• Aug 11, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the Lexus LF-A concept.

Lexus sales have been down every month so far this year, which may be due in part to its SUV and crossover-heavy lineup. It also seems that Toyota's luxury division doesn't quite have redesigns of its sedans ready yet. According to Automotive News, the automaker's smallest car, the IS, won't be redesigned for another few years. While the SC coupe/convertible is set to go the way of the Dodo, expect to see a coupe and convertible iteration of the IS sometime soon. Some sales help is also likely forthcoming from the Lexi-fied version of Toyota's next-gen Prius.

In a blow to high-performance sedan lovers, however, the rumored GS-F performance edition of the marque's rear-wheel drive mid-size sedan has been put on hold with fears that the sinking economy will shrink the market for gas-guzzlers too much to make it worthwhile. In more bad news, the $200K-plus LF-A supercar is also being delayed, reportedly in part for failing to meet its desired performance targets. Could that have anything to do with the recent Nissan GT-R and Corvette ZR-1 'Ring lap times? You bet'cha.


[Source: Automotive News]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Can't wait for a proper good looking Japanese sports car. F SHTTY R. This is the real deal
      • 6 Years Ago
      I call BS. The LF-A not the GS-F were never announced, how can they be delayed? Furthermore, the GS is soon due for a redesign, I highly doubt the GS-F would come out this generation.

      I believe the LF-A can already handle itself versus the GT-R and ZR-1, all that with Lexus Luxury and probably reliability. The V10 is still quite relevant and IMO a work of art.

      Seriously, BS

      Lies, Lies, all lies.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I own a 06 is250. I love my car!
      - I don't see the point that GS-F need to be out that fast, Because I don't GS-F will out sell IS-F, Let's see the bmw and audi's side. m3 and rs4 are always what people are talking about. so, take your time, lexus.gs is sexy btw
      -LF-A. It will be great that if toyota can working a mid V8 or even V10. because Toyota has the power to make that happen.Also more like a 240.000 super car should be.( So there for to make all these gt-r or cr1 people shut up..)
      -Lexus need a coupe, but I really don't like the idea that name it a IS350- coupe ..or something like that.can't copy the idea from bmw, they been doing that for years,
      lexus needs it's own philosophy to name them, naming can be a key too.
      It is a hard time for all car makers, even audi and bmw...
      but I still belive lexus can get back on sales like before.soon!
      Sorry about the bad english,
      Not a native speaker.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm not over the GT-R and ZR-1. I can't get enough. They're stupid fast, relatively affordable for the performance, and easily streetable (the ZR-1 has a smoother ride than the Z06 thanks to electromagnetic shocks). How could you dislike such cars? The best part is the competition only drives each car to improve even more. If you want your friends to think you're cool that's fine, I'll be waiting at the finish line with more money in my wallet.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "If you want your friends to think you're cool that's fine, I'll be waiting at the finish line with more money in my wallet."

        Precisely.
      Michael D.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm not a negative person but I'm REALLY getting sick of the LF-A delays !! >:-(
      Enough with this dangling the carrot in front of our noses!
      I'm now hoping that the project does go through and reach showrooms & streets and maybe launch subsequently with the Acura NSX successor.

      Please, Lexus - don't sell out!
      • 6 Years Ago
      i've driven the IS-F and its a remarkable car. too bad the delay for the rest of the 'F' lineup, but the soaring fuel prices are turning away a lot of fringe upmarket buyers. Do I see a Prius-F in the future? probably not
      • 6 Years Ago
      While the LF-A can't survive on looks alone, it is admittedly one of the prettiest supercar concepts I've seen in a while. Maybe its worthwhile to position the car as a GT touring car, rather than an all-out GT-R/ZR-1 fighter.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah they could do that but I think Toyota basically wants the LF-A to send a message that it's a world-beater car that'll take down any competitors. And having 80K cars perform similarly or better kind of ruins that entire plan.

        It's kind of like how VW went and delayed and redesigned the Veyron after it spun off the road during a journalist test-drive. In the end it meant an even more bad-ass car, so here's hoping that when the LF-A finally does arrive it'll really be worth the extra money over the other cars and perform insanely great.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hopefully they've delayed the LF-A in order to rethink the price point for the thing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      @ Ben

      If this is all about times to you....you have this car all wrong...this will be more then a track car....and the price justifies it...take the design for example...how much time and effort you think that put into it?...now look at the ZR-1 with it's "add ons"...it looks like a regular vette...the GTR is ugly so i wont expand on its design...then come luxury (which the GTR and ZR-1 Barley has)...its a come coming from Lexus so i can bet you it will be pack with first rate tech and build quailty and combine that with a F1 based V10 engine that the first of it kind that can rev to a stock rpm of 9000...i think the LF-A already won...its going to be a very fine car indeed

      btw personally i think the LF-A is too good to be compared to those cars...sure they are fast buts that all...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Comparing the LF-A and the ZR1/GT-R is like comparing the 3 series (high end) to the Evo/Sti. They both have roughly the same preformance, but one has a lot of luxury added on and cost a lot more.

        They may go head to head, but appeal to very different people.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree with you...i just think these cars...the LF-A is just a different animal...gtr and LF-A are just for speed....i believe the LF-A will be more then just that...Just look at it....its in a different league from them...they are just hotted up cars...where the LF-A will carry more then just speed but style..luxury..image..imagine rolling up in a GTR or ZR-1 to a show...nice cars....but then roll up in the LF-A....which look stunning....and that F1 sound while pullin away at 9000k.....do your thing Lexus im behind you 100%
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sounds like the whole thing was an "F"n bad idea.
      • 6 Years Ago
      @ Ben

      If this is all about times to you....you have this car all wrong...this will be more then a track car....and the price justifies it...take the design for example...how much time and effort you think that put into it?...now look at the ZR-1 with it's "add ons"...it looks like a regular vette...the GTR is ugly so i wont expand on its design...then come luxury (which the GTR and ZR-1 Barley has)...its a come coming from Lexus so i can bet you it will be pack with first rate tech and build quailty and combine that with a F1 based V10 engine that the first of it kind that can rev to a stock rpm of 9000...i think the LF-A already won...its going to be a very fine car indeed

      btw personally i think the LF-A is too good to be compared to those cars...sure they are fast buts that all...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ugh. Toyota waited to long.
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