Lexus Sends Six Custom Hybrids to SEMA, Plus an Unmodified LFA for Good Measure
Not wanting to be left at home while its more youthful siblings go play in Vegas this week, Lexus is bringing six customized hybrids to SEMA as well as an untouched LFA supercar, which one could convincingly argue needs no modification. Here’s a breakdown of Lexus’s six relentless modifications of “perfection.”
CT200h F-Sport (above): To its new CT200h hybrid, Lexus adds 18-inch wheels and aggressive (for a hybrid) 225/40R18 Pirelli rubber in an attempt to add some style and grip to the hatchback, which we’ve found to be rather un-fun in stock form. Also along for the ride—literally—is an F-Sport adjustable suspension, as well as high-performance brakes with 12.9-inch cross-drilled front rotors.
HS250h by VIP Auto Salon: Wheels, lights, and visor kits are the main highlights of VIP’s take on the dull-as-mud HS250h hybrid sedan. For what it’s worth, it has some pretty sweet ground effects, too, but it’s going to need action-movie special effects to make it desirable in our book.
GS450h by 0–60 Magazine: The guys over at 0–60 Magazine meant business as they set out to maximize the performance of the GS hybrid. Brembo Gran Turismo brakes behind huge Rays wheels, Tein USA Super Racing coil-overs, and a GReddy Performance titanium race exhaust system round out the significant changes. Oh, and you may have also noticed the Custom Carbon five-piece body kit. That kitchen counter–size spoiler is a bit gauche . . . really, it’s a hybrid, after all.
LS600hL by Fox Marketing: Fox Marketing figured out something to do with one of Lexus’s slow-selling, six-figure LS600hL super-hybrids by painting it black and green, smoking the taillamps, and then swapping out the demure front and rear fascias for aggressive interpretations of both. Add-ons include two wings—one above the rear window and one on the decklid. And the wheel wells are crammed with some hot 20-inch wheels painted “candy copper,” which makes them worth checking out based on name alone. Pimp.
LS600hL by VIP Auto Salon: The best part of VIP’s shiny “Macadamia”-colored LS600h is the clearance—or lack thereof—between its tastefully modified bodywork and the 21-inch WALD Mahora M11c machined wheels. Thank the custom air suspension for that sexy show-slam stance. And the VIP/Top Stitch interior looks pretty cush, too.
RX450h by Paul Tolson of EST: Darth Vader himself might consider going green if he could roll in this menacing, wide-body RX450h. As for the rest of us, it’d be a bit much. Still, this RX is a sight to behold, with a smooth-as-glass paint job, 21- x 10-inch front and 21- x 12-inch (!) rear Leon Hardiritt Vertu wheels, and six-piston Rotora RFK brakes with cross-drilled and slotted rotors.
By Steve Siler