Translogic spends time with the Lexus LFA – Click above to watch video after the jump

Bradley Hasemeyer has driven some unique vehicles. We've seen him take the helm of a Tango EV, the dolphin-shaped Seabreacher and the electric Z-Kart. Now, Hasemeyer gets behind the wheel of a vehicle that hits a little closer to our Autoblog hearts, the Lexus LFA.

Don't expect a smoky, sideways review of the car – after all, this is Translogic, and the gist is to dive into the technology behind the machine. What you can expect, though, is a well-made video filled with great information... and that's exactly what's waiting for you after the jump.


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      OrangesOfCourse
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really can't get over the sound from that car! Amazing! :)
      Davis Levon
      • 3 Years Ago
      MY GOODNESS!!! :D
      GO MUSTANG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Paris Hilton also has one in yellow although im pretty sure it is currently getting a pink bubble gum paint jop at west coast customs...jay leno also displayed one in his online garage, although im not sure if that was his or on loan...still have yet to see one of these in person, which really amazes me since every other super car can be found...
      Keven Fitzpatrick
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL, I.see the Lexus.fanboys are out in full force. I've actually driven the LfA here in California at a Lexus track event. Its a wonderful car. it sounds amazing and the interior quality is great, no.cost cutting like youd find in most other Lexus cars. But like the is-f, it is clear this is a (wonderful) first attempt at a car in this range from Lexus. Now the problems. 1. It doesn't have the sophisticated and timeless design of the Lamborghini Aventador. 2. It's "build processes" aren't ad sophsitcated as the Aventador. It uses a crarbon loom only on the A pillars. it doesn't have as large a carbon spaceframe as the Aventador. 3. The transmission is extremely clunky in real world driving. This is a single clutch, not a dual clutch, and isn't as sophisticated as the rods in the Aventador. 4. The car is.overpriced for the performance it offers. Again, its priced very similarly to the Aventador, yet the Lamborghini is almost a full second quicker to 60mph, has better road feel, more sophisticated build processes and packaging (an engine saddled behind your head), a better transmission, and at the end of the day, simply looks better and will age better with time. I could go on and on, but at the end of the day, the Lamborghini is the better car for most everything, including the most important aspect - driving dynamics. The LFA is good, but not best in class. Lexus models usually get away with their inherent deficiencies (questionable styling, so so road manners and feel, questionable interior design and materials where you don't look, and not being the most innovative, by pricing their vehicles slightly lower than the more expensive European competition and making the main value proposition reliability. Unfortunately, this doesn't apply to the LFA, which is priced higher than most of its competition (nearly twice the price of the r8/gallardo, both vehicles which are in a different, lower range with much wider availability). The LFA competes directly with the Aventador and unfortunately for it, Lamborghini has complete access to the vast engineering and design resources of the Volkswagen Group. The reality is Toyota simply doesn't have the engineering experience that VW does with high priced exotic sports cars. In a way, this is to be expected, as this is the first effort by Toyota, and a damn good one, but as I said before, like the ISF, its not the best by any means.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        _M7_
        • 3 Years Ago
        another armchair expert who havent drovee a race car in his life...talking about numbers
        Chris
        • 3 Years Ago
        go away
        thatGuy
        • 3 Years Ago
        Wow, Dan you look stoopid. Ever thought that looks are highly subjective and your eyes are blinded by your preconceptions? Same as Tesla to 100kmh.....what about 100 to 200kmh? And yes, the engine revs too fast for an analogue needle, but then many race engines do too.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Keven Fitzpatrick
        • 3 Years Ago
        Impulsive, I get your inside joke:) We both agree the LF-A is not beautiful, but a beast, overpriced which gives it balls, and underperforming...woah,..woah, get real buddy. Failure is the new success.
      HyperCarEnthusiast
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have said this before, this is a supercar with a hypercar price tag. MSRP is $375000, before you start adding in the extra goodies. In Europe each car will cost $534,000, why?! The 458 which is faster, more powerful, and cheaper at $225,325 is a better option. Heck the awesome GTR at $80k and does 0-60 3.2 with launch control and 3.8 without is the best option. The LFA which mind you is toyotas first attempt going into supercar territory all the more reason they should have started with a price tag around 150k. Please no more reviews by this annoying hasemeyer dude.
        Ray
        • 3 Years Ago
        @HyperCarEnthusiast
        This car wasn't built to conquer the world. It was built to make a statement. I think a lot of people who keep talking about the price is missing this point. It isn't like the other Toyota's that were built with the consumers in mind or what would help sell more cars. The LFA was built to showcase advanced technology, and what great lengths Lexus will go in "pursuit of perfection"
        CtK4949
        • 3 Years Ago
        @HyperCarEnthusiast
        Why buy $400k Rolls Royce?? You can get a $40k Hyundai Genesis!! Price don't matter to the ppl who buy these types of cars!!
        Peter T
        • 3 Years Ago
        @HyperCarEnthusiast
        this car wasn't designed to be one of the fastest supercars. its expensive because it's exclusive and different. compare it to the Ferrari 599, the 599 is a lot more expensive than the 458 italia but it is slower than the 458. im pretty sure ferrari didn't make a mistake one this. the LFA is designed like the 599, a technologically advanced flagship supercar. also, if you wanna complain about the price, again compare it to the ferrari 599. car and driver did it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvM-ir-oPRU
        Sugaki
        • 3 Years Ago
        @HyperCarEnthusiast
        You're not understanding how R&D works. The cost of a car isn't dependent upon its Nurburgring performance. It's dependent upon development of new technologies, platforms, engines, parts, outsourcing, economies of scale, etc. If a Ferrari carries over tech from other cars, that's that much less money that needs to be spent on say the Ferrari 458. Creating a V10 engine from scratch, 3D loom carbon fiber weaving, etc... that all costs a lot of money that's passed down to the buyer. Even then, this car loses money for each unit sold. Another thing, I think it's pointless to nitpick performance figures at this level. You're never going to be able to get a 7:30 Nordschliefe time, so whether a car is .2 seconds slower doesn't really matter. In this price point, it's all about the overall package--exclusivity, feel. The intangibles. After all, why buy an Aston Martin Vantage when a Nissan GT-R gets performance better than that for half the price? Just because a car is faster doesn't mean it's a more enjoyable car to drive.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @HyperCarEnthusiast
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        wtrmlnjuc
        • 3 Years Ago
        @HyperCarEnthusiast
        What kind of "car enthusiast" are you? You're just a buyer who can't or just doesn't get the facts behind the price of a car. You're not a "car enthusiast". Take the car for what it is, not what it isn't.
          jolz24
          • 3 Years Ago
          @wtrmlnjuc
          i dont think you guys understand the word "exclusive". just because something is made in limited numbers doesn't make it exclusive. i cant believe people say exclusive and toyota in the same sentence
      reuben
      • 3 Years Ago
      The LFA is exclusive because it is not selling. We keep getting all this marketing features every week for them to try and get some sales. I like it, but in all honesty no matter how much you like toyota....... if you had the money would you buy this or a new 700hp Aventador? or a 458 plus and Aston Martin for everyday? It not only does not have the badge to match (which is VERY important in this sector) it also lacks the looks and performance compared to rivals from europe.
        miketim1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @reuben
        If you had the money.... you wouldnt be debating which one to get . What you FAIL to undersetand people who have this kind of money dont need complain about price. These cars arent marketed to people that are going to complain about price. Get over it. Jesus. The LFA isnt the most expesnive car in history or the most expsnive supercar so whats the big deal ? We understand it expensive... WHAT SUPERCAR ISNT ? And your wrong the LFA is no exlucive because its not selling. Alot of the LFA are already spoken for. Lacks in looks? You gotta be kiddin or have not seen one in person. I Saw a LFA and juding by the crowd of people infront of me... its a great looking car. I love how people saw expensive cars like these lacks in look.... tell us what do you drive ?
        zchmcqn
        • 3 Years Ago
        @reuben
        That's your opinion, nothing more. With the tech that went into the Lexus, I would pick the LF-A over the Lambo or the Aston. EVERYDAY. But this is my opinion. I'd venture to guess that there are at least 500 people that shares my opinion as well.
          zchmcqn
          • 3 Years Ago
          @zchmcqn
          last comment directed @ the fool who calls himself reuben
        spw
        • 3 Years Ago
        @reuben
        sorry to bust your bubble, LFA is sold out already :-)
          reuben
          • 3 Years Ago
          @spw
          I am sorry, but 2 years and still not all 500 sold is not 'sold out already'. I would brag about the sales if I was mclaren and had 3 years orders in advance before hiting the showroom, and that is not even a special edition.
      iwkjp1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Audi R8 is... better performance, more exotic, and it is the genuine super car.
        miketim1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @iwkjp1
        How is the Audi a "genuine Super car" When it use other parts from lower end audis ? The LFA shares nothing not one part with any other Lexus or Toyota vehicle. Isnt the R8 a lower end gallardo? The V8 Audi r8 uses the same V8 engine from the now old RS4 . . . Sorry but the LFA is more exotic, rare and specail car then the R8.
        U2Rocks
        • 3 Years Ago
        @iwkjp1
        LFA destroyed the R8 V10 in a Speed TV head to head showdown between the two cars. It was not even a comparison. Obviously, you know nothing about what truly LFA was/is capable of.
        Keven Fitzpatrick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @iwkjp1
        Nice try iwkjp1. The LF-A is in a slight class above the R8/Gallardo. both are great cars, but the LF-A is definitely more exotic.
        Tilps
        • 3 Years Ago
        @iwkjp1
        u funny girl
        • 3 Years Ago
        @iwkjp1
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        Redline
        • 3 Years Ago
        @iwkjp1
        Haha more exotic, now that's a good one!
      Johnny-wat
      • 3 Years Ago
      It may not be the fastest, the sexiest, or the loudest. But god damn is the sound of the engine alone worth the price tag! These are not cars you buy with your head fellas. These are cars you buy with your heart.
        Chris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Johnny-wat
        I'm really sorry, but if that was the case, they might as well strap a 4 cyl in there, cost less and emulate the sound via speakers inside the car. A car should perform how it looks/sounds. This one doesn't. With all the marvel and engineering it has, it is not the lightest of the light. I mean... A Corvette ZR1 weighs in the same, makes more HP, has carbon bits and it's not that expensive to maintain and bill. Honestly... As awesome as the car is, it fails to deliver what the car really is. I agree with what was said above... I'd buy an Aveantor any given day. 700HP... 150+ more AND 500lbs LESS. With the same exotics as this one or even more.
        S.Kim
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Johnny-wat
        I can't agree with you more. Well said!
        Evan McMiller
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Johnny-wat
        The words of the great Sir Clarkson...true as ever.
      meekli8
      • 3 Years Ago
      i just ignore the video and just listen to the audio, damn the engine sound of the LFA is just AMAZING.
      anonymous guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I liked listening to the Asian dude try to say "carbon fiber" in English. That's all I take away from this video.
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