• Oct 23, 2009
We're still trying to wrap our heads around yesterday's drive of the Lexus LFA, but before we give up the goods on Toyota's first V10-powered hypercar (check back on Monday), we cornered Paul Williamsen, the National Manager of Lexus College, about ToMoCo's plans to offer a harder, track-focused LFA.

In the last few years of development, Lexus considered building several more LFAs to be used in a one-make spec series to pit wealthy privateers against each other, further accentuating the LFA's extensive motorsport involvement. That plan fell by the wayside when Toyota decided to limit production to just 500 units.

However, Lexus is actively considering offering owners the option to purchase a decontented LFA, stripped of its luxurious, tech-laden interior and fitted with more track oriented features to be used as a weekend racer. A final decision hasn't been made yet, but Williamsen was clear that these hardened LFAs would have to be created out of the current allocation, as Lexus is intent on keeping production to a "hard" 500 units. Considering that nearly all the components fitted to the LFA were derived from prototypes that ran at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring and other events (the suspension remains adjustable for corner balancing and nearly all the components on the race cars were serialed production pieces), it wouldn't take much to turn the LFA into a tried-and-true racer with a few thoughtful, minimal mods.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      This car is certainly not targeting ordinary folks, but those who are rich enough to look at $400K like it's only $40 to the average folks. Think people with net worth of over $100 million. To them the difference between a $100k car and a $400k car is like $30 to ordinary folks, not even worth a second's thought LOL.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This argument is giving me a headache...
      • 5 Years Ago
      +1
      I would take the Korean Spirra over that thing...
      and Ford GT, and Vette ZR-1, and Focus RS, and a house.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i guess i would get a tiny house, one room and 3-door garage
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL, it's not that expensive. : )
      • 5 Years Ago
      OMFG... It Sounds Like A F1 Car... Very Sexy Design. A V10 From Japan No Turbo.. ? Awesome! 0-60 3.6 Sec. Top Speed 202mph. Thats Pretty Good... Too Bad Its $375,000. If It Were Cheaper It Would Be a Alternate To A Porsche or Ferrari.

      Never The Less Im Very Impressed... 2nd Best Car To Come From Lexus First Being The ISF.

      Ddouglas Inc.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure that Lexus will use development on LFA to spread all over Leuxs performance cars. I mean next generation IS-F, and maybe GS-F.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        The F Line is BAD ASS
        • 5 Years Ago
        ... I think this is a bit better than the IS-F :). The IS-F was not engineered from the get-go during the IS development and it shows when you push it etc. This is a race focused supercar, it's better than the IS-F regardless of price.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @joeschmoe; Actually, Zamafir is right on (as usual). As a car salesman that regularly sells $100k plus cars, I'm quite familiar with this type of buyer, and I can tell you that others opinions DO matter a lot to them. More specifically its qualified opinions that matter at lot to them, and in this case "qualified" means experience with motorsports. Ask anyone who is regularly involved in real motorsports about a Lexus and I'm sure you will get blank stares.

      Also, with regard to your statement about loyalty in other countries; Lexus barely is even considered a brand anywhere else besides the US. In fact, Lexus sells more cars in the US than it does everywhere else in the world combined, so I doubt they will have much help there.


      I see 90% of these ending up in the Arab Em's where they are long on cash and short on taste.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, people who can afford 400k car is on way different level than people who can afford 100k car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      does anyone know why it has so many vents, in the back on the sides and behind the windows when its a front engine car?
      • 5 Years Ago
      @redline - LOL. Really. There is a reason why middle class people are not rich. I guess they haven't figured that one out yet. Does that have something to do with their intellectual capacity??? I don't know!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It will sell because it's $400,000 and there will be only 500 made, so rich idiots will buy them so they can impress other rich idiots.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The things we have heard to now have pointed to that this is one of the best driver cars ever... so maybe someone cashing out for this car is someone that knows what he wants and doesn't care for the brand. I mean, why is this car less OK to buy than a koenigsegg or the veyron?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Apparently none of you have ever eaten Antarean Parakeet Glands, either.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm not poor and won't come close to owning one of these cars. Jim has some of the customer base pegged; they will buy it just to own a bit of exclusivity.

        Anyone wanna bet on how long it takes one of these to show up in the U.A.E. chrome/gold/platinum/unobtainium plated?
        • 5 Years Ago
        That says it all.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would think that most idiots wouldn't be successful enough to afford a 400k car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "The things we have heard to now have pointed to that this is one of the best driver cars ever..."

        what does that even mean?
      • 5 Years Ago
      i guess no one rushes in to order this car so they are already planing "special editions" of it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the dude who is trying to justify himself by referencing his vette.
      • 5 Years Ago
      TOYOTA'S GOAL TO IMPROVE IMAGE WITH LFA = FAIL !!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I just think the enormous price tag is simply a matter of the fact that Toyota *was* gonna build more of these, but then the economy went down and gas prices went up, so now they're stuck with 500 of them.

        I think Toyota was too far along and couldn't pull the plug in time, like Acura did to their planned V10 NSX.

        My conspiracy theory, at least.




        • 5 Years Ago
        *cost
        • 5 Years Ago
        How so?

        It has certainly got you (and everyone else) stirred up comparing (price, performance, tec.) it to Ferarri's, McLaren F1, ZR1, GTR, Lambo, etc. Good or bad responses, I'd say Lexus is on track to change their image.

        Contrary to your analysis, the LFA's served its purpose even before production of the vehicle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Maybe someone can explain why a car which is about competitive with cars several times cheaper is an accomplishment. Wouldn't the accomplishment be the LF-A costing GT-R money"

        How come I don't see you saying this about euro supercars? biased much?

        "You sound like a little asian trying to defend the motherland while crying for attention in his Momma's basement."

        what kind of dimwit comment is that? you must be a little euro crying in his mother's basement because it's quite possible europeans aren't the only ones who can make a ridiculously priced supercar. toolbag.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "How come I don't see you saying this about euro supercars? biased much?"

        because I already have, several times, and none of the eurotrash cars what this one does, but if you want to, fair enough.

        The RWD gallardo will have no problems with this car. The GT3 will have no problems with this car. The F430 Scuderia will have no problems with this car. *Insert any serious track focused euro supercar here* will have no problems with this car.

        I compared it to Nissan because I'm replying to a post about toyota's image and improving it. Taking untolds hundreds of millions to develop a car about as quick (if not a bit quicker on the track) than the GT-R (a car that did a great job for nissan's image) is not helpful. I could mentioned audi, etc, but I think dominating Le Mans did more for them than any gallardo based supercar could. But many toyota faithful on here have encouraged us not to talk quantifiable race success, so I'm focused my comments on the matter at hand.

        Nissan hit the ball out of the park. The GT-R is a technological tour de force that performs unlike anything else as heavy, large, or cheap as it does. It’s gone a huge way towards making any enthusiast seriously respect Nissan (as if the 370z wasn’t enough). The LF-A is not game changing. Building a car in a money is no object development cycle to compete with the established players is not game changing.
        I'm not hating on this car because it's japanese, I'm hating on it because it's taken toyota so much to equal the pace of the current car market, while nissan managed to do so much more with so much less. That's another reason I'm not comparing it to the R8 et-al, the R8 isn't a game changer for the supercar industry, it is for audi, but not the supercar world. Same with this. It's a game changer for toyota the company, but will it be registered as more than a blip 5 years from now? We'll see when it comes out, but this bad boy has EB110 written all over it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Your my hero, hero. You sound like a insecure homophobe spewing on about your infinate knowledge and wisdom. When did you get off your mothers tit, 14?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now don't get me wrong, the car looks cool for the most part. I know Toyota put alot of development time into it too.

      Thing is, I feel too much cost priced it out of reason.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lol: Autoblog pulled my previous comment :D

        Just because I quoted a different automotive site...nice.


        Anyway, like I said. LF-A is cool looking for the most part, but it is a riced Supra design with performance many cheaper supercars can provide. I understand Toyota sunk a lot of cost into this program, but in doing so they priced it out of reason. I wonder if they have no choice to try an break even.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How many times must I reiterate? Goes to show the mental level of most LFA naysayers.

        Purpose of the LFA: to improve Lexus and Toyota's image. They want to be more sporty. ToMoCo knew it's investment in the LFA project and they knew that they could never get that money plus profits back in LFA sales BEFORE the LFA was even considered for production. It has been reported over and over that ToMoCo knows that the company is in dire need of rejuvenation and that the LFA will be one to start the change.

        Not the purpose of the LFA: to make money for Toyota Motor Corporation. The Camry, Corolla, Yaris, Prius, Rav4, Highlander, Sienna, Scion tC, xA, xB, xD, etc etc. does this for the company just fine.

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