The engineers and designers at Lexus continue to use their groundbreaking LF-A premium sports car concept as a medium for expressing their ideas about what a high-performance sporting vehicle not only can be, but should be. In this latest expression of the LF-A, they have removed the car’s top to create a high-performance roadster.

The LF-A Roadster is based on the sturdy yet lightweight carbon-fiber and aluminum body used for the LF-A coupe, which helps maintain the structure’s strength and rigidity even without a top.

Like its coupe counterpart, the LF-A Roadster is powered by a high-revving V10 engine that approaches 5.0 liters in displacement. The V10, capable of more than 500 horsepower and test-track speeds greater than 200 mph, is mounted in front of the passenger compartment but behind the front-axle centerline in what the LF-A’s engineers refer to as a "front-mid" configuration.

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The engine is connected via a torque tube and propeller shaft to a transaxle that is controlled by paddle shifters. The torque tube is a structural member that adds rigidity to the drivetrain and chassis while also reducing vibration.

Styling is rooted in the Lexus L-Finesse design philosophy, conferring the LF-A Roadster’s front end with a compact, low-profile, aerodynamic shape. Like its coupe counterpart, the LF-A Roadster stands just 48 inches tall, but the Roadster configuration adds a speed adaptive rear wing.

The rear is marked by a pair of wrap-around, arrowhead-shaped taillights that bracket a pair of large grilles. These grilles vent the heated air from the car’s two rear-mounted radiators into the LF-A Roadster’s aerodynamic wake. The radiators are fed cool air by two large intake ducts mounted just above the rear wheel wells. This aft radiator positioning not only allowed the designers to keep the car’s front profile low and tight but also aided the LF-A’s chassis engineers in their search for optimal weight distribution.

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Helping to provide balance and scale to the design, which features an overall length of 175.6 inches and a wheelbase of 102.6 inches, are high-performance tires on turbine-styled alloy wheels. The front tires are 265/35R20s, while the rears are 305/30R20s. Like the LF-A coupe, the brakes consist of 14.2-inch cross-drilled, vented discs up front, and 13.6-inch cross-drilled, vented discs at the rear. The front brake calipers are six-piston units and the rear calipers use four pistons each.

An "F" logo, located on each front fender of the Roadster, indicates the vehicle’s status as a part of the new "F" marque. The name is derived from the original "F" designation for the first Lexus LS prototype. That vehicle was internally coded "Circle-F," with the "F" standing for "flagship." The Circle-F designation further evolved into the code name Flagship One, or F1, and the first F1 concept developed into Lexus’ first vehicle, the LS. Since then, the "F" code has come to signify a special vehicle program within Lexus that falls outside the normal engineering and development process. In addition, Fuji Speedway is the IS F’s home circuit, and the shape of the F-logo was inspired by many of the track’s turns. The all-new Lexus IS F sport sedan is the first production vehicle to carry the F marque.

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Lexus LF-A Roadster Concept Preliminary Specifications


  • Body Type: Two seat roadster
  • Powertrain
  • Type: Front-mid-engine, rear-mid-transaxle
  • Engine: V10 (under 5.0-liters)
  • Transmission: SMT (sequential manual transmission)
  • Horsepower: More than 500
  • Top Speed: More than 200 mph
  • Tire Size
  • Front: 265/35R20
  • Rear: 305/30R20
  • Dimensions (inches)
  • Overall Length: 175.6
  • Overall Width: 74.6
  • Overall Height: 48.0
  • Wheelbase: 102.6
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  (531) posted on 02.9.2012

The exterior design of this roadster was so impressive as well as its scarlet color that gives it the luxurious look. The combination of white and red in the interior are perfect. Whoever owns this will surely be a chick magnet.

  (448) posted on 02.8.2012

I love the aggressiveness of this vehicle. The red body paint truly suits this one. It looks bold and hot.

  (580) posted on 02.6.2012

I’m impressed with the look of this 2008 Lexus LF-A Roadster. It offers sophistication and sporty-design at the same time. What I love the most is the white and red interior of this roadster.

  (397) posted on 01.17.2012

It looks so aggressive on its design, which is very noticeable on this LF-A Roadster. im sure the price of this one is so expensive.

  (858) posted on 03.10.2010

i hope this car looks like the sketch, but most rarely do.

  (814) posted on 03.10.2010

It’s front end looks like the Nissan’s 350z Roadster does it?

  (442) posted on 02.18.2010

Looks more fun to drive than the regular LF-A, well "badestofthebad" it can’t compete with GT-R because it wouldn’t be fair for the LF-A to run head to head with "godzilla" plus GT-R is a Muscle and Exotic car busting machine. even a 6++hp can smoke by the GT-R.

  (5990) posted on 02.22.2008


  (5990) posted on 02.18.2008

where can i get one?! and yes it will be a good match or the gtr!

  (607) posted on 01.17.2008

this will be a good match up for the gtr

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