Lexus Testing 2-Liter Turbo RC and LFA Code-X at Nurburgring

Lexus Testing 2-Liter Turbo RC and LFA Code-X at Nurburgring 1 photo
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No, we're not talking about something that will hit the dealerships near you, but a couple of brand new race cars destined to hit the track later in 2015.
As you all know, Toyota are big on reliability and the upcoming 24-hour Nurburgring race is a great place to test out the first ever 2-liter turbo offered by the Lexus premium brand.

The unit has already made its debut in the NX compact SUV, the NX 200t to be more precise. But rumor has it that GS 200t and RC 200t models will also be put into production later in 2015.

On road cars, The new 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged engine produces 235 hp (175 kW) and 340 Nm (258 lb-ft). It features the world’s first combination of a cylinder head with an integrated water-cooled exhaust manifold and a twin scroll turbocharger.

This combination and other new technologies such as a turbo-specific D-4ST fuel injection technology (the same as on the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ) and continuous variable valve timing with expanded valve opening angles (VVT-iW) ensures good fuel efficiency, the company claimed.

Fuel economy is of course also important on a race track, where fuel stops in the pit lane can make a huge difference. As for the LFA, this Japanese supercar seems to be enjoying retirement a lot. The LFA Code-X is a wide-bodied version of the road car with side-exit exhaust letting the V10 engine breathe. It should be one of the fastest cars in its class when this year's Nurburgring endurance race kicks off in May. Check it out together with the RC racecar for the SP3T.

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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