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.)
We’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?
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