• Jun 25th 2007 at 8:25AM
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The Lexus LF-A has been caught in motion doing hot laps at the Nurburgring. According to Inside Line's take on the vid, the new flagship from the pursuers of perfection has a five-liter V10 belting out something like 500 HP through a clutchless, automated sequential gearbox. Lexus says the car will get close to 200 MPH, and that it "will set a fresh standard in hybrid technology." It's expected to cost more than the $105,000 Lexus LS 600h L. Based on the vid, there's no doubt the cars a goer. The question is: swimming in the same pool with Porsche and Aston, not to mention M and AMG, and maybe Dino and V8 Gallardo... will buyers go for it?

[Source: Inside Line]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      You guys should have your ears and eyes checked. Couldn't believe you are not impressed after watching the video.

      The exhaust sounds too awesome, almost F1-like. Almost no body-roll and bunch during the fast cornering. The price will not be just above 100k, but close to 200k because it will be built on carbon fiber frame and high revving v10 with 9000rpm. This not a sports car with a truck engine.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "testa di cazzo @ Jun 25th 2007 10:34AM
      i'm still trying to figure out who in their right mind would pay north of $100,000 for a lexus... and a lexus "sports car" at that!

      if you're dropping 100+ Gs, you might as well get yourself an AMV8, a Continental GT, or an R8..."

      You are absolutely... WRONG. The thing that you're forgetting is that this car is a LEXUS. Not some Italian, German, or British POS that breaks down every 107 miles and will need $5000 worth of work to get running. This is the Lexus NSX. An everyday sports car. This car will be able to go 50,000 without a tune up. Meaning that people who can afford the paymemts (which can be stretched out for 8 years) can afford the car. If you buy a Ferrari, the price tag is only the cost of entry. The fun begins when you get your repair bill.

      I have gone to Ferrari dealerships where rich guys stand around and literally brag on how much they dropped on repairs and maintainence. I have seen bills for as much as $12,000 for transmission work!
        • 8 Years Ago
        I love how you can so easily claim that the $100k Lexus sports car will have great reliability. This isn't some $35 ES, it is something that Lexus has zero experience with. The fact is that any real expensive car will have expensive repairs. And any sports car that is driven like a sports car will require high maintenance.
        • 8 Years Ago
        an obvious retort: someone who has enough disposable income to afford to pay 100,000+ dollars for an automobile they will likely drive no more than a few times per year can likely afford and is more than willing to pay for the requisite repairs and maintence to keep it in optimal condition. supercars, with their absurdly large horsepower figures and, moreover, their absurdly large pricetags are, after all, the antithesis of practicality.
      • 8 Years Ago
      not automatic.
      the mule does have a manual gearbox: you can hear the clutch in the video and the article says its a manual
      • 8 Years Ago
      that looks good, and sounds good to. they should make a toyota version to..i'd buy it...since its lexus/toyota=reliable..
      • 8 Years Ago
      You guys have no idea what you are talking about. The NSX redefined the supercar and Lexus redefined the luxury with the ls400 in the late 80s. Probably the reason why your mercs/audis/bmws/ferraris etc are more reliable now. This car has been in gestation for a long time and i have no doubt that it will be awesome. I own 2 lexuses and traded and audi for one of them. I got tired of pulling over for false warning lights and visiting the dealer on my days off. The lexus might not ultimately handle as well but they do offer a more comfortable passenger ride.

      As far as the looks, i'm sure my any car would look just as plain if it was covered in masking tape. All I know is that the 2 concepts looked gorgeous and i'm sure the production version won't let down.
      • 8 Years Ago
      People pay well over $100,000 for Mercedes Benzes that look just like their non-AMG counterparts at half the price. Without the history that AMG has, a similar Lexus wouldn't do as well - but this one's unique. And if it's a hybrid, then it'll attract plenty of drivers who aren't looking for a Lexus as well.

      Besides that it'll be people who feel they've been well served by Lexus, and have seen their car budget grow bigger than Lexus could accomodate. I'm thinking execs with an LS460 who want a toy that they can take to the same dealer, with the same level of service.

      Sales might not be the point anyways. It's a halo car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How's that great reliability working out for Toyota in F1? They have now attained the record as the most expensive also-ran in the history of Formula 1. A dubious distinction at best. Meanwhile, all those ('lesser cars' for you Toyota fans) run circles around them.

      To be honest this car looks ok from the sides and back but the front is pretty pedestrian. People that buy cars in this price point are looking for 150k worth of art as well as fantastic performance. You'd have to be a complete dolt to think the #1 consideration for a car in this price point is reliability. #1 Performance, #2 Beauty, highest quality materials in all areas...etc. A distant 3rd at best would be how reliable it will be. There will be plenty of overly wealthy guys wearing plaid shorts and black socks that will be willing to buy this thing.

      This car will be a third class citizen at a concourse de elegance. Not because of what it is (Lexus) but because of what it isn't (a real pedigreed exotic).

        • 8 Years Ago
        Apparently you guys aren't able to purchase cars in this categorey, because if you were, you'd understand what I am talking about.

        There's a reason why Maserati doesn't sell 1/20th as many Quattaporte's as Mercedes does S Classes... reliability.

        Like I said before, it's not as much about the cost of admission, as it is to actually play. Buying and maintaining an S class is totally different than buying and maintaining a Maserati, which is nothing but a Ferrari in a tux any way.

        Heck, I can afford a used Ferrari and would love to own one, but I will have to forgo that urge and settle with a 911 or BMW 650 or SL because I can't afford the maintaience on a Ferrari.

        Trust me, the guys that own Ferrari's are in a class by themselves with it comes to Financial abilities.

        They are probably people who make well over $500,000 a year.

        That is not the demographic that Lexus is trying to capture. The demographic that Lexus is going after are the people that can afford a $100,000 car period. I'm just talking about payments. Not to fly to the autobahn, or track, or sit in a museum and discuss. But an everyday car. This car will challenge the 911 purchasee. Someone who wants a reliable sports car for around $100,000. The Lexus will have Turbo performance for 911 S dollars.

      • 8 Years Ago
      i hope this will create a demand for toyota to build sporty cars again
        • 8 Years Ago
        Wait a minute, the Camry isnt sporty???
      • 8 Years Ago
      hang not hand...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Good site and good Photos.

      • 8 Years Ago
      i'm still trying to figure out who in their right mind would pay north of $100,000 for a lexus... and a lexus "sports car" at that!

      if you're dropping 100+ Gs, you might as well get yourself an AMV8, a Continental GT, or an R8...
        • 8 Years Ago
        still wondering who in their right mind would pay anything north of a dollar for an audi. period. i'd probably be losing money even if i got one for free, what with all the reliability issues and repairs and all.
      • 8 Years Ago
      P.S. I don't look at my cars reflection when i drive unlike you euro fanboys...
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