A Lexus dealer in southern Germany bought himself a brand new
Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition
to celebrate his 40th birthday and as a special surprise Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda signed the hood of the car.
The particular LFA Nürburgring Edition, one of only 50 planned for production, is the first to be delivered to a customer in Germany and came finished in the car’s trademark orange.
It was bought by Eric Weinberger, a Lexus dealer in Bavaria, who paid 445,000 euros (approximately $548,434) for the privilege of owning it.
For Weinberger, it was love at first sight. He explained that he couldn’t get the car out of his head after seeing it compete in the Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race.
While this is the first LFA Nürburgring Edition to be delivered to a customer in Germany, it certainly isn’t the first of its kind in the country. The LFA Nürburgring Edition, along with the regular LFA, was extensively tested during its development on the German race track from which it gets its name, and in September of last year the car was driven around the Nurburgring-Nordschleife in a time of just 7:14.64
Here in the U.S. the Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition costs an additional $70,000 on top of the already exorbitant $375,000 sticker of the regular LFA. The upgrades are designed to offer additional aerodynamic features and technical revisions that improve handling and downforce of the LFA. These include a number of carbon fiber components such as the larger front spoiler, side fin-type spoilers and fixed rear wing.
Peak output from the LFA Nürburgring Edition’s 4.8-liter V-10 is also increased by 10 horsepower to a total of 562 horsepower to ensure the car’s speed and acceleration aren’t compromised by the addition of the new aero pieces. Lexus claims the car is capable of 0-60 mph sprints in just 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 202 mph.