• Oct 13th 2006 at 6:58AM
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The guys and gals over at Car & Driver acquired a few choice shots of what's assumed to be the Lexus LF-A uber-coupe lapping the 'Ring. Destined to fight with the likes of Audi's new R8, the upcoming Nissan GT-R and the highly evolved 911, Lexus has continually denied the existence of their high-performance two-door, but the shape of this prototype tells another tale.
Overall, the design has gotten considerably more butch, regardless of the Cessna-sized wing hanging out on the rear end. The front end exchanged its feminine eyes for a more tautly drawn headlamp arrangement, along with larger inlets for air. The increase in oxygen-providing bodywork extends beyond the fascia, to behind the doors, with larger, more upright ducts that will shovel air into what's assumed to be a mid-mounted V10, producing 500+ HP.

The rear end has grown in a way that only an ass-man could love, with the rear bumper protruding up and out, when compared to the concept it's based off. Thankfully, the tri-tip, center-mounted exhaust carries over from its show stand sibling.

As Car & Driver points out, it's all speculation at the moment -- much like the aforementioned power plant -- but that won't stop them from assuming that the LF-A will get an eight-speed manumatic, carry a price tag of over $100k and be available in 2008.

Click either photo for several great shots of the Lexus in motion.

[Source: Car & Driver]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      I think it's evident a lot of folks here feel threatened by Lexus's sports car entry. You have the "I love Detroit" crowd that's bitter with Toyota's market supremacy, and the Euro trash that doesn't like to see another car spank Porsches and Ferraris.
      • 9 Years Ago
      ? Some 350Z design theft? Roof line/rear pillar.'
      Has its own "Beadie" eyed looking front end. HLs too close together.
      • 9 Years Ago
      i am not sure on te looks of this car yet

      i know you can't see much, but i see that it wont look as good as the Alfa 8C or the Audi R8, but it will have them on performance if it has a 500+HP V10
      • 9 Years Ago
      Borrowing heavily from the 89 Supra parts bin?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Looks like a Celica to me with a body kit. 3 months after this is released, someone's gonna come out with a LF-A body kit for the late-model Celica.

      Not sure what the appeal is for transmissions with > 6 gears. I think an 8-speed is overkill. How much is the repair job going to be when you need to replace the transmission? The more gears -> the more shifting -> the faster it wears out.
      • 9 Years Ago
      naggs grow up and stop calling people trolls for the sake of starting a flamewar.

      You have to agree about the american aspect of generally hating anything non-american, look at the C6 Z06 (which the 2008 gt-r WILL DESTROY!)
      • 9 Years Ago
      I've never seen a mid-engined car with proportions like that; pretty sure the engine is all up front there.
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