Cool Car For Sale: This 2012 Lexus LFA With Under 7,000 Miles On The Odo Is Going For Over $600,000!
The Lexus LFA needs no introduction. It was in production for two years and the company made 500 examples in total. For some reason, Lexus wasn’t able to sell all the 500 examples. As of the end of 2020, there was still one LFA unsold! But, that doesn’t mean the car doesn’t have a demand. An LFA with 7,000 miles on the odo recently hit the Bring-a-Trailer auction and it has already attracted the highest bid of $650,000! It could receive higher bids since there are three more days at the time of writing this article.
2022 Lexus IS 500 F SPORT Performance
The IS family already has a 5.0-liter V-8 stuffed into the regular 500, which turned out to be a fire-breathing performer. But the missing F Sport Performance makes its way to the U.S. market and will sport the same V-8 engine but will be sportier, feature better luxury, and will be priced at $56,500 for the base trim.
10 of the Fastest Cars Available for Under $15,000
There are a lot of benefits in buying a pre-owned car. Instead of being stuck on a particular segment due to budget constraints, you can actually choose a car from the higher tiers when you look at the used market. You don’t have to worry about the depreciation hit in the car as well. And, when it comes to fast, cool cars, you don’t have to wait for the run-in period to complete and you can redline it from day one. In fact, if you spend some time researching, you can find some real treasures as well. To help you out, we’ve listed ten of the fastest cars that you can get for less than $15,000.
Eight Years After Production Ends, the Lexus LFA Still Pulls in More Than $1 Million in Sales
I know what you’re probably thinking: “How the hell can sales remain steady for a model that hasn’t been produced in almost a decade?” Well, it’s true. In fact, Lexus sold a total of 3 brand-new LFAs in 2019, one more than in 2018 and even with what it sold in 2017. Technically, if you compare 2019 to 2018, it’s a sales increase of 33.3-percent – not bad for a car that hasn’t been produced in eight years, right?
2012 Lexus LF-A Nurburgring Package
The Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package is the last hurrah of a truly special car, the first and, so far, only supercar built by Lexus. It is a lighter, more agile and, overall, faster version of the oh-so-loud LFA that dried up Toyota’s pockets only to be regarded at the time of its arrival as "too expensive for what it offers." Now, as the years have passed, more and more car guys and journalists started to come around and appreciate the Nurburgring-honed LFA for what it is, a very charismatic supercar.
Everyone knows about the LFA’s enormous development time that spanned almost a decade as Lexus switched from its original plans of building it around an aluminum monocoque and decided upon a carbon fiber structure that, in turn, called for updates to be made at the Motomachi plant that wasn’t ready to build a CFRP car. To this day, it’s unclear precisely how much Toyota actually spent to make the LFA a reality, but we reckon that the reason behind the secrecy lies in the obscenity of the sum.
As a swansong to the LFA, Akio Toyoda, Toyota’s CEO and one of the key people in the creation of this halo model, greenlighted a batch of 50 track-focused examples that came with the "Nurburgring Package." This package included changes to both the bodywork and the internals, changes that came about after years of testing and racing around Germany’s famed Nurburgring-Nordschleife circuit in the Eifel Mountains.
The Lexus LFA Has Yet To Sell Out
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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The Lexus GS sedan has been around for quite a while, seeing its first U.S. sales in 1993. Built to compete against the likes of BMW’s 5 Series, the GS is segmented between Lexus’ popular IS sedan and the high-rolling LS premium sedan. Now in its fourth generation, the front-engine, rear-drive sedan is better looking and sportier than ever before. But how does it compete?
I recently spent a week getting to know a Nebula Gray GS 350 F Sport around my familiar stomping ground of Central Florida. A short-ish road trip provided an even greater range of roads and conditions in which to put the GS through its paces. Make no bones about it, this is no boy-racer track car, but it’s no luxo party barge either.
Like all GS 350 sedans, my tester came powered by the ubiquitous 3.5-liter V-6, that in this case, makes 306 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. New for 2014 is an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The F Sport package adds extra adornments that liven up the GS’ appearance, larger wheels and tires, performance-oriented shocks, and larger brakes.
The interior was loaded down with nearly every desirable techno-functionality that makes driving more convenient. A massive, 12.3-inch infotainment screen lives deep in the center dashboard complete with Lexus’ Enform software, satellite radio, heated and cooled front seats, and leather everything.
So jump on down for the full run-down of the 2014 Lexus GS 350 F Sport including video and photos.
Although Lexus has yet to confirm plans to offer a high-performance version of the GS sedan, it appears the Japanese luxury automaker is indeed working on a competitor for the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. And this time we’re not quoting another rumor that surfaced the Interwebz, but relying on a batch of photos we just received from our trusty paparazzi. Yes, folks, the Lexus GS F is alive and rolling on tarmac, although for the time being only in the form of a prototype.
The vehicle you see above was just spotted roaming the streets, and the body panels hidden behind the camouflage suggest we’re looking at a beefed-up version of the GS. The sports sedan is set to arrive for the 2016 model year, when it will join the brand-new RC F in Lexus’ quest to take on BMW’s popular high-performance sedans.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Lexus GS F.
The crisp, cold air caught me off guard when I stepped from the hotel into the staging area where Lexus had filed a handful of its newest creations into two lines, prepped for a drive through the lush countryside that envelopes New York’s Hudson Valley. The brisk air might not have been what this Floridian was used to in mid-September, but once behind the wheel of the 2015 Lexus RC F, things became familiar.
Though I’d not sat in Lexus’ two-door, rear-drive sports coupe a day in my life, the interior was an immediately recognizable place, harking back to my time in the 2014 IS 350 F-Sport. The controls fell in the same position, the infotainment screen showed the same Enform system, even the overall design looked like I’d accidentally sat in the wrong Lexus.
And that’s not a bad thing.
While there’s plenty of IS flavor in the new RC, there’s even more that’s unfamiliar. The beautifully stitched sports seats, the reworked gauge cluster, and the center console arrangement are all new, not to mention the 2+2 seating configuration.
Slipping the eight-speed automatic into gear, the faintly audible rumble of the RC F’s 5.0-liter V-8 mumbled at a lower tone. Our entourage of journalists was off to conquer a two-hour drive before arriving at our destination, Monticello Motor Club.
The Lexus IS dates back to 1998, when it was introduced as an entry-level luxury car mainly in Japan and the United States. Initially launched as a four-door sedan and five-door wagon, the IS didn’t receive a two-door version until the second-generation model came in 2006. However, the Japanese only built a convertible, postponing the coupe for a few more years. The much-anticipated coupe has finally arrived for the 2015 model year, about 12 months after Lexus unveiled the third-generation IS. But unlike the latter, the coupe carries the RC F nameplate.
Although it borrows most of its styling from the IS sedan, the RC F features a more aggressive design, which is supposed to pay tribute to Lexus’ only supercar as of 2014, the LFA. The RC F, however, is not intended to compete with the likes of the Nissan GT-R, but rather take on the BMW M4, the upcoming Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe and the Audi RS5. Does it have what it takes to play with Germany’s main weapons for the sports coupe market? Read on to find out.
Updated 08/18/2015: Car Buyer took a spin in a U.K.-spec Lexus RC-F and the reviewer was pretty impressed with the model. Enjoy the video!
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lexus RC F.
Well that was a blast, I hope everyone enjoyed it. It was filled with lots of Miata talk so if you are a big fan of fun to drive roadsters, this may be your favorite. If you aren’t a fan of the new 4-th generation Miata, no worries. We have lots of cool stuff for you too.
We start the show with a look in our driveways for the Weekly Wheels. Mark talks about the very large Lexus GX460 and I spend some time talking about towing a horse trailer with the 2014 Toyota Tundra. Oh, you also get the chance to see a cool new Lego Mini Cooper.
For main news stories we talk about the recent sighting of the new Audi TTaround the Nurburgring, a pretty blue Dodge Viper, the all-new Land Rover Discovery Sport announcement and we finish things with the upcoming Kia Optima we just spied in camo.
If you did come for the Miata, well then we have lots for you. We cover all the information we know about the machine from overall size to wheel and tire dimensions. We discuss the design, potential drivetrains, what the weight savings really means and more. We also talk about some of the fun stuff that Keith Tanner from Flyin’ Miata was able to glean from a talk with one of the chassis engineers.
After the Miata madness and the news, we move as always to the Q/A portion of the show. We spend some time discussing winter tires, why you need them, and what you should look for when buying. We also take a few minutes to answer a question about the most recognizable cars in the world.
We wrap things with an Own, Drive, Burn that sees us trying to pick the lesser of three evils; it’s a trio of family-hauling crossovers.
As always, a huge thanks goes out to everyone who listens and watches, with an extra special little thanks to our live viewers. We hope you all have a great weekend and we will see everyone next week.
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There are few things in this country more American than a NASCAR race. Sure, apple pie and baseball might outrank it, but neither of those can compete with stock cars thundering around a track at 200 mph while continually riding on the brink of catastrophe as they race just inches away from a concrete wall and other drivers gunning to win. So when the opportunity arose to become deeply immersed in the culture during the recent All-Star race, I jumped at the chance.
It all started a few months ago with an email invite from Toyota. It read something along the lines of, “how about joining us at the NASCAR All-Star race and tours of the Joe Gibbs Racing Center and NASCAR Hall of Fame?” My reply went something like, “Heck yeah, I’ll be there!”
I decided to skip the crowded airports for a 2014 Lexus IS350 F Sport and a seven-hour drive through the heart of the eastern seaboard. I viewed this almost like a pilgrimage; setting out on a roadtrip for a destination of racing importance located in the rolling hills of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Once on the road, my choice of chariot was immediately affirmed. Unlike my last Lexus experience, the front seat was perfectly molded, padded, and bolstered. The more I drove, the more the car seemed to shrink around me, making tight maneuvering a thing of ease. The stout 3.5-liter V-6 offered plenty of grunt while the tight steering and sport-tuned suspension made each corner a memorable event.
Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Lexus IS350 F Sport and about my time spent at Joe Gibbs Racing Center
For all the accomplishments Lexus has achieved since it broke into the luxury market scene in the mid 1980s, it still has trouble coming up with names for its paint colors. How else can you explain the company’s attempts to ask fans what to name the orange paint on the Lexus RC F Coupe?
Ok, we’re busting Lexus’ chops here a little because if it really wanted to, it could come up with a name for this orange shade pretty quickly. But to its credit, the company wants to get its fans involved, sort of like giving them a say on company decisions.
Up until now, the RC F sports coupe has only worn a striking blue paint, but Lexus is adding this orange color into the mix. The bright shade is still unnamed, so that’s where we all come into the picture.
A quick look at Lexus’ Facebook page reveals a large number of impressive recommendations already posted. We especially liked Tangering Flame, Sunset Rage, and Fireburst, among other entries. But as far as what our suggestion is, how about Orange Symphony?
It’s not the catchiest of names, but it does reflect the fiery balance of an aggressive sports car with an aggressive color to match.
If you want to make your own suggestions, hop on over to Lexus’ Facebook page. Don’t forget to tell us what your suggestion is by leaving a comment below.
Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus RC F Coupe
Autocar recently had the opportunity to chat with a lead engineer from Lexus and according to the ex-development lead of the Lexus LF-A project, there are a few new high-performance models lined up for the future. The interaction with Haruhiko Tanahashi also raised rumors about a V-8 powered RC F coupe that could be headed for the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.
So, although an LF-A replacement won’t happen in the near future, a couple of F models may provide some excitement. That is until a more reasonably priced LF-A enters the fray.
The new ’F products’ would form the Japanese car maker’s premium high-performance range, starting with the RC F, GS-F and IS F. Lexus is gearing-up to introduce the second-generation IS F sedan for a later date, while the RC Coupe could get a V-8 engine transplant soon.
On top of all of these in-the-works goodies, Lexus officials also hint of performance hybrids being a part of the F-product lineup. That is sure to get anybody amped up — gratuitous electricity pun very much intended.
Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus’ F lineup
Lexus just dropped the first teaser image on a new F model that will be unveiled next month at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. All the image shows in the front wheel, fender and part of the headlight, but most the model in question is likely the F variant of the recently launched 2015 Lexus RC.
While no concrete details were offered, Lexus did describe the new model as "engineered from scratch, one performance layer at a time, the newest F model promises a bold, gritty, experience synonymous with the famed Lexus F heritage."
The RC F was caught testing plenty of times, and it will be offered as a cheaper alternative to the likes of the BMW M4 Coupe and Audi RS5.
If the model shown here is indeed the RC F, then you should expect it to simply look like an RC updated with the usual F model elements, like the more aggressive body kit, the larger wheels, sports suspension, high-performance brakes and the obligatory more potent engine.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lexus RC F.
Lexus has been testing F variant of the new-generation GS sedan for quite some time. Unfortunately, it has always been under heavy camouflage. Today, a leaked Japanese magazine seems to reveal the upcoming GS F, and it certainly appears to be the real deal.
As we can see from these leaked images, it looks like the GS F features large air intakes and a sporty carbon-fiber body kit. For the rear, the GS F features the signature, double-stacked exhaust exits seen on the Lexus IS F before it.
As for the powerplant, we have heard all kinds of rumors that range from a possible V-8 engine to a performance-based hybrid powertrain. This Japanese magazine does reveal that the GS F will carry a 5.0-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 engine with an output of 465 horsepower. Now we just need to find out if these are for real, or just a prank.
Click past the jump to read more about the upcoming Lexus GS F.
How does the latest Lexus style look in the flesh? Pretty darn sexy, if you ask us.
Wearing almost the exact shame shade of maroon paint as the 2012 LF-CC concept, and headlights to match as well, the 2014 IS is quickly becoming one of the best-looking compact luxury models available.
The IS 350 AWD is priced from $41,700 and is the top version of the IS lineup, except of course the F Sport variants.
Lexus brought the IS onto the market in 1998 as an entry level model placed under the more powerful ES luxury sedan.
The second generation arrived in 2005 and the third one was unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and went on sale in mid-2013 in both rear- and all-wheel-drive versions.
The IS 350 AWD comes loaded with tons of standard features, but customers interested in updating it even further have a lot of packages and options to choose from. The only problem is that these options are quite expensive and you can end up paying up to $60k for a highly equipped version.
The entire IS lineup was heavily updated for the new generation, and, just like with the GS and LS models it will feature an inverted trapezoidal upper grille, slanted lower grille and new headlights with LED technology.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Lexus IS 350 AWD.