Amazing Night With the RC300h and the LF-NX at Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Stadium
One of the first things you should know about Japan? Well, the power works on the same voltage--but there isn't a ground. So if you have a computer with a three-prong plug, you're screwed. So if you don't want to wind up feeling like a hayseed and spend a night desperate for a two-prong adapter--or pair of pliers to rip out the ground--to charge your stone dead laptop, pick up a handful before you head across the Pacific. They're like .50 at Home Depot.
On Monday, we spent the Day out at Fuji Speedway with the LFA Nürburgring Edition, CCS-R and I SF, which was even cooler than it sounds, but since there's video and images coming, I'll write more on that later. After we left the track, we headed to Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Stadium for the Lexus Tokyo Motor Show welcome event where DJ Towa Tei spun records, there was tons of champagne and enough fantastic finger food to feed a batalion of Sumos. Since I'd already had an amazing--insert expletive here--day, it was appropriate that the party was called Amazing Night. Lexus Executive VP and Managing Officer introduced the giant puppets from "Steps," the first "Amazing in Motion" commercial--it was even more haunting and beautiful projected on to the arena's massive walls--and also let a drone from the second spot, "Swarm," take flight. When it shot up towards the rafters, it looked like CGI. Then the atendees got a chance to check out the cars Lexus will be taking to the Tokyo Motor Show, Then he unveiled the rear wheel drive RC300h--which features a 2.5 four-cylinder hybrid engine--and the razor sharp LF-NX, which will showcase a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine.
The lighting wasn't the greatest, and the lines of the RC300h look muted here, but in person it's a dead sexy car, and while hybrids are all well and good, I can't wait to drive the version with the 3.5 liter V6. Given how well the latest gen sedans drive, the coupe should be a hoot. The angles of the LF-NX actually played well with the shadows, which played up the take-no-prisoners elements of the lines. Stay tuned for more photos of those bad boys from the show floor. Stay tuned!