• Mar 29, 2010
Lexus LFA Nürburgring package - Click above for high-res image gallery

Lexus has finally dropped a few official savory details about its special-edition LFA Nürburgring. Word is there's an additional 10 horsepower on tap from the bat-guano V10, nudging the final figure to "more than 562" blistering ponies.

To help handle the extra grunt and give the carbon-fiber wonder a little extra stick on track, the Lexus engineers have worked up a new aero package consisting of front and side spoilers, as well as a landing-deck sized fixed rear wing. And yes, they're all made of carbon. Lexus has also firmed up the suspension even further, and fitted it with the mesh alloys seen above with "dedicated high-grip tyres." Uh-huh. Even more surprisingly, Lexus has managed to trim the transmission's shift times to just 0.15 seconds, officially putting the LFA into the cog-swapping hall of fame.

Lexus has managed to still get the LFA to 62 mph in around 3.7 seconds and net a top speed of 202 mph in spite of the car's higher downforce. If you want one, you better start bribing people now. The company plans on handing out just 50 examples within the standard LFA production run of 500 units.



[Source: Lexus]
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LEXUS UNLEASHES THE ULTIMATE LFA

Now available with new track-focused Nürburgring package

KEY POINTS


* Lexus introduces Nürburgring package for the LFA supercar, aimed at hardcore track driving enthusiasts
* New aerodynamic elements for greater downforce, including fixed rear wing
* Power increased to more than 562bhp, gearshift times cut to just 0.15 seconds
* Nought to 62mph acceleration in 3.7 seconds and top speed of 202mph maintained in spite of higher downforce
* Performance package launched in celebration of LFA's entry in the Nürburgring 24 Hours race
* Just 50 examples to be built, within the total LFA production limit of 500 cars

In celebration of its LFA supercar taking on the challenge of the Nürburgring 24 Hours race in May, Lexus has launched a new performance package designed to appeal to customers seeking full-blooded track performance.

The new Nürburgring package provides additional aerodynamic features and technical revisions that improve handling and downforce without compromising the exceptional speed and acceleration that are central to the LFA's driving character.

Greater downforce, essential to peak track performance, has been gained through revisions and additions to several of the LFA's CFRP components, including a larger front spoiler, side fin-type spoilers and a new fixed rear wing.

Maximum power from the mid-front-mounted 4.8-litre V10 engine has been increased by 10bhp to more than 562bhp and gear shifts in the six-speed sequential transmission have been cut to just 0.15 seconds. Thanks to these changes, nought to 62mph acceleration in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 202mph are maintained, in spite of the extra drag created by the new aerodynamic elements.

Handling modifications include sports tuning of the suspension and mesh-type wheels shod with dedicated high-grip tyres.

Just 50 LFA will be available with the Nürburgring package, within the car's strictly limited global production run of 500 examples. If they wish, customers will be able to take advantage of individual driving instruction on the legendary Nordschleife circuit from the Nürburgring's chief instructors. They will also receive a one-year driving pass to the track.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Did Toyota ever even when in F1-- wonder who is working on the throttle sensor, brake interlock.
      • 4 Years Ago
      you could buy a bra


      but to say this car is sexy is a stretch

      the rear end is just as bad as the front
      also the boring slab side does not do it for me either

      as far as $400k+ cars go this is a fail on looks, and a masterpiece in the crafting details

      I guess you can't have your cake and eat it too
      • 4 Years Ago
      Rumor also has it that the new LFA Nurburger edition requires you to sell Lexus your house to them, make them ham sandwiches with a $385k down payment, and you must write in shoe polish on your rear window of your old car, "LeXu$ MkEs DuH Be$t CarZ EVAR!!!!"

      ...and that's how Lexus rents you the car for a week, then they'll give you the option to lease the LFA Nurburger three months after your rental program.

      --RS
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Rumor also has it that the new LFA Nurburger edition" won't finish any races, will definatly crater due to reliability issues, and definatly will finish well behind diesel hatchbacks.

        neat!

        Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday only works if... yeah... you win.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And I should get this instead of a Porsche 911 Turbo S for 1/3 the price that goes from 0 - 60 in 3.2 seconds because...???
        • 4 Years Ago
        nastinupe - because we don't all measure a car's worth solely by 0-60 times?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @nastinupe
        Wow...Porsche fanboy much? The 911 Turbo S is a great car but you're out of your mind if you think it's even vaguely similar to this car in terms of handling or pure finesse.
      • 4 Years Ago
      it's unbelieveable how moronic most of the peope on autoblog are. all they do is bash expensive and well designed cars, while praising budget alternative pos cars like the corvette and the viper. pathetic bunch of garbage car driving blithering idiots.

      get educated and actually learn something about automotive engineering instead of being pathetic domestic fanboys
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love the tech on the car, but styling looks like a low res rendering from a video game of 15 years ago, with weird polygons and geometry.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shouldn't there be some kind of rule that super-cars be attractive?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is to Toyota, what the Veyron is to Bugatti.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But the Veyron set production car records. It is the last word in horsepower and technology and top speed (and price and exclusivity) of production super cars - for now. The LFA can claim none of this.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Tourian
        I'm pretty sure the LFA can claim plenty-it's probably the best handling RWD vehicle ever made. The center of gravity is insanely, insanely low and while it's easy for an AWD vehicle to get the 0-60 this thing gets it takes a whole other world of engineering to do it with RWD.
        This thing isn't about the brute force or the numbers. If you look at it from that perspective you're missing the point of the car so of course it'll seem like it's overpriced. It's really about taking the idea of a RWD and NA sports car to it's pinnacle with over the top engineering. Something with unbelievable finesse. So you really can't compare it to AWD and Turboed sports cars like the GT-R, Veyron, or 911 Turbo because they're not really after the same goal.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @tekdemon

        One word: Viper.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Any word on pricing? The only way people have justified the $450k regular one was exclusivity. This one is 10x more exclusive, is Toyota charging 4.5 million for this one?
      • 4 Years Ago
      10 more horsies! Cancel my base LFA!
      • 4 Years Ago

      @ miketim1

      "I have a feeling this car is a better performer then the Ferrari and McLaren"


      I have a feeling you don't know much about cars!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nope. I know alot about cars. The LFA is just a work of art and its performance is nothing to be laughed at...Its the car to be watch because it has something to prove. We all know what a Ferrari is and what Mclaren is about. I'm more interested in what the Lexus is capable of and according to reviews of the LFA its a very special car.

        I'm not blinded by the Ferrari badge or McLaren badge. May the best car win.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How is a time of 0.15 seconds (150 ms) good enough for the "cog swapping hall of fame" when there are a handful of cars that shift in less than 80 ms?
        • 4 Years Ago
        "A handful of cars" was a late night exaggeration. However, I never mentioned anything about the number of clutches when I made my comment.

        BMW E46 M3 SMG II 80ms
        BMW E60 M5 SMG III 60ms
        Ferrari 430 Scuderia 60ms

        The above cars are all equipped with single clutch transmissions.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because it actually manages to disengage the clutch, switch gears and engage the clutch in that time. As compared to dual-clutch transmissions, which only release one clutch and engage the second one simultaneously in those 80ms.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the fact that Lexus is stating that within the limited run of 500 units, 50 will be this special edition. Bugatti never states (at least I have not heard) that their limited run of 300 coupes and 150 gransports includes all of the limited/special editions or they are added onto the total 450 run of Veyrons.
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