Lexus is preparing an electric supercar: 700 km on a single charge and two seconds to 100 km/h
Get kids, oilmen, bureaucrats, and children of bureaucrats away from the screens: Lexus will completely abandon internal combustion engines and become a purely electric brand. True, this will happen only in 2035. Although by 2030 all models with internal combustion engines will be removed from the most advanced markets: the USA, Europe and China.
But the supercar will again appear in the lineup. It was shown at Toyota’s big presentation in Tokyo and was named as the successor to the LFA model. Although this is a concept car and does not even have its own name, only a silver model and a few computer videos were shown to the world. Toyota said the development will build on lessons learned from the LFA model and that the electric supercar will likely have solid fuel batteries that are not afraid of overheating. The promised acceleration time to hundreds is just over two seconds, and the power reserve will approach 700 km.
It’s a big statement, even though Rimac electric vehicles are capable of accelerating this way now, not in 2030. Yes, and Tesla promises that the second-generation roadster will be able to approach the result not twice, but twice the second to “hundreds". However, remember that the original Lexus LFA was not built for acceleration records, but as the quintessential spirit of vintage motorsport: a track masterpiece with front engine, naturally aspirated V10, rear wheel drive and driving style. Akio Toyoda promised that he would keep the "secret sauce" for the electric heir.
Judging by the appearance, it will be something in the spirit of retro-futurism, because the profile and layout of the electric car looks not only classic, but also hyper-classic – especially Lexus remembers not LFA, not Supra or Toyota 2000 GT, but Wiesmann cars.
By the way, keep in mind that it does not have a signature pin or an hourglass grill. An important key to future style transformation. Although the other three electric Lexus presented in Tokyo have a radiator grill, albeit in a significantly modified form.
The most serial electric car is the Lexus RZ. From the very beginning, it did not present any surprises, being in fact a redesigned version of the Toyota bZ4X electric crossover, but now the design has been almost completely declassified, and the name of the production version has been made public: RZ 450e.
Of course, after the five-seater crossover, there will also be a large seven-seater electric Lexus, which was also shown at the presentation in Tokyo as the Lexus Electrified electric SUV. But the compact electric sedan came as a surprise. First, it has a very unusual silhouette and design that makes it look more like an electric supercar than an RZ crossover. Secondly, its introduction means that the IS family will have a completely new successor in the genre of small sedans with a sporty character. And thirdly, in one of the photos of the company (it is in the headline of this news), along with a four-door electric car, you can see a convertible with the same front design and a five-door version that can be mistaken for a sports station wagon. That is, Lexus will again have a service version, as in the early 2000s,
As a result, after the presentation in Tokyo, it became clear that within the Toyota company, Lexus was entrusted with a pioneering mission of full electrification, while the "mother" brand itself from the same until 2030 will support a number of models in which only about 35% "electric trains". Although in absolute terms, these are still impressive numbers: 3.5 million electric Toyotas and 1 million electric Lexus. With the exception of hybrids, which will be operated in nine years. It is worth noting that Lexus sold 718,000 vehicles worldwide in 2020.