• Lexus Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the LFA in a Weird Way

It’s not what you’d expect for a supercar like the LFA

The Lexus LFA is 10 years old. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it? Looking back on the LFA always felt like looking back on a revolutionary supercar that was with us only recently. But reality can sometimes be cruel. Not only is the LFA 10 years old, but it’s been eight years since Lexus stopped production of the supercar.

Obviously, a celebration is in order for the LFA’s one-decade birthday, and Lexus is doing just that by introducing a version of the LFA that we’ve never seen before.

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Here’s the thing you need to know about the Lexus LFA. It wasn’t the most fastest and most powerful supercar of its time, though it did come with a 4.8-liter V-10 engine that produced 533 horsepower at a rip-roaring 8,700 rpm. It was obscenely expensive, too, with a price tag of $375,000. Pound for pound, there were better performance cars than the LFA.

In fact, Lexus only built 500 units of the supercar, and, to this day, you can still buy a brand-new one. Yes, Lexus still hasn’t sold all 500 units — and that’s considering that production ended in 2012.

The LFA showed the world what Lexus was capable of at a time when everyone thought of the company as nothing more than Toyota’s luxury division. The LFA was a showcase piece that caught the industry’s attention because it was one of the most well-balanced supercars of its time.

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I’m not going to judge Lexus for deciding to honor the LFA’s 10th anniversary with a paper version of the supercar that looks a lot like expert-level origami. Origami, after all, is rooted in Japanese culture so I’m in no place to be criticize Lexus. Besides, making origami is fun, and it’s certainly more fun when you’re creating an origami version of the LFA as opposed to a frog or a rose.

The photo gallery included provides the process on how to built the paper Lexus LFA, and instead of using large machines for production, you only need pieces of paper, scissors, glue, and printouts of the templates that you’ll need to build your own paper LFA. There are four color schemes to choose from so at least you can choose what kind of color you want your paper LFA to come in.

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The whole build should take no more than an hour, though that’ll still depend on how good you are in origami. Granted, it’s not technically origami, but certain skills will still be needed to bring your paper LFA to life.

Personally, I wouldn’t think of something like this to celebrate the Lexus LFA’s 10th anniversary. I think the supercar deserves more than this, but, again, I’m not thumbing my nose down on Lexus for taking this route. I’d like to think that it’s a fun build, and as soon as time permits, you better believe that I’m going to make beeline for my printer.

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I don’t have $375,000 to spend on a real-life Lexus LFA, but I do have scissors, glue, and paper. Lots and lots of paper.

Lexus LF-A Specifications
Engine: 4.8-liter turbocharged V-10 engine
Horsepower: 563 horsepower
Torque: 354 pound-feet of torque
0 to 60 mph: 3.6 seconds seconds
Top Speed: 203 mph
Curb Weight: 3,559 pounds (1,614 kilos)
Power-to-weight ratio (US tonne): 316
MSRP Price: $375,000
Used-Car Price (average): $450,000
Kirby Garlitos
Kirby Garlitos
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Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read full bio
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