Lexus is dropping its hat into the high-performance SUV arena…but only in the Middle Eastern market for now. The Lexus LX 570 Supercharger could become a direct threat to the likes of Land Rover, Cadillac and others should it dare to dip its toes Stateside. Lexus is entering high-performance SUV arena with an LX 570 Supercharger special edition. It will only be offered in the Middle East, which could be a market-testing strategy for the brand.
The Lexus LX has been around since 1996 and is typically considered a simple luxury SUV, nothing to brag about beneath the hood. The standard 2014 Lexus LX packs a 5.7-liter V8 kicking out 383 horses attached to a starting price of $83,000 USD. The LX 570 Supercharger will keep the same engine but kick it up to–you guessed it, 570 horses via a supercharger. The supercharged Lexus LX will have a six-speed automated gearbox.
Precise performance specs for the supercharged Lexus SUV have not been ousted, as of yet, though it will clearly surpass its understated sibling in terms of speed and power. It can be assumed that the cabin will be loaded with extra plush options and amenities. Also expected for this model are xenon headlamps and LED low beams, front and rear parking sensors, special audio system and hopefully a top-notch navigation system.
The market for such aggressive performance SUVs is robust in the Middle East, much more so than it is in the United States. It is unclear if the right amount of money can get one shipped to a U.S. address at this juncture or if that amount would be better invested elsewhere.