• Mar 24, 2009
Lexus LF-A Concept - Click above for a high-res gallery

With the D-3, Mercedes-Benz, Renault, Lamborghini and other automakers, pulling out of this year's Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota is rumored to have a big showing to capitalize on the lack of reveals this October. According to InsideLine's correspondent in Japan, Toyota will unveil the production version of the Lexus LF-A, originally expected to debut in Frankfurt. The V10-powered, 600-hp supercar's future was in doubt late last year, but the on-again-off-again coupe won't be the only two-door gracing the Toyota stage.

The collaboration between Toyota and Subaru on a new coupe is also rumored to make an appearance in Tokyo, although it's unclear if the Toyobaru will debut as a concept or a production model. Based on the current Impreza platform, the rear-wheel drive will coupe will be powered by a Subaru-sourced flat-four with a new Toyota-developed head that will decrease emissions and increase fuel economy while returning an estimated 220 horsepower.

Toyota is also expected to show off a range of hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, along with new EV and battery technology. But the automaker will have four fewer days to show off its wares to the public – the show has been cut down from 17 days to 13, running from October 23 to November 4.



[Source: InsideLine]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      So what's the odds on this Toybaru supercar will be off again within 3 months?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good news.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why can't everyone call it the Subayota instead of the Toyabaru, it rolls better off the tongue, say it with me now, Subayota...

      Oh, and BTW, Subaru already has an N/A 2.0 putting out about 200hp and revving to around 8k rpm, it was in a concept Impreza in the last year I believe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is great news! I love the design of the lf-a since its debut a couple years back.
      • 5 Years Ago
      While the Toyobaru coupe sounds like a good idea... I would guess it will actually deliver on GenCoupe's hype...

      The LF-A is going to find itself in a crowd of 599GTBs, ZR1s, DBSs and Vipers... not a good place for an upscale Toyota.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Who said it's going to cost $200k? Now that both companies are working on this project, it's most likely have Toyota or Subaru badge on it, so I don't think it's going to go way over $50k. Either way it's exciting time for all of us. If this thing cost around $35-$45 stock, we are in for good time. It will be that much difficult for people selecting their exciting coupe/muscle cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly. If you've got $200k+ to spend, would you really drop it on a Lexus? And the real question is would anyone buy a car with three sphincters?
      • 5 Years Ago
      That car looks "pre-riced".

      It's a shame too, because there looks like the base has some very nice lines that they decided to tamper with, maybe out of fear that Lexus is to conservative?

      Lose the batmobile edges and you'll have a winner.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the reason the Toyobaru coupe is getting new heads is to adopt Toyota's new D-4s fuel injection system that combines direct injection with port injection.

      I hope they bring SOMETHING to the show. This car is vaporware until they show something.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Rev.



        I'm sorry but i thought this was about the LEXUS LF-A....how did the Scion Tc get into it ??


        "If Toyota has a say in this"....ummmm TOYOTA MAKES LEXUS. ANYTHING LEXUS HAS TOYOTA PRODUCES.


        Another question...you said if this is as mushy as the TC....i guess the missed the fact that it as a V10 pushing out over 600 hp that can rev to 9k and the fact that the car is built on F1 racing technology....but never mind all that...mushy like the TC right? dumb ass.

        Oh yea...did you know that they ran the car in a 24 hour raced? Which it finished very well in?



        TOYOTA IS BUILDING THIS BAD ASS AND IT WILL RIP LIKE A BAT OUTTA HELL.
        • 5 Years Ago
        JDM-lover,

        you need to calm the hell down. I am usually the one people say that to, and I am saying it to you.

        He was talking about the Subaru/Toyota joint coupe project, which is also mentioned in the article, not just the LF-A.

        The Toyota/Subaru coupe is a different project, and has been rumored to be shelved, and re-activated several times, from several rumor sources. Many people, including myself somewhat, are skeptical that the project is even going to result in anything brought to market.

        Hence the term VAPORWARE. It has nothing to do with water vapor, so you may want to refrain from calling other people "idiot."

        The Scion tC is the coupe that Toyota currently sells that is likely as close to what the Toyota/Subaru coupe will be, that the tC might actually be entirely replaced by the Toyota/Subaru coupe, possibly wearing the Celica nameplate on Toyota lots, and perhaps only japanese Toyota lots, while the Subaru variant is sold elsewhere. That has been a circulating rumor that may or may not be true.

        So... are you up to speed?

        And, BTW, for nearly a quarter-mil, you'd be hard pressed to sell a front engined Toyota/Lexus over a mid-engined Lamborghini or Ferrari, or even a GT2 Porsche, or Pagani's Zonda replacement, McLaren's P11 project, or Aston Martin's DBS or it's replacement, Mercedes' upcoming gull-wing car, and others, some of which are sporting 12 cylinders, rather than 10, most of which have european circuit racing experience much longer than Toyota's, and much more well known reputations. And they aren't exactly standing still on their development, and they actually have track records for building that caliber of a car, both for road and track. Toyota does not, not even under the Lexus brand.

        A Toyota product is going to have a hard sell against Ferrari and it's european pals, even on prestige alone, let alone credentials.



        • 5 Years Ago
        Sweet goodness, I hope Toyota has little say in the engine/handling departments. The less Toy gets their hands on it the better.

        If this is a mushy econocart like the Scion tC I'll be very disappointed. If tC drivers really think the tC is how a car is supposed to drive, they're going to be crapping their pants getting behind the wheel of a real car...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Every concept car is vapor water...idiot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hook me up!
      • 5 Years Ago
      reveals should read rivals
      but I guess reveals works also!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I promise I won't hate on Toyota about their appliance-like cars if these two cars are followed through. I PROMISE.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bring on the Lexus LF-A!!! Lexus needs a sports car to improve its image. Lexus has become the mainstream "plain" luxury brand. It is missing excitement. Even Cadillac has been trying to be more exciting than Lexus. Lexus is becoming the new Cadillac or Buick, so the sooner they can get this car out there the better.
      http://www.lexusofenglewood.com/
      http://www.lexusofmtkisco.com/?http://www.lexuswhiteplains.com/framed.asp
      http://www.lexusofgreenwich.com/?http://www.stamfordlexus.com/framed.asp
      • 5 Years Ago
      Might be late, but the LFA is still dead sexy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Then I guess I must be the odd one as I think it's hugely disappointing. Look like an oversized, pumped-up supra. I'm also glad Honda killed off the NSX replacement, it's almost blasphemous replacing a mid engine sports car with a front engine one.

        What is with the japanese and their obsession on front engined sports car? Must be as financial decision as the japs back in the 90's are obsessed with mid-engine sports car, and multi-link suspension setup. It's like they are going backwards by building a more plush semi luxo-barge with above average performance instead of going the lotus way of lightness and accessible performance.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This car aside, I'm pretty sure that the Toyota direct injection being put into the Subaru engine is going to raise fuel economy and lower emissions so even with the drag of AWD Subaru's cars are going to get better mileage.
        Combining their resources is a definitely a win-win for them, and any Subaru win is a win for Toyota anyway since they hold so many shares.
        Part of me is still kind of sad that Yamaha doesn't seem to be involved here though since Toyota has been trying to be more independent as far as high performance engines go (what with spending all that money on F1 and all). Would have been pretty sick to have some crazy Toyota direct injected, Subaru boxered, Yamaha 9000-RPMed engine. Bwahahaha.
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