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Lexus LFA (production car)

Lexus LFA (production car)

Lexus LFA (production car)

Lexus LFA (production car)

Lexus LFA (production car)

Lexus LFA (production car)

Lexus LFA (production car) door open

Lexus LFA (production car) interior

Lexus LFA (production car) interior

Year (of specifications) 2011
Engine 4.8 litre V10
Transmission 6-speed automatic RWD
Max speed

201 mph

0-60 mph 3.7 seconds
Horsepower 552 horsepower @ 8,700 rpm
weight 1,480 kgs / 3,263 lbs

The long-awaited Lexus LFA supercar was finally revealed at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. The LFA has been in development since 2005, with two different concept versions being produced along the way. The first LFA concept had noticeably more angular lines than the second LFA prototype from 2007 - which was significantly closer in design to the production model.

Scheduled to go into production towards the end of 2010, the first LFA's should be arriving at their new homes sometime in 2011. And with only 500 examples being made in total, and a price tag of around $400,000 (£336,000 GBP / €368,000 ) you can bet they'll be nice homes.

Surprisingly despite the hefty price tag it's been rumored that Lexus will be losing money on each LFA sold! So why would Lexus make the car in the first place? Well the company's suffering from a declining and aging ownership base and the firm is keen to reverse that trend by injecting some excitement into the brand. A 200 mph supercar could be the cure.

The Lexus LFA features extensive use of carbon fibre in its construction. This not only helps to keep the weight down, but it has also helped the car's engineers achieve an optimum front/rear weight distribution of 48/52. The unique carbon fiber cabin is 100kg (220 lbs) lighter than a comparable aluminum unit while still retaining the same strength and rigidity.

The bodywork also uses carbon fibre components to keep the overall weight to a minimum. The exterior design includes carefully tuned aerodynamics to clean up the airflow around the car. This has resulted in features like a flat underbody, a rear diffuser and a velocity-controlled rear spoiler.

Powering the LFA is a potent and hi-tech drivetrain which starts with 552 horsepower, 4.8 litre V10 built using lightweight metals like aluminium, magnesium and titanium. This engine features titanium valves, ultralight rocker arms with a diamond-like coating, and a fully integrated lower crankcase that reduces pumping losses at high RPMs. This engine, which was purpose-built for the LFA, offers up 90% of its peak torque between 3,700rpm and the 9,000rpm redline.

Independent, electronically controlled throttle bodies ensure precise air-feed to each of the 10 cylinders, enabling immediate engine response from the accelerator pedal. The engine response time is approximately half the normal response time of a single-throttle valve. To make sure the LFA sounds as good as it looks the car features an acoustically tuned exhaust note.

The power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed ASG (Automated Sequential Gearbox) unit which features heavy-duty synchronizer rings and a newly developed gearshift actuator, providing the driver with a very direct shift feel. Four selectable driving modes, and seven shift-speed options mean that the LFA can upshift in just 0.2 seconds on its fastest setting. Gear shifts are made by pulling on the paddles which are mounted on the steering column.

When it comes time to reel in the power the Lexus LFA can be brought to a standstill in race-car like fashion thanks to the high-performance (Carbon Ceramic) CCM brake discs and Electronically Controlled Braking system which allows for extremely rapid yet stable braking.

Inside the LFA the occupants are treated to slightly more race-orientated styling than would be normal for a Lexus model. The carbon fibre, multifunction steering wheel features an 'engine start' button on the right side, and a thumb-operated control pad on the left. The driver and passenger are separated by a high center console which houses many of the secondary controls and a multi-mode LCD display.


Review by: El Bueno Enchilada
This is what happens when you let toyota engineers go crazy on a project. It may not be the fastest, most beautiful, or most passionate supercar in the world. But for a car capable of holding its own against more established aristocratic adversaries, on its very first try, is quite an amazing accomplishment.

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