Eight Years After Production Ends, the Lexus LFA Still Pulls in More Than $1 Million in Sales
Yeah, you read that right – Lexus sold some of those old LFAs that it had sitting aroundby Robert Moore, on
I know what you’re probably thinking: “How the hell can sales remain steady for a model that hasn’t been produced in almost a decade?” Well, it’s true. In fact, Lexus sold a total of 3 brand-new LFAs in 2019, one more than in 2018 and even with what it sold in 2017. Technically, if you compare 2019 to 2018, it’s a sales increase of 33.3-percent – not bad for a car that hasn’t been produced in eight years, right?
How Many Lexus LFAs Are Available?
Lexus built the LFA from 2010 though 2012 and produced a total of 500 examples. 450 of them were the standard car while 50 of them came with the Nurburgring package that added an extra 10 ponies, a bit of carbon fiber, and some gearbox tweaks. Despite the fact that the Lexus LFA was an awesome car in its own right, Lexus just couldn’t move them all off the lots. In 2017. the company announced that there were 12 of them left. That announcement started a sales boom that saw 3 examples sold in that year, two more in 2018, and three more in 2019. So, at current count, there are still four, brand-new examples of the Lexus LFA sitting in showrooms across the country.
What Was the Lexus LFA?
The Lexus LFA was a two-door sports car that was as stylish as it was powerful. It had a lot of potential but it was also expensive with an MSRP of $375,000, and that was before dealer markups. It came in a time where Lexus had yet to move onto those silly, big grilles, so it looked like a proper sports car and not something that was molested by Spiderman too.
Under the hood sat a 4.8-liter V-10 that was good for 553 horsepower at a high-for-the-time 8,700 rpm and 354 pound-feet of torque. It was admirable power for the time, and was able to push the LFA to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds on the way to an 11.8 second quarter-mile and 202 mph top speed. The only transmission on offer was a six-speed manual which was also great, but at $350,000 you could the same performance or better for much less money.
|Engine Capacity||4,805 cc|
|Horsepower||553 HP @ 8700 RPM|
|Torque||354 LB-FT @ 6800 RPM|
|Transmission||6-speed automated manual|
|0 to 60 mph||3.5 seconds|
|Top Speed||202 mph|
|Quarter mile||11.8 seconds|
When it comes to the Lexus LFA, it was a case of supercar pricing on a sports car. If course, Lexus set out to keep the model limited and it certainly did so – now there are four brand-new models left, something that has to be a record in itself.
For what it’s worth, Lexus is currently mulling over the idea of another supercar (we still hold firm that the LFA was a sports car, at least by modern day expectations) but it’ll be a while before that happens. If you want to learn more about that, you can check out our speculative review of the 2022 Lexus LFA successor to see what we know and think about that.