You can still buy eight brand-new Lexus LFAs in the U.S.
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Built in only 500 units and discontinued in late 2012, the Lexus LFA is often considered a collector’s item and one of the rarest Japanese supercars around. However, despite the fact that production ended six years ago, you can still buy a brand-new LFA in the United States.
Eight Are Still Available!
How’s that even possible? Well, it turns out that some dealers still have a few in showrooms.
These cars were discovered back in 2017 when no less than 12 were still on dealer inventory.
Since then, Lexus sold four of them, one of which found a new owner toward the end of 2018. Now that’s a cool Christmas present!
According to Lexus, the unsold LFAs are classified as dealer inventory and remained unsold because some of them were ordered by dealers and executives for themselves and not necessarily to be sold to customers. While some can be purchased, other cars are being kept as display items.
Needless to say, some dealers are probably not in a hurry to sell them and are asking a hefty premium over the already expensive sticker.
When it was still in production, the LFA had a starting price of more than $350,000.
Others are probably waiting for the LFA to gain even more value, which makes sense given that a coupe was auctioned off for $434,000 in 2018, with only 120 miles on the odometer.
All told, if you’re dreaming of owning an LFA and missed your chance back in 2011-2012, you can buy one in 2019. It will require a bit of digging, and it might be really expensive, but at least you can buy it brand-new.
What makes the LFA Cool?
The LFA was by far Lexus’ biggest effort up until now. While other vehicles are based on Toyota platforms, the LFA was developed from a clean sheet and had its very own engine under the hood. It was Toyota’s big shot at the supercar market, and it spent almost ten years designing it.
The bespoke 4.8-liter V-10 generates 552 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque and pushes the LFA from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.6 seconds.
Lexus also introduced a Nurburgring Package upgrade that increased power to 563 horsepower and more aggressive aerodynamics. In 2010, this car lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 7:22.85 minutes. In 2011, Lexus improved the benchmark to 7:14 minutes, setting a new record that placed the LFA above the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, and the Dodge Viper ACR.
The LFA is often compared to the Ferrari Enzo and the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, two iconic supercars from the 2000s. Its design and engine also won several awards from automotive magazines.
Read our full review on the 2011 Lexus LFA.
Read our full review on the 2012 Lexus LF-A Nurburgring Package.
Read our full speculative review on the 2022 Lexus LFA Successor.