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Hans Lehmann does it again. The ace spy photog captured an undisguised Lexus LF-A prototype lapping the Nürburgring. Lehmann speculates that published images of the upcoming NSX replacement mule have prompted Lexus to let its star be seen too, so as not to fade from enthusiasts' memories. It looks an awful lot like the concept we've seen on the auto show circuit, with some minor tweaks. We're expecting to see this V10 supercar make its official debut in Frankfurt this September.

No word on lap times, but it should be pretty quick. This front-engined supercar is supposed to be powered by a 500-horsepower V10, but may end up as an advanced high-performance hybrid. Lexus executives have hinted that the LF-A could be the next F model to join their new performance line-up alongside the IS-F. They also said we'd see a new vehicle that would combine elements of both the LF-A and the FT-HS that had a hybrid drivetrain. Along with the Nissan GT-R and Acura NSX, the LF-A is marking a new era of Japanese high performance. The Japanese supercar wars are shaping up to be epic.

[Source: World Car Fans]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      V10 is so lame... V8 is where it at.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think Ruggel's point is that Toyota gave up on sporty cars a long time ago, and the fact that they're suddenly giving it a 100% effort (well, sort of... there's only so much you can do if you put an automatic in everything) is really putting a lot of expectations and pressure on Toyota.

      Many people in the automotive world lost faith in sporty Toyota a long time ago. They have a lot to prove with this car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why is that whenever someone asks a question in this place they must be blasted with a 10 paragraph diatribe laced with thinly veiled sarcasm? My point was ZERO motorsport credibility is a bold statement to make.

      Also front-engine GT cars are perfectly viable, Ferrari's 599 GTB is an example. To Ferrari at least, its a better car than the Enzo. Not that Lexus or Honda is Ferrari, but they're not idiots. If they believe front-engine is the way to go they probably have good reasons for it.

      This should be a competent execution. If it's not better than the R8, so what? I'd rather have Toyota/Lexus try if they think they can build this car than not do it at all.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Well the LF-A they had at the NY Auto Show this year in the brushed metal finish was downright striking...

      • 8 Years Ago
      That exhaust is awesome! The LF-A and IS-F are going to be wicked!!

      • 8 Years Ago
      the concept seems pretty cool to me . I can't wait to see it live :)

      • 8 Years Ago
      Very nice! The exotic/high end car market is going to be looking good in the near future with entries from Nissan, Toyota, and Honda.

      • 8 Years Ago
      From the article:
      "They also said we'd see a new vehicle that would combine elements of both the LF-A and the FT-HS that had a hybrid drivetrain"

      I've read the opposite, i.e. The LF-A is way to advanced and expensive to share parts with the FT-HS.... care to lend us a quote that supports your statement Mr.Fillipino?

      Anyway, most of the comments o far are fairly spot on. his car does have a heck of a lot to prove, and I for one hope it can put its rubber where the hype is.
      • 8 Years Ago
      In any event, the new Skyline GT-R is shaping up to be probably the best bargain out of these upcoming Japanese supercars, with the Honda and Toyota V10 machines costing more than $100k and the GT-R ranging from $57k to $90k depending on trim.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That car looks so hot. Does anyone know if the new Supra will share anything with it?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I want the Ralf Schumacher Edition!

        • 8 Years Ago
        I like this car but that is hilarious!
        • 8 Years Ago
        One that automatically laps 2 seconds slower than your teammate/ competition?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Does nothing for me ... it looks like every other high performance exotic out there (i.e. copy) and they have to be smoking something to believe that people are going to pay upwards of $150,000 for a car with zero history or credibility.
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