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 .
The Lexus LFA Has Aged Like a Fine Wine
Last time we heard about the LFA, there were seven of them sitting in Lexus dealerships across the U.S. looking for an owner. We are talking squeaky-new LFAs here, of which Lexus assembled just 500 units in total.
While it is hard to pinpoint why those cars are still there – some suggested promotional purposes but the LFA was introduced back in 2010 so it does not quite make sense, here is what potential buyers are missing out on by not getting those remaining LFAs.
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?
Forget Customer Requests - Lexus Needs Media Demand To Justify a Second-Gen LFA Supercar
The Lexus LFA is an interesting case study for future automakers who are looking to get into the supercar market. By all accounts, the LFA remains one of the finest supercars to hit the market this decade. That says a lot about the machine considering that Lexus launched the model in 2010, and since then, few exotics, if any, have come close to receiving the same praise and adulation the LFA received when it first came out nine years ago. But there’s also a catch with the LFA and a curious one at that. Lexus built only 500 units of the supercar and, for unclear reasons, “brand new” examples of the exotic are still available. The LFA, despite all the glowing reviews, has yet to sell out. Lexus’ struggles in selling the LFA has contributed in the automaker’s hesitancy to launch a successor to the model. It’s an interesting dynamic, to say the least, more so now that Lexus vice president Koji Sato left it in the media’s hands to draw up enough public interest for Lexus to greenlight a long-overdue successor to what is arguably one of the most interesting supercars of this decade.
The Lexus LF A was an Oddity in the supercar world but an absolute gem at the same time. When it was released in 2011, it came complete with a 4.8-liter V-10 that delivered a cold-hearted (especially for a Lexus) 560 horsepower. Just a year later, Lexus decided to get a little more exclusive and created the LF-A Nurburgring Edition – a car that was destined to conquer the infamous track and set a new record lap time. And, it did, running the track in just 7 minutes and 14 seconds, enough to beat out the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Corvette ZR1, and the Dodge Viper ACR at the time. Lexus only created 50 examples of the LF A Nurburgring edition, all of where were either black, white, or orange. Since it’s been nearly seven years since the LF A’s conquering of the Nurburgring, we’ve decided to show it a little love and make it our wallpaper of the day. Go ahead and download our hand-picked favorite or choose something else you might like from the gallery at the bottom of the page.
Doing a Lawn Job in a Lexus LFA? Sure; Why Not?
There’s nothing better than waking up to the sound of a glorious high-revving V-10 engine jolting your senses in the morning. Beats coffee any day of the week. Well, if you’re still trying to organize your senses in this beautiful morning, might I suggest watching this short video of a Lexus LFA playing around in a field of grass, acting like a $375,000 lawnmower. It’s a short video so it won’t waste a lot of your morning time, but if you do end up watching it, dial up the volume to “max” if you can. You can’t ask for a better sound than that in the morning, can you?
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.
Here’s Your Chance To Own One of Only 50 Lexus LFA Nurburgring Editions
The Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition represented the last of the LFAs that Lexus developed at the start of the decade. Only 50 Nurburgring Editions were made, and all 50 were scooped up in short order. The special edition’s limited status makes it hard to find one being put up for sale, let alone in an auction setting. It’s not impossible, though, because one of the 50 LFA Nurburgring Editions will return to the spotlight when it’s auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson event in Palm Beach, Florida this coming April.
Lexus is Warming Up to the Idea of an LF-A Successor
The Lexus LFA burst onto the scene in 2010, shocking an industry that didn’t expect any car of this status to come out of Lexus and, by extension, Toyota. It only lasted two years in production because of a cap in volume — it was limited to just 500 units — but in that short period, the LFA was able to cement its legacy as one of the most fascinating supercars of its generation. Fast forward to 2018 and there are rumblings that Lexus is finally considering the possibility of developing a model that would serve as the successor of the almighty Lexus supercar.
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.
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.
Continue after the jump to read the full story.
British Vmax 200 events have recently started getting better coverage from the media, mostly thanks to the range of exotic cars that usually participate in the event. Known car-spotter Shmee150 has been present with a camera at just about every edition in the last few years, filming the most interesting supercars while they go at it. He was also on deck at the latest Vmax 200 event, which was hosted at Dunsfold Park — also known as the Top Gear test track.
The car-spotter got the chance to ride shotgun in a Lexus LFA while the supercar went head-to-head with a Porsche 918 Spyder. As you can expect, the win was a walk in the park for the 918 Spyder, since there is a huge difference in numbers between the two cars. On the other hand, the Lexus LFA is actually more exclusive, with only 500 units having been built, compared with 918 units for the Porsche. On top of it, the
tuned, 4.8-liter, V-10 engine in the LFA sounds like a Formula One V-10 from the early 2000s.
The plug-in hybrid Porsche hypercar is in another league though, since it features a high-revving V-8, derived from a Le Mans Prototype racing car engine, that works in tandem with two electric motors. Thanks to a battery that can be also recharged from the exterior, the 918 Spyder is pretty much the best of all worlds, combining dramatic performance, unbelievable fuel economy and huge driving fun into a bonkers package.
Just as Acura and Ford get back into the supercar realm with the NSX and GT, respectively, don’t expect to see Lexus reviving its supercar program anytime soon. In an interview with Automotive News last month, Mark Templin, executive vice president of Lexus International, confirmed that there are currently no plans for anything in the Lexus lineup to follow in the footsteps of the LF-A.
While ruling out a high-powered, high-priced supercar like the LF-A, Lexus isn’t going to give up on a future performance halo vehicles, as Templin was quoted as saying "I think you will see us do some incredible things in the future, but probably not a $375,000 supercar anytime soon." In the meantime, Lexus seems content churning out higher-volume performance vehicles and continuing to grow its F performance brand. No complaints here!
During the Detroit Auto Show, the Lexus exec did say that the LF-A was never designed to be as expensive as it ended up being, but as building materials changed from steel to aluminum and finally to carbon fiber, the cost increased accordingly. In the end, the LF-A was an important vehicle for Lexus in that it proved to be a test bed for more attainable performance vehicles (like the RC F and GS F,) not to mention the fact that its edgy design language is now visible on everyday models like the NX crossover.
Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus LF-A.