Lexus LF-A

Lexus LF-A

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Take a step back from the SLS AMG and take a look at the old SLR McLaren . It was more of a cruiser than an all-out performance vehicle, but it was pretty good nonetheless. Pretty good, as it turned out, wasn’t good enough.

Mercedes and McLaren took the SLR back to the garage and put their engineers to work and out popped the SLR 722. Taking a fast car and making it faster is the German way and they are at it again with their latest model. Unlike before though, the new SLS AMG GT3 isn’t road legal. This thing is a pure adrenaline pumping race machine.

We liked the basic SLS more than most performance vehicles on the market, including the Lexus LFA , so we should like this new version even more. Sadly, we have no idea how it drives because we aren’t racing drivers, even though we like to think we are sometimes. That’s not going to stop us though, as we take a look at the SLS GT3 and the LFA.

Hit the jump to find out.

When the Lexus LF-A finally made its way out on the streets, it was inevitable that the supercar would likewise find itself in a race track sometime in the future.

Well, according to Motor Trend, the future, apparently, is now.

Reports are coming in regarding Toyota’s intention of bringing the Lexus LF-A to the FIA GT1 championship series where it is looking at taking on its Japanese arch-rival, the Nissan GT-R .

Despite talks for its entry into the GT1 series, the LF-A isn’t exactly a racing neophyte after participating at the Nurburgring 24-Hour Race in the past two years and even winning the SP8 class’ race this year. With enough racing development and experience under its belt, Toyota is becoming more and more confident that their new Lexus -branded supercar is ready to move into a more competitive racing series, one in which Godzilla has been running roughshod over recently.

The thought of watching these two Japanese heavyweights duking it out for GT1 supremacy is already getting us completely amped up. Let’s all hope that all this talk leads to a race-track smackdown between the two supercars.

Source: Motor Trend
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Lexus LF-A

When Lexus brought out their famedLF-A supercar last year it came with a big but; customers in the U.S. would only be allowed to lease the supercar on a two year contractual lease plan. What’s more, the total amount ($300,000) had to be paid upfront as part of Lexus’ 1Pay Lease Program. This was done so Lexus could ensure no one could purchase Toyota ’s ultimate hypercar and resell it for a profit within that two year lease period. A big ouch for those wealthy opportunists.

Now, since that idea is pretty much ridiculous and controlling, Lexus US has changed the terms of the sale. They will now sell the car, but only after a contract has been signed by the buyer which stipulates that the dealer has the first right of refusal to buy back the LF-A if it is within the two year period. Still ridiculous and controlling, but a decent business move.

And just in case people try to outsmart Lexus and sell the car without the dealer’s knowledge, you better be quick to read the fine print. If this was the case and the customer got caught, the dealer has the right to be compensated for the difference between what the buyer originally paid for the car and what he sold it for. Oh, and, they also get legal fees. Have we said, "Ouch" in this article yet?

Now if only we can get those big banks and credit card companies to sign a deal similar to the one Lexus has drawn up, then maybe they wouldn’t be making a killing while the little people who have kept them in business suffer. We’re just saying...

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Japan and Germany have always been completely different in the automotive world. Actually, besides World War II, they are usually opposites on most things. One is a conservative nation that can be a bit boring, while the other is a nation of electronics, weird game shows, and amazing, yet crazy food.

The German automotive industry is one the best in the world. Mercedes-Benz , BMW , Volkswagen and the many others have been making some of the best cars on the market. They are safe, reliable, and perfectly engineered. Nothing says quality like a German luxury car brand.

Japan on the other hand, tends to be less wild than their culture. Toyota , Honda , Mazda , Mitsubishi , and Subaru aren’t perfectly engineered machines, but they are as reliable as the wind. There prices are cheaper and appeal to a greater mass of people than the Germans do.

Both of these automotive nations aren’t what you would call, supercar manufacturers. We usually look to the Italians for that sort of thing, but that hasn’t stopped these two from trying. Honda created the NSX , which flopped and Mercedes gave us the great SLR McLaren , but that didn’t sell well either.

Now, Mercedes has decided to give it another go and Toyota has decided to follow suit. One has gullwing doors and a design from the 1950s. Of course, we are talking about the Mercedes SLS AMG . On the other side, we have the Lexus LFA , a car packed with so much technology it can shatter a wine glass.

So, which is the better buy? Hit the jump to find out.

People who have been waiting for Toyota to release a roadster version of the Lexus LF-A supercar should temper their expectations because the company has made it clear that the Lexus LF-A Roadster won’t be released now or anytime soon.

Pity, considering the LF-A is one of those supercars that people can’t seem to get enough of with the supercar’s initial 500-piece release getting scooped up in a matter of weeks. Despite being shown as a concept a number of years ago with favorable responses indicating a massive amount of interest from the public, the LF-A Roadster is still a few years – if it ever makes it that far – from seeing the light of the production line. For now, the Toyota-owned company will instead turn their attention towards further developing their already sizzling supercar, the coupe LF-A and the special edition Nurburgring Edition .

The Lexus LF-A is powered by a 4.8 liter V10 engine that delivers a maximum output of 560 HP at 9,000 RPM and a peak torque of 354 lb-ft at 6,800 RPM, with 90% of the total torque being available between the 3,700 RPM mark and the super car’s 9,000 RPM red line. As a result of such a road torque curve, the LF-A can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.7 seconds and won’t stop until it reaches a top speed of 202 MPH.

Source: Autoblog.it

In its latest episode Fifth Gear put its hands on the brand new Lexus LF-A supercar. Behind the wheel was who other than Tiff Needell who seemed to really enjoy what he was doing! But we can’t really blame him, can we?

Lexus LF-A supercar is powered by a 4.8 liter V10 engine that delivers a maximum output of 560 HP at 9,000 RPM and a peak torque of 354 lb-ft at 6,800 RPM, with 90% of the total torque being available between the 3,700 RPM mark and the super car’s 9,000 RPM red line. As a result of such a road torque curve, the LF-A can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.7 seconds and won’t stop until it reaches a top speed of 202 MPH.

Check out Tiff Needell’s full review of the Lexus LF-A in the two videos provided and let us know your impressions of the car.

One more video after the jump.

Today is a black day for Toyota! A Lexus LF-a Nurburgring Edition test drive ended up in tragedy. The supercar crashed a few kilometers from the Nurburgring test track, killing the driver. While previous rumors did not reveal the identity of the driver, they did report that it was a 67 year-old man. Now a German magazine reports that the driver was indeed Hiromu Naruse, Toyota’s chief test driver.

The other car involved in the accident was a BMW 3-Series sedan . Both the driver and the passengers are in serious condition at the hospital.

The first details of the accident stated that Naruse was taking the turn at a high rate of speed and crossed into the opposing lane, but the police are still investigating.

As a fatal premonition, Naruse said on May 26: "When we raced the LFA in Nardo, Italy, I thought I might not return to Japan alive. The purpose of this ‘test’ was to evaluate the car’s durability at 200 mph for a long period. The race was in the dark with no lights on the track, plus there were birds flying at me – and imagine if a tire burst! We created the final LFA through these kinds of test experiences."

Our thoughts are with the friends and families of the people involved in this terrible tragedy.

Video after the jump.

The Lexus "Pursuit of Perfection" ad that was released about a week ago was probably one of the coolest car commercials we’ve seen in quite a while. Naturally, an ad as awesome as that needs to have some sort of behind-the-scenes footage to explain just how the whole commercial was made from scratch.

Fret no more, folks. Lexus has finally given us what we’ve been clamoring for. In this three-and-half-minute video, we get an inside look at how the whole spot came to be, including interviews with a number of people that were directly involved in the making of the commercial. Among them include, Angella Johnson, a technical advisor and physicist from USC’s Physics Division and race car driver Scott Pruett, both of whom explained how the Lexus LF-A was able to break those crystal glasses, even if it seems that they didn’t cover all the bases with their explanations.

Nonetheless, it does give us a somewhat clearer picture as to how the commercial was created and, at the very least, should be able to quell some questions as to how those glasses shattered.

Video after the jump

A few days ago we reported that the Lexus LF-A supercar was sold out , however, according to Inside Line, the US market still has a few units that are available for lease. Considering the U.S. only received 150 units, we have to wonder how many "a few" is.

The LF-A is available on a 24-month non-transferable lease, with an option to purchase at lease end. In a previous statement Toyota said: "customer response has exceeded the number of available cars it is possible that not all customers who expressed interest will have an opportunity to order." But in a recent interview with Inside Line, the company said "As a result of additional allocation being dedicated to the U.S. market, some production spots still remain for the LF-A supercar’s 500-unit global build. Prospective buyers may register their inquiries directly with any Lexus dealer or call (866) LFA-4794 or (866) 532-4794."

This coincides with Lexus’ original plan that came out last year to lease some of the LF-As. Of course, at that point Lexus’ fear was more towards not being able to sell the supercar due to its hefty price tag and the failing economy. Their intuitions proved to be about 180 degrees in the wrong direction. Now, so many people want the luxury supercar that Lexus doesn’t seem to have enough. We have a feeling the Lexus LF-A will only be leased once and then purchased by the prospective owner without a second thought.

Source: Inside Line

Back in January we reported that all the Lexus LF-A units allocated for the Japanese market were already sold out and today we bring more of the same news for the people of the world. Automotive News reports that Lexus has received payments for all the 500 units, worldwide. However, Lexus did not reveal details of the orders by region, but they say that a third of the orders from Europe were placed in Germany. No surprise here considering the Nurburgring race track is so very near, right?

So, why are customers so impressed with the LF-A? According to details offered by the company, the future LF-A owner was looking for "a different car that exudes performance and prestige without being flashy or overwrought. Europeans also appreciate the doting customer service offered by Lexus , a refreshing contrast to the haughty elitism of rival brands." Even more, the Lexus LF-A is so unique in the eyes of the prospective buyers that one man, who just so happens to be a prospective buyer and a mechanical engineer, compared owning this supercar to owning a rare, ultra-expensive mechanical wristwatch. We can’t say we think it’s the same thing, but maybe he has some serious wristwatches on hand.

We guess the "perfect pitch" commercial released by Lexus wasn’t needed to sell out the supercar after all. Too bad; it’s a pretty cool commercial that will surely make people wish Lexus was making a few more of the babies.

Refresher: The $375,000 sports cars is powered by a a 4.8-liter V10 engine that generates 552 hp at 8,700 rpm and 354 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 6,800 rpm. The engine is mated to a unique six-speed Automated Sequential Gearbox (ASG) with paddle shifters.


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