• Jan 21, 2010
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When will the stateside ignominy end when it comes to the Lexus LFA? Japanese buyers have already spoken for that country's entire allotment. Even though Continental European buyers must travel to England to procure the car, the details are all in place. Notice that in the previous two sentences we used the word "buyers." Cutthroat American capitalists will only be able to lease the creased-like-origami coupe that costs $375,000 straight up, and they'll need to be hand-picked by Lexus for the honor.

According to the Wall Street Journal, "People selected to purchase the car will be based on factors such as the other cars they own, where they live, and how often and where they drive." This is Lexus' halo car, and they want that halo to shine so bright you're blinded by the light. Said the manager of Lexus college, "We want it to be seen on the right roads, in front of the right restaurants and not just being enjoyed by one individual in their private garage."

When Ferrari launched the Enzo, it chose who could buy the car. But that was Ferrari, and these were buyers, and they knew that if they wanted a crack at the Enzo's successor they'd better not throw their Enzo on eBay Motors that night. On the one hand we feel the aforementioned ignominy at the way Americans are being treated in the LF-A procurement process, but that's outdone by our interest in and respect for the experiment: Lexus says this car is a special instrument created for driving and are looking for those who will treat it as such. We can't wait to see how it turns out.



[Source: Wall Street Journal]


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      Kat
      • 4 Years Ago
      When I first looked at it - it reminded me of an older Toyota Celica
      leolux10
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the car. Just not the attitude backing it. You can easily access a Bugatti Veyron, without the hassle. It's also a MUCH more attractive vehicle. My favorite to date!

      Lexus is simply trying to hype-up their fisrt high-end supercar. I just disagree with their tactics. They're insulting potential enthusiasts. Bad move. You lose long-term business for a short-term cause. Not very business wise. They should know better. This car will soon be old, but Toyota will forever be known as a snobbish manufacturer.

      A good way to show appreciation to a nation (America) who put you on the map as the most successful car manufacturer around. Good look holding onto that honor for much longer. Your most loyal customers are reading/watching/listening.

      Idiots.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who give a dam it is still a toyota.
      shadyjerk6299
      • 4 Years Ago
      good call reeler... ugly
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Emperor's NEWEST sports car............
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        I get it, and it's moronic. The hideously styled 458 Italia is the Emperor's newest.

        I could slap a Ferrari badge on a golf cart and you idiots would defend it to eternity.
        • 4 Years Ago
        JDM didn't get it.
        JDM Life
        • 4 Years Ago
        + 1
      invisiblepigeon3
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think that AB is clearly a place for wannabe's and posers to come and bash cars. There's so much love for economy POS cars, and so much hate for anything nice, that it's not even funny. It's really telling though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honor? What honor? Bite me Toyota, its a car, a stupid hunk of metal. Who cares?
      Bud
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll keep my BMW, thank you. I was fortunate enough to buy a first edition ( for the US) 135i coupe, and when I strap that car on, it is a superlative driving experience. I'm sure the Lexus is nice, and fast too...but no one makes cars like BMW. I'm 58, and this is not my first BMW, by the way. It's easily the most fun, though.
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Bud
        Wow, you come in here and start talking about an entry level BMW but this is about the LFA, a half million dollar hypercar. No one gives a **** about your BMW 1 series. Compare it to an Enzo or an SLR, not a 1 series...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Japanese citizens and Europeans? Of course you can buy one. But just what makes you silly Americans think this car is good enouph for you to own even though America is their biggest market. If they approve of your social status then perhaps they will let you lease one on the condition that it appears at Ruths Chris and never at a McDonalds drive thru. You dutiful subjects just continue buying Corollas and Camrys and they'll let you know whats good for you.
      Toyolex should make an altar out of this thing, put it in a showroom and let the Toyophiles come in on every Sunday and worship. And let JDM life read the gospel according to Toyoda.
      When I buy a car, I want the title.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Hashiryu, you have no clue as to what I can and cannot afford to buy.
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        You know very well that everyone will get the title at the end of the "don't speculate" lease period caddy...

        I've started giving GM some credit where it's due, and voicing my frustration with Toyota, but despite the fact that most CAR buyers are idiots, doesn't make all the people who own GM approve of the BS they pull, or all Lexus drivers approve of the BS they pull either.

        I'm starting to think you're almost as cynical as I am. Did you ever find out where my damn leather comes from? And did you ever invest in that sake brewery or whatever?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Regardless of who makes the car, be it Bentley, Lambo, Ferrari, RR, Lexus, Cadillac, or even the lowly tin can rubbish from Hyundai and Kia, if i'm in the market for any car be it a one of a kind or one of many, when they tell me I can only lease it, I walk. Period. I'm not giong to dis this car because I know little about it nor do I care to know. But what if this car turns out to be a dud? Can one walk away without loosing their proverbial shirt? Like I said, when I want a car, I want the title and the right to do whatever I damn well please with the car including ridding myself of it however I deem fit. Period.
        Previously, you stated the Japanese have a long history of high quality in virtualy everything they make. I strongly disagree. Before the end of WW2, there were few things they made well. Just one example. As an avid gun collector, I have several examples of Namba type 14 and 26 pistols from Japan and believe me when I tell you, If you went to war, these are the handguns you WILL be caught dead with. I learned this the hard way when I bought my first 14 and took it to the range and it went off just setting it down. It was'nt just the handguns, the light machine guns, some rifles but mostly the tanks and transport vehicles were extremely unreliable as were most of the fighters and bombers.
        Toyota was founded in 1933 by Kiichiro Toyoda. How does that add up to 150 years?
        You leather probably comes from a company called Eagle Ottawa.
        As for the Sake/Nihonshu/Kuchikami post, it's a trick question that anyone with true knowledge of Japanese culture would know.
        Like I said, I have zero interest in this car and have no intention of praising or condemning it. Rather than spending that much on this car or any other so called supercar, I feel my money would be better spent on the car of my true desire. Duesenburg.



        • 4 Years Ago
        As if you could afford the LFA either way....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Saw it at the Auto Show and I was not impressed.
      Pretty bland looking car for the price it is.
      The copper R8's were the stars of the show, followed closely by the red and black Viper (and the girl standing next to it:) and the Revenge car.
      My father and brother were not that impressed by it and were shocked when I told them the price.
      The ugly Mulsanne was there also, and even though it is not attractive, it looks like it cost $300,000 plus.

      At $375,000 plus, I know exactly what I would be getting and that is a Murcielago, without skipping a beat.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Invisibledumbass,

        You do know the S class was around before the Maybach, right?
        The Maybach is based on the S and is an upgraded S.
        Not my fault I can afford an S class and you cannot, deal with it.
        Go to school, get a better education, get a better job, whatever.
        I must not be too dumb if I can buy a six figure car.
        Even though you masturbate to this car, and I understand that, your comment like so many others fails to make any sense.

        In fact you sound even more retarded because Lexus's entire existence is based on copying Mercedes, including the original LS400 which was a blatant copy of the S class.
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        Says the person who was dumb enough to buy an S Class when there's better stuff out there that doesn't look like it was made in a vacuum mould to be a faux Maybach.

        You must be attracted to cheap but shiny objects.
      • 4 Years Ago
      JapCrap!
      leolux10
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd love to own this vehicle. Only i'd prefer it in black, maybe maron, navy blue, or a blend of red/orange. Something sexy like that. Too bad Lexus is making it such a pain-in-the-ass to even OWN one! Privileges, I tell ya.... =/ smh
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