a truck that’s stronger, smarter and more capable than ever.

All three qualities are embodied in our EcoTec3 engines. Our available EcoTec3 5.3L V8 provides 355 horsepower while offering up to 23 hwy mpg the most fuel-efficient gas V8 pickup engine ever. The standard 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 offers 305 lb-ft of torque, the most of any standard V6 in its class.

Improvements continue beyond the hood. A boxed frame, larger axles and an available Max Trailering Package allow Silverado to offer a class-leading trailering capacity of up to 12,000 lbs. Cargo bed enhancements like the CornerStep rear bumper, pocket handgrips and optional removable cargo tie-downs make it easy to secure cargo.

You will enjoy the more spacious and intelligent interior with every mile you drive in the all-new Silverado. Redesigned seating provides more rear space in Double and Crew Cabs, and the available MyLink system allows you to stay connected and entertained, no matter where the road takes you.

Every 2014 Silverado comes with 2 years/24,000 miles of scheduled maintenance. Add to that our already impressive warranties and Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation for up to 5 years or 100,000 miles and you get the best pickup coverage in America.

Click here to browse our selection of 2014 Chevrolet Silverado models.  Our inventory changes daily and deals have never been better!.  Call us at 800-829-1455 to schedule a demo today!

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The 2014 Cadillac CTS was named the 2014 Motor Trend Car of the Year. After two weeks of testing, the CTS beat out 21 other vehicles including the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

The CTS excelled in all six of the Car of the Year criteria:

  1. Advancement in Design – Cadillac’s Art and Science design is contemporary
  2. Engineering Excellence – CTS rides on a composed and tossable chassis that’s significantly lighter than its rivals
  3. Efficiency –  CTS has three available powertrains: 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4, 3.6-liter V-6, and twin-turbo 3.6 liter V-6. CTS is available in rear or all-wheel drive.
  4. Safety –  Scored high in the Safety category due to its many active safety systems and five-star NHTSA crash test ratings
  5. Value – CTS pricing is lower than its German competition.
  6. Performance of Intended Function

Click here to browse our selection of 2014 CTS models.  Our inventory changes daily and deals have never been better on the best ever Cadillac model.  Call us at 888-966-4252 to schedule a demo today!

Read more from Motor Trend here.

Video: Consumer Reports Loves the 2014 Cadillac CTS 

Video: 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport – Boosting Ahead of the Germans in their Own Game! – by Motor Trend

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Chevrolet’s bringing many customized performance machines to  SEMA in Las Vegas this week.

2014 Chevrolet SS Jeff Gordon Concept
Chevy partnered with Jeff Gordon to help build this SEMA vehicle. After helping Chevrolet unveil the 2014 SS sedan last year in Daytona, he was the perfect partner to hype up Chevy’s sports sedan.

The 2014 SS concept sports satin fuscia paint and stripes boasts his “24″ insignia”. The vehicle includes a carbon fiber rear spoiler, custom grille insert, Borla exhaust system, and lowered ride.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Pacific Coupe Concept
The 2014 Corvette Stingray boasts Torch Red paint and is inspired by a “West Coast” theme. The red paint is offset by Carbon Flash Metallic racing stripes, matching front splitter, rocker extensions, and rear diffuser. Drivers will enjoy the sport bucket seats which are normally offered as a production option.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Atlantic Convertible Concept
The 2014 Corvette Atlantic Convertible concept uses the same splitter and rocker panels as the Pacific coupe concept, but has an entirely different look. The Atlantic has a more subdued look due to the Blade Silver paint color. The hood is painted in Fusion Grey and the lower body panels, along with the Z51-spec rear spoiler are painted in Carbon Flash Metallic. The vehicle includes a luggage rack and chrome grille insert. GM representatives say both cars could give way to a special-edition Corvette model.

2014 Corvette Stingray Gran Turismo Concept
Did you know that the 2014 Corvette Stingray will be playable in the new Gran Turismo 6 video game?  Chevy is so excited that they built this GT-themed show car. The vehicle is painted in iridescent indigo and is accented with GT insignias. There are racing harnesses for both driver and passenger.

Other vehicles at SEMA this week:

2014 Camaro Z/28
2014 Camaro Performance Garage Camaro
2014 Camaro V-8 Performance Concept
2014 Camaro V-6 Performance Concept
2014 Camaro Spring Special Edition

 

 

You can read more about the vehicles Chevy is bringing to SEMA at AutomobileMag.com: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/sema-2013-chevrolet-rolls-out-custom-2014-corvette-camaro-ss-sedan-254051.html#ixzz2jntoDWQ5

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