• Aug 6, 2009
Lexus LF-A Concept - Click above for a high-res image gallery

There's a new sheriff in town at Toyota, and he's wasting no time in making his presence felt at the World's Largest Automaker. Fortunately, that finally means a return to building fun-to-drive cars after years of offering virtually nothing to tempt the enthusiast market. We can only hope that some of that sporting DNA finds its way into the rest of the automaker's staid lineup as well.

"The severe drop in the economy and auto market has created some of the most challenging times Toyota has ever faced," says new Toyota Prez Akio Toyoda. "I aim to take us back to what made Toyota successful for many years – making high-quality products at an affordable price."

According to Toyoda, two of the most eagerly anticipated (non-hybrid) vehicles from Toyota in years are moving ahead at full steam. First of all, the seemingly forever-delayed Lexus LF-A sportscar is back on track and headed Stateside. Secondly, Toyoda reconfirmed earlier reports that the planned affordable sportscar made in partnership with Subaru is on its way within the next few years. Finally, change we can believe in!



[Source: Wall Street Journal - Sub. Req'd]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh my. The profile screams 350z. The front...ugh.

      What a mess. This is what we were waiting for?
      • 5 Years Ago
      In before requisite Autoblog Lexus hate.
        • 5 Years Ago
        firsties still suck.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd prefer a more reasonably-priced Supra replacement. All of the Lexus cars turn out somewhat numb.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        Are you serious?


        So the IS-F is numb and the LF-A will be Numb also right? LMAO.

        Stop being a ass.

        Lexus made those cars like that for a reason because their luxury cars. Cars like the ES, LS etc where designed to be smooth as possible, Lexus did not try to had what they are made for so all you talk about being "numb" is dumb to be honest. Luxury cars on a whole were made to be smooth NOT corner lovers.


        But with the IS-F and upcoming cars, Lexus has proved they can switch from the best in luxury to raw performance with a blink of a eye.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Easy now. Perhaps it is Toyota paying your mortgage or you had too much caffeine, but I simply stated my opinion-- no need for a personal attack.

        Yes, I was serious. Most Lexus cars are "numb", as in they are rolling barcaloungers with very little steering feel, modest handling, and a soft ride. And such qualities are NOT a prerequisite for the luxury class, as BMW, Mercedes, Infiniti, etc. have proven. The base IS was a turn in the right direction, but all Lexus then demonstrated with the IS-F was that they could not successfully balance the ride and handling equation. You are correct: they "flipped the switch" and now it's simply "raw performance". The IS-F handles well and goes fast, but compared to the M3 (which Lexus said was its target competition) the ride is harsh, yet the BMW still manages to smoke it in the twisties. Perhaps the LF-A will be a good car, but only if Lexus does their homework.

        And next time please attack the subject, not the source. Your argument is only weakened by immature name-calling.
        • 5 Years Ago
        IS-F = failsauce

        it drives like a sport package 335 except its missing a pedal
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ya, it looks like an enlongated 300zx/350z hybrid from the profile...head on it looks like a wreck.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mact,

      I wholeheartedly agree with you concerning your opinion that the Supra was, in fact, one of the best cars made in the 90s. Personally I really wish that Toyota would get some common sense and continue with the heritage- making a Mk V supercar to compete with the Nissan GT-R. Channeling this concept through Lexus makes no sense to me- like having Nissan create an Infiniti GTR...
      Hopefully the rumors are true of a 2011 debut of a Toyota supercar to take the place of the Supra is not continue it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Even thought I'm a Ford guy, I sure do hope that Toyoda can get Toyota back to making fun, sporty cars. The LF-A, while expensive, will be a step in the right direction. The Toyoburu should be more affordable. Hopefully they are fun, and don't follow the soulless, bland approach Toyota has taken with too many of its vehicles lately.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That toyobaru thing is starting to look like a bad soap opera. Will it? Or won't it? Or will it? Or maybe not?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Guess we'll find out "in a few years"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice job on the design - I wonder how much Turdota is paying Nissan to borrow the Z profile. Got it right down to the hump in the roof - originality is one of their trademarks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It reminds me of a mix between a 300zx and a 350z.

      The headlights are really cool and I like the exhaust layout.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Releasing the LF-A will teach the Honda execs a good lesson on reconsidering the NSX/-replacement!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think its going to be super nice but with a ridiculous price tag.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        Supa Dupa Nice !


        And heck, you get what you pay for right?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have said it before and I'll say it again....I am so glad Akio Toyoda is now in charge of his family's business. Akio is a true car enthusiast, unlike the previous president. I would love to see a new all-wheel drive turbo Celica, high horsepower rear-wheel drive Supra and some tough/rugged new SUV's/compact trucks. I have always been a huge Toyota fan and stuck by them during their stale years, but it feels good to go back to what Toyota has always been about.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        + 100,00,000
        • 5 Years Ago
        How about a mid engined MR2 replacement! I had a 92 turbo and I absolutely loved that car. Fast, dependable, great gas mileage. Tiny car but my 6'1" frame was very comfortable inside it. A friend and I did a 2200 mile road trip in it in under 24 hours while averaging over 35 mpg.

        I'd buy another but they are asking the same prices for a decent one as I paid back in 95.
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