Lexus RZ F coming? Sport Concept bound for Monterey

Lexus will take a hotted-up version of its new RZ electric SUV to the Monterey car show in California – could it be a hint of a new F-badged halo model?

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Is a new Lexus RZ F electric hero heading for showrooms?

Later this week, Lexus will debut a racey new show car dubbed the RZ Sport Concept, based on the newly launched RZ electric SUV.

It appears to be a style-first concept, however, with the existing RZ 450e's standard 150kW motors on board (one at each axle), and no word of any performance enhancing plugs from the engineering team.

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That more-or-less puts paid to the notion that this concept might hint at a more rapid RZ F hero model, although the company has said it's planning more 'F Sport Performance' variants.

Think of those as the sub-halo BMW M Performance models of the Lexus world. There's already an RX F Sport Performance model, but it's not yet clear if we can expect similar enhancements for the electric RZ.

Are you into the RZ Sport Concept, or is it a bit on the 'boy racer' side..?

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Above: The RZ electric SUV in its regular form. Click the photo for more images.

Media release

Lexus will showcase its newest lineup at Monterey Car Week 2023, highlighting the latest in bold design, electrified powertrains, intuitive technology and Lexus Driving Signature that has come to define the brand.

Monterey Car Week 2023 takes place from Thursday, August 17 through to Sunday, August 20, in Pebble Beach, California; and has become a must-attend event for automotive aficionados.

The Lexus display at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, takes on performance with Lexus highlighting the Lexus RZ Sport Concept and the 2024 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series.

Making its first U.S. appearance, the Lexus RZ Sport Concept is based on the recently launched Lexus RZ 450e battery electric vehicle (BEV). Equipped with high-output 150 kW motors in the front and rear, the concept also features a lower suspension (by 35 mm), 21-inch wheels, custom aero parts and bucket seats front and rear.

In celebrating its 25th year as a sponsor of the Pebble Beach Concours d 'Elegance®1, Lexus will have the all-new 2024 Lexus GX and first-ever 2024 Lexus TX on display at the Pebble Beach Golf Links®1.

The Lexus GX is a genuine off-roader capable of providing new experiences by conquering any terrain, whether it be on or off-road. The Lexus TX is a three-row SUV newly added to the Lexus lineup that, offers high-quality mobility for every passenger, and is a model exclusive to North America.

Adjacent to the Lexus display at Pebble Beach, the Lexus Drive Experience returns from Thursday, August 17 through to Saturday, August 19. Guests have the opportunity to participate in immersive 20-minute drives through the scenic Pebble Beach Resorts community. Vehicles available to drive include the LC 500 Convertible, IS 500, RZ 450e, NX 350h, LX 600 and LS 500h.

Concluding the weekend, Lexus will give back to the local community for the fourth year in a row, supporting the annual Pebble Beach Concours d 'Elegance®1 Charity.


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