The wine red Lexus ES has a miniature cellar in the trunk for storing a bottle of vino.
Update: Live shots from SEMA have been added to the gallery below.
The SEMA show is all about vehicle customization, and Lexus arrives at the event this year with a variety of vehicles that blend the brand's trademark luxury with a dash of something extra.
Lexus sends an RC 350 F Sport from Miami to Los Angeles and lets various tuners tweak the coupe along the way. It receives Apexi dampers and cat-back exhaust, Vossen wheels, and an NIA Auto Design lip kit. A roof rack allows for carrying a greener ride cross country.
A Lexus ES 350 F Sport becomes a wine barrel on wheels. A deep shade of red paint on the body evokes someone holding a glass of cabernet sauvignon up to a light. The vino hides in the trunk where there's a wine bottle holder, refrigerator, and a place to secure glassware. Reclaimed oak barrels cover the rear cargo area, too.
A Lexus LS F Sport gets an even sportier appearance at SEMA. It wears a subtly aggressive body kit from Artisan Spirit and a set of 22-inch Work wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport tires. Performance gets a slight increase from a set of Brembo brakes that are 15.9 inches up front with six-piston calipers and 15-inches at the rear with four-piston stoppers.
Among these vehicles, the brand's new Lexus UX 250h gets some touches from the LFA supercar, but the company doesn't release photos of it yet. The little SUV has a blue wrap and 20-inch Vossen wheels. The really special part is the roof rack that holds a Lexus F Sport bicycle that uses the same carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer as the LFA. These bikes were introduced in 2013 with a selling price equivalent to $10,060 at the time.
EMBARGOED UNTIL MONDAY OCT. 29TH, 2018 at 10:00 AM EST/7:00 AM PST LEXUS MEDIA GUIDE FOR THE 2018 SEMA SHOW
Lexus is using this year’s 2018 SEMA Show to showcase customized versions of the new ES sedan and the soon- to-be-on-sale 2019 UX crossover and 2019 RC Coupe. All three custom builds will be on display along with the latest LC 500 Inspiration Series concept and a customized LS sedan. Also on display will be a Laguna Seca GS F pace car and a RC F GT3 racing simulator. The custom builds will be on display in the Lexus area in Central Hall booth #21601 while the pace car and the racing simulator will be in the North Hall Lobby booth #11001.
This year’s featured vehicles for the 2018 show include:
2019 RC 350 F SPORT Cross Country Custom
Custom 2019 UX 250h
Custom 2019 ES 350 F SPORT
Custom 2019 LS 500 F SPORT
LC 500 Inspiration Series concept
Editors: Images of the SEMA vehicles plus Lexus product information and images are available online via our
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Vehicles are special project cars, modified with non-genuine Lexus parts and accessories. Modification with these non-genuine Lexus parts or accessories may void the Lexus warranty, may negatively impact vehicle performance and safety, and may not be street legal.
Vossen Hybrid Forged HF-1 wheels in Gloss Black (20x9F, 20x10.5R)
Nitto NT 555 G2 tires (235/35/20F, 275/30/20R)
RS-R USA down springs
Apexi N1-X Evolution Extreme Muffler
Race Sport Rock Light
Avery Satin Rushing Riptide wrap
Custom 2019 Lexus UX 250h
Display Location: Lexus, #21601, Central Hall
This custom UX 250h is transformed on the outside by an Oracal vehicle wrap in a striking new color. There’s also a custom roof rack that holds a Lexus F SPORT Carbon Fiber Road Bicycle. It was created to mark the completion of the Lexus LFA supercar production run, and like the LFA, the Lexus F SPORT bicycle was also assembled by Takumi technicians and features the same CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) used in the body of the Lexus supercar
NIA Auto Design ABS Lip Kit
Vossen VFS-1 wheels and Nitto Invo tires
Apexi N1 EXV Damper Suspension
Apexi N1-X Full Catback Exhaust System
Inno Base Rack System with slim fork lock bike system
2019 Lexus RC 350 F SPORT Cross Country Custom Display Location: Lexus, #21601, Central Hall
Newly updated for 2019, the latest Lexus RC 350 features revised styling and an updated interior. To mark the coupe’s debut, the RC 350 F SPORT Cross Country embarked on a customization road trip that started in Miami and will end in Los Angeles. Its stop at the SEMA Show will showcase modifications it received in Miami as well as stops in Atlanta and Austin. It will receive one final round of upgrades before its final reveal at the 2018 L.A. Auto Show in November.
Signature Metallic Red paint
Artisan Spirit aero kit
RAYS Engineering Avventura Stratagia 20” x 8” wheels
Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires
Custom oak flooring and frames
Wine glass holder
Wine bottle holder
Refinished Oak barrel accents
Custom 2018 LS F SPORT
Display Location: Lexus, #21601, Central Hall
This customized LS 500 F SPORT gets it unique look from a full custom wrap complimented by a set of black 22” WORK wheels. An extensive aero kit by Artisan Spirit further intensifies the overall look along with a performance Brembo brake kit.
Avery Denison custom wrap in Gloss Dark Grey
Artisan Spirit aero kit
22” WORK wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport tires
Brembo brake kit (6 piston front, 4 piston rear, slotted rotors, 15.9” F, 15.0” R)
Custom 2019 Lexus ES 350 F SPORT Display Location: Lexus, #21601, Central Hall
This tastefully updated ES 350 features a custom shade of red exterior paint, 20-inch RAYS wheels and an Artisan Spirit body kit. It’s most unique features are in the trunk which houses a wine refrigerator, custom oak flooring and racks for wine bottles and glasses
Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series concept Display Location: Lexus, #21601, Central Hall
The second vehicle in Lexus’ Inspiration Series features Flare Yellow exterior paint and a unique set of black 21” forged alloy wheels. Their dark color contrasts with the vibrant yellow paint to give this LC an unmistakable look from any distance. A carbon fiber roof and an active rear spoiler round out the eye-catching elements of this striking coupe.
The interior of the LC Inspiration Series also gets several unique design elements. Bespoke Yellow door inserts made of Alcantara connect the exterior to the cabin while the touring seats feature
semi-aniline leather with contrasting stitching. That same stitching is also used on the instrument panel, console and glovebox to give the entire cabin a one-of-a-kind look.
The LC Inspiration Series concept is driven by a 471-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8 that sends its power to the rear wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission. It’s capable of delivering a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds.
Flare Yellow paint
21” black forged alloy wheels
Bespoke white interior
Yellow Alcantara door trim
Carbon fiber roof
Lexus' passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 238 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With five models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers six F SPORT models and two F performance models.
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