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2021 Lexus RC F Fuji Speedway Edition pushes the limits of the performance coupe

Lexus has introduced the 2021 Lexus RC F Fuji Speedway Edition in addition to enhancements to the 2021 RC lineup.

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

The Lexus RC is generally known for being a competent sports car. It straddles the line between comfort and capability. The RC F is its high-performance variant, powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 that produces 472 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque. For 2021, Lexus has introduced a limited edition version of that model to its lineup for 2021.

The 2021 Lexus RC F Fuji Speedway Edition gets its name comes from the renowned raceway at Mt. Fuji, known as the "Temple of Speed". Lexus has that the car is engineered "beyond the base RC F" and features upgrades that reduce weight and up the car's performance. It features Brembo Carbon Ceramic brakes, titanium exhaust, and carbon fiber, including on the hood, to enhance the car's aerodynamics. The car takes just 3.96 seconds for the car to accelerate to 60 mph from a standstill.

2021 Lexus RC F Fuji Speedway Edition The 2021 Lexus RC F Fuji Speedway Edition aside the 2021 Lexus RC.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Lexus will make the car only in Arctic Blast Satin or Cloudburst Gray paint colors. Arctic Blast Satin is a Lexus-first color offerings. It is a white paint that features a semi-matte finish. According to the company, "The paint expresses a beautiful satin luster like that of a true matte finish, yet is durable enough go through an automatic car wash."

There are no interior options. Every version of the car comes with Circuit Red leather-trimmed seats with Alcantara accents. Red Carbon Fiber ornamentation adorns the cabin.

The car will also get the enhancements the rest of the Lexus RC lineup gets for 2021 including standard blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert technology. Android Auto has been added to Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa capability.

It is limited to a production run of 60 units. With purchase, each owner get a limited production MSTR automatic movement watch. The timepiece features RC F-inspired elements such as a gunmetal bezel, red stitching on its band, and Fuji Speedway and F logos.

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Discontinued sedan

Volkswagen nixing Passat after 2022 model year

Racing Green Metallic is one of four exclusive colors for the car.

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After five decades on sale in the U.S., Volkswagen is pulling the plug on the midsize Passat. The explosion of SUVs' popularity and the need to shift production power to electric vehicles are behind the decision, which will take place after the 2022 model year. The cars have been built at the automaker's Chattanooga, TN plant since 2011, but the facility is being repurposed as VW's North American hub for electric vehicle assembly.

Volkswagen is giving the car one last hurrah, however, in the form of the Passat Limited Edition. The car features 18-inch wheels, LED headlights with an Advanced Front Lighting System, and an easy-open trunk. Inside, the cars come with sport seats wrapped in Vienna leather, memory seating, a Fender Premium Audio System, parking assistance, and parking sensors.


2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition Each car gets a special model tag with its limited production number.Volkswagen


Only 1,973 of the cars will be built, and it will only be sold in four colors, each with its own limited production numbers that have special meaning for the Passat:

  • Aurora Red Metallic with Titan Black interior: 411 units to represent the original vehicle production code
  • Racing Green Metallic with Mauro Brown interior: 423 units to commemorate the Chattanooga 423 area code
  • Pure white with Mauro Brown interior: 524 units to signify the Chattanooga plant's May 24 opening date
  • Platinum Great Metallic with Titan Black interior: 615 units to signify six generations of imported Passats, one generation assembled in Chattanooga, and five decades of U.S. sales

Pricing for the 2022 Passat starts at $31,290, which includes a $995 destination fee. Adding Aurora Red Metallic drives the price up by an additional $395. Each car will receive a special number plate to designate its place in the limited production run.


2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition The Passat Limited Edition gets several upscale features. Volkswagen

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New special edition truck

Ram Trucks adds new anniversary edition for 2022

The 2022 Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Edition gets an exclusive blue paint color.

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Pickup trucks have long been more than the rugged workhorse vehicles they once were. People buy and use trucks as their everyday vehicles, and automakers have responded by making more spacious, comfortable, and efficient pickups. Nowhere is that more apparent than with Ram, whose 1500 light duty pickup truck carried away award after award when its new generation hit the streets in 2019. In its top trims, the Ram 1500 shames many luxury cars on interior quality, comfort, and technology, but the brand isn't done adding "stuff."

If you needed any confirmation that big, luxurious pickup trucks are here to stay, here it is. Today, Ram Trucks announced the Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Edition. Beyond having a tongue-twister for a name, the truck is packed to the gills with highbrow materials and features.


2022 Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Edition The Ram 1500 has won numerous awards for its luxurious interior and refined ride.Ram Trucks


To set it apart on the outside, the truck will get an exclusive Blue Shade paint color, along with a multi-function tailgate and adjustable cargo tie-down hooks. Inside, Ram says that the 1500's already impressive interior will be pushed further into premium territory with quilted leather upholstery and door inserts, a suede headliner, and special 10th anniversary badges. The truck's digital gauge cluster and infotainment screen will display unique graphics upon vehicle startup. Capping off the plush cabin, the Anniversary Edition truck will be offered with a new Indigo and Sea Salt Grey interior color and will get a 19-speaker premium audio system.

The 2022 Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Special Edition is sold only in a crew cab body style. Ram offers the truck with either the 5.7-liter V8 with eTorque or with its 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine. The new special edition expands the already mammoth Ram 1500 lineup. At the bottom end of the spectrum is the Ram 1500 Tradesman, a stripped-down work truck with only the essentials. From there, there is the Big Horn, the Laramie, the Rebel, the Limited Longhorn, and the Limited. All of that is on top of the Hellcat-powered Ram 1500 TRX and the Ram 1500 Classic, which itself is offered in three trim levels.


2022 Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Edition The 10th Anniversary truck gets quilted leather upholstery.Ram Trucks

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