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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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Updated compact SUV

2022 Nissan Rogue gets new VC Turbo engine

The Rogue was fully redesigned last year.

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Nissan refreshed its best-selling vehicle, the Rogue SUV, in 2021 with a grown-up new look and plenty of new tech. Changes the year after a major overhaul are usually minor, but for 2022 Nissan's giving the Rogue a new powertrain. A brand-new 1.5-liter variable compression (VC) Turbo engine is on board, producing 201 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque.

2022 Nissan Rogue The new VC engine can change its compression to adapt to driving conditions.Nissan

Power is up 11 percent and torque is up a staggering 24 percent with the new power plant. The variable compression engine is capable of adapting to changing driving conditions. When the driver needs more power, the engine shifts to higher compression, which delivers better acceleration at the expense of fuel economy. When efficiency is best, the engine changes its compression again. The VC engines made their debut in 2019 in both the Infiniti QX50 and Nissan Altima. It's trick engine technology, but it doesn't always deliver on its promise of efficiency gains. Nissan's continuously variable transmission is still in place, though it has been improved with 17 percent wider gear ratio coverage and 32 percent lower friction. The automaker says it helps deliver better acceleration and fuel economy.

2022 Nissan Rogue Top Rogue trims get upscale finishes and a handsome cabin.Nissan

Pricing for the 2022 Rogue S FWD starts at $27,875, including a $1,175 destination charge. Adding all-wheel drive pushes the price by $1,500. Nissan offers three packages for the SUV as well, including a $2,660 SV Premium Package, a $1,320 SL Premium Package, and a $400 10.8-inch head-up display for the top Platinum trim.

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New luxury full-size SUV

All-new 2022 Lexus LX 600 will be here soon

The new LX will go on sale in early 2022.

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The Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX are among the most revered off-road vehicles of all time. Even so, Toyota is cutting the Land Cruiser in the U.S. after the 2021 model year due to slow sales. We will see its twin, however, as the 2022 Lexus LX was just announced. The full-size SUV will go on sale in the first quarter of 2022 and will bring all two new trims, more intuitive tech, and updated but familiar exterior styling.

2022 Lexus LX The new LX gets a twin-turbo V6 instead of a big V8, and its new platform shaves weight while improving rigidity.Lexus

The 2022 Lexus LX 600 comes in five trims: Standard, Premium, Luxury, F Sport, and Ultra Luxury. The new Ultra Luxury trim cuts the number of seats to four by replacing the rear bench with a pair of plush reclining captain's chairs. A rear entertainment system and large rear center console complete the top-level trim. Also new for 2022 is the LX F Sport, which brings Lexus' sharp appearance package to the LX for the first time. The F Sport gets exclusive 22-inch wheels, aggressive exterior styling, and sport seats with unique color schemes.

The LX is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that produces 409 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission. The body-on-frame SUV rides on an all-new GA-F platform that Lexus says is 20 percent more rigid than that of the previous model. Lexus also carved 441 pounds out of the previous LX's platform weight.

2022 Lexus LX The LX is available in five trims, including a new top Premium Luxury model. Lexus

A new Active Height Control (AHC) system and adaptive suspension provide stability and a comfortable ride while retaining the LX's off-road capabilities. AHC allows the driver to select from three ride heights depending on the situation, and a low setting is available for entering and exiting the vehicle. Three wheel sizes are available, and the F Sport trim comes with a Torsen limited-slip differential.

Lexus updated the LX's cabin for 2022 with new infotainment system and a cleaner, more upscale design. A new dual-screen infotainment system is standard. The top 12.3-inch touchscreen handles audio and infotainment duties, while the lower 7.0-inch touchscreen is used for climate controls and related settings. The LX also gets Lexus' new infotainment software, which promises to be more intuitive and simpler than previous systems. Over-the-air updates will bring new features and update existing functionality, while voice controls can command audio, navigation, phone, and other vehicle settings.

2022 Lexus LX Ultra Luxury trim reduces seating capacity to four but makes the LX's cabin seriously plush.Lexus

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