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Many countries have produced supercars with price tags that dip into the six figures, but that rare breed of exotic that fetches upwards of a quarter million is all but completely exclusive to Europe: Ferrari, Lamborghini and Pagani out of Italy, Bugatti from France, McLaren and higher-end Aston Martin models of Britain, top-of-the-line Porsche offerings from Germany, Koenigsegg of Sweden and so on. That's what makes the Lexus LFA so exceptional. It extends beyond the Acura NSX and the Nissan GT-R that previously defined the top end of Japanese supercars and joins its European rivals at the very top of the market. But that, we're reading, is only the beginning.

According to a shadowy anonymous source cornered by AutoGuide, Toyota is already working on a successor to the LFA, and their mole says the car will be even more exotic, more powerful and more expensive. Just what that entails when the LFA is already limited to 500 examples, packs a 552-horsepower 4.8-liter V10 and costs $375,000 has us conjuring up images of an animé take on the Bugatti Veyron. AG suggests the car could nudge the million-dollar mark with production limited to just 100 examples.

Could it be a production version of the LF-LC concept? It's probably too early to tell. In fact, we're going to go ahead and take this entire rumor with a few shakers-worth of salt and advise you to consider doing the same.


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      skado2
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would love to see Toyota market this as the next Supra.
      Joe
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think its cool toyota is taking such risks.. Now only if Honda would do the same.
        Joe
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Joe
        Not even the design.. The soul.. The high revving nature, Honda is as much about technology as it is about soul. Step on the gas in my 2008 Odyssey, and you'll hear it snarl, but its almost muffled compared to let's say the four year older Pilot that l also drive, which never fails to surprise unsuspecting front seat passengers when the cams open up, or even the 2006 Odyssey that we used to have (which was louder). Don't get me wrong knifing a few corners in the Odyssey will never fail to leave a grin on your face as that generation of odyssey handles incredibly well (ever scared the crap out of a fellow teenager knifing a few corners entirely too fast with a minivan? I have=p), but most of that sound and VTEC fury is gone from newer Hondas. If Honda would just fix their design, imbue more passion, while being a technical tour de force, then I will agree with what you said.
        AP1_S2K
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Joe
        they are, but i just wish their design would also come back.
      chest rockwell
      • 3 Years Ago
      The LFA is no doubt a great car. My concern is that the performance numbers, pedigree, and fanbase are about the same as the GT-R...... which is ~1/4 the cost. To command a price nearing a million bones, they are going to have to up the performance numbers so it makes the Nissan seem slow. I never thought the LFA would sell as well as it did/is, even with the ridiculous purchasing terms, but I was wrong!
        ctsmith1066
        • 3 Years Ago
        @chest rockwell
        When it comes to performance statistics, people often miss the forest through the trees. The GT-R is also a great car, but it offers a completely different driving experience from the LFA.
        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @chest rockwell
        Exotics have (almost) NEVER been about performance... they have always been about PERCEIVED performance. Almost none of the multi millionaires that buy these cars do it to go a million miles per hour. They might track their cars here and there, and they might "see what she can do" on some road in Germany once in a while, but the reality is that exotics are mostly bought for show. The available performance of these cars sooooo far exceeds the driving ability of mere mortals that its not even funny. And their performance far exceeds the roads that you could ever drive them on.
        mitytitywhitey
        • 3 Years Ago
        @chest rockwell
        Therin lies the problem with exotics... Performance bargain cars will never again seem 'slow'. These days when you can add the same aero and shocks and transmissions to a $80K car as a $280K car, all exotics have over the performance bargains is rarity. What do you get in a Scuderia that you can't get out of a Viper ACR? You don't buy a Scuderia for its interior to be sure. You buy a Scuderia because you want an exotic fast car and think he 'performance bargains' just don't tingle your funny area quite as much.... And you have $Texas to spend.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah but will it be faster, more up to date, and beat cars that cost a lot less than it does?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @OptimusPrimeRib
        [blocked]
      CivicDXG
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm pretty excited for this rumour, though my broke ass will probably never get to see the end product on actual streets, leave alone owning one.
      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      Autoblog needs to do something about the trolls.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      You know if it weren't for the cool vehicles they've made in the past, I'd hate Toyota. But I give them props for seemingly changing direction slightly and focusing on more exciting engaging cars. Bravo. As for this LFA successor, I'm OK with that. It just needs to be more modern and competitive this time around. I like the LFA a lot, but a new one could definitely stand to lose 500lbs, gain a dual clutch auto, and a 50hp boost. Truthfully, I'd be more interested in a new Supra, a small FR-S based sedan, or higher performance FR-S and BRZ's.
        AP1_S2K
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        yea, i'd like to see a 50-80k successor to the Supra which at one point I heard they were thinking of doing? Too me, I think the LF-A was just a "marketing tool" that didn't go too well amongst the likes of the Nissan GT-R.
      Dane Grant
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess there is a larger market for half-million dollar cars then a simple run of 5000 (Wish) Ford Focus ST Wagons for the States.... If you could only drive the cars and never be able to sell them (The car will be crushed when finished), I would rather have a Focus Wagon ST..... Now for the thumbs down....
      Teron
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car is very full of essence.
      Mikell
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey Toyota how about you start (or finish for that matter) the new Toyota Supra?!
      wickedme91
      • 3 Years Ago
      Definitely not gonna be LF-LC. I feel that one is more like a Z4 fighter. It doesn't feet exotic enough. Hopefully it follows the path of LFA.
      Eddy Bobby
      • 3 Years Ago
      And Toyota shouldn't be making more powerful cars. Their owners are having enough trouble putting the brakes on 100 something horsepower Prii with stuck accelerators. Just imagine something with 5x-6x that power.
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