Believe it or not, 12 LFAs are still in dealerships in the U.S.

We’ve seen how some models in the industry can sell out faster than it took for me to complete this sentence. The new Porsche 911 GT2 RS is sold out. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is sold out. There are countless other cars whose demand far outweighed the supply. So the question begs: why hasn’t the Lexus LFA, a supercar that was as groundbreaking as anything that was released seven years ago, not sold out yet?

It’s a fascinating question that’s going to beg for answers, and we have Autoblog to thank for even making the question relevant, to begin with. Apparently, a Lexus sales report from July 2017 came with a fascinating statistic behind it: an LFA was sold last month. Intrigued, the publication reached out to Toyota and the Japanese automaker confirmed that U.S. dealerships still have 12 LFAs in their inventories, all of which are still classified as brand new. This is very revealing information that runs counter to past reports that dating back to 2012 that only 10 LFAs were still available. Apparently, there’s a few more of them around, but getting one may not be as easy as it sounds. After all, the LFA was priced at $375,000 when it was released, so there’s no telling how much one model costs today. Even if you do have that kind of money at your disposal, there’s no guarantee that any one of these dealers that still have an LFA will sell them to you for one reason or another. Chalk this one up then to one heck of a long callback to one of the most exciting supercars to hit the scene in the early part of this decade.

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Why it’ll be difficult to get your hands on any of these “available” Lexus LFAs

2011 Lexus LF-A High Resolution Exterior
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A Lexus sales report from July 2017 came with a fascinating statistic behind it: an LFA was sold last month

There’s a perfectly valid reason behind why there are still unsold Lexus LFAs in the U.S. and according to Toyota. It involves a combination of slower-than-expected sales and optimistic outlook for their potential future value.

According to the Autoblog report, Toyota said that it intended to only take purchase orders on the LFA when it was released in 2010 to prevent the car from becoming a hot resell item. But that outlook was met with less-than-stellar sales numbers, which in turn prompted Toyota to allow previous owners of the supercar to get a second unit and dealers and executives to order cars for themselves. Well, some of these dealers did take advantage of that caveat. While some have been open to selling the seven-year old supercar (as was the case in July for one model), others appear to be less-inclined to do so. Maybe they think they’re sitting on a potential collector’s item and are waiting for the car’s value to skyrocket. Maybe they’ve grown sentimental and emotionally attached with the car being with them for so long. Maybe they just want the car for themselves.

The Lexus LFA Has Yet To Sell Out Exterior
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The Lexus LFA Has Yet To Sell Out Exterior
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Whatever the reasons are, don’t expect all 12 available LFAs in the U.S. to suddenly sell out

Whatever the reasons are, don’t expect all 12 available LFAs in the U.S. to suddenly sell out just because it’s been revealed that they’re technically still available. If you are determined to get one, there are still some channels to go to, but you’re going to need some serious cash to pry these cars from their dealerships.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine Type 72° V10, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection with 10 independently controlled throttle bodies (one per cylinder)
Displacement 4.8 liters (292.914 cubic inches)
Valvetrain Four cam, four valves per cylinder, with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVTi)
Compression Ratio 12.0:1
Horsepower 552 HP @ 8,700 RPM
Torque 354 LB-FT @ 7,800 RPM
Redline 9,000 RPM
0-60 MPH Acceleration 3.6 seconds
Top Track Speed (electronically limited) 202 mph
EPA Fuel Economy Ratings (city/highway/combined) 11/16/12

References

The Lexus LFA Has Yet To Sell Out Exterior
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Read our full review on the Lexus LFA.

Source: Autoblog

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