• May 12, 2009
Lexus LF-A – Click above for high-res image gallery of spy shots

We've been reporting on the Lexus LF-A since 2005, and since that time we've shown you the debut of two separate LF-A concepts, an LF-A Roadster and a race version of the LF-A that competed in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. What we've yet to show you amongst these concepts, race cars and the many spy shots in between is an actual production version of Lexus' supercar. After hearing nothing about the LF-A for some time, we've been informed that a new prototype is currently testing on the Nürburgring in Germany. Though wearing camouflage, the new LF-A can definitely be seen sporting a new front- and rear-end, as well as additional sculpting to its side air intakes found ahead of the rear wheel and between the B- and C-pillars. If there's one thing we know about the LF-A with any certainty, it's that we know very little. The production version is rumored to produce over 500 horsepower from what will likely be a V10 engine, and the car itself should be capable of over 200 mph. A $200,000 price tag has been thrown around as well, though you have to question the strategy of a mainstream automaker like Toyota selling such a supercar when the entire world is caught in an economic sleeper hold.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks okay. But $200k seems expensive for V10 500hp, unless this car mid-engined? A 500hp V10 M6 costs less.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        It will have more then 500 hp.

        Also the M6 will perform no where as good as this will.....or have the amount of technology that has been put into this either.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why does it say 12:32 on the time? It's 12:15 on my computer...

      And are they ever gonna make this thing? Seriously they've been talkin about the LF-A FOREVER. I feel like it's worse than the Camaro
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ dwightB


        You could have not said it any better.

        This car is going to be a serious problem for all......>:)
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ aj121489

        Allow me to correct myself. It's been 4 years since concept one debuted at NAIAS. The refined coupe and roadster were shown in 2007 and 2008 respectively.

        But that's still not much development time for this class of vehicle. I have faith in Toyota. :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's like the Duke Nukem Forever of the automotive world.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Has it really only been 3 years?! Wow I guess it just seems like it's been a lot longer than that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I thought this was being scrapped for some reason. It seems like its taking forever because we see similar shots every 6-7 months of this car and it still looks to be in the same stages of development.

        The added body features make this thing looks SEXY in these photos. I'm very excited for the LF-A.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow, three years is "forever" now, huh?

        Hell, a MINIMAL timeline for vehicle development is around 4 years, and we're talking about a world class supercar here. Also, keep in mind we've seen this car transform ON THE SHOW CAR STAND. Having seen all three iterations in the "flesh" I can honestly say that the second and third refinements are improvements of the original and judging by this camo covered vehicle, it's STILL being massaged!

        I've said it here before and I'll say it again. Toyota isn't gonna just throw some BS together and hope it works out. They're going to do their homework, refine, and "over-engineer" everything til they GET IT RIGHT! That's the only way to do it, and what's led them to such success in the past. Don't expect anything less from this car.

        Patience grasshopper...
      • 5 Years Ago
      It may seem ridiculous that Toyota is developing this car in this economic climate, but considering that Ferrari made a €54 million profit for the first quarter this year, there's obviously still a market for expensive supercars. I'm not sure how many people would actually drop supercar coin on a Lexus, but you never know.

      And no, I'm not making direct comparisons between this prototype Lexus and any Ferrari, let alone pedigree comparisons between Toyota and Ferrari.
        • 5 Years Ago
        be VERY VERY careful when generalizing about ferrari, they make a ridiculous amount of money and margin in merchandizing their brand, ridiculous. Also, ferrari’s going to have the least amount of trouble selling their cars, they’re Ferrari. It’s decidedly (and obviously) different when you’re Toyota beginning to tread in Ferrari base price territory. I’m not saying it’s not possible but rather the generalized analogy is about as far off as we can get in this discussion.

        Also, with ferrari posting a much smaller profit for their first quarter, toyota might be better off using porsche as a model to focus on.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      SWEEEEET !


      Time for Lexus/Toyota to chase down the GTR, ZR1 and all other who dare get in the way of this bad ass. Toyota is also bulding it off their F1 racing technology....need i say more?



      FOR ALL THOSE WHO SAID THIS IS VAPOR WATER.....I laugh at you =P


      From the videos i have watched....this car is total bad ass...the sound it makes it sex to the ears.


      Lets not mention an mule lapped the 'Ring in 7:24 even tho it was a unoffical time....
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Vapor Water?

        Christ - if you're going to go off on people, at least get the term correct.

        What everyone has called it, just like the Volt, and any other "promised" product, is Vapor "Ware".

        Means that someone has said that their company has "product X coming, and it will perform like Y" but they never actually seem to have any product samples, info, or testable mockups for anyone in the Real world to evaluate.

        In this case, a production LF-A, that has been changing continuously since its concept inception, with no firm data on any of the particulars of the production car, release date, etc...makes the production version of the vehicle akin to the mythical unicorn. Everyone knows what one is supposed to look like, and what it is, but no one has ever seen one in person. Hence, Vapor Ware.

        Oh, and for going off on the guy that says the Supra wasn't a looker, and making fun of his Civic avatar - grow up. The Supra wasn't the best looking girl at the ball. Not that I like the civic either, but that looks like a pic of his personal car - and it does look better than the Corolla or Camry you're probably pimping.

        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        @ hashiryu


        FYI yes toyota has stated the LF-A is on track for production. It was posted here on Autoblog not too long ago, have a look for yourself.

        LF-A FTW.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Your right. Thanks for the correction.


        Even if i was pimping a Rolla or Cam (not that i do cause i dont support rice) they would be some killer track cars for sure.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        FYI, Toyota has never, ever admitted outright that this car will come into production, hence it can't be called vapourware :P
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        What's with people and mules doing a 7:24 lap around the 'Ring? Obviously all Ferrari has to do is bring out their donkey and gallop a 7:22 lap!!! Porsche could then counter with a pony... I guess whoever brings out the unicorn will be the 1337 H4X0R!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want an NSX! Where's the competitor from Acura for this thing!?!?!?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah... who would want a supercar from a company like toyota/lexus who usually rank top in reliablity and quality?

      Okay so maybe Lexus isnt known for their "wow factor" in terms of styling, but maybe that's somthing they can change with the LFA.

      Lexus don't come cheap, but I do agree 200K does seem a little high.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want to hear what its 'Ring time is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dodge has had, in the Viper, a better version of this car in production for almost 17 years.

      Toyota's vapor-ware version looks like just a warmed over supra with a crude V-10 truck motor stuffed into the engine bay.
        • 5 Years Ago
        you're a joke. Go troll another thread. I'm sure Toyota's got more tech and goodies in this thing than the space shuttle. The Viper is no doubt a good roadster, but it was incredibly crude. What year did they add ABS? How many videos are there of viper drivers taking a corner too fast to end up in a wall or off the road?
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        Blah Blah Blah.


        Go cry somewhere else.


        Even when the car is OBVIOUSLY going through changes you still call it vapor water....oh well trolls will be trolls.

        It takes time to make a good car....especially a car aiming for such a high status as this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Even if what you typed made the smallest amount of sense, what's wrong with a "warmed up Supra" ?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is this FR in layout? If so, aesthetically I wished the front overhang was shorter. Looks pretty close to the LF-A racecar. I'm kinda bummed about the front end--the Supra from the 90s was quick, but was never a looker. Dunno why they'd want to riff off that styling. Then again the GT-R isn't pretty by any stretch of imagination.

      I hope they do come out with it though, I'd love to see it stacked up against the others--and to see Stig throw it around on Top Gear's track.

        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Supra was always a looker. Much more a looker then the civic in your avatar will ever be.


        Also at least this LOOKS like a supercar...the ZR1 and GTR on the other hand does not.

        This car will tear up top gears track for sure....i still remember the 7:24 ring time they pulled off in this car...and its only a mule....
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL your still talking huh?

        You have the balls to complain about the supra "not good looking" and the LFA and GTR ugly......but yet you have a civic as your pic.....good job
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh I'm hurt that Mr. Anonymous called out my avatar pic, what would I ever do?

        I don't think Toyota has come up with a decent sports car design in decades, and I doubt this will be the start of it, either.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Everthing is awesome excpet the price.
      • 5 Years Ago
      yeah, Toyota is never going to make this thing, why do we bother thinking they are.
      • 5 Years Ago
      All I can say is I love what I can see so far. Love the Japanese cars of late.
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