Outrageously expensive, incredibly high-performance, and extremely limited in volume, the Lexus LFA is the very definition of a "halo car," built to highlight Lexus' engineering prowess and technical expertise as much as to entice supercar buyers. Its masterful V-10 engine, high-tech carbon fiber body, and $375,000-plus price tag make it a car to be desired.
Performance is, as you might expect, impressive, though perhaps not quite so impressive as to justify the massive price: 0-60 mph takes 3.7 seconds, top speed is 202 mph, and output from the 4.8-liter V-10 engine is a stout 552 horsepower. Sure, the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 tops all of those numbers at less than one-third the price, but it doesn't hold the same cachet--or have a 9,000-rpm redline.
The LFA's transmission is also somewhat unique among the modern crop of supercars, eschewing both the standard manual transmission and the dual-clutch gearbox for a single-clutch six-speed sequential gearbox. Nevertheless, its...
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