Lexus Has No Plans For LF-A Successor Anytime Soon
Just as Acura and Ford get back into the supercar realm with the NSX and GT, respectively, don’t expect to see Lexus reviving its supercar program anytime soon. In an interview with Automotive News last month, Mark Templin, executive vice president of Lexus International, confirmed that there are currently no plans for anything in the Lexus lineup to follow in the footsteps of the LF-A.
While ruling out a high-powered, high-priced supercar like the LF-A, Lexus isn’t going to give up on a future performance halo vehicles, as Templin was quoted as saying "I think you will see us do some incredible things in the future, but probably not a $375,000 supercar anytime soon." In the meantime, Lexus seems content churning out higher-volume performance vehicles and continuing to grow its F performance brand. No complaints here!
During the Detroit Auto Show, the Lexus exec did say that the LF-A was never designed to be as expensive as it ended up being, but as building materials changed from steel to aluminum and finally to carbon fiber, the cost increased accordingly. In the end, the LF-A was an important vehicle for Lexus in that it proved to be a test bed for more attainable performance vehicles (like the RC F and GS F,) not to mention the fact that its edgy design language is now visible on everyday models like the NX crossover.
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Why it matters
For the time being, Lexus will remain focused on establishing an attainable lineup of performance vehicles to make a name for itself in the global market, going up against some of the fastest and best-handling cars from around the world.
Produced from 2010 through 2012, the Lexus LF-A was a hand-built supercar that was limited to just 500 units, each of which carried a starting price of $375,000 and was sold before it was built. The LF-A was a key tool for improving the performance perception of the Lexus brand among enthusiasts, with its powerful 552-horsepower V-10 engine, racecar-like styling and elements that would later be used on other Lexus models, like the reconfigurable digital gauge cluster.
Source: Automotive News