• May 27th 2009 at 7:01PM
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Lexus LF-A Nurburgring - Click above for a high-res image gallery

Last year's reports about the demise of the Lexus LF-A may have been greatly exaggerated, and according to the fabulists at AutoExpress, Lexus' long-awaited supercar is due to be revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show this October.

Toyota insiders told the Brit pub – in so many words – that the LF-A's delay was due to a series of engineering tweaks to boost the sleek supercar's top speed. Initially, the LF-A topped out at 199 mph, which ToMoCo execs decided was too slow considering the supercar's competition, so after some fettling with the engine and bodywork, the revised coupe is expected to hit 218 mph or beyond.

In addition to the revised top speed, the R&D team's exterior tweaks will be obvious when the wraps come off in Tokyo, with a new fascia, headlight design and reworked rear end. Underneath that long hood lies a revised version of Lexus' new V10, displacing 4.8-liters and sending all 550 hp through a six-speed semi-automatic gearbox.

Production of the LF-A will be limited to 500 examples, and that will supposedly include a higher performance version equipped with wider body panels, a track-oriented suspension and aerodynamic components pulled from the Nurburgring racer (pictured above).

Pricing is still rumored to be somewhere in the $200,000 range, and if the LF-A does debut in Tokyo – likely alongside the rear-wheel drive Toyobaru sports coupe – it could be on sale as early as 2010.


  • Lexus LF-A in 2009 N24 livery
  • Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota

[Source: AutoExpress]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Suddenly all you "Why are they wasting their time on a car they're never going to produce" bandwagoners are looking a little less convincing.

      I've been saying it all along. Just be patient. ;)









      Now, leave me 15 comments about how horrible Toyota / Lexus are, etc...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Toyota used to be a respectable company with some respectable cars, maybe they can revive some of that.

        Landcruiser, 4Runner, Supra and the mid-size trucks were always solid vehicles with a good reputation for the last 30 years, and in the case of the Landcruiser 50+ years.

        For all you young-uns out there who weren't around or don't remember, people actually used to think these vehicles were cool.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it was Toyota Supra instead of Lexus I will consider dreaming about this car. The body style of Lexus and Lexus brand is really not my taste for anything.
        • 6 Years Ago
        it doesn't hurt I just hate this thing with a passion.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I just hate this thing with a passion.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If it hurts so much, I'm sure Toyota is willing to sell you Toyota Supra badges. Will that make you want it then?
        • 6 Years Ago
        This thing has a very similar profile to the Supra, WTF is wrong with you?
        • 6 Years Ago
        well what can I say " I hate this thing with a passion" yeah keep rating down!!! lol

        • 6 Years Ago
        Of all the ridiculous things to whine about, you're whining that they decided to brand their $200,000 supercar as a Lexus and not a Toyota? WTF
        • 6 Years Ago
        This thing has a very similar profile to the Supra, WTF is wrong with you?
        • 6 Years Ago
        You are a marketer's wet dream. You don't even care about the car - you care about the brand.

        Some car enthusiast you are.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "...sending all 550 hp through a six-speed *semi-automatic gearbox*."

      *Sigh*

        • 6 Years Ago
        It's called "Sequential Gearbox" used in F1!!!

        *@#$%^&
        • 6 Years Ago
        why do they put an 8 speed in the is-f but only a 6 speed in the lf-a?
      JDM Life
      • 6 Years Ago
      LOVE IT.

      Even faster then I thought.

      "Production of the LF-A will be limited to 500 examples, and that will supposedly include a higher performance version equipped with wider body panels, a track-oriented suspension and aerodynamic components"

      What?! Like the LF-A needs a faster better handling version...gesh

      • 6 Years Ago
      I think you guys are missing a major selling point for this car; a RELIABLE supercar, now ain't that crazy?
      • 6 Years Ago
      STUPID CAR, fekken fugly I say, FUGLY! Poor lil Toyota, that lil fella, they can't know how to build sport cars. Hope the Toyobaru rocks cuz this Lf thing Sucks the fugly stick.
      • 6 Years Ago
      218mph is pretty insane. Here's hoping the reworked fascia = more aggressive fascia. It looks so vanilla as it is right now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it's true, props to Toyota for launching it especially in a time like this. They've come a long way....It's about time they flexed some muscles.

      • 6 Years Ago
      yawn
        • 6 Years Ago
        @M AI B

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        2. While I don't have the oil dollars to own any of the cars you mentioned, I have driven a Ferrari and a Lambo.
        3. Not as much as you apparently.

        While I'm sure this car will be a beast, like your command of English grammar, it's a few cents short of a dollar - I'm sure many will agree that Lexus has a pretty decent track record of attempting to produce something exciting with soul, but has failed to elicit much emotion other than a collective yawn. 5 years after this car makes it into production, this car will be to Ferrari, Lambo, etc what the MB SLR or Bugatti Veyron is to the McLaren F1.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think it was a good analogy. The F1 was epic, the SLR will be remembered as a celeb car. Dunno exactly what this will be remembered as, but it won't have the prestige of an Italian.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @2004m3driver

        Fine, maybe it's not a good analogy. My initial point was that this car will probably fail to stir the interest of many people, although there will be exceptions, and that's fine, whatever floats your boat. If you like, we can use a proxy - number of comments on this post = 16 including this comment, 4 in this thread alone. Number of comments on the WRX render = 50. Hyundai Genesis navi = 17. Tailpipe emissions dude = 32, Chicago Ferrari "that guy" = 31, etc etc. Yes, it's not a perfect measurement but I think you get my drift.
      • 6 Years Ago
      what a boring looking car. reminds me of the Lexus SC300 from 1997
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