Lexus Brings Impressive Performance Lineup to L.A. Auto Show

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Lexus shows off some impressive machinery both old (LFA) and new (LC), along with a few modified rides in Los Angeles.

Ask anyone what they think of when they think of Lexus, and you’ll get a variety of responses. Most of them will consist of words like reliable, luxurious, and well-built. And that’s no surprise, really, because Lexus has forged that reputation over many years. But these days, the automaker also wants you to know that their brand is also synonymous with performance and excitement. And that fact was on clear display at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

We know this because we at Club Lexus were there to scope out what the automaker had up its sleeve. And more specifically, on display. As you’ll see, we certainly weren’t disappointed. Kicking things off was the always lovely LFA, a car we never get tired of looking at. And neither does anyone else, apparently, because this 6+ year old model still draws a crowd everywhere it goes.

Club Lexus at L.A. Auto Show

The LFA segmented a very cool display demonstrating what’s possible in terms of customizing modern Lexus vehicles. Thus, the unmodified LFA was flanked by a pair of slammed rides – a new LS sedan and UX crossover.

The UX “Special Edition” was easily the most unique ride of the bunch. It’s undergone a complete makeover, from the one-off wrap job to the Vossen VFS-1 wheels and even a catback exhaust. Apexi dampers give it a great stance and better handling, and an NIA front lip and bike roof rack look incredibly cool on the little ‘ute.

Club Lexus at L.A. Auto Show

A second, separate display contained stock Lexus vehicles, but wasn’t at all disappointing. Not when you’ve got one of the most beautiful rides on the planet, the LC coupe on display. Nearby was another all-new ride, the completely redesigned ES sedan.

Club Lexus at L.A. Auto Show

Overall, an impressive display from an automaker looking to expand its image. And we’re betting they changed at least a few people’s perceptions in L.A.!

Photos for Club Lexus by D.M. Ciminelli

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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