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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lexus presented a new commercial for their brand new LF-A supercar . The commercial shows a dyno of the Lexus in about as clean of an environment as can be had. The test is done in a room that is completely white. It’s reminiscent of a laboratory. So, what happens when Lexus tunes the 552 HP V10 engine of the LFA with the precision of a musical instrument? Check out the video and find out!
As a reminder, the Lexus LF-A is powered by a 4.8 liter V10 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.
When it comes to Monaco, there are only a certain number of cars that you can say fit in with the high-brow and elite stature of the city-state. No offense to these fellows, but Honda Civics and Mitsubishi Lancers aren’t exactly the type of cars residents of Monaco prefer to drive.
One car that definitely has a place in Monaco is the Lexus LF-A and it was present in full bloom at the 2010 Top Marques Monaco event. The folks over at GT-Spirit were even able to take the car out for a quick spin and even took the time to shoot this video of the supercar as it was being unloaded out of its trailer. Thanks to the enclosed space of the trailer, the sound of the LF-A’s monster V10 engine gets even louder.
If that revving engine doesn’t give you the chill bumps, we certainly don’t know what will.
For the longest time, the Nissan GT-R has held the mantle of ’Asia’s baddest sports car’ only to have a few pretenders come knocking and challenging it for its throne. Whereas most have failed in doing so, one car has arrived that is poised to take the title off of the GT-R. That, of course, is the Lexus LF-A . It’s Godzilla versus Mothra all over again in an all-Japan free for all!
Fortunately, Motor Trend managed to pit these two Japanese titans against each other in a friendly little quarter-mile sprint to the finish line. Despite the large disparity in price tags - the LF-A sells for $400,000 while the GT-R comes at about 1/5th of the price at around $85,000 - the race should be a little more competitive than what the pricing suggests, especially since both cars come with their own decidedly unique advantages.
Check out how the race unfolds and since we’re not keen on giving away spoilers, we’ll settle for a little teaser instead: