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Lexus LF-A - Click above for high-res image gallery

The Tokyo Motor Show countdown continues with yet another round of Lexus LF-A leakage courtesy of OmniAuto. Check out the gallery below to get up close and personal with the official shots of the LF-A before we bring you live impressions from the floor. But before you do, get a load of the preliminary specs:
  • 4.8-liter 72-degree V10 putting out 560 hp at 8,700 RPM (that's 116.5 hp/liter) and 354 lb.-ft. of torque at 6,800 RPM
  • Redline: 9,000 RPM
  • Titanium valves, connecting rods, forged aluminum pistons, dry sump lubrication and a titanium exhaust manifold
  • Six-speed sequential gearbox
  • Torsen limited slip differential
  • 3,263 pounds with a 48/52 front-to-rear weight distribution
  • Power-to-weight ratio of 5.8 pounds/hp
  • 65 percent of the body is carbon fiber
  • 20-inch BBS wheels wrapped in 265/35 ZR20 Bridgestone tires in front and 305/30 ZR20 in the rear.
  • 0-62 MPH (100 km/h) in 3.7 seconds
  • Top speed of 201.94 MPH
  • Production limited to 500 units
More to follow. Stay tuned.




[Source: OmniAuto]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I am thinking that it is the best engine in the world. Probably next year it will win the best extoic engine of the year award 2010.
      IMO there will close race between Ferrari 458.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Are 6th graders already out of school? What's up with this today. No knowledge. No facts...where are you getting this idea that 72 degree V10 not good???

        TonyInMI, you know that before current 90 degree V8 engines in F1 cars, they had 72 degree V10 in F1 for.. many many years.

        Unless you are an engineer working on those engineering marbles and can back up your claims with facts/stastics/analysis, you are just yet another couch/internet 'expert' that specializes in knowing nothing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Someone quite intelligent once told me that there is some reason in physics for balancing the rotational mass that the ideal angle between cylinder heads = 720/# of cylinders. Don't know if it's true or not but would explain 90 degree v8s and 72 degree v10s.

        So, where is Honda's 100+hp/ liter V8?
        • 5 Years Ago
        A 72 degree V10 allow for even firing with a non split journal crankshaft.
        • 5 Years Ago
        72-degree V10 NOT a good design - how can it be the best engine in the world?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Hamhock, allow me to fix your last question for you.

        "So, where is Honda's rear wheel drive luxury sedan or coupe, V8 powered ANYTHING and 100+hp/ liter V8?"
      • 5 Years Ago
      @Rev - if toyota was smart, they never would have built it. Like the veyron, they're loosing money on every one sold. Like the veyron it's stupid expensive, £325,000. Unlike the veyron it's not the most ridiculous supercar out there, or most powerful. I'd love to know who the target buyer is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Zamafir

        +1

        Is this car attractive? Hell yes.

        Then is this car worth north of $400,000? Hell no.
        I am not sure where your sources are for that one, but if that price is true then Toyoda just FAILED. Cost equivalent of five GT-Rs? What were they thinking?
        • 5 Years Ago
        You honestly think they're going to have trouble moving 500 units of this machine?! LOL! Who cares who the target buyer is?

        When you have money to burn and the design capability to do so, why not?

        It's called a "halo vehicle." Google it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really like the speedo/tach design. It's clean, easy to read (in pictures, at least), and looks sharp. I still don't like the lack of a clutch petal, faster or not, but it's good they put in a proper gearbox and LSD. Hopefully the exhaust pipes aren't purely cosmetic like the IS-F ones! =)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey Lexus, it's missing a pedal!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's not ugly. It's just not mature enough for a 400,000 dollar price tag. Large fender scopes and huge fenders may be necessary for the drive train but for this price a car should be beauty with a purpose (Ferrari is a great example of this). I get the feeling the designers were left at the curb once the engineers took over and then had to play clean up with the remains. There was a sense of tailored sportiness that the concept had that this car does not.

      Design maturity is what Im looking for in this car, and frankly its not there at this price
        • 5 Years Ago
        And the already SPECULATED $200,000 price tag just doubled because...?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kinda curious as to what Tuning Firm will be the first to rip the V10 out and shove a 2jZ engine inside lol.. you all know its gonna happen.

      On another note.. the peak torque at such a high rev does worry me but like I'll ever buy the damn thing in my life "nope" so I'll let those who buy it worry about it. Though we all know these will most likely be garage queens and out of the 500 made only maybe 5 will be driven and out of those 5 only 2 will reach a track, though if racing or there simply to soak up the sun is unknown.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like a successor to the Supra. And for a Lexus this looks cool! I wonder how it will do against the Italian and German exotics and of course against the Nissan GT-R? And what will Nissan do next to the GT-R to go against the new Lexus super car? I can't wait for the first comparison test! Or first tests of this vehicle!
        • 5 Years Ago
        audi_arena@ You dun have to feel a lot better on that car. Even you have that much money, you still gonna buy an R8.
        • 5 Years Ago
        thank's for some seriousness in this convo, people pay $200,000+ for cars with pedigree. That’s one of the reasons why VAG brought Bentley to LeMans and WON before releasing the Continental GT, to remind folks of pedigree. Whether or not there’s a complete connection doesn’t matter, the point is the pedigree and heritage are there. Will they sell in LA? I’m not sure. F435 and Mclaren money? For a front endinge GT sorta car? Vs the 599? It’s just such an oddly placed, oddly priced, and oddly drawn proposition.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You silly euro fanboys with your pedigree nonsense, Lexus might not have much racing pedigree, but it does have reliability pedigree, something none of the other supercars or eurobrands can claim.
        I'm not saying pedigree holds no place, but you guys need to try putting things into perspective sometimes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The price is a little steeper, but if you're going to make a crazy limited production run car mostly to show off you might as well aim for the moon. And honestly whether this thing was 200K or 500K most of us won't ever own one so in practical terms it hardly matters whether it's 250K or 2.5 million.
        That said if I won the lottery I'd get one of these...definitely like the 9000RPM redline as well as the ridiculous horsepower per liter from an NA engine. Seriously one of the things that saddened me was BMW's decision to stop putting crazy high revving NA engines in their M vehicles and to go with turbos instead-mostly because it's just too difficult and expensive to make their M line perform better than the cheaper engines with two turbos on them.
        But there's just something so pure about a V10 engine that gets all it's 560HP with regular air. Can't wait to see what the other specs are...is this thing AWD or RWD? If it manages to maintain all it's goals while keeping it RWD this thing is going to be the purist's supercar.
        Also? That engine sounds friggin' badass.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Randy915... no. that's not pedigree, that's barley heritage, pedigree is lineage, is generations doing things. Toyota has no pedigree in F1. Lexus has none at all. Audi's fortunate to have the autounion but let's be real, the R8 isn't priced against the F430, it's half the cost, people don't buy audi products for pedigree. You could argue Nissan has pedigree, especially with the GT-R as it’s been going for decades and the brand wasn’t dreamt up out of nothing a decade ago, but again, different motivations here.

        This car may be fast, but it doesn’t have pedigree, and that’s the reason most non nuvorish car buyers I run into buy Ferraris, et-al. And even the nuvorich… to choose a lexus badged over a Ferrari or Lamborghini badge? I think Lexus did a very serious bit of market research and found they weren’t going to be moving a ton of these. I think they’re very wise to keep it at 500 units as the demand isn’t going to be insane if they bring it out at the insane price people are predicting.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I am assume the "pedigree" comes from Toyota's F1 experience, winning or not, it's still experience.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. Put a toyota badge on it, and sell it for $80k and I'd feel a lot better about it.


        Yes Lexus has done amazing things in the marketing world as far as re-branding, but no matter how good this thing is it still has a MAJOR dissadvantage going up against the big boys of Ferrari, Porsche, etc: It has litterally NO heritage.

        If you are going to be the talented upstart, you have to beat all the guys who are currently in the game, and from what it looks like this will only run with the pack, not beat them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car looks great, and I dig the new headlights.

      Too bad this thing is being marketed as a performance luxury GT. Would've liked far better as a track machine a la 430 Scuderia.
        • 5 Years Ago
        FR = GT
        MR = Track macine

        They'd be screwed trying to market a FR GT against an established MR car with decades of history like the F430 Scuderia.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it looks beautiful. There's alot of function over form going on here. the rear scoops for the radiators and I would venture to guess the to outer front scoops are for the fronts cooling ducts. little slit at the front of the hood for the air intake, Interior is spectacular. I didn't think Toyota had it in them to build it.

      And the rest of you are just racing each other on paper. There are NO test figures anywhere as it's not been tested. Wait till some people DRIVE it then review. there's a the video of a journalist saying it's one of the best car's he's ever driven. Whether it's BS or not we don't know but if it's true it definitely says something about it. I'm sure it's not designed to be a brutal hardcore supercar, but a very capable, fun to drive car.

      It is pretty damn light all things considered. a F430 curb weight is ~3200lbs. balance is very important also. everything on paper is all subjective cause the driving experiance isn't a math problem and never will be.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's also twice the price of a 458.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Again... Told you so. :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      go away troll.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Overall I think it's a great looking car. The body is interesting and the intake sweep in the c-pillar is odd but, works nicely. I have to get used to the headlights.

      The interior is exquisite. I'd love to get a chance to just sit and marvel at the attention to detail.

      I just wish Toyota would launch the next gen Supra with a similar look but with a 300Z price tag.

      BTW, I am not a Toyota fan but, I do love interesting cars.
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