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Lexus LC sheds weight, gets transmission adjustment and Android Auto for 2021

Toyota is giving the Lexus LC a mid-cycle refresh for the 2021 model year.

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The Lexus LC is good looking from almost every angle. It's no surprise that the car's mid-cycle refresh comes with equipment and features upgrades instead of the traditional fascia changes.

The sports coupe has lost 22 pounds for the new model year and gotten suspension updates designed to deliver a smoother and softer ride. This was achieved by adjusting electric absorber controls, and optimizing the rigidity of the bound stopper and rear stabilizer. Active Cornering Assist has been added.

2021 Lexus LCLexus says that they have upgraded the car's handling for the new model year.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The LC 500, the gasoline-powered model, has had its 10-speed automatic transmission timing and logic changed. The LC 500h, the hybrid model, has had its multi-stage hybrid system shift timing updated. Power plants remain the same in both cars.

Lexus is adding Cadmium Orange and Nori Green Pearl to the paint job options list for buyers joining Caviar, Obsidian, Smoky Granite Mica, Atomic Silver, Liquid Platinum, Ultra White, Infrared, Nightfall Mica, and Flare Yellow.

The car's 20-inch forged allow wheels with Dark Graphite finish have been refreshed.

2021 Lexus LCToasted Caramel leather remains as an interior option for the new model year.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Inside, the Rioja Red interior color has been replaced by a Flare Red leather upholstery option. Black leather and Toasted Caramel leather remain available. Bespoke White leather has been discontinued. All models retain Satin Metallic ornamentation.

The car's 10.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display has been updated and Lexus has added Android Auto to the system, which already featured Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa integration.

The 2021 Lexus LC is expected to go on sale later this year and be priced similarly to the 2020 model, which started at $92,950.

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The Sport Classic comes to the U.S. for the first time next year.

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Porsche's bringing the 911 Sport Classic back to market, and it's headed to the United States for the first time. The car features distinctive styling, a rowdy twin-turbo flat-six engine, and plenty of go-fast gear from the 911 Turbo S upon which it is based. The car is scheduled for limited release late in 2022 as a 2023 model year.

2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe Sport Classic comes exclusively with a manual transmission and RWD.Porsche

The Sport Classic gets the Turbo S powertrain, which means a 3.7-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine producing 543 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. It's paired exclusively with a seven-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. Porsche says the combo makes the car the most powerful 911 with a manual gearbox currently on sale. The Sport Classic also gets a laundry list of parts from the Turbo S, including Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, rear-axle steering, a sport exhaust, and an active sport suspension system.

2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe car comes with an interior not seen since the Porsche 918 Spyder.Porsche

The car' comes with Sport Grey Metallic paint with grey accent stripes, a carbon fiber reinforced plastic hood, and unique graphics on both sides. It rides on 20-inch wheels up front and 21-inch wheels in back, which are designed as reinterpretations of the old-school Fuchs design. In back, the Sport Classic gets unique bodywork that sets it apart from the 911 Turbo, such as deleted air intakes and a large ducktail spoiler. Inside, the 911 gets open-pore wood trim and semi-aniline leather upholstery in cognac and black. Porsche says the Sport Classic is the first car to get that type of leather since the iconic 918 Spyder.

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2022 Lexus NX earns Top Safety Pick +

The 2022 NX earned a Top Safety Pick + award.

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The redesigned 2022 Lexus NX just got its crash test scores, and they're strong. The new crossover picked up a Top Safety Pick + award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the agency's top award. It's the NX's fourth consecutive Top Safety Pick + award, and before that the vehicle earned Top Safety Picks.

2022 Lexus NXThe NX has picked up top awards for several years in a row. Lexus

The 2022 NX picked up top scores in testing, earning a "Good" rating in all crash-test categories, a "Good" score for headlights, "Superior" scores for both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian crash prevention, and a "Good+" score for LATCH system ease of use. Though the 2021 model also picked up a Top Safety Pick + award, it scored lower for its car seat anchors.

Lexus offers the new NX with a whopping four propulsion options, including a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 203 horsepower, a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 275 horsepower, a 2.5-liter hybrid with 239 horsepower and a plug-in hybrid powertrain with 302 horsepower. The two gas engines come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive, while the two hybrids both get all-wheel drive.

2022 Lexus NXLexus offers the NX with four powertrain options. Lexus

Pricing for the 2022 NX starts at $39,025 for the base NX250. Moving up the line, the NX350h starts at $42,125 and the NX450h+ starts at $56,725.

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