The Lexus LFA Has Aged Like a Fine Wine
We can all agree that the LFA still has itby Tudor Rus, on
Last time we heard about the LFA, there were seven of them sitting in Lexus dealerships across the U.S. looking for an owner. We are talking squeaky-new LFAs here, of which Lexus assembled just 500 units in total.
While it is hard to pinpoint why those cars are still there – some suggested promotional purposes but the LFA was introduced back in 2010 so it does not quite make sense, here is what potential buyers are missing out on by not getting those remaining LFAs.
The LFA is an incredibly special car. Not just because it packs a high-revving (the redline starts at 9000 rpm), naturally-aspirated V-10 that sounds like an F1 race car, but because of its story from before it hit the roads and racetracks.
You see, the idea of a sporty flagship did not bode well with most of the people over at Lexus. Akio Toyoda himself recalls how “at a meeting of top management, everyone argued against the LFA proposal. Even people in charge of research and development objected to it.”
Being forced to go against the grain, Akio Toyoda went to TMC’s advertising and brand specialist Atsushi Takada seeking for help with the LFA cause. He, too, recalls that “the LFA was still supported by only a few people” and that “even the engineers wanted to stop it because of the cost.”
|Engine:||4.8-liter turbocharged V-10 engine|
|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|
|Used-Car Price (average):||$450,000|
And they were right. With the LFA, every component had to be manufactured in a new, unique way and there was no chance of repurposing any bits and bobs because Toyota/Lexus never made anything as audacious as the LFA.
More than one decade from its debut, the LFA is still going strong in the hands of able drivers, as you’re about to see in Motorsport Magazine’s video below.