Toyota applies to trademark Lexus LFR name in Europe

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Less than a week ago, Toyota appealed to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) to reserve the Lexus LFR and LFR names for "automobiles and structural parts thereof," CarBuzz discovered. Starting with the usual disclaimer, we have no way of knowing what this applies to, nor if it applies to anything; Automakers keep reserving names that never make their way to production vehicles. Now for the fun part: tight money says this is for the production version of the Lexus Electrified Sport Concept, successor to the LFA, shown last December. Lexus pulled back the nomenclature curtain and began its Lexus Future (LF) series in 2003 with the LF-S sedan. The A in the LF-A concept that followed two years later was meant to stand for Apex. Our guess is that what's coming is the Lexus Future Revolution. This is, after all, the car that "will destroy the spindle grille."
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Aside from possibly evolving from concept name to LFR if it's called that, the vehicle itself still seems to be in flux. The Electrified Sport has been touted with an electric powertrain powered by solid-state batteries, as it's targeting a range of 435 miles or more and boasting 1,000 horsepower, capable of a 60-mph sprint in just over two seconds. In March, reports from Japan said that a version powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 hybrid would hit the market first, the electric vehicle would not arrive until the end of this decade - a timeline that given that solid state batteries aren't due, makes sense in a Toyota by 2025 and only then in a hybrid. There's no reason to think Lexus wants to do high-tech, high-voltage, high-risk experiments in its Halo car.
In July, another Japanese outlet fleshed out the ICE rumor with rumors that what was then known as the LFA II would fit the endurance racer's 5.0-liter twin-turbo LC 500 V8 and produce around 700 horsepower . Supposedly it would also become the "replacement for the GR010 road going version". The Gazoo Racing GR010 is Toyota's entry into the hypercar class of the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship, powered by a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6. We're still not sure how these two vehicles might line up, as the GR010 needs to be sold in at least 20 street versions within a two-year period to meet class rules, each of which would need to use their V6 powertrain, not the 5.0 - Liter.
And in August, Lexus CEO Koji Sato told Top Gear he was playing with a simulated manual transmission. Supposedly, the software would reduce power from electric motors to mimic an approaching redline, as is done in an internal combustion engine, with the driver unleashing more power by "shifting" what was in reality depressing a fake clutch pedal and moving a fake one shift lever would be. Toyota patented the technology in February this year, but its application to any vehicle, including the LFR, is still conjecture. The must-have feature for Sato is driver engagement, which is achieved through light weight, aerodynamics and chassis control, the Lexus President explains to TG: “We don't just do mobility. We are a car manufacturer. I'm crazy about cars. "

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