If top-down motoring is your cup of tea, there are few droptops that could elicit as many smiles per sun-drenched hour than the long-rumored Lexus LFA Roadster. We first saw the V10-powered 552-horsepower machine at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, but the automaker has kept its lips firmly sealed on the potential of a production version since that showing.

Interestingly enough, though, it appears that Toyota's luxury division may not be done trotting proproduction LFA Roadsters around the auto show circuit. As can be seen in the video after the break, the Lexus droptop stunner made an appearance at the most recent Tokyo Auto Salon, where it took part in an exhibition run for the D1GP Kick Off Drift event.

Here's where things get a little murky. We have no idea if this is a factory-made LFA Roadster – it could be a custom job, or it could be the same exact car Lexus showed off in Detroit four years ago, albeit wearing a new coat of white paint and an unfortunate rollbar. Whatever the case, you can see exactly how easily the V10-powered machine can smoke its rear tires after the break.

Special Bonus: Watch now and you'll see extra drifting footage of a Toyota GT 86!






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      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it in white. It reminds me of the white 2000GT convertible in You Only Live Twice.
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      OMG that is sweet Can you imagine hearing that V10 roar so close ? Yikes and you can really get a good look at that sweet interior with the top open Any one one else notice that almost all the cars in this video were Toyotas ? until the two nissans came out at the end.
      Pavel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Uhhh 15 minutes of Fast and Furious footage only to see the LFA for one minute. Bah.
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man Yamaha knows how to tune/make motors. Strange how Lexus of all companies comes up with one of the nicest sounding cars made in recent years (outside of the traditional Italians of course). That Chaser sounded amazing too.
        IBx27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        May I suggest you listen to a: Carerra GT Gallardo Viper Corvette Z06 Supra GTO STi '03-'04 Cobra 350Z G35 E46 M3 S2000 Maybe then you can learn what a good sounding engine is. It's not about noise, it's about passion, and no matter what Yamaha does, the passion comes from the engine which is built by toyota. Which is to say, there is none.
          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @IBx27
          Because he's talking about the Supra, not some current overpriced and overhyped Toyota. He's talking about the passion that USED to be apart of the Toyota brand. But just like Honda, that passion was lost and their cars don't carry it anymore. The GT-86/FR-S/BRZ are maybe the start of them building passionate cars again. Don't know until we see how well they sell in their markets.
          Andrew Nicolaou
          • 2 Years Ago
          @IBx27
          If Toyota doesn't have passion then why is the Supra in your list?
          miketim1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @IBx27
          "Which is to say, there is none." Toyotas has some of the best built and longest lasting engines on the road today Guy. Making a car sound good isn't passion. Making a engine live for years is and that which to say, Toyota has alot.
          jonnybimmer
          • 2 Years Ago
          @IBx27
          @IMx27 There's a couple of errors with that post there. Firstly, you claim Toyota has no passion and then go list the Supra as an example of cars with passion. (Which has the same motor as that Chaser btw). Secondly, are you saying the LFA was produced by people with no passion for the car or motorsports as a whole? Don't let the Toyota/Lexus stereotypes blind you, Toyota is just as deeply passionate with cars as any other major car company. Don't believe me? Take a little look into what they've done in motorsports, in particular series that involve dirt. And lastly, if you're going to start a list of some of the greatest sounding cars, you're gonna have to expand a lot farther back than the 90's. Also, you list a Gallardo over Lamborgini's 12 cylinder models? Really?
          ToyotaSupraMan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @IBx27
          "May I suggest you listen to a: (...) Corvette Z06 Supra GTO (...) it's about passion, (...) the passion comes from the engine which is built by toyota. Which is to say, there is none." So, you say engines built by Toyota have no passion. Then you suggest jonnybimmer to listen to a Supra, WHICH ALSO HAS AN ENGINE BY TOYOTA.
          cinoiem
          • 2 Years Ago
          @IBx27
          Gallardo? Viper? Z06? GTO? G35? 350Z? Passion? You make a laughable statement. Boxer EJ rumble in STI( not STi, it's changed since 2006.), and screaming engine like the one S2000 are ones of the unique sounding engines exist. I only see engine in Carerra GT( you mentioned) being one of the best sounding engines. I think you never watch Formula 1, but NASCAR.
        miketim1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        Chaser 2jz motor LFA motor is one of the best ever built. Both from Toyota
      Gabriel Aguirre
      • 2 Years Ago
      How stupid these videos can not be measured in words... Please try to understand your target market more before posting garbage like this again... Thank you...
        Andrew Nicolaou
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gabriel Aguirre
        Whats your problem??
        Smiley
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gabriel Aguirre
        Agreed. Marketing an overpriced $350k lexus towards fans of drifting...the biggest joke in the automotive world
      Smiley
      • 2 Years Ago
      I do like the LFA but can't get past it's $100k looks. It doesn't like like a super car (nor is), and it doesn't look like an exotic. It just looks like a nice sports car, a SL550 or Jag XK competitor. Nothing more
      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 2 Years Ago
      The finest sounding engine this side of F-1 Makes a Ferrari sound like a lawn mower A Porsche sound like a vacuum cleaner A Lambo sound like an expensive vacuum cleaner BD
        BlackDynamiteOn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BlackDynamiteOn
        Actually, I have...... Let me know when that Porsche can keep up with an LFA on The Ring If it's not gonna sound F-1, at least try and keep up....... BD
          IBx27
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BlackDynamiteOn
          Actually, I'd say that the Carerra GT sounds more like an F1 car with the stock exhaust system. Seems to wail with a lot higher of a pitch without sounding harsh.
        Sukairain
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BlackDynamiteOn
        and Im sure you have heard all of these cars in person right? Go to Cars & Coffee meet once awhile. IMO the king is still Porsche CGT. LF-A is a lot of bark, with so-so bite.
          AP1_S2K
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sukairain
          yes cars and coffee.... where the cars sit in a parking lot, and where people for the most part responsibly don't rev and race around a parking lot. So it's the sound at idle you're talking about? I"m with BD on the sound of the LFA
          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sukairain
          miketim with another piece of false information... The LF-A Nuburgring Edution NEVER topped the Nuburgring lap time list. The Gumpert Apollo S and Radical SR8 LM were on that list WELL before the LF-A made its run.
      PoMoMangler
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yep, the LFA looks every bit as good with a roll-bar as a '96 Mustang.
      Clock
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love Toyota.
        miketim1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Clock
        Notice that every car there was a Toyota until the end. Funny then people here say Toyotas are boring... go tell that to the guys driving these cars. Nice
          ShutoSteve
          • 2 Years Ago
          @miketim1
          Hey Elmo, you keep saying "I" this and "My" that, when discussing a brand as a whole and trying to make a valid argument for yourself. You are not the great opinion of them all - you are not the top auto reviewer, not the one who knows all the answers, and not the one that everyone should listen or agree too. You are opinion, and your opinion is only one of a million. Stop acting like its the bee all and all answer for everyone.
          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @miketim1
          Toyotas ARE boring. Name ONE Toyota branded car that isn't the GT-86 that is an excitingly designed car. Because the Camry, Corolla, Avalon, Venza, and Sienna are all uninspiring cars. Let's go outside the brand for a 2nd... Lexus: IS-F - Getting a bit long in the tooth, don't you think? The next generations of the M3 and RS4 are said to produce anywhere between 450hp all the way to 460hp. That leaves the IS-F behind a whole bunch. GS-F - I'm seriously holding my breath on this one. There hasn't been any solid evidence to say that Lexus is building this car, and there hasn't been any news about it since before the new GS was unveiled. LF-A - I'm already bored with the hype this car gets and it's an extremely unobtainable car for ANYBODY on these comment sections. If Toyota were to have put a price tag comparable to the Corvette ZR-1, then this might be a different story. It's performance isn't $375k performance. If I had that type of money, I'd be looking at faster cars. Along the lines of a Huarya and Aventador. CT - Yeah, not really that exciting. It's easily comparable in performance to the Honda CRZ. Great looking little car, but its performance doesn't back it up too well. Scion: tC - REALLY needs an upgrade in performance. 200hp isn't going to do it when Mazdas and Fords are making WELL north of that with their new direct injection engines. Its looks need to be backed up by neck snapping performance. xD - Yeah, not even going to comment on that. xA - Really? Do I really need to? Every other manufacturer produces exciting cars throughout their lineups. Toyota has a problem with doing that.
          miketim1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @miketim1
          @ Elmo Dude... give it up. You never made any sense to begin with no matter how you try. Go sit in the corner -> I see you too dumb to figure out I meant GS- F Sport... sigh @ ShutoSteve AMEN !
          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @miketim1
          Steve, what in the hell are you talking about? Are you trying to say that I'm trying to make my opinions into facts? Because I'm not. I don't know if you've been living under a rock or something, but the common consensus is that Toyota makes extremely boring looking cars and there's barely any passion left in their cars.
          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @miketim1
          WOW! You totally did not read my comment AT ALL. You missed my point by a mile. My point is that Toyota doesn't create anything that looks even remotely exciting. Keyword: looks By the way, yes, the IS-F is a great performer. But as I said, it's going to be left behind by the upcoming next generation M3 and RS4. It's already left behind by the newly revised C63. The GS-F IS a great performer? Uh what? How is it a great performer when it doesn't even exist? Wow. That's like when you said the Toyota GT-One won LeMans lol. And yes, they are great commuter cars. Nowhere in my statement did I say they weren't. But you can have a great commuter car with great looks, and Toyota doesn't seem to get that.
          ravingricefarmer
          • 2 Years Ago
          @miketim1
          toyotas were boring, every between Mark 4 Supra and upcoming toyobaru, excluding lexus.
          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @miketim1
          That's awesome. You were proven wrong, then you started spewing insults. You even tried to change around what you said. I was talking about the GS-F, then you contradicted me with your response. Therefore, you were talking about the GS-F. Don't try and turn it around to make it seem like you were right the whole time lol.
          miketim1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @miketim1
          lol blah blah heard it before. I got more then enough proof that toyotas aren't boring. Its not my fault if you dont want to see or bais to it. "excitingly design car" That totally an opinion. In my eyes the Seinna Se is a damn good looking Mini van and the Venza is very stylish and much better looking then most in its class. The Seinna Se was also noted to be the best handling and the Camry runs to 60 in 5.8 sec while returning the best MPG. These cars regular commuter cars.. every brand has them so I don't know what your getting at. As to the rest of your comments.. they arent smart enough to respond to opinions dont mean Sh*t The LFA is AWESOME. The ISF is wicked The GS-F is a great performer The CT while not fast ( well duh its a hybrid ) has great handling and look great inside and out. The TC is a great looking car and appeals alot to the young guys and the amount of tuner parts available are great. This car is really a blank sheet waiting to be taking to the next level. The Xd and Xa was never meant to be anything jaw dropping but they cool little car and I've seen ALOT done up pretty nice. If you think Toyotas are boring. Good for you. I don't think so and alot of other people who attend Toyota meets and build these cars like in the video don't think so either. People like different things.. get over it guy and the world is a much better place because of it.
        Sukairain
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Clock
        "I love Toyota" I hear "I like Toyota" all the time. Rarely do I hear "I Love Toyota" The only Toyota I love is the Sienna, I'd take dual sliding door over any sort of lambo doors.
      RWD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, hideous roll bar.
      BeeM
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here are some photos and explanation: http://www.autoforum.cz/zajimavosti/lexus-lfa-roadster-se-prekvapive-ukazal-v-tokiu-mame-fotky-i-detaily/ It is a factory one-off made just for promotional purposes with no plans for production. Unfortunately...
        sstowes
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BeeM
        In some ways it makes sense. Isn't the LFA's entire tub made from carbon fiber? With that kind of rigidity, this car wouldn't need that roll bar because that kind of strength is engineered into the vehicle already.
      cwatson263
      • 2 Years Ago
      how much do cost
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