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.
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.
Today at the Tokyo Auto Salon, Lexus unveiled a very cool LF-A Code X specially designed by Gazoo Racing for the upcoming 24-Hour Nurburgring race set to take place on January 19th, 2014. Along with the Code X, Gazoo Racing will also enter the race with a specially designed Toyota GT86.
What’s so special about this LF-A Code X is that, according to Gazoo Racing, is "an experimental vehicle to polish the sports car technology of the future." The most striking feature offered on the new Code X is its more powerful engine.
Gazoo Racing replaced the standard 552-horsepower, 4.8-liter, V-10 engine with a new 5.3-liter engine that pumps out more power. Unfortunately, we have no details on how much power this new engine will deliver, but Gazoo said that the output has been better tuned to deliver quicker lap times around the Nurburgring.
Updated 03/28/2014: Gazoo Racing unveiled a new video showing the LF-A Code X in action on the race track. Enjoy!
Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus LFA Code X By Gazoo Racing.
In the past few months, we have seen three different Lexus LF-A prototypes testing around Nurburgring: the AD-A, the AD-B, and the AD-X. Our hopes were dashed when we realized these prototypes were nothing but special one-off models and that they would not provide any indication of what the future held for an LF-A special edition, but social media has come through for us again.
Lexus race car driver, Akira Iida, has posted a cool teaser video for a future LF-A GTE Race Car on his Twitter account. The first details suggest that this race car will be used in the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans, but it is also rumored to be battling the lines at the Nurburgring 24 Hours. One thing is for sure, though, Akira Iida will be behind the wheel no matter which race this vehicle stars in!
Lexus has yet to offer any details on their new race car, but Akira Iida seems to be the second-best source on the matter, so we’ll take his word for it. Stay tuned!
Earlier this month, we ran a top 10 column on some of the best pink cars we’ve ever seen as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The thing is, if this Japanese beauty was released earlier, it would’ve almost certainly made it on that list.
This pink Lexus LF-A comes by way of Lexus of Brisbane in Australia to show their support of National Breast Cancer Awareness month. It’s probably the only pink Lexus in Australia, maybe even the world, so you know that there’s a special uniqueness to it. And since it’s an LF-A, it’s got all-world performance credentials, thanks in large part to a 4.8-liter V10 engine that produces 562 horsepower with a 0-62 mph time of 3.7 seconds a top speed of 202 mph.
The car was built with the help of the Faingaa Twins, Ant and Saia, two brothers who play professional rugby in Australia, and more importantly, are both ambassadors for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Needless to say, these guys sure know how to make the kind of statement that resonates to a lot of people.
“Along with donations, auction items and support of the Fainga’a Twins Charity Golf Day, going pink is our way reminding all of Brisbane that October is the month of Breast Cancer Awareness,” said Lexus of Brisbane dealer principal Andrew Scifleet.
The Nurburgring has been pretty crowded with supercars in the past week with the Mercedes SLS Black Edition and the Audi R8 GT making their testing appearances on the "Green Hell." Now, a new hardcore Lexus LF-A has also been caught testing at the track. Joining the previous AD-A and AD-B prototypes spotted, the new AD-X looks like an even more track-focused version of the LFA!
At first glance, anyone would believe that this is just a regular LF-A Nurburgring Edition, but a closer look would reveal some significant changes. While the first two prototypes used a blue-carbon fiber combination and a green finish with carbon fiber, this prototype’s color reminds us of the classic Porsche 911 Carrera RS.
Other changes include the carbon fiber roof, pillars, and spoiler, as well as the front air splitter which is much more pronounced, sticking out quite a bit further than the splitter we’ve seen on the LF-A Nurburgring Edition.
Since a standard LF-A delivers 552 HP out of its V10 engine, it is very probable that this model will get an increased output of up to 600 HP.
Excited yet? Well, hold your horses because the Lexus LF-A AD-X Special Edition will only be produced as a one-off.
With Lexus recently confirming that the two mysterious LFA prototypes spotted near the Nurburgring will never hit production, PUR Wheels recently took matters into their own hands by creating one of their most tasteful projects thus far: ‘Project Reignfire.’
Fitting a set of 21”, three-piece, forged aluminum 4OUR DEPTH wheels to this stunning red LFA helps to really bring the entire Japanese supercar package together by adding to the overall street appeal of this particular LFA immensely.
Finished in gloss Lumiere grey, the 4OUR DEPTH wheels help to accentuate the lines of the LFA, with the low profile tires also doing wonders for the overall look of the car.
No performance tuning has been conducted on this particular LFA, but after looking at the LFA’s stock spec sheet, it’s no wonder that PUR wheels decided to keep all the mechanics stock! Featuring a 4.8-liter V10 engine, the size of a traditional V8 and the weight of a V6, that delivers 552 horsepower at 8,800 rpm and 354 lb-ft of torque at 6,800 rpm, the LFA is unquestionably a true performance car.
Lexus extinguished the burning rumors that were circulating about the mysterious LF-A models testing at the Nurburgring by announcing that the company has ZERO plans to create any special edition models of their LF-A super car. Well, we are just not having that and, apparently, neither is one lucky guy that has received his LF-A with a special twist.
The Lexus-owning American has just taken delivery of a LF-A supercar with a very cool Black Amethyst paint. What makes this vehicle so special is that it is the only LF-A to receive this specific paint color. According to the identifying plaques, this is the LF-A number 366, a strange number considering that only 10 units were reported to be produced.
Aside from the unique Black Amethyst exterior paint, the LF-A number 366 also features buff polish wheels combined with black calipers. The interior continues with the same black theme, getting a black steering wheel, black leather door grips, black seat fronts and silver leather seat backs with contrasting white stitching. The package continues with a black headliner, black carpet, black floor mats, black instrument panel, door panel, and center console contrasted with a silver metal trim finish.
Featuring a price tag of $445,000, the Lexus LF-A Nurburgring package isn’t exactly a bargain. The only thing that substantiates that price is the fact that it is limited to only 50 units, making it a rare model of epic sports car proportions. Now, RK Motors has one of these bad boys up for sale, but it is even more unique than you think.
Lexus offered the LF-A Nurburgring Edition in just four exterior colors - Matte Black, Gloss Black, White, and Orange - but this unit is painted in a new color called "Whitest White" combined with a very cool red interior. This paint was combined with the usual elements that distinguish the Nurburgring package from the standard model: a carbon fiber body, a larger front spoiler, fin-type side spoilers, and a fixed rear wing - all made in carbon fiber.
Under the hood, there is a 4.8 liter V10 engine producing a total of 562 HP and 354 lb. ft. of torque. This power is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and to the quarter mile in 11.4 seconds. Top speed goes up to 202 mph.
It’s finally official! The Lexus LF-A has just made its world debut at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. The Toyota built super car will be limited to a production run of only 500 units, each priced at $375,000.
As you might already know, the LF-A is powered by a 4.8 liter V10 that delivers a maximum output of 560 HP at 9,000 RPM and a peak torque of 354 lb-ft at 6,800 RPM, with 90% of the total torque being available between the 3,700 RPM mark and the super car’s 9,000 RPM red line. As a result of such a road torque curve, the LF-A can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.7 seconds and won’t stop until it reaches a top speed of 202 MPH.
In order to ensure that the LF-A handles as well as it goes in a straight line, the Lexus design team incorporated lightweight materials like aluminum alloys, magnesium alloys and titanium alloys as well as some carbon fiber to ensure that the LF-A is as rigid as possible while maintaining a low curb weight. Even the new super car’s power plant is compact in size, smaller than a conventional V8, which allowed the Toyota engineers to design the LF-A with the optimal weight distribution and an exceptional power to weight ratio. Thus giving Nissan and their GT-R super car something to watch out for.
UPDATE 02/22/2012: Lexus has unveiled a new video for their LF-A sports car. The car is presented by Alex Wurz, former F1 driver and double Le Mans winner. Enjoy!
Press release after the jump.
When Lexus unveiled the LF-A Roadster concept at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, everyone was hoping that the drop top version of the LF-A wouldn’t end there. Now, three years after the highlighted debut, the roadster model has finally been confirmed for production. Expect the Lexus LF-A Roadster to make its appearance in late 2014, only after all of the 500 coupes have been produced.
The design of the future drop top should remain parallel to that of the coupe with possible tweaking in the headlamps and a few other minor tricks. The biggest change will be the fabric soft top, waiting and willing to deliver a wind-in-your-hair experience. Under the hood, expect the same 4.8 liter V10 engine as found in the coupe version. This engine delivers a maximum output of 560 HP at 9,000 RPM and a peak torque of 354 lb-ft at 6,800 RPM. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will still be made in under 4 seconds, while top speed will be kept in the 200 mph area. The only question remaining is if Lexus will also offer a Nurburgring package for the Roadster model.
UPDATE 09/21/2011: Despite the fact that everyone was waiting to see a roadster version of the LF-A supercar fairly soon, in a recent interview with British magazine, CAR, Lexus sources have confirmed that plans for a roadster model have been axed due to the economic uncertainty in markets around the world. Ouch!(CAR)
UPDATE 01/16/2012: We all know that Lexus axed the LF-A Roadster due to economic uncertainty in some markets, but then a Lexus LF-A Roadster made a surprise appearance at the D1GP Kick Off Drift event that took place just outside the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon.
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 after the jump to see the LF-A Roadster burn some rubber on a drift track at the 2012 TAS.You can get to the tire thrashing at the 48-second mark.
Ever since it was revealed a few years ago, the Lexus LF-A has failed to gain the traction similar to some of its European contemporaries. Lexus looks to be aware of that conundrum and is set to do something about it with the upcoming release of a second special edition model of the Japanese supercar.
Following in the trail set by the LF-A Nurburgring Edition, Lexus may soon give birth to another special edition LF-A called the ’Tokyo Edition’. According to CAR Magazine, this particular LF-A will carry some unique features, including an unpainted carbon roof and a specially designed rear spoiler, among other things.
Everything will more than likely stay the same in terms of power, so expect the 4.8 liter V10 to deliver 560 HP at 9,000 RPM and 354 lb-ft of torque at 6,800 RPM. This would mean a 0-60 mph sprint of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 202 mph.
The Lexus LF-A Tokyo Edition is being prepared to make its official debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in the latter part of the year. Once it hits the market, word has it that it will carry a price tag of about $430,000, over $50,000 more than the standard LF-A.
Further details are expected to be revealed leading up to the Tokyo Motor Show, which is scheduled to take place in December 2011.
Note: Photo is of the 2012 Lexus LF-A Nurburgring Package
Aston Martin and their V12 Zagato Racer better be on top of their game when it comes to this year’s 24-hours of Nürburgring. Lexus, in cooperation with Gazoo Racing, will be entering the race with a pretty impressive LF-A supercar that should give fellow racers a run for their money.
During its latest testing, the Lexus LFA by Gazoo started off from position 12 and finished the race in fifth place with an average speed of 161.139 km/h. Its fastest lap was completed with an average speed of 170.540 km/h, corresponding to a lap time of 8:34.416 for the combination of the shortened GP-track and the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. This is an impressive result considering that, at a previous test session, the car suffered a stroke of bad luck another car crashed into it when the LFA driver, Ishiura, was entering Turn 1. This resulted in a severely damaged rear righthand section, retiring the vehicle from the race.
Gazoo Racing has been working with the Lexus LFA for the past three years, even before the street version of the vehicle went on sale in 2010. During that time, Gazoo has been revising the vehicle to obtain maximum results on the track. These revisions include tuning the vehicle’s underbody with carbon fiber reinforced plastic, as well as switching out its tires for Bridgestone racing tires, size 330/40R18. Gazoo also took the liberty of adding a few aerodynamic parts to complete the look and feel of the racer. Under the hood, we’ll find the same 4805 cc V10 engine with over 560 HP coursing through its automotive veins.
Make sure you check out the Lexus LFA at the ADAC 24 hour race on June 25, 2011, but for now, hit the jump to see a video of Hiroaki Ishiura, one of three professional drivers who will be piloting the LFA on the day of the race, as he gets through some of the vehicle’s testing.
Video after the jump.
Japanese automakers seem to be unstoppable even after their country has been stricken by the horrendous natural disasters as of late. These ambitious companies are still plowing full steam ahead with even better versions of their vehicles. Recently, we reported on the 2013 Nissan GT-R and its impressive output of 560 HP, and now it seems as if Lexus is hard at work as well with a more powerful version of their LF-A supercar.
Rumors spinning the mill suggest that after all 500 units of the current LFA are sold, the company will bring out an even hotter variant of the existing model. It is not certain whether this will be a new generation LFA, but Japanese magazine, Best Car, is reporting it as the LF-A II. Whatever it is, the new LF-A will continue where the LF-A Nurburgring Edition left off by adding even more power and sportiness to the car. This would mean the new LFA will have more than 562 HP and will complete the 0-60 mph sprint in less than 3.7 seconds. Top speed should also exceed the Nurburgring model’s 210 mph.
Formula One uses a Mercedes SLS AMG. The Indianapolis 500 has a Chevrolet Camaro SS. Now, you can add a Lexus LF-A to the growing list of high-powered pace cars that have been used this year by a bonafide racing event.
The 2011 LF-A, Lexus’ resident supercar, served as the official pace car of the 2011 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, an open-wheel racing event held every year at the streets of Long Beach, California. Just in case you need a refresher, the race is part of the Izod IndyCar Series calendar. It was actually held last weekend where England’s Mike Conway emerged as the winner for Andretti Autosport.
Dressed in black with matching white stripes and looking the part of a Japanese zebra, the LF-A Pace Car was undoubtedly a pleasant surprise for a lot of us. We don’t know if the car will be used in other IndyCar races for the rest of the year, but we’re certainly hoping to see more of it down the road, hopefully even at a race that doesn’t have Toyota as a title sponsor.
As a brief refresher, the 2011 LF-A is a supercar that’s powered by a 4.8-liter V10 engine that delivers a maximum output of 560 horsepower with a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 202 mph.
I apologize because we here at Top Speed could only bring you blacked out concepts or cartoon designs of the Future Luxus LF-A super car. Please let Top Speed officially present to you, the Gazoo Racing LF-A Nürburgring 24 competitor.
Even though it is a racecar and because of this is equipped with safety equipment like a roll cage, fuel tank and everything else in the rulebook. Things you most likely won’t find on the production version include the GT wing and other aerodynamic features. However one thing that might carry over is the large LCD gauge cluster.
Although this is not quite the street version, it is nice to finally have someone pop the hood to willingly expose the 500 HP V10.
Press release after the jump.
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.
After the concept that was unveiled in 2005 at Detroit Auto Show and after many spy shots you have seen, the Lexus LF-A is anything but a secret. Set to be unveiled at Tokyo Motor Show and go on sale winter 2007 at a price of about $170.000, LF-A will be a competitor for the 2008 Nissan GT-R, 2008 Acura NSX, Porsche 911 and Audi R8.