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.
This Lexus LFA Is One of Just Six LFAs Finished in Pearl Yellow, And It Has Been Driven Just 72 Miles
What is the first thing that springs to mind when you hear the Lexus name? You most likely responded with dependability or prestige. However, there was one car in the Japanese manufacturer’s history that prioritized performance over everything else. The vehicle I’m referring to is the ultra-rare and exotic Lexus LFA .
Lexus Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the LFA in a Weird Way
The Lexus LFA is 10 years old. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it? Looking back on the LFA always felt like looking back on a revolutionary supercar that was with us only recently. But reality can sometimes be cruel. Not only is the LFA 10 years old, but it’s been eight years since Lexus stopped production of the supercar.
Obviously, a celebration is in order for the LFA’s one-decade birthday, and Lexus is doing just that by introducing a version of the LFA that we’ve never seen before.
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?
2022 Lexus LFA Successor
Lexus was seen this week testing a modified LFA with the Nurburgring package right at the fabled German circuit, and it got us intrigued. It’s been six years since the last LFA rolled off the production line, so could Lexus prepare for a replacement despite claims they aren’t looking at this possibility?
The original LFA, launched after much lament and almost a whole decade in the works, back in 2010 is a sort of a flawed genius. Originally criticized for its lumpy gearbox and somewhat underpowered V-10 engine, it ultimately grew on and won over some of its most fierce critics due to its special charisma. It was a refined supercar with build quality that rivaled and maybe surpassed that of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and with an engine that sounded as good as any Italian thoroughbred.
Now, six years on, we know from a couple of years ago that the message that was conveyed by the LFA has endured and that Lexus might not be looking at building a replacement for it in the next few years. But what if they are? Yoshihiro Sawa hinted during his visit this year at the Goodwood Festival Of Speed that “a pure F GT car, which could be a hybrid with an electric motor and a strong engine” is on the cards. What if he’s not only referring to an LC F but to something more?
Keep on reading to find out our thoughts on how the LFA’s replacement could be.
2018 Lexus LC500 - Driven
It was in 2012 when Lexus pulled the covers off its LF-LC concept car at the Detroit Auto Show. The concept boasted curvy lines, massive rear haunches, a big Spindle Grille, those signature fishhook LED daytime running lights, and a nose almost as long as Michael Keaton’s Batmobile. Somehow Lexus managed to keep the concept’s sultry lines almost completely intact for production. The final result is this, the 2018 Lexus LC500.
I spent a week behind its wheel, doing everything from blasting down the Interstate to picking up the kiddos in the carpool line. It fetched groceries and drew crowds in nearly equal amounts. It also fostered a love/hate relationship in my view. I’ll explain below.
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Thoughts of A Lexus LFA Successor has us Wondering: Can Dreams Come True?
Everyone dreams, including those tasked with keeping an automotive company running at full speed. Never more has that been evident than when it comes to the dreams of Lexus President, Yoshihiro Sawa, who recently told Autocar that he can’t “rule out” a spiritual successor to the Lexus LFA, but for now it remains “just a dream.” That, ladies and gentlemen, has a begging the question: Do dreams come true?
Well, the truth is, they do…sometimes – most of us have experienced moments of déjà vu (or as some would call it, a “glitch in the matrix”) and there are many reports of people dreaming about something that eventually happens days, months, or years later. Whether or not that means we’ll see a successor for the Lexus LFA is a question that has been etched in our minds since the model technically went off sale back in 2012, just a few years after it stole the show at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. And, even though Lexus has “other priorities for now,” the fact remains that Mr. Sawa certainly dreams of a successor. That may not mean that it will happen tomorrow or even in 2020, but it is a glimmer of hope for those of us who actually got to spend some personal time with the $375,000 Japanese-built supercar.
Want to take a trip down memory lane? Click “Continue Reading” to hear about why an LFA successor isn’t on the table right now, see some cool videos, and learn more about the famous, Japanese-built supercar that stole our hearts back in 2009.