• Nov 23, 2009
2011 Lexus LFA – Click above for high-res image gallery

In an interesting bid to foil exotic car speculators who drive up the prices of limited-availability models, Lexus will reportedly lease – not sell – its forthcoming LFA supercar when it hits the U.S. market in January of 2011. As Automotive News reports, Lexus will only offer two-year leases of its 552-horsepower supercar at a fixed price (which has not yet been disclosed). At the conclusion of the two year period, leaseholders will get the opportunity to purchase the vehicle outright, at which point the title would be handed over. As Lexus' vice president of sales and dealer development Brian Smith tells it, his company wants "people out driving the car and not just parking it in a museum or selling it at an inflated price."

As part of the gearing-up process to sell this markedly different kind of vehicle, Lexus will also reportedly train 15 LFA specialists that will be located at the company's four regional outposts, and the Japanese automaker will also pay for dealers to receive the special tools and training that will service the vehicles.

Despite being a lease, all cars will still be individually tailored to the customer and built-to-order beginning in December of 2010.

This is certainly an interesting and potentially very clever end-around on the speculator's market. If it works, look for other exotic car companies like Ferrari and Lamborghini to follow suit.



Photos copyright ©2009 Damon Lavrinc / Weblogs, Inc.
[Source: Automotive News]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      lol at the comment about Lamborghini waiting lists, yeah they're so exclusive which is why they lease their cars to anyone and the Gallardo has one of the most pathetic resale values in the world.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Gallardo is their "cheap" model. Ferrari has a base model in the Cali F3XX F4XX and such. You'll find these sitting around at dealers. To get into the Enzos, Reventons, etc which I was CLEARLY REFERRING TO, will require that you have more of a close relationship with either brand. LOL @ your sad retort.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Torian

        Sir, when was your most recent bout with intelligent thought?

        @NSX4life

        That's a wicked cool name. I am sure you share my sentiments: every time I hear about the LF-A, I wonder, "what would these pundits say about the - stillborn - NSX?" It's a shame that we'll be without a Honda supercar.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can somebody please explain how speculative purchasers hurt Toyota? A sale is a sale is a sale, is it not? If speculators push up the price - as speculators are wont to do - in a secondary market, how does that negatively affect Toyota or detract from the LFA's panache?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who here thinks matthew needs to put a sock in it?
        • 5 Years Ago
        He's not JDM, his comments are too long. He could be Shane or atleast Shane's replacement, Shane never did get the hang of Autoblog's commenting system, or the English language for that matter.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @BG
        Why? He's speaking the truth. You don't have to agree. His points, and his logic, are sound. I agree with him.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Matt.. It's Auto-CircleJerk-Blog... get it right.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure matthew is JDM Life's new nom de guerre. The writing style and irrational love of this car seem familiar.
        matthew
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, I'm not from club ANYTHING or anywhere else. I'm simply someone who's a car nut. I happen to love Ferrari, Bugatti, Lamborghini, McLaren, Lexus, old cars, new cars. I've also always been into all things mechanical, not just cars!

        I find it infuriating to see ignorance being spread in the manner that some people on here do, however.

        I am a Lexus owner, but I don't work for Toyota or Lexus or anything. My family used to buy MB's and when we discovered how much better Lexus was for our purposes, we switched. We've currently got 4 Lexus vehicles. They're truly great cars to own and to drive.

        My parents don't drive them their cars how I do, but I'm 26. I turn trac off and drift and do burnouts when it amuses me. I also take long trips in my IS250, which can multitask very nicely as a luxury car and a performance car.

        As for loving all things Toyota, I actually owned a Prius for a while so that I could garage my IS300. I despise hybrids, so NO I DON'T LOVE ALL THINGS TOYOTA! Hybrids are annoying, overpriced and stupid. I would never buy one again, but it served its purpose: keeping my IS300 in the garage.

        Stop presuming that I'm someone else just because there are multiple people in the world who don't subscribe to your idiotic preconceived notions!
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Tourian



        LMAO....dude its just the internet CLAIM DOWN...clown. What else you know about me? lol
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ atlasfugged


        Jump off my Di*k
        • 5 Years Ago
        I second your comment.
        He likes to hear himself talk plus I am pretty confident that he is a shill placed here for Toyota.
        matthew
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL, what is this just a place where the ignorant pat each other on the back of their fallacies? Sorry, I thought it was Autoblog, not Auto-mis-information-blog.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If it were JDM


        his comments would look


        something like this


        As a way for him to take up a lot of space without


        saying anything.

        This guy seems more or less like a plant from clublexus or something, and they are all here voting him up. I remember when Lexus released pics of the IS convertible abomination and how most every commenter claimed it was ugly, but somehow all the comments got voted down, and quickly. But this one lover of all things Toyota was there as a stalwart defender and had three stars for every stupid post he made.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I heavily doubt toyota have a f1 technology.
      Toyota NEVER won Any motor sports(including F1).
      Even toyota
        • 5 Years Ago
        Check your facts before posting and trashing Toyota. They had pretty successful WRC team in 90s that won driver's and manufacturer's title before pulling out.

        As for LFA, it does not get bad reviews in press. It's a well-engineered car, bit overpriced though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They pulled out because they were caught cheating.
      • 5 Years Ago
      no more photos plz
        • 5 Years Ago
        Is it just me or do these look like they're put together very poorly? Horrible gaps and strange meetings between components, it just looks cheap. I like the overall design I just don't think the result looks all that great.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Extremely good move by Lexus.

      Extremely awesome car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Speculators? At the end of the day, it's a toyota - you can have it.

      End of story.
      matthew
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great review. Nice to see Jay Leno compare this car to what it ought to be compared with.
      • 5 Years Ago
      We drove this car with Justin Bell at Fontana for Jay Leno's Garage. Check it out...

      http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/at-the-garage/super-cars/lexus-lfa/
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car is so overpriced and so overhyped it is not funny.

      True test of a car like this is to go to a club, pick out the hottest girl there and tell her you drive a Lambo or a Ferrari, or an overpriced, dressed up Toyota.

      You don't buy these cars to race. I doubt there are many people taking their $400,000 plus vehicles and racing them on the weekend.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Matt, don't bother with some of these chuckleheads dude. They do in fact live in mom's basement and know very little about anything but brand and 0-60. Anyone who knows the technology put into this car regardless of who makes it knows the value. In other words, they are fanboys who don't have their high school musclecar anymore and wish for the Lambo or Ferrari because of the 20 year old posters over the bed. They are also a little pissed that their parents had to put the house up for sale because he was laid off from their local GM powertrain plant.
        matthew
        • 5 Years Ago
        What are you talking about? I'm saying that the LFA is a good value and underpriced, as is the Bugatti Veyron. I don't get how you can come up with a stupid statement like that. My daily driver is an 09 Lexus IS250. I think you're confused where I stand.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "I'm saying that the LFA is a good value and underpriced, as is the Bugatti Veyron."

        @matthew: This is perhaps the dumbest comment I have ever read about this car, or the Veyron for that matter.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmmmmmm.....

      Ferrari FXX Anybody...???

      "Customers pay $2.5 million, but are only allowed to drive the car on special track days which are approved by Ferrari. After they drive the car, the owners are entitled to brief Ferrari on the car's performance." ~wikipedia.org
        • 5 Years Ago
        You are missing the point of the FXX. With the FXX, you essentially get to be a pseudo-part of Ferrari's development team. You are basically the cream of the crop of ferrari customers, and you probably have a regular Enzo or two along with several of the "lower level" V8 and V12 models.

        Also from Wikipedia:

        "FXX owners also participate in Ferrari's testing and brand development programs. As part of the FXX program, the car is maintained by the Ferrari factory. The purpose of this particular program is to allow Ferrari's top customers exclusive access to its most up-to-date technology and to utilize their input in the development of future models. The models are only sold in Europe. Units can be imported, but not owned, in any other continent. The FXX package was reported to cost 1.5 million euros (excluding taxes) (2.1mil USD),[1], including the car and the services provided by Ferrari."

      • 5 Years Ago
      Quite a nice car.
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