• Dec 2, 2009
Motor Mavens sneaks a look at Lexus LFA – Click above to watch video after the break

If Motor Mavens legitimately got a call from a well-placed friend and truly snuck in to fiddle with a $400,000 car that's ostensibly in trustworthy care, we apologize, but it smells really staged from here. It doesn't matter, though, the LFA looks fantastic in this video, and the LCD gauges are cool to watch in action. That's the real value of this video, watching the interior come alive like the bridge of some kind of spaceship.

Damon talked about the way the gauges animate to display different information, but watching the display slide around makes us want to be the guy sitting in the driver's seat, twiddling all the buttons with meaty, indiscriminate paws. The entirety of the car is as worthy of "dude, check this out" as you'd expect from a supercar-class vehicle. Check it out after the jump, and let us know if we're being too suspicious.

We're just having trouble with details like interested-looking parties reflected in the window of the opening shot, and the fact that it's supposed to be poor quality, but looks pretty decent and apparently, when you drop everything and run out of the house, you take the time to call a cameraman. Now, if you'll excuse us, we have to go line our winter hats with tinfoil. Thanks for the tip, Michael!



Photos copyright ©2009 Damon Lavrinc / Weblogs, Inc.
[Source: Motor Mavens]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      tell me, why wouldnt you rev that brilliant machine in his place?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is so staged it is not funny but appreciated nonetheless.
      The car is still massively overpriced.
      I can't see it being worth more than $200,000.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The interior looks REALLY cramped. He had trouble fitting his arm between the steering wheel and the center console to start the car
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's cause he is fat. lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't hate on Antonio and Motor Mavens, you guys are just jealous you got owned by an underdog on an exclusive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Oh man, I can't believe they left the keys in it!"

      uh-huh. and "your boy" just "happens" to work at the warehouse. spare me. next time they do an internet leak like this they should at least *try* and make it look legit
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very cool car indeed. But yea I'm voting for staged, because starting a driving a car you don't own without their consent is grand theft auto.. lol even for car websites.

      That LCD gauge cluster is sick though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The editors of Japanese Nostalgic Car magazine were invited by Toyota to come see the car in their warehouse, and they brought a white Toyota 2000GT with them. It will be in their next issue, slated to come out in January or February. Photos of the 2000GT and LF-A together are posted in their blog. This could easily be related to it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd prefer it not trickle down. There's something to be said about easily understanding through your periphery what's going on with your car while focusing on the track ahead and not having to shuffle through various settings to pull up a specific reading your looking for. Also I’ve (hey and anyone who deals with media beyond a cursory glance) noticed we tend to perceive backlit screens much differently than other modes of visually conveying information… I’m not sure you’d pick up things as easily without looking directly at the display.

      That's from the driving enthusiast side, on the tech side it's nifty, smooth, and ahead of what everyone else is currently doing with their displays (even the volt). I'd just prefer to see this as a partitioned portion of the dash in any car I'd consider buying as ferrari does, or audi between two physical gauges.
        matthew
        • 5 Years Ago
        But keep in mind, the digital display was necessitated by a technical factor, not simply for show:

        The engine gains/loses revs with such speed, that a conventional analog display couldn't keep up with it accurately.

        The guage is a combination of a virtual display and an actual motorized assembly as well. It's not just a blank TFT display.
        matthew
        • 5 Years Ago
        The LFA's engine revs from idle to 9000rpm in 0.6 sec.

        How fast does the Carrera GT do it? Maybe they didn't need the digital one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "The engine gains/loses revs with such speed, that a conventional analog display couldn't keep up with it accurately."

        Even quicker than the Porsche GT? Interresting. Then why not do what the guy who built his own hybusa v8 atom did and provide a digital tach, but leave others in tact.

        I'm just saying I'm looking forward to hearing (or seeing - doubtful :P) how this plays out in real life driving compared to conventional displays.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't understand what part of this is supposed to be fake? I guess autoblog.com just has one hell of a time swallowing the fact that someone their snobby asses look down their nose at got to sit in the driver seat and play around before they did?
      Pisses off those that swear their a car enthusiast because they can tell you everything in Jay Leno's garage but don't know a bore x stroke from their a**holes?

      I've met Antonio several times and yeah he is a fanboy. Of cars. Just like me. And thats what the performance car industry thrives on. Not a bunch of idiots that think they're Richard Hammond and buy lambos, ferraris and zondas just to leave them in the packaging. Like the d-bags that try to bag on someone for being excited over a car that deserves the excitement.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Right... because Lexus, after the LA Autoshow, SEMA, Frankfurt Autoshow, etc., hit up someone known for being a behind-the-scenes-type performance enthusiast/journalist just to produce a viral video they could have produced at any of the global top tier auto expos of their liking...

        There was multiple live video feeds being broadcasted from SEMA... both internet and television... with the MILLIONS spent on showcasing the car at these events and the scrap of a cost it would be to produce a video-tour at any of these... please explain why Lexus would go out of their way to do this instead?

        You guys need to go back to youtube and post OMG FAKE on kids pretending to kill one another and stop pretending to know what your talking about when it comes to the auto industry.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yea, because his friend wants to lose his job so this guy can post a video for millions to see? FAKE
      • 5 Years Ago
      An ugly $400,000 pickachu.

      I can't believe Toyota would pull such a low budget prank
      to promote their halo car to the playstation crowd.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can you say viral marketing?
      • 5 Years Ago
      What an overpriced ugly POS. Imagine the chaos when the throttle sticks on this thing like all the other Toyota scrap, can you imagine the lawsuits ??
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL @ Alex's comment.

        Sad that you needed at /s tag, I thought that was hilarious.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ 2004m3driver

        I though the average Autoblog reader was smart enough to see my thinly veiled comment as the sarcasm it is. I guess not.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd rather take a sticking throttle than a roll over prone Ford or a rattle toy Chrysler, or a leaking GM.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Pfft... still uses the same seat belt warning light as my Mom's Sloara. Weak. Stop picking through the Toyota parts bin, Lexus!
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