The LF-A sports-car concept was originally shown at the 2005 NAIAS to express a new direction in styling for the Lexus brand. The goals for the new LF-A are no different than they were with the original concept: to build a supercar with Ferrari-rivaling performance.
The running gear of the LF-A is just as it was with the original, powered by a high-revving 500hp V10 engine. Its front mid-engine placement, along with a rear-mounted transaxle and rear-mounted radiators, is said to enhance weight distribution. The horsepower, sculpted aero kit and the revised styling should allow the coupe to reach speeds in excess of 200mph.
What's different with this unveiling is that it's closer to what a production version would be. "The first LF-A was a pure concept, but one that we went so far as to conduct engineering analysis on," said Bob Carter, Lexus Division's group vice president and general manager. "This latest concept is much closer to a vehicle that we would bring to market, and one in which we will be gauging consumer interest."