Lexus LFA: First Look

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  • Competes with: Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Murcielago
  • Looks like: Exactly what a Lexus supercar should look like
  • Drivetrain: 552-hp, 4.8-liter V-10 with six-speed automated sequential gearbox
  • Hits dealerships: Only 20 a month will be produced, starting December 2010

Lexus had been showing a concept LF-A for years on the auto-show circuit, however, enthusiasts and journalists alike thought it would likely never materialize as a real car. This automotive specter is now real, but it’ll be as elusive for most people as any other phantom. Not only does a $375,000 price tag make the LFA unlikely to make it to your local Lexus dealer, but the company will only produce 500 examples of it over two years.

Will the rare gem be worth it for the Hollywood elite, Middle Eastern oil barons and Russian businessmen who will undoubtedly be “invited” to buy one? All indications point to yes.

The LFA is mid-engined with rear-wheel drive and has a V-10 producing 552 horsepower with a top speed of 202 mph. Its zero to 62 mph time is 3.7 seconds, making it one of the fastest production cars in the world.

The handmade interior looks high-tech, upscale and features an aeronautical themed gauge cluster that we imagine would make the driving experience feel even more like flying. The chassis and much of the body is made of carbon fiber to make it lighter and more aerodynamic.

While the LFA may never be a mass-seller, we hope that its style, interior design and performance chops filter down to the rest of the somewhat sedate Lexus lineup.

By David Thomas | October 21, 2009 | Comments (18)

Comments 

AG

Check out the official site.

H

It's LFA BTW, not LF-A. The LF-A was the concept.

What style? This thing has the technical stuff down but the only style it has is that of a kit car. Compare this to Ferrari's, Lamborghini's, other exotics and it just doesn't have that WOW factor.

Stellar

Compared to the rest of the Toyota/Lexus lineup this car has tons of WOW.

Mike

Maybe some of this stuff could make way for a new Toyota Supra

H
Fixed the - issue. Thanks for the catch.

Tony

It's NOT mid engined. It's FR.

sarahsmile90

Hefty price tag...

scott

Pretty lame, Milhouse...

Coz

Super car + Lexus quality = Huge hit.

Lexus won't have a problem moving every single one they build regardless of price.

James

WAY too overpriced

consider you can get a Ferrari or Lambo plus an M3 as daily driver with left of cash to have a really nice vacation

J

Welcome back, Supra!

I agree with the comments over here, this car is awesome and hot but it is way overpriced. With the money this car is worth you can buy much better cars than this one... although I would love to put my hands on one of these just to try it!! I like Lexus cars the most.

ermatthe

how exactly do 3 tail pipes hook into a v10 engine?

Wow that is one sexy car. Lexus is definatly out done themselves.

Without a doubt, this is the most spectacular automobile ever built if you bother to follow what and how went into making it. I think it is time for the critics to swallow their pride and predudices and give credit where it is due! This vehicle is a true masterpiece.

Thats crazy. a Ferrari would be much cheaper and higher social status

exchangemart

Amazing pics -What a car! We LOVE the new Lexus, here is our review of it http://bit.ly/4tqQpk Only thing bad to say really is there is a lack of luggage space, but with a supercar I suppose you have to expect that. Not one for the supermarket run!

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