• Jan 13, 2010

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We knew the new Lexus LFA was fast, but we didn't know just how fast until reports came in of the rapid rate at which wealthy Japanese customers are snapping it up. In the three months since the final car was unveiled, all 165 examples of the Toyota division's supercar have reportedly been spoken for.

Whereas in North America, the allotment of LFAs will be leased in order to counter speculation, in Japan (as in Europe), buyers will be able to buy their super-Lexi outright, at a price of 37,500,000 yen (~$410k USD) apiece. If the remaining 335 examples destined for markets abroad go as quickly as Japan's allotment, we could be looking at one of the fastest cars ever made – in one sense or another.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Japan is an extremely ethnocentric culture (South Korea is another example, by the way). They just but their own stuff, and it's reflected in the ridiculously low number of imports bought. Now that they have their own limited-edition supercar, they can't get enough of it, and drop the "gaijin" options.
      The real measure of this car's success will be the international sales, although given it's artificially limited supply they will probably sell them as well, albeit much more slowly.
      If given teh choice, a 458 Italia is better, as is a 911 Turbo PDK or the Murciélago SV. Cheaper, better performing and much better looking, with proper sportscar pedigrees. They won't be limited, though...
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ektor Actually, no there doesn't go all that fancy carbon fiber. The Ferrari doesn't have a transaxle layout, and that demands the equipment to transfer the power from the engine to the transmission in the back of the car, thus adding extra weight. Also, the Lexus is also designed for creature comforts like the 12 channel amplified surround sound, and all the usual Lexus luxury goodies. They reduced the weight of the car to near that of stripped out racers but it's far from stripped out, and is appointed just as luxuriously as any other Lexus or luxury car is.

        I can't argue that all of the cars you mentioned are cheaper. Price isn't necessarily an indicator of value. Why don't you compare the effeciency and cost of production, and R&D price? The LFA is Toyota's first supercar, so naturally, its going to be ridiculously expensive compared to the evolutionary developed Ferrari and Porsche.

        0-60 times vary, depending on the weight of the driver and nitpicking over tenths of a second isn't really productive when comparing the actual performance of a car. Repeatable track laps on a complex circuit is more useful, if you want to say one is "faster" than the other. None of those cars were designed for top speed either. They're designed to handle well and effectively utilize the power that they do have.

        Also, there is a big difference between a front/mid and a rear/mid engined car. You could also argue that the 458 is almost the same as the 599, in performance terms, but you won't now will you? You don't compare apples to oranges, unless it suits the purpose of your argument.



        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't get me wrong, I admire what Japan and its people have achieved and am fascinated by their culture. It's also true that all cultures are to some degree ethnocentric; they just take it to the next level.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A supercar is a supercar whether it's front or mid-engined. They both seat two and compromise practicality for effectiveness, looks and stirring hte soul.
        Mr. Lamborguini was indeed owner of a tractor factory, but decided to do pure sports cars back in the 60's, from car 1, with V12s, exotic materials and gorgeous looks. I don't think that's exactly Toyota's trajectory or Lexus' for that matter. In terms of comparing technologies, since you're so fond of them and don't seem to take looks and image into consideration (of course no customer ever does that with a supercar does he/she?):
        Weight: 458, 1380kg, LFA 1480kg; 100kgs is massive, so there goes the fancy carbon fiber. Gearbox: 7-speed double clutch in Ferrari and Porsche, 6-speed single-clutch (old tech) in Lexus. Output: 127hp/liter Italia, 117 LF-A. Once again, beaten. 0-100kph Porsche 3.1sec, Ferrari 3.4, Lexus 3.7. Need I go on? Perhaps the price (in EU): Porsche €170k, Ferrari €220k, Lexus €375k.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        sparrk


        As I can tell from ALL your stars....its better if you dont speck....because you completey have no idea what your talkin about.
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL... Lamborghini had a real pedigree when he started out making sports cars from making TRACTORS, didn't he? That's such a stupid sentiment about pedigree. Toyota has been making excellent cars for many years, and they've got some good sports and racing cars in that history too. More than Lamborghini had when he started out.

        How exactly is the 458 or the Lamborghini LP-670SV better? They're totally different cars than the LFA, and warrant no comparison to it. Are you seriously that ignorant that you'd compare a V8 rear/mid aluminum and a V12 rear/mid aluminum car to a V10 front/mid all carbon fiber car?

        The only cars that match the LFA format(and neither match the engine or transmission format) are the SLR @$500,000 and the Aston One77 at $1,600,000, which is significantly MORE expensive than the LFA.

        Why are there so many ignorant people trying to make apples to oranges comparisons with the LFA? There's really nothing to compare it to and it's a car done the way that the designers wanted, not specifically to fit into a market niche. Other cars that have done this are the F1, SLR, One77, Bugatti Veyron and EB110. People complained about the price on them, but they're all spoken for and highly valuable today.

        Really, the individual components of this car are way overengineered, all in house, and add up to something much more significant than just another supercar. People who actually know anything about cars and engineering would be able to appreciate it, but silly little people with no concept of what makes a car exceptional beyond what badge on the hood it's got will continue to diss it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's because jealousy breeds idiocy. Most of these chuckleheads drive a Focus or a Neon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's funny that Americans can't buy them outright because we'd use them as financial tools.

      World's not gonna trust us for a while, LOL..
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd have bought one (current money situation notwithstanding) at full price just to hear that wonderfull engine note. Seriously. The way this thing howls up its rev range is top-shelf aural eroticism.
        • 5 Years Ago
        First time I read that I thought you said "I have bought one", and I was going to reply "good for you, enjoy". Even though I hate the look of the thing, and think it's overpriced, I love the engine note.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I was rich, I'd buy one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They lost me with the design. To my eyes it's neither drop dead sexy, or brutally ugly beautiful. It just sits there with very little personality, like a catfish laying in the mud of a stagnant pond.

      That said, I'm sure it's wonderful to drive and it's cool Lexus has found buyers willing to pay for it. More power to'em.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This board is full of kids.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Keep whining about the price/value, ABers. I'm amazed that you badge whores are still convinced that your whining makes a difference to Lexus or the lucky 500 who will own this car. This car is an amazing display of technology and manufacturing R&D that will hopefully trickle down to future ToMoCo products.

      invisiblepigeon3 does seem to be quite a fanatic, but at least he is skillful with grammar and his comments are logically formulated. I actually enjoy reading his comments and rebuttals. JDM Life should take notes....or at least an English writing class.
        • 5 Years Ago
        invisiblepigeon3 has some competition now'' take that jeje''

        is ok not to be a fan but is nice when somebody recognize the fact that the LFA is a classic beast ''

        The LFA will make many companies out there to go back to the scratching board'' well I wont say to the design side of view ( I like Italian design a lot ) but for the blend that the car has to offer. from technology to performance in one package. and by the way reliable too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      why pay all that money to drive a lexus??? .... at the end of the day ITS STIL A LEXUS
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're being totally closed minded. Just because you don't like the brand(and actually, I don't really like it either but I would totally get this car still) doesn't mean that everyone feels the same way.

        As far as I know, asians highly prize Lexus as a brand because they really care about reliability or something, at least that's what I've learned living in an Asian community. Of course, that's no scientific evidence at all, but at the same time I think it's reasonable to assume that many other Asians will be loyal to Lexus as well. In fact, I know there are many who would not even consider buying a bmw over a Lexus.

        In the end though, I think you should try to avoid being such a fanboy of any particular brand because you should really just look at the capabilities of each specific car and not care who it's made by. You could argue that American cars are unreliable or something, but then really, reliability changes depending on the car too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        because you have to understand cultures ... the japanese are very proud of japanese products, something called nationalism. you may have heard of it. and they're going to support their crowning glory by purchasing such a product
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        At the end of the day your still a fool
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL @ dumbass comments like that. Yeah, Toyota has a 150 year history and has been making cars since the 1930's. They're totally incapable of making a supercar, since you know, the 2000GT never existed, the Supra wasn't a good car at all...

        And Lexus! Ugh, what a bunch of junk they are right? The 1989 LS400 didn't prove to be one of the best cars in history, with many of them still on the road today, one of the most reliable cars ever made and being much better made than the competition. It's not like Lexus took tons of sales from MB and BMW, and proved to be a huge success over the last two decades.

        And Lexus hasn't won any awards or anything... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_awards_won_by_the_Lexus_LS

        LOL "It's still a Lexus." That's a really terrible thing to say about a car, isn't it?

        • 5 Years Ago
        True, but even without the badge its an incredible car. The all carbon fiber body is an expensive material. Of course i think it could come down on price though. Same with the Volkswagen Phaeton, incredible car, but people are superficial. They won't buy it because of V W on the hood. That's why badge engineering works. Companies prey on the idiots. But it works and makes money.
        • 5 Years Ago
        minesasecret@ I totally agree. you're savior of the day.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Really not that hard to believe that rich Japanese would want to own the first real supercar in its history, whether it is worth it or not.
      It is iconic for them as it would be for anyone in any country.

      If you are worth $10 million, $20 million or more, it is really not that much in the grand scheme of things.
      Besides if you are not happy, you will get most if not all or more of your money back if you decide to sell it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i wrote a while back that the lexus LFA is Lexus Fail Absolute when they caught fire in a race. i also said that this was a piece of trash and the car will sucked.....

      the quote" make you words tender and juicy in case you have ti eat them" has applied to me. the car has grown on me, the interior is out of this world, the engine sounds so beautiful it should be included in an orchestra. and the design is awesome.

      but the only thing i dint have to eat was that the price sucked.but hey its an engineering marvel and thus its price.



      • 5 Years Ago
      been said already... but i must emphasize: A fool and his money....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Watch the Top Gear review. It's not a good value.
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 5 Years Ago
        I really don't think that saying applies here. It applies to people who don't know the difference between value and price. If you think the LFA isn't a good value, then clearly you don't know much about cars and you probably buy junk, thinking you're getting a good value, since you pay little for it.
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