It’s been over four years after Lexus entered into the supercar world with the Lexus LFA. Before the initial production, the company had spent almost a decade of research and planning. Lexus produced only 500 units all handcrafted meticulously. However, it is still surprising that this awesome supercar has not sold out yet. Lexus has since discontinued its production and reports from the company indicate that there are no plans to revive this supercar. We believe that its unicorn nature is to blame for the dismal performance.
To start with at $375, 000, the LFA was and still is more expensive than every new Ferrari before options are added and also expensive than a Lamborghini Aventador, two most favorite supercars with massive following.
Despite outshining the above supercars in performance, the LFA didn’t manage to a massive following like the more established rivals because it is a lone ranger with neither a predecessor nor a successor. The vehicle is also different from other Lexus models hence; there is nothing to remind buyers of its existence. Following is a brief revisit to this supercar’s specs;
Lexus LFA Exterior
When it was launched, the 2012 Lexus LFA stood out even among exotic cars of that time and it is still a pretty thing today. Its exterior design was excellently crafted and resembled part jet fighter and part super-coupe. Lexus utilized extensive carbon fiber to reduce its weight but yet maintain a strong body.
Even though the model didn’t gain fame as expected, Lexus excellent craftsmanship must be appreciated. It has an array of air inlets to cool the engine while at the front, the 2-door supercar features triangular headlights which creates a sinister front look for the LFA. At the rear there are three mid-mounted exhaust pipes, blacked-out honeycomb air scoops below the taillights and a speed-sensitive rear wing. The vehicle rides on 10 spoke, 20-inch forged-aluminum BBS wheels.
Lexus LFA Interior
The LFA luxurious interior is handcrafted with utmost attention to detail. The cabin which accommodates two people is upholstered in premium leather and Alcantara. The supercar also features a high-tech LCD in front of the driver. The screen displays important information about the vehicle like its speed, rpm among others.
The Lexus LFA also features a 7-inch screen that is used to control the audio system, navigation and other functions. To control these systems, the driver uses a computer mouse-like module that is located at the front of the armrest. The vehicle also comes with a 12-speaker Mark Levinson premium sound system. It also features a dual-zone climate control system to keep temperatures in the cabin at ideal levels.
Engine Specs and Performance
At the heart of the LFA, Lexus installed a 4.8 L, V10 naturally aspirated engine that produces 552 hp @ 8,700 rpm and 354 lb-ft of torque @ 6,800 rpm. The power is channeled to rear wheels by a 6-speed automatic sequential gearbox. The gear box features 4 modes and allows fully automatic shifting as well as shifting from the driver with the steering-wheel mounted paddles.
The engine is EPA rated at 11 mpg on city drive and 16 mpg on highway. The vehicle has a maximum speed of 202 mph, and accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3,6 sec. To control this huge power, the vehicle is fitted with carbon ceramic brake rotors and 6-piston brake calipers at the front and 4- at the rear.
When it made its debut back in 2011, the Lexus LFA had a starting price of $ 375, 000. If you would like to experience this forgotten Lexus supercar, you can get a bargain from the few remaining unsold units.
However, some databases are quoting its price as high as $ 450,000 which is surprising for a car that has remained unsold 4 years after its maiden debut.