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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 quick-revving V-10 engine seems unrestrained by the somewhat odd choice of gearbox.

Inside the exclusive Lexus supercar, you'll find a mix of extreme high-tech with spartan sportscar aesthetics. Comfort is good if you come into the bargain expecting a car tuned for the edge of performance, and the accompanying tight spaces and firm ride. The visual highlight of the cockpit is the digital tachometer, chosen because no analog gauge could accurately match the speed with which the V-10 engine gains revs.

A number of packages, including a special Nurburgring Edition, offer unique exterior and interior appearance modifications as well as slight tweaks to the performance packages--but as with any extremely high-end supercar, the buyer can order a car built to their specification, provided their wallet is thick enough.

Due to its limited production and high price, the LFA is a very uncommon sight even among supercar circles. If you can get past the less-than-awe-inspiring performance and Lexus badging in the two-Ferraris cost category, you can make a strong argument for joining one of the most exclusive clubs on the planet.

UPDATELexus Builds Its Last LFA

The last Lexus LFA, build #500, has rolled off the line at Toyota’s Motomachi plant in Japan. Read Update

UPDATELightly-Used Neon Green 2012 Lexus LFA For Sale (Update)

This lightly-used Lexus LFA apparently didn't meet its owner's requirements--or the owner didn't meet Lexus'. Read Update

UPDATELexus LFA Trio Goes Dancing...Err...Drifting: Video

The Lexus LFA may be highly exclusive and priced into the stratosphere, but Lexus apparently has enough to spare three to go drifting to a medley of orchestral music. Read Update

UPDATEToyota CEO Signs LFA Nürburgring Edition Bought By Lexus Dealer In Germany

A German Lexus dealer has bought a LFA Nürburgring Edition for his birthday and as a special surprise it was signed by Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda. Read Update

UPDATELexus Fan Tony Hawk Uses Skateboard To Jump Over LFA: Video

Pro skater Tony Hawk was recently loaned a bright yellow 2012 Lexus LFA for his birthday, which he ended up using for a very daring stunt. Read Update

UPDATEFirst Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition Lands In The U.S.

Upgrading your LFA to the Nurburgring package may cost you an additional $70,000 but it adds a whole assortment of upgrades to make the car even faster. Read Update

UPDATELexus LFA Supercar Pays A Visit To Jay Leno’s Garage: Video

Jay Leno simply loves that the Lexus LFA packs so much carbon fiber, as revealed in this latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage. Read Update

UPDATEFormer F1 Driver Alex Wurz Tests The Lexus LFA: Video

Alex Wurz may be driving for Toyota’s Le Mans effort in 2012 but the former F1 driver took some time out to test the 2012 Lexus LFA supercar at Estoril recently. Read Update

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