Is Lexus Working On A Million-Dollar Supercar?

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Lexus LF-LC Concept live photos, 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Lexus LF-LC Concept live photos, 2012 Detroit Auto Show

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The Lexus LFA is many things: technological triumph, exquisitely exclusive, incredibly expensive, in many ways oddly archaic, and an icon for the brand and its fans. It was also incredibly costly, took a decade to develop, and even at maximum production volume, won't see many garages--ever, even compared to other exotic supercars. So why would Lexus be considering a car that's twice as expensive, and even more high-performance?

We're not sure. We can't really even fathom a guess as to why, but according to AutoGuide, that's exactly what they're doing. While doubling the price of the LFA won't quite get it to the $1 million mark, it will get it very close--and closer still if the new "LFA II" hits the same stumbling blocks the LFA did during its development.

It's hard not to think of the recent LF-LC concept when considering a future Lexus supercar, especially since talk of production stirred shortly after its unveiling at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. Though offered as a design concept, with only minimal hints as to its Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive system, the combination of a truly advanced hybrid drivetrain with supercar performance could mean Lexus is attempting to join the Porsche 918 Spyder's territory--and that car is priced well into the stratosphere.

Oddly, however, the LF-LC's production talk has previously been aimed at a more accessible target price and production volume than the LFA. So the talk--if it proves true--could be about a third car altogether.

While Toyota/Lexus has yet to confirm anything on the matter, we'll have our tendrils out to all of our sources to bring you the latest as the story develops.
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  1. think of it being a staggered approach. there is nothing between the new joint venture throwabout with Subabru and the LFA in Toyota/Lexus stable. by trying to stagger the sports cars in price they are goign to try and get buyers to transition up the model range as they become more affluent. Sort of how BM, Merc, Audi etc try to entice you into their marques with the base models and then provide you with choices as your personal situations change and demand

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