Lexus LFA: Hotrod Or Failwagen?

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Lexus LFA interior [via SpeedHunters]

Lexus LFA interior [via SpeedHunters]

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The Lexus LFA has been a hot topic since its unveiling at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show last week. On the one hand, it's got some impressive engineering stats. On the other hand, the limited-edition supercar has taken heat for not being more like other high-end models: reviewers here and elsewhere have critcized the LFA for not living up to Ferraris, Porsches, or the much, much cheaper (and arguably better looking) Nissan GT-R.

Like many of you, we're divided on the matter. We appreciate Toyota's desire to expand the Lexus product line, but we question the wisdom in this economy. (Though this might be an attempt to address the fact that "Toyota is a good car but not exciting".)  We're also a little concerned by photos like the one above that have popped up on Lexus fan sites, highlighting elements like the carbon fiber featured throughout much of the LFA's body. CF may improve weight, and it may play well with the fanboys, but it feels distinctly un-Lexus. Maybe we'll change our opinions after a test drive, but for now, it seems like the LFA is trying a little too hard to fit in with the cool kids.


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