Lexus reveals production LFA super car (+video)

Lexus reveals production LFA super car (+video)

Lexus LFA production fq

It feels like the Lexus LFA isn’t exactly a new car with the first concept version unveiled way back at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show. More concepts followed in 2007 and 2008, and the on-off rumors of a production version haven’t help. Now, the production version of the LFA has finally arrived at this week’s Tokyo Motor Show, and it looks mean. But nothing is happening in a hurry and the LFA isn’t expected to reach customer garages until early 2011.

The specifications of the new rear-drive Lexus supercar are definitely impressive: a 4.8-litre V10 making 552 bhp, 354 lb-ft torque, a screaming 9,000 rpm redline, six-speed sequential gearbox, 0-100 kph in 3.7 seconds, and a top speed of 325 kph. All that and it looks the business too.

It’s hard not to make comparisons to the current reigning Japanese supercar, the Nissan GT-R. The LFA is lighter and has a better power-to-weight ratio, but that hasn’t stopped the GT-R from dominating opposition before. Then there is the small matter of cost to consider. Unlike the GT-R, which is considered by many a performance bargain, the LFA will be exclusive and pricey. Only 500 units will be produced at a cost of $375,000 USD. Surprisingly even with the mammoth price tag rumour is that Lexus expects to take a loss on each one.

Check out the promotional video for the Lexus LFA below.

Lexus LFA production fq

It feels like the Lexus LFA isn’t exactly a new car with the first concept version unveiled way back at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show. More concepts followed in 2007 and 2008, and the on-off rumors of a production version haven’t help. Now, the production version of the LFA has finally arrived at this week’s Tokyo Motor Show, and it looks mean. But nothing is happening in a hurry and the LFA isn’t expected to reach customer garages until early 2011.

The specifications of the new rear-drive Lexus supercar are definitely impressive: a 4.8-litre V10 making 552 bhp, 354 lb-ft torque, a screaming 9,000 rpm redline, six-speed sequential gearbox, 0-100 kph in 3.7 seconds, and a top speed of 325 kph. All that and it looks the business too.

It’s hard not to make comparisons to the current reigning Japanese supercar, the Nissan GT-R. The LFA is lighter and has a better power-to-weight ratio, but that hasn’t stopped the GT-R from dominating opposition before. Then there is the small matter of cost to consider. Unlike the GT-R, which is considered by many a performance bargain, the LFA will be exclusive and pricey. Only 500 units will be produced at a cost of $375,000 USD. Surprisingly even with the mammoth price tag rumour is that Lexus expects to take a loss on each one.

Check out the promotional video for the Lexus LFA below.

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