2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package – Click above for high-res image gallery
Typically, when an automaker launches a new car, or even a variant on an existing one, we get a chance to see it up close at a major auto show within a matter of months at most. But it will have been the better part of a year by the time we see the Lexus LFA with the Nürburgring package in the flesh.
The track-focused version of the Toyota luxury division's supercar was released all the way back in May 2010, but Lexus has only now announced that it will make its public debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March of this year. For a quick refresher, the 'Ring edition LFA upgrades the 4.8-liter V10 by ten horses to 562 and drops the shift times down by 50 miliseconds to 150. It also gets an upgraded aero package, all for a $70,000 premium over the "stock" LFA's $375k sticker price.
With only 50 of the total run of 500 offered with the package, this could be one of our only chances to see the track-prep'd LFA in the flesh, so watch this space in a few weeks' time for live shots from the Geneva Palexpo show floor.
WORLD DEBUT FOR LFA NÜRBURGRING PACKAGE AT GENEVA MOTOR SHOW
The most exclusive Lexus yet built, the LFA supercar gains an even more track-focused profile with the addition of the bespoke Nürburgring Package, to be shown in public for the first time at the Geneva motor show in March.
Aimed at customers looking for even greater levels of performance from the V10 supercar, the Nürburgring Package is available on a maximum of 50 of the 500 cars that are being built. It provides additional aerodynamic features and technical revisions to improve handling and downforce, increases engine output by 10bhp to 562bhp and speeds up gear shifts in the six-speed sequential transmission.
Lexus will also be presenting the new CT 200h, the first and only full hybrid model in the luxury hatchback segment, just ahead of its market launch. Europe-wide enquiries about the new car are 40 per cent higher than expected and customer orders are 50 per cent above Lexus's plan. Appearing alongside the GS 450h executive sports saloon, RX 450h luxury SUV and LS 600h limousine, CT 200h provides Lexus with the only comprehensive range of full hybrid models in Europe.
CT 200h is expected to drive Lexus's European sales higher, with an anticipated increase of more than 60 per cent in a premium market that is predicted to remain flat overall.