• Mar 24, 2006

Lest one need further corroboration, word 'round Toyota's campfire is that Lexus' compelling LF-A supercar's gestation continues apace. Reportedly due by 2008, UK-based Pistonheads.com is reporting that the high-powered coupe is to be called the 'GT500,' though we're not sure how well that will sit with brand-protectionist types over at Ford.

The Ferrari-chaser will most likely be motivated by a 500 bhp 5.0L V10, with the possibility of a less-expensive V8 variant ('GT450').

According to sources, Lexus' long-rumored NSX-fighter will come in between  £75,000 -  £100,000 ($130,000-$173,000) depending on the powertrain.

The LF-A/GT500/90210 production model is slated to appear at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show (where the concept premiered last year).

[Source: Pistonheads.com]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Hahaha

      Gunner, the Ford Five Hundered is a reference to the 500 sedans of the 1960's. (the Galaxy and Fairlane) Ford has used the SEL package for years to designate an up level package on a variety of cars. Good try though, when ever you guys get a chance to take a shot at US automaker make sure you think before you write shit like that down.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I remember whe Ford tried to wanted to call their Lincoln luxury sedan the LS4, direct competition to the LS400. Also remember the origianl Pontiac GTO, which GM "borrowed" from Ferrari's "Gran Turismo Omologato"; Ferrari GTO.

      Also, remember Ford produced a Mustang GT-R concept as well, I wouln't go far as to say the GT-R is exclusive to Nissan (the word GT was coined by Enzo Ferrari afterall), but most people would associate "GT-R" with the Skyline GT-R.

      Should also be kept in mind that the name "GT500" is still pure speculation by the press, nobody knows what the real displacement will be outside Toyota.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #22

      Like was said before the GT500 name is pure speculation.

      However, the V10 is F-1 derived, and as a matter of fact, lotus is doing the suspension tuning on this car. It is however fron engined.

      I'd hope they change the loof of the front of this car...every other bit looks good.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The LF-A is a Really Fantastic Looking car. However, with the way things go in the Automotive industry, the better a concept car looks, the less chance that it has of actually being built. I hope that the LF-A will prove an exception.

      Also, it will be great if the next Supra ( and MR2 ) look anywhere near this fantastic.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hmm I don't think it is a matter of copying a name, GT500 is really to capitalize on the success of the Japan Grand Touring Car Championship GT500 class.

      All you Ford fans should rest easy, this has nothing to do with usurping the Shelby.
      • 8 Years Ago
      GT500 is a terrible name. Only way i'd pay 130,000+ dollars for a lex 'supercar' is if that v10 was based closely off the old f1 powerplant, midengined, and lotus-like handling. Same with the upcoming NSX. I hope acura doesn't make that car front engined. High revving V10, formula 1-esque aura, lightweight, mid-engined, amazing steering/handling..combined with japanese simplicity/reliability in electrical systems...would take a lot of sales away from the euro's.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Btw, remember the Toyota GT2000? The GT500 name could work, although Supra F sounds nicer
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not bad looking, I'm still up for a 911 though
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's interesting to me that Lexus has to rely on a V-10 for it's new "long-rumored NSX-fighter" while the NSX simply uses a V-6 and superior engineering to make an amazing supercar.

      I admit I'm a sucker for NSX's (pre-1996), but it just strikes me as funny.

      John
      • 8 Years Ago
      I love how Autoblog puts a negative spin on everything about domestics. Suddenly it is "brand-protectionist" if a Japanese company wants to use the name of the most recognized Mustang brand name in existence. However, when Lincoln uses MKX, then it is bad and copyright violation of Japanese & German cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think the more interesting implication for Lexus is that new V10!! .. As soon as they can get costs down, they're be pumping out LS500, GS500, LX500, GX500, IS500, etc ..
      • 8 Years Ago
      Being that the next NSX is going to be a V10, makes sense to use a V10 for the GT500. I was hoping that they would use something larger than 5 liters for the V10, being that the LS460 uses a 4.6L and a 5L V-8 is said to be in the works for a high performance IS.


      Either way, the top three Japanese makers all seem to be readying ~500hp supercars (NSX, GT-R, GT500).
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