It came as no surprise when the BBC’s acclaimed automotive crew at Top Gear got behind the wheel of the all new Lexus LF-A super car. Spending over 9 years on the drawing board, the LF-A is virtually an engineer’s wet dream with a body painstakingly crafted from carbon fiber and the bark of an F1 car, however it still wears a Lexus badge, a fact that Richard Hammond had quite a hard time getting over.
Powered by a purpose built 4.8 Liter V10 that is the size of a V8 and weighs about as much as a V6, the 560 HP LF-A can rocket from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 202 MPH. The super car’s interior is filled with trick items like a single large diameter digital gauge and carbon fiber steering wheel as well as a lightweight stereo system that is guaranteed to make any of the 500 lucky owners able to plop down nearly half a Million dollars for one fell like a kid in a candy store.
In an effort to gain more mainstream exposure for the LF-A , Lexus has released the first commercial of the new supercar. In a nutshell, the ad highlights the engineering and racing exploits of the LF-A, a car that the company has described as a car for "emotional sports".
The voice-over is in Japanese so we couldn’t quite figure out what he was saying. Nevertheless, the photos and the video clips pretty much summed up what the commercial is trying to relay.
Needless to say, the commercial’s treatment was pretty impressive and one particular - the one where the LF-A was taking a hot lap at the Fuji Racing Speedway with Mt. Fuji in the backdrop - was equally top-notch, at least as far as were concerned.
The Japanese automaker Lexus has just released a new video staring their latest object of desire, the LF-A doing what it does best on the race track. The super car’s 552 HP V10 power plant creates one unmistakable exhaust note and has been fine tuned to create an unmistakeable soundtrack that is all to reminiscent of a Grand Prix weekend. From a rumble at idle to a scream at the rev limiter, Toyota’s acoustic team studied the noise made by a Formula 1 car at maximum revs, then applied detailed design features to create an exhaust note for the LF-A that is unlike any other car on the road, enhancing the super car’s sensation of speed.
Lexus has announced that there will only be 150 examples of their LF-A super car to be sold here in the U.S. So you can imagine how much of a sight it would be to run across one in the flesh. However the Japanese automaker was making things a little easier when they brought the brand new 500+ HP purpose built luxury speed machine to Cars and Coffee, a Saturday morning gathering in Irvine, California where hundreds of automotive enthusiasts congregate to kick tires and have a cup of their favorite brew. When the matte black LF-A showed up it acted like a super magnet attracting almost everyone in attendance.
The 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.
Check out the super secret spy video after the jump.
Lexus will only make 500 units of the LF-A, making it a rat race for anybody who’s interested in the highly-anticipated supercar’s release on January 11, 2010.
And if you’re living in North America, you’re going to have to act faster because only 150 units will come your way. Even worse for the Canadians is the fact that only 10 will be offered to the Great White North.
The number was confirmed by Lexus shortly after the company announced that the cars can be had through a lease program. Not that we’d think you’d have enough money to buy the LF-A straight up, but let’s be real; you won’t find that many people with around $400,000 – the cars expected price tag - lying around in your room.
What makes the LF-A so special – apart from the obvious top-notch performance package – is that each of the 500 cars will be customized uniquely depending on the tastes of the customer, including the type of interior stitching they’d want for their LF-As. Consequently, each of the 500 LFAs that are going to be made won’t be completed until a customer’s order has been completed.
As you may already know, the Lexus LF-A is Toyota’s all new purpose built super car with a planned production run of only 500 units, each priced at around $375,000. The LF-A is powered by a 4.8 liter V10 that delivers a maximum output of 560 HP at an astonishing 9,000 RPM and is able to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 202 MPH. Luckily enough the folks at Mobil 1 managed to snag one of the Japanese automaker’s representatives to do a brief walk around at this year’s SEMA Show. Although this is the same blonde guy who was telling us about the car’s front mount intercooler he did manage to do a decent job describing the LF-A , however if you want to see a bit more professional recanting then check out racing driver Justin Bell’s recap of the new super car from Jay Leno’s garage.
The new Lexus LF-A is fast becoming a household name in the auto circle lately. After being unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, the oh-so desirable supercar has been making quite an impression on a lot of people and has even done the rounds on a number of car gatherings lately, including the
Cars & Coffee event in Irvine, California over the weekend.
The same matte black LF-A that people saw at the event proceeded to make an appearance at Jay Leno’s webisode, ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’. In the clip, Justin Bell, a former LeMans champ and the racing coach of the Jay Leno Show, went out onto the California Speedway with the LF-A in tow. After getting some prep time from fellow racer Scott Pruett, Bell gets behind the wheel of the LF-A to do some hot laps of his own.
In an effort to douse the growing fear that the Lexus LF-A ’s price tag would be too much to spare, Lexus has decided that they will lease the cars to prospective owners and not sell them outright. According to Automotive News, Lexus will be offering two year leases of the LFA to interested parties at a fixed price and, after the two-year period expires, will give these people the chance to buy the car outright.
This development should come as a welcome relief to those interested in getting one of the 500 LF-As Lexus is set to build. This allows people the opportunity to go home with one of the most sought-after supercars in the world without having to pay the full price tag for the privilege. In the event that they’d want to let go of it after two years, they won’t have to pay for the outstanding balance of the car. But if they want to keep the LF-A in their garage, they would only need to pay the remaining balance.
Ever since the car was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, the buzz surrounding the car has grown exponentially with more and more people salivating at the thought of owning a limited edition model. But while the price tag has yet to be released, people are still expecting the LF-A to come with a six-digit price tag, which, given the signs of the times, might be too much for their wallets to bear.
Lexus’ decision to lease the LFAs instead of selling them outright allows people to enjoy the car’s glorious 552 horsepower without having to sell all their appendages in the black market.
For all the raves the praises the Lexus LF-A has received since it was launched, it looks like Toyota isn’t optimistic about the sales of its new supercar, even saying that it would take a miracle for them to break even.
According to the company, the €375,000 price tag for each of the 500 LF-A’s that were produced wouldn’t be enough to offset the insanely expensive costs – including a plethora of technological features - the company incurred from the development and construction of the supercar.
For all intents and purposes, the materials used on the LF-A have never been used before. Of all the materials used in the car, only five can be found in the rest of the Toyota and Lexus fleet of cars. Toyota even used a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic for the LF-A’s chassis construction and body panels, as well as a powerful 552 bhp 4.8-liter V10 engine. It’s not exactly a typical car, is it?
Despite the expected losses Toyota is expected to sustain, the company made it clear that the primary objective for the creation of the LF-A was to jumpstart interest in the brand and use the supercar as the precursor for Toyota’s mission of producing better vehicles in the future.
So for now, despite the overwhelmingly positive reaction for the Lexus LF-A, Toyota has resigned itself to the growing possibility of not making a profit with the car. Nevertheless, Toyota is optimistic that the technology behind the LF-A will become the measuring stick for which all other Toyota and Lexus vehicles will be based from.
When Lexus unveiled their new super car, the LF-A , at the Tokyo Motor Show last week, it did so with a replica sitting a few meters away from the original super car. And while replicas have become a common sight in auto shows, this particular sculpture of the LF-A is worth mentioning because it was made completely from ice.
The you-have-to-see-to-believe sculpture was the handiwork of renowned Japanese architect Scu Fujimoto and was created out of transparent acrylic boards, which was then polished to give it that ‘cold and icy’ look.
If pictures of the car don’t do justice to the intricate details Fujimoto painstakingly went through to create this sculpture, then we don’t know what else to say. The similarities between the real LF-A and the sculpture is remarkably uncanny and what’s even more mind-boggling is the fact that the
LF-A’s interior – and all the details that come with it – was also created in the sculpture version, down to the smallest of details.
Take our word for it; ‘amazing’ is an understatement.