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2020 Lexus GS goes dark with special edition model

Lexus is producing a limited number of the special edition GS sedans for the 2020 model year.

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

The darkness may be rising on the Lexus GS in more ways than one. Today, the luxury automaker debuted the 2020 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Black Line Special Edition, a model that gives a variant of the traditional Toyota Nightshade treatment to the beefy premium midsize sedan.

The model's changes are all aesthetic. Building off the GS 350 F Sport model, the car features Gloss Black F Sport wheels and grille inserts, and a specialized black spoiler. The model is available with a Ultra White or Caviar paint job.

2020 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Black Line Special Edition

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


Lexus's special edition is available in rear- or all-wheel drive and is powered by the same 3.5-liter V6 engine that's in the traditional GS F Sport and yields 311 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive models get orange brake calipers.

Inside there are red accents on the door panels, steering wheel, and center console. There are black leather contoured seats with Rioja Red accents. Carbon fiber ornamentation highlights the dashboard, seats, and center console. Alcantara has been added to the instrument panel, console, and armrest.

Lexus will produce a limited run of 200 GS 250 F Sport Black Line Special Edition models starting this summer. Pricing will be announced closer to the car's on-sale date and is expected to start in excess of $53,000.

It has been rumored that the Lexus GS will cease production in the near future, at least as we know it. The current GS generation roared to life in 2015 as a throwback to the days of the performance family car, a spot comfortably occupied by the Pontiac Grand Am for a number of decades. The 2019 Buick Regal GS, a short-lived model in the U.S., filled a similar space but was noticeably less premium than the GS.

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The Ferrari Omologata is a one-off V12 superstar.

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The Ferrari Omologata comes from a strong family tree filled with performance and Italian beauty. It's a one-off model that takes its DNA from seven decades of Ferrari GT tradition. The model has been crafted by a European client.

It's taken two years to complete the model since the presentation of the initial sketches. It's a model that took its inspiration from a variety of sources: racing heritage, sci-fi, and modern architecture.

A Ferrari 812 Superfast is the underlying package of the car, but the designers kept just the windscreen and headlights from the body. They set forth to create a model with smooth volume and undulating reflections. The car's front end is tapered and faced by a flattened oval grille. At the back, the car takes a more muscular stance, has deeply set taillights, and is finished off with a prominent spoiler.

Ferrari Omologata

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Dressed in a triple layer of Ferrari's Rosso Magma paint and a racing livery the car combines track day prowess with daily drivability.

Inside, the car sports electric blue seats finished in a combination of leather and Jeans Aunde fabric with four-point racing harnesses. The rest of the interior is finished in black.

Unlike modern vehicles, the Omologata does not have a screen in the center of the vehicle, giving the model. a historic tinge. Metal parts on the dashboard and steering wheel are finished with the crackled paint effect associated with the great GT racers of the 1950s and 1960s as well as with Ferrari's engine cam covers. A hammered paint effect so often used in cars such as the 250 LM and 250 GTO finds its way on details such as the inner door handles and on the Ferrari F1 bridge.

The mid-engine car has a 6.5-liter V12 engine, harvested from the 812 Superfast. In that car is generates 789 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Ferrari isn't divulging the price of the Omologata.

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The 2021 Ford F-150 is available with a hybrid powertrain.

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The 2021 Ford F-150 will have a maximum tow rating of 14,000 pounds and maximum payload of 3,325 making it stronger than any other light-duty full-size pickup truck. For the 2021 model year, the F-Series introduces its first hybrid powertrain, the 3.5-liter PowerBoost, which gets the most horsepower and torque of any power plant on the roster.

"F-150 is the flagship of Ford's dedication to building the best trucks and represents our commitment to not just meeting customer needs but exceeding them," said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. "With capability and functionality foundational to F-Series, the all-new F-150 not only tows more and hauls more than any other light-duty full-size pickup, it is built to surpass customer expectations with smart innovations that will make them even more productive every day."

2021 Ford F-150 Ford equips every hybrid engine powered F-150 with the Pro Power Onboard generator system. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The PowerBoost engine gives the F-150 2,120 pounds of maximum payload capacity and 12,700 pounds of maximum conventional towing capacity. Those numbers are the most for any hybrid pickup. Hybrids present their own unique set of challenges when it comes to towing because of battery and motor cooling concerns.

The impressive numbers don't stop there. The PowerBoost engine makes 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque. Models with the PowerBoost engine also come with the Pro Power Onboard generator that delivers 2.4 kilowatts of standard power and an available 7.2 kilowatts – enough to power 28 refrigerators.

AutomotiveMap has an in-depth look at all the available engines and transmission for the F-150. You can read more about them here.

Currently, no other mainstream automakers offers a hybrid or all-electric truck from the factory. Rivian is working on the R1T, Ford is developing an all-electric F-150, and the battery-powered GMC Hummer EV will debut later this year.

Ford is expected to debut the revised F-150 Raptor soon. It's likely to unseat the F-150 PowerBoost as the most powerful F-150 model in order to keep up with the competition being offered by the new Ram TRX.

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