Back in September of 2011, word came out that Lexus was officially axing the LF-A Roadster out of fear that economic instability in a lot of markets around the world would hamper the supercar’s power to sell.

So imagine our surprise when a video from the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon popped up on the Internet and there it was in all its pristine glory: the Lexus LF-A Roadster.

The car, which made a surprise appearance at the D1GP Kick Off Drift event that took place just outside the venue where the Tokyo Auto Salon was being held, quickly caught the eye of a lot of people, some of whom were wondering whether Lexus changed their minds one more time.

Then again, we’re well aware that this LF-A Roadster could just be a one-off custom job from one of its owners. But seeing what a drop-top version of the Lexus supercar could look like has us pining to see the roadster program get kick-started again.

Check out the video at the 48-second mark to see the LF-A Roadster burn some rubber on a drift track at the 2012 TAS.

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Source: YouTube

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9 comments:

  (397) posted on 02.10.2012

The wheels are better off and it uses high quality of materials. I love watching these video. It capture one’s attention. The sounds of it is very powerful.

  (517) posted on 02.7.2012

It’s boost with best performance that a car has making it to capture the attention of the crowd. The sounds is very powerful and oozing to hear off.

  (530) posted on 01.30.2012

the show is nice until the Lexus makes it way as the center of attraction. In fairness, it standout in the messy track.

  (539) posted on 01.25.2012

Bravo to the driver. Nice drifting, looks lot of adrenaline rush. Lexus made its tire burning hot in the eyes of the live audience as well as the video viewers.

  (2) posted on 01.21.2012

its a nice look but i still rather have the coupe

  (428) posted on 01.20.2012

I was surprised on watching this video! I was looking on those two race car when Lexus has arrived. With much pride and gusto! Haha. But I also agree that this is a good car to just mess in a track.

  (441) posted on 01.19.2012

Great entrance for Lexus! Haha. The crowd became wild as it pass by and make its turn. Anyway, I can’t imagine a cool car like this competing on a race track. I feel pathetic for the car.

  (595) posted on 01.18.2012

I love surprises! Haha. Lexus LF-A is oozing with aggressiveness while having its way on that track! I really enjoyed it because the entrance of
Lexus is pretty amazing!

  (447) posted on 01.17.2012

From this video, I figure out that Lexus made a very surprise appearance plus the sporty design it has. It boost the best performance that a car has making it to capture the attention of the crowd. The sounds is very powerful and unique at its best.

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