Lexus LF-A: Specs for the Exclusive Supercar

October 21st, 2009

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If this car doesn’t help change Toyota’s reputation for building boring, sensible, and practical cars, the company is screwed. (As any Car Guru knows, Lexus is Toyota’s luxury brand, as Acura is for Honda and Infiniti is for Nissan.)

Lexus_LF_A_rearWe’ve talked about the FT-86 concept, Toyota’s joint effort with Subaru to build a RWD sports coupe, but the real excitement lies in the Lexus LF-A. This super-Lexus has been in the rumor mill for about two years, but is set to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in production form. “Production” is a very loose term, though, as only 500 will be made.

The car is exceptionally hot, with all the right curves, angles, and intakes. From the outside, it seems Toyota has created a Lexus worthy of our lust. I even like the triangular triple exhaust pipes. My only issue with the design is with the taillights – mere slits sitting on top of acres of empty space. The question with the LF-A has been: Will the performance numbers stack up? Until now we’ve only been able to guess.

Thanks to our friends at Autoblog for digging up some details. The LF-A features:

  • 4.8-liter 72-degree V10 putting out 560 hp at 8,700 RPM (that’s 116.5 hp/liter) and 354 lb.-ft. of torque at 6,800 RPM
  • Redline: 9,000 RPM
  • Titanium valves, connecting rods, forged aluminum pistons, dry sump lubrication and a titanium exhaust manifold
  • Six-speed sequential gearbox
  • Torsen limited slip differential
  • 3,263 pounds with a 48/52 front-to-rear weight distribution
  • Power-to-weight ratio of 5.8 pounds/hp
  • 65 percent of the body is carbon fiber
  • 20-inch BBS wheels wrapped in 265/35 ZR20 Bridgestone tires in front and 305/30 ZR20 in the rear.
  • 0-62 MPH (100 km/h) in 3.7 seconds
  • Top speed of 201.94 MPH

For all this, you’re looking at a $400,000 Lexus. But check out the video below and watch (and listen to) the white LF-A scream out of the parking lot then tell me the price isn’t worth it. As the guy says at the end, Savage!

Is Toyota back on track to building exciting cars? Would you take an LF-A over something like a Ferrari?

-tgriffith

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  1. matt
    May 29th, 2012 at 12:01 | #1

    Ok. That lexus is quick, but think for the price should be quicker. On the other hand, the price tag is so high due to the fact that they r only building 500 world wide. That doesn’t mean id rather own the audi r8 gt which is just as fast and let’s face it, sexier.

  2. anonymous
    February 24th, 2011 at 09:01 | #2

    My audi R8 5.2 liter screams just as much as the Lfa and its almost quarter million less!!!

  3. February 21st, 2011 at 07:41 | #3

    @ danny. First I would just like to point out the fact that the vette zr-1 is not a drag car. It has full independant susp. With transaxle tranny in the rear. So saying that this car is not built for a road course is just dumb. It is a way cheaper car and you get just as much if not more. second, who the hell wants a car that expensive cuz u know ur gonna drive like a pussy cuz u don’t want to scratch it or get road chips. Third point. There are videos on youtube of the new gt-r beating it in drag. And the gt-r is also built to handle being the awd setup. This car fully loaded is still less than $100,000 and sounds just as nice. I will give it to toyota, they built a fine car that looks good sounds sweet and is real fast but for the average workin human being its a bit far from our want or need. And to the first comment on this page. Yea it would be real nice if they made cars the way they used to but with everything changing with laws they are forced to change them. Plus if they made cars like they used to all the old cars would lose their value and their history.

  4. Angus
    February 16th, 2011 at 16:54 | #4

    It screams, big frikking deal.
    That does not make it worth $200,000 more than a Porsche 911 Turbo or worth more than a Ferrari 458 or Lamborghini.
    This car is a joke, the Lexus LFMAO

  5. hunter
    February 16th, 2011 at 02:42 | #5

    @ Derek
    I didn’t know you counted the cents and especially to the thousandth.

  6. RR
    January 13th, 2011 at 20:08 | #6

    nissan gt-r is better!!!!

  7. edwin
    September 30th, 2010 at 03:40 | #7

    i wouldnt be caught dead in the lfa. There are so many cheaper and faster options out there, like the ferrari 599, lamboghini gallardo which are faster or equal to the lfa in terms of performance….and anyway, who are we kidding, who would choose a lexus badge over a ferrari badge?

  8. Derek
    August 1st, 2010 at 12:15 | #8

    Nice, but at over 350,000.000, I’d but a 2 or 3 year old Lambo or Ferrari, new Audi R8 V10 or Vette ZR1, party with the 100,000.00+ I saved then go looking for the Lexus on the streets!

  9. danny
    July 8th, 2010 at 00:53 | #9

    @ mike..how are you so sure that 100,000 corvette will destroy that 400,000 lexus, your talking about two different cars here. the lexus lfa was built for the track not for the drag strip, so the lexus destroy the corvette win on the track!! and i dnt think it’ll destroy the lexus.

  10. mike
    July 1st, 2010 at 14:52 | #10

    i dont know who would buy a 400,000 lexus when you can buy a 100,000 corvette that will destroy that lexus

  11. marshall
    June 30th, 2010 at 23:23 | #11

    the lfa in my opinion is the most bad ass cars i have ever seen anywhere. ti has a v10 that weighs like a v6, the lcd dash readout because the old standard one wont rev fast enough for this car. its 550 hp all motor. 65% carbon fiber. looks like a new version of a supra and sounds like a formula 1 car. i dont know how anyone could not wet their pants looking at pictures of this thing.

  12. Bikebird
    March 1st, 2010 at 23:58 | #12

    It’s a good thing that back in 1970 all the car makers didn’t go “retro” and build nothing but what had been built in the past. Who’s to say that Toyota (or some other contemporary) won’t be building the next “future classic” next year? That the LF-A won’t go down in history as a paradigm shift? Only time will tell. . .my point is retro design has its place, but innovation rocks.

  13. supraman
    January 28th, 2010 at 20:03 | #13

    @DIASISS
    i happen to own a 84 MKII supra. is neither the P type or the L type. it was the euro version of the car (MA61) and it came with all the goodies…. digital dash, 8 way adjustable race seats, 5 speed, LSD rear end and the fiberglass fender flares. and i have not been able to find a car that i feel more comfortable driving than that. if they had plans to bring back that body and the old school 5MGE motor i would be first in line to buy it. the car i have had over 300,000 km on the motor when the odometer broke (so far the only thing that has broken on the car) and then i drove it for another year before i decided to take the motor apart to beef it up for a turbo. if toyota made cars like they used to i think everyone would want one.

  14. January 6th, 2010 at 15:33 | #14

    i like it!!! but…heres 1 of my older comments…

    God Toyota sure has lost its balls!…Im not even sure if they even know what a sports car is these days…Toyota needs to start building the cars they had in the 1980s!!! LIKE IT OR NOT RETRO DESIGNED CARS ARE HERE TO STAY! SO MAKE THEM LOOK LIKE THEY DID THEN!!! IF THEY SOLD WELL AND PUT YOU ON THE MAP THEN THE SAME IS STILL TRUE!!! if you make a retro supra or celica {flip lights included} ILL BUY 3 OF THEM! You can even use THE SAME BODY you had back then! A 1970 BOSS 302 Mustang doesnt go out of style! NEITHER DOES A 1985 MKII SUPRA P-TYPE!!!!!!!!!!! just look at this one! http://www.malibyte.net/Supra/85supra.html

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