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Lexus NAIAS Display: How Long Until We Get to Toyota?

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Scion NAIAS Display: I’d Still Rather Be Looking at Toyota

Lexus NAIAS Display: RC 350

The Lexus RC 350

Marci and I were teasing ourselves when it came to the world’s automaker. The Toyota display was in plain sight, but its luxury arm, Lexus, and its youthful brand, Scion, were directly across from Fiat, so we forced ourselves to stop at these displays first.

Don’t get me wrong, Lexus and Scion weren’t total wastes of time. It was just like nibbling on a plate of potato skins when you know you have a 16 oz steak coming off the grill any second.

Lexus was touting its all-new RC F performance coupe, which was making its world debut. While we won’t see this baby hit the market until this fall, you can almost already hear the echoes of its powerful 5.0-liter 32-valve V8 engine as it roars down the production line. The RC F outputs 450 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque and makes use of an eight-speed Sports Direct Shift transmission.

Lexus NAIAS Display: RC F

The all-new RF C performance coupe


Lexus NAIAS Display: RC F

The Lexus RC F made its world debut in Detroit.


Lexus NAIAS Display: RC F

The RC F is powered by a 5.0-liter 32-valve V8.


Lexus NAIAS Display: RC F

I especially liked the driving simulator for the RC F on display. Be sure to check it out if you head up to NAIAS.

The best part of the display was an RC F simulation. It allowed you to stand on a platform and virtually ride along in the RC F—with the floor shaking as if you were actually seated inside. Pretty neat, stuff.


Lexus was also showing off its LF-NX Concept, which was making its American debut. As a compact crossover, it’d fit into the Lexus lineup quite nicely. A special note on the LF-NX: it features Lexus’ very first turbocharged gas engine.

Lexus NAIAS Display: LF-NX Concept

The all-new LF-NX Concept


Lexus NAIAS Display: LF-NX Concept

NAIAS marked the world debut for the LF-NX Concept.


Lexus NAIAS Display: LF-NX Concept

The LF-NX Concept features Lexus’ very first turbocharged gas engine.


The face of the LF-NX Concept

The face of the LF-NX Concept


Lexus NAIAS Display: LF-NX Concept

The rear of the LF-NX Concept

We hit up Scion very briefly, but the nearby Toyota display (and especially the sight of the FT-1 Concept straight ahead) drew us through very quickly. Marci took a few photos, and then we were off!

Check out all the other pit stops on my tour through NAIAS:

My First Experience at NAIAS General Motors NAIAS 
Kia NAIAS Honda/Acura NAIAS
Volkswagen NAIAS Infiniti/Smart NAIAS
Porsche NAIAS  Chrysler NAIAS
Ford NAIAS Lexus/Scion NAIAS
Lincoln NAIAS Toyota NAIAS
Mazda/Volvo/Jaguar/Land Rover NAIAS Mercedes-Benz/Tesla NAIAS
NAIAS Luxury Car Seats: My Definitive Ranking of Places You Put Your Butt

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    Timothy Moore hails from Dayton, Ohio, and tries to bring that Midwestern flavor to his writing. (But as it turns out, no one really likes the Midwestern flavor.) He has been covering the auto industry for years, with several national auto shows under his belt, but he’s been writing about lots of other things (like dragons and Mickey Mouse and cows drowning in milk) since he was just a tot. Outside of the land of cars, Timothy enjoys watching The Office and consuming excessive amounts of peanut butter and beer, and is on the board of an up-and-coming Dayton theatre company called The Playground. And when he’s not on stage (or three jars into a peanut butter binge), Timothy spends time with his mischievous dog, Greyson. See more articles by Timothy.