2011 Lexus LFA Preview

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We've been spying the 2011 Lexus LFA, off and on, for over a year. We've seen it testing all over Europe. It's even contested the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in race car form--twice. But today the car was revealed during a brief test drive in Miami just before its official unveiling, which takes place this week at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show.

The car has been in development for the past nine years, during which time a total of three different concepts have been revealed. Output will come from a 4.8-liter 72-degree V-10 engine and peaks at 552-horsepower at a lofty 8,700 rpm and 354-pound-feet of torque at 6,800 rpm. Best of all, the car’s sonorous V-10 will happily spin all the way to a 9,000 rpm redline.

To achieve this level of performance, engineers have beefed up the engine with titanium valves and connecting rods, forged aluminum pistons, a dry sump lubrication system and a titanium exhaust manifold. Each car is to be hand-built at a dedicated "LF-A Works" facility in Japan.

Intensive weight-saving techniques have also been employed, including the use of lightweight carbon-fiber for 65% of the car’s body.

Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox and a Torsen limited slip differential. Performance should be scintillating, expect 0 to 60 mph times of around 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 201.94 mph.

The end result is an almost perfect 48/52 front-to-rear weight distribution and a final kerb weight of 3,263 pounds, equivalent to a power-to-weight ratio of 5.8 pounds/horsepower.

Other details include six-piston brake calipers with carbon-ceramic discs, titanium mufflers, and 20-inch BBS wheels shod with ZR20 Bridgestone tires--all fitted as standard.

Limited production is the name of the game, with only 500 units planned unless demand proves high enough to support more, though it carries a manufacturer's recommended price of about $375,000. Worse still, only 350 of them will be made in left-hand-drive for worldwide consumption. Though this may seem low, remember that a roadster and hybrid variant are also in the works. Production will start in December of 2010, with delivery taking place over the next two years.

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Comments (11)
  1. where can i sign up for first dibs? although i must sell off all stocks :(

  2. After these 9 years long wait, all what Lexus can produce is an expensive clone to Nissan Z300 of the 90s.
    Pathetic job Toyota … is that the best you can design?

  3. The design is nor here nor there. I really don't like it. The car would have to be incredible on the road for me to even consider buying one.
    But, if someone were to give one to me, I would never reject a free V10 engined sports car. :)

  4. The official price: $350-375K
    A little too much?

  5. @ Thomas,
    PFFFFF... what are they think?
    This car has to be incredible on the road, because for the looks I'd rather have several other vehicles for much less.
    So this car has got to be God-like on the road, and considering how we don't even know what God-like truly is, I'm expecting this car to bring something absolutely new to the driving experience for them to expect ANYONE to pay that much...
    I mean the car looks like a thoroughly and heavily tuned Toyota Supra or something (look up Abflugh Supra S900).
    Who do they think they are? Mercedes (SLR)???

  6. Im curious what Edo Competition will do to this car.

  7. Shocking, Toyota took a great concept and blanded it to death.

  8. Hmmm... Let's see... Is anyone actually going to get one of these over Ferrari, a Lambo, a SLR/SLS, a really nice Porsche??? Toyota/Lexus are better off building cheap "premium" cars and hybrids then attempting to do this sort of stuff with no performance history... I don't think we'll be seeing that extra demand to push the production up.

  9. Thats crazy. a Ferrari would be much cheaper and higher social status

  10. 375k for an ugly toyota.
    when did toyota or lexus start making supercars ??

  11. In my opinion this is best street sport car

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