• Confusion Reigns On The Status Of The Lexus LFA Successor

Ok, this is getting ridiculous. A successor to the Lexus LFA has been a heated topic largely because everybody seems to have an opinion on whether Lexus is planning one or not. A few weeks ago, Lexus Executive Vice President Mark Templin told Automotive News that Toyota President Akio Toyota wants to build an LFA for this generation of vehicles.

But now, Yukihiko Yaguchi, the chief engineer of Lexus’ RC F program, told CarAdvice at the launch of the RC F in New York last week that there are no active plans to build a successor to the LFA.

So who do we believe now?

If we’re basing it on hierarchy, Templin’s statement might have more weight to it, and let’s be honest, we want to believe the guy because he’s the one who said that an LFA supercar successor is going to happen!

Is it possible that Yaguchi, whose statements were said via an interpreter, may have been misquoted? I personally don’t know and I’d like to believe that our colleagues at CarAdvice vetted that information before posting it.

Or maybe both guys are actually saying the same thing but with different timetables? Maybe Yaguchi is right by saying that Lexus has no immediate plans, and Templin is also correct that Lexus is planning on building one, just not right now?

Are you confused yet?

Hopefully, we have a clearer answer soon because all this “will they-won’t they” talk is giving me a headache.
Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus LF-A.

Why It Matters

It matters because people are entitled to some answers. It’s not too much to ask, right? I personally can live without a successor to the LFA because Lexus has done a tremendous job building up the RC F Coupe to take its place. It’s not as powerful or as exclusive, but it does look every bit the supercar the LFA once did.

But I won’t mind seeing an actual successor to the LFA, largely because I want to see how Lexus approaches its development. The original LFA took years of testing and development before the cars were sent out. But Lexus made good use of that time frame because the LFA came with a staggering amount of technology.

At the end of the day, I think I speak for everyone else here. What gives, Lexus?

Lexus LF-A

2011 Lexus LF-A
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The Japanese automaker really made quite an impression with the LFA supercar back when it was first unveiled in 2010.

It was only limited to 500 examples and when production ended in 2012, it culminated a two-year run for the supercar that was as surprising as it was remarkable. During its run, the LFA was considered one of the top supercars.

Rightfully so, too, because this veritable beast on wheels came with a 4.8-liter V-10 that delivered 560 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and a peak torque of 354 pound-feet at 6,800 rpm.

As a result of this mammoth output, the LFA could sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 202 mph.

Source: CarAdvice

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