MIAMI, Nov. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Two all-new 2016 Lexus vehicles spent the summer collecting headlines with their dramatic designs and performance. Earlier this year, journalists from around the world tested the new Lexus RX luxury crossover and track-tested the GS F performance sedan. After rave reviews across the globe, these new models go on sale in early November.
Come to the Miami International Auto Show Nov. 6-15 at the Miami Beach Convention Center to see the boldly designed, all-new RX crossovers — which come in both gas and hybrid versions — and the 467-horsepower Lexus GS F performance sedan. The latter is the latest in the "F" performance line, which challenges the world's finest luxury cars for preeminence.
"There is no better place than Miami to talk to drivers about exciting vehicles," said Jason Cropper, Lexus Southern Area general manager. "This is a city full of energy, making the Miami International Auto Show the perfect venue to showcase the newest offerings from Lexus. These vehicles refuse to blend in. They are taking the brand to new, exciting places."
With the introduction of the original RX in 1998, Lexus created the category of luxury crossover. Now for the 2016 model year, the fourth generation RX is a bold evolution of this hugely influential vehicle. The 2016 RX is engineered for precision, with improved steering feel and response, heightened agility and cutting-edge technologies to help optimize structural integrity and overall rigidity.
This perennial best-selling luxury crossover features bigger horsepower, improved fuel economy, sophisticated safety features and welcome new convenience and technology features. One such feature: the Lexus-first Touch-Free Power Rear Door, which allows users to open the rear hatch by placing a hand near the Lexus emblem. Inside, the five-passenger RX incorporates a lowered rear floor section, providing seating positions comparable to that of the rear-seat passengers in the flagship Lexus LS luxury sedan.
The available 3.5-liter direct-injection gasoline-powered V6 engine yields impressive performance and fuel efficiency with reduced emissions, while delivering prodigious power. For the RX 350, power is rated at 295 horsepower at 6,300 rpm with 267 lb.- ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm. Meanwhile, the RX 450h hybrid delivers 308 horsepower and an estimated 30 mpg in combined city/highway driving.
But the country's most popular luxury crossover is only one part of the Lexus lineup in Miami. New for 2016 are the turbo-engine variants of the IS and GS sedans and RC coupes.
Also in Miami, the much-anticipated Lexus GS F performance sedan makes its South Florida debut. Equally adept at trimming lap times or shaving minutes off the afternoon commute, the GS F combines a refined four-door package with the speed and agility of a premium sports car.
The GS F is the latest vehicle to join Lexus' high-performance "F" line that already includes the RC F coupe. The GS F has a rumbling, responsive, naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 that produces a remarkable 467 horsepower at 7,100 rpm and peak torque of 389 lb.-ft. at 4,800-5,600 rpm. This sophisticated engine uses both Otto and Atkinson combustion cycles to maximize power and efficiency in given situations.
The engine is mated to a lightning quick eight-speed automatic gearbox with manual-shifting capabilities. Lexus' innovative Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD), also found in the RC F, helps drivers find traction and power in corners and is part of a long line of standard equipment that makes the GS F's handling stand out from the crowd. The TVD features three operating modes:
- Standard (default) provides a balance of agility and firmness;
- Slalom emphasizes nimble steering response and agility;
- Track emphasizes control during high-speed circuit driving.
The Lexus lineup will be on hand at the Miami International Auto Show, held Nov. 6-15 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
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Lexus launched in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since that time, Lexus has expanded its line-up to meet the needs of global luxury customers. Lexus is now going beyond its reputation for high quality vehicles with the integration of innovative technology, emotional exterior and interior designs, and engaging driving dynamics and performance. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models and one F performance model. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 236 dealers who are committed to exemplary customer service.
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