• Jan 4, 2010
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If you haven't downloaded last night's Top Gear through some nefarious means, you missed one of the few palatable car reviews the trio has done this season. In addition to taking the BMW X6 globe-trotting and putting the all-new, 325-hp Vauxhall Insignia VXR though its paces, Hammond track tested the Lexus LFA in a segment that brought out our inner nine-year-old.

Get past the flashy graphics and obligatory power slides, and the TG grew came away with a similar stance on Lexus' first foray in the world of supercars as us – impressed and perplexed. With more power and just as much tech as a Nissan GT-R and 0-60 time and a raison d'être on par with the Ferrari 599 GTB, it's the price (and a lack of heritage) that leaves Clarkson and Hammond reeling. Make the jump for both the review and the damp Power Lap, and as always, you can get the full episode in high-def glory over at FinalGear.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Also keep in mind that only 500 LFA will be build.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Buying supercar isn't really rational to start with and brand plays a huge role in that market(surprise). I would agree that buying Lexus for this price would be something, but have to say that just example seeing that rev counter would be enough in a morning to remind why you bought the car. To me it looks more special than example GT-R.
      Thought my lottery win garages first car is still DBS.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thank you.

        When since performance was all that matters to a car? the GTR is fast...but thats it. There nothing else about the car. It could not hold a candle to the LFA when you start breaking it down.

        the GTR is faster then alot of car. But does that mean all those cars become insufficient just because a Nissan is faster ? no

        The GTR is not faster the LFA anyway but the fact people keep comparing them is ludicrous. Thats like Carrera GT or GTR...c'mon
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hah! This PROVES that even the Z06 is faster than the LFA!!!




      ...obviously kidding
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good videos, still can't get over the price/performance ratio.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        @Carlos

        Doesn't even auto maker have to start somewhere?

        People whine about Toyota/Lexus not having a supercar or anything fun. Finally when they make one, and a badass one y'all still complain.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Think about it , the GTR weight about 3800+ lbs as 485hp and as the same performance as the lexus for a fraction of the price , In my book the technologic tour de force , is the GTR not the LFA , The LFA can be made of gold if its not able the out perform a 80 k nissan whats the point . I would take the GTR and mod the hell out of it 800+ hp , and rape any supercars on the streets. and would still have 260 k+ $ left . But at the end of the day it would still be a Nissan , but that what i like of it .
        • 5 Years Ago
        invisiblepigeon3 --- I like the way you are looking at the LFA. a lot of people can't appreciate a fine car like the LFA.

        not only it performs but has all the lastest gadgets there is ava. in today's market
        from Navigation to back up camera, mark lev. audio.

        I hate when i don't hear people complainning about the lambo reventon
        murcielago cost around $300k and the reventon with almost the same performance is $1.6mill WTF. think about it''

        invisiblepigeon3
        • 5 Years Ago
        You know, there's other stuff that goes by your mentality too... There are real Samurai swords that are very similar to other ones that are twenty times more expensive. There are nice Swiss watches that cost 2,000 dollars, and nice Swiss watches that cost 200,000 dollars.

        Just because they're priced differently doesn't mean it's not worth it. I guess that people who don't know enough about something to appreciate it will always bash it if there's a cheaper alternative. Do you judge cars by their price or their engineering merit?
      • 5 Years Ago
      People paid $120,000 US for the NSX, they'll pay 3 times that for this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think what they should've called out is that something like the Ferrari 599 isn't a from-scratch R&D effort, but instead builds upon the tech that went into the 612, the 430, the Enzo, the 575, and the 550 before it. In turn, the 458 and the next gen 612 will build off what they learned from the 599 - that way, the R&D cost of creating each new car is incremental.

      Lexus/Toyota doesn't really have anything near that caliber, so anything they build for a 500+ hp car has to be designed for this car - can't lift gearbox design from an Enzo, platform share with a 612, or share a test track with the Scuderia - so all of the R&D costs have to be shared among 500 units.

      But yeah - 552 hp, RWD, and 3 seconds faster than a Gallardo in the wet? Pretty impressive. I don't think they'll ever put it around in the dry, if only because then it would be too easy to compare its time to the GT-R (which would make it even harder to justify the price).
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        umm when since cars dont matter just because the GTR is faster??

        I can build a neon SRT-4 and rip a GTR in half....since you believe all to a car is its performance. Which is not true performance is ONE aspect of a car.

        The GTR is faster then ALOT of expensice supercars whats your point? No one is goin to buy them because the godly GTR is faster? WHO CARES

        The GTR is no where as well built and advanced as the Lexus. Its a freakin nissan. Period. Theres tons of cars faster then the LFA, heck theres tons of cars faster then the Enzo so what are you saying? People who are lookin at buying a 340K SUPERCAR could care les about how a 70k NISSAN performs because at the end of the day people with money are gonna wanna look like money. SO with that the LFA and GTR are not in the same class and is not to be compared. Thats like saying Enzo or GTR....are you serious?

        C'mon....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Then build a SRT-4 that rips a GT-R in half, until then shut it. You are just blowing smoke.

        IF a GT-R is just a freakin Nissan as you say, then an LF-A is just a freakin' Toyota.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        Tourian


        Your a ass if you think the LFA is a Toyota in ANYWAY. The GTR is a Nissan hence the badge. The LFA is shared with any Toyota in anyway. The LFA is ground up brand new every part.

        And if i had time and the extra time i would build a Neon and destroy many expensive cars. But at the END of the DAY the neon is a NEON a Dodge and the GTR is a Nissan.

        The GTR and LFA are not in anyway in the same class or league. PERIOD. Lexus didnt build the LFA to compete with the GTR nor did they care about the GTR. Lexus stated their aim for cars such the 599 and etc. Hence no GTR mention because the people buying the GTR and LFA are NOT the same.


        aliasfox

        SO what your sayin is the the LFA is in the GTR shadow ? they wont put it around in dry because of the GTR are your serious? do you hear yourself? Is the GTR the be all there is of cars? What ugliness theres much more serious cars that lapped the their track like the Veryon. By not testing the LFA in the dry? ummmm Top Gear doesn't control mother nature and i doubt the GTR is holding them back from testing the LFA in the cry. The fact theirs only 500 LFA built...or being built will probably be the reason why they wont ever test it in the dry...not because of the GTR. Maybe someone who purchased the LFA can donate the car to Top Gear for a run in the dry.

        Again LFA and GTR...two different car built for different people.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I never said it didn't matter because the GT-R was faster. I'm just suggesting that they (Top Gear) don't want to put a 340,000 pound car against a 55,000 car if they're already calling out that the Lexus is extravagantly priced. A dry lap comparison between the two titans of Japan would turn into another huge pissing match online - I'm tempted to try on Jeremy's adenoidal voice for this one "oh, my GT-R shifts 0.2 of a second faster than your LF-A!" "Oh, my LF-A has 37 more hp/ton than your GT-R so it should be 0.7 seconds faster through the follow-through..."

        By not testing LF-A in the dry (and by not testing Gallardo Balboni at all), they're avoiding some certain ugliness, that's all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For a 350,000++ super car, it's lacking in performance. Unlike the LFA, the Veyron can back up its performance. Would you pay a million dollar for Veyron if 0-60 was only 3.7 seconds and top was only 205 mph. Super cars need bragging right, and this Lexus has none. Carbon fiber and ceramic brakes design in house by Lexus is not a bragging right for a super car. It's also about raw performance and feel. By feel, I mean can the car live to its performance without braking a sweat, not whether the interior is made with sued and diamond shift knob. Why the hell did Lexus chose to design everything in house? What's the point? Are they going to design their own tires, soon?

      If all those so-called super cars with all their exotic materials can't outperform GT-R and ZR1, what's the point of those exotic materials. Once again, What's the point of those exotic materials.

      What would it be like if an F-22 fighter jet couldn't take on every other jet on the planet.

      When it comes to super cars, performance is king. Everything else is secondary.

        • 5 Years Ago
        invisible pigeon,

        comparing an LFA to a corvette isn't stupid in my opinion. I'm pretty sure the lap times will be close at least. I understand that these are very different cars but both are undeniably fast.

        Saying the Corvette has poor engineering proves how little someone really knows about cars. I would suggest starting by learning about their innovative suspension setup with transverse composite leafs and electro magnetic dampers. Just as I have given the LFA a fair chance and taken the time to learn about the engineering behind it, you too should at least have a mild respect for a ZR1.
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 5 Years Ago
        You know, its really funny how you bring up the F22. You must not know very much about cars or airplanes...

        The F22 Raptor has a top speed of about mach 2.5, which is the same as the 30 year old F15 Eagle. The F22 costs A LOT more than the F15, because of it's maneuverability and mostly, because of it's composite airframe.

        This is very similar to how the LFA costs almost double what a Ferrari 599 does. It doesn't go twice as fast, but performance means a lot more than 0-60 and top speed. People seem to forget that, and I suspect they're the ones who don't know how to drive. What you're doing in thrid gear is often more interesting than what you're doing in sixth.

        The LFA isn't meant to be a top speed machine, or to be cheap. Just like the F22 isn't meant to be faster than an F15, but it's meant to outperform it in every way, and does.

        And seriously, comparing the LFA to a Corvette just proves how little someone really knows about cars, or engineering. That's the stupidest comparison ever, seriously. Would you rather have a massive house, or a nice house?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, I'm officially an old fart. For me, the engineering is the thing, so as with Ferrari, Lambo and etc, I appreciate the engineering (even more so with the LFA), but I don't really give a pinch about the car and it certainly isn't a dream of mine in this life to own one. And, as with those other storied brands, when given the opportunity to drive one, I'll take it and enjoy the hell out of it, but I just really don't want to own one. I don't need to draw undue attention, don't care about pissing contests and, let's face it, that's what ownership of these types of cars come down to. I guess my infatuation for all things automotive labeled "exotic" and "supercar" officially ended in 1993 or thereabouts. Nowadays, Lotus' products are what I think "fun" driving is all about and as close to "exotic" as I want to get.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That was one of my favorite segments in a long time. I love the Sin City-style comic book effects and the blue rocket trails they had on the exhausts.

      I agree with Mitchell above -- Jeremy's fixation on the Lexus badge would've ruined his review.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Except they got the exhausts WRONG. One pipe is a fake.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Frank Miller effects were pretty cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Epic review for a pretty epic car. Loved the Sin City/comic style graphics. The camera / editing people continue to raise their own bar.

      Still not crazy about the front end of the Lexus, it's kinda homely in an Apollo sort of way but its not too bad and the rest of the car is cool. Love the digital gauge cluster and the way that engine can rev.

      It's only real problem is that it's price. It gots several hundred thousand more than the GTR, and it isn't several hundred thousand times better in terms of performance. It's more than a 599 and isn't better than it. It's good that they aren't making many because I can't see it selling to many people.

      Still, I'm glad it exists. Finally something from Toyota worth getting exited about.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        Is the ENZO several thousand times better then the GTR in terms of performance ?

        so what are you saying? The GTR is NOT in the LFA league. Period. When since every cars that comes out have to prove itself to the GTR ?

        I would choose the LFA over the GTR ten folds over. The people are going to buy the LFA arent interesd in the GTR. This car is for the wealth who want exclusive and exotic vehicles which the GTR is not. Cars that draw attention to themseleves when you can hear them miles away and when parked it draws a crowd. The GTR is not any of this. I saw a GTR, black parked in Harlem. I pulled out beside to take a closer look, but the people on the sidewalk walked past it without even looking. Leave the LFA there and your goin to have to PUSH thru people to get to your ride. This is the kinda of car the LFA is. This is what a Super Car is and does. Yes the GTR is fast for its price but the GTR is made to be affodable the LFA is not...NO super car is made to be affordable so idk what people are complain about. Have you ever seen a carrera gt on sale? or at a price that looked good to you? The LFA is no different.

        Lexus.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Always can count on Top Gear for entertaining gearhead videos. Great car, really an impressive display of what Lexus is capable of. I'd be excited to see some of the tech and design cues they're showcasing eventually trickle down into their everyman lineup.

        @JDM Life:

        You are an annoying fanboy clown. You will never even be able own a GT-R, much less a LF-A, so please do us all a favor and stop littering the comments with your useless pole-stroking replies.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It was a great segment, loved the production & graphics, suited the car well. The whole episode was really good, I think their best one this season.
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