The Lexus LFA, a two-seater sport coupe, is manufactured by Lexus as a racing prototype, a concept car, and a production model. This exotic sport coupe is the successor of the IS F, the first model in the F series of performance vehicles produced by Lexus. The company introduced three different concept versions of LFA at the American International Auto Show as part of the LF series concept line. The development started in the early 2000s and was codenamed P280. The first concept car in the LF series debuted in 2005, with the second following shortly in 2007 with refurbished exteriors and interiors. The third version of the LFA, a roadster model, debuted in 2008. In October 2009, the production model of the Lexus LFA was introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show.
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About the Lexus LFA
The Lexus LFA is a thoroughbred supercar, making it a small, compact car like no other. With its ability to cross the 200 mph barrier, the Lexus LFA has plenty of features that helped it earn its coveted place in the supercar category. The powerful V-10 engine with a matching six-speed automatic sequential transmission delivers a superior driving performance. The EPA rated the 2012 Lexus LFA at 11/16 mph city/highway. The four driving modes, Normal, Auto, Sport, and Wet, promote comfortable driving in all weather conditions without compromising safety. Lexus LFA Features
The Lexus LFA is an exotic supercar with a dramatic, sleek, and muscular design. The 4.8-liter V-10 engine delivers 552 hp at 8700 rpm. The maximum torque output of 480 Nm propels the Lexus LFA from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. The V-10 engine inside the LFA is set to 72 degrees instead of the more common 90 degrees. The angle of elevation was introduced during the construction of the LFA to achieve a fine balance between the firing forces of the pistons. The six-speed automated sequential gearbox enables the shifting of speed in seven stages to suit a myriad of driving conditions.
The interior of the Lexus LFA consists of leather, carbon fiber, Alcantara, and a variety of metallic surfaces and finishes. The exterior features cutoffs and sharp edges to improve the aerodynamic performance of the car's body. The carbon fiber chassis of the Lexus LFA is lightweight, yet strong, which works to enhance the overall performance of this supercar. Lexus LFA Evolution
The first version of the Lexus LFA was introduced in January 2005 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The company positioned the model as a concept vehicle with no plans of production. The concept name LFA is the abbreviation of Lexus Future Advance. The first version of the Lexus LFA featured a glass roof with cameras fixed on the side mirrors. One of the unique features of the LFA was its triple exhaust in an inverted triangle formation on the rear bumper. The debut Lexus LFA model at the 2005 North American International Auto Show featured a V-10 engine that generated over 550 hp with a top speed of 208 kmh or 162 mph. Despite public interest and appreciation, there were no reports of the model going into production.
The second variation of the Lexus LFA concept car was a roadster version that premiered at the North American International Auto Show in January 2008. The company made distinct changes in the design and overhauled the exterior and interior of the Lexus LFA. The second version of the LFA was more aerodynamic and had an interior that was clearly geared toward production. Lexus introduced a carbon fiber chassis for the Roadster version that gave designers some much needed flexibility to design the more aerodynamic exterior without compromising safety or performance.
In August 2009, the production model of the Lexus LFA was confirmed by Toyota's CEO in a conference held at the Center for Automotive Research. The production model made its debut in the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2009. It had many of the same features as the concept models that were displayed in 2007 to 2008. The company had plans to build only 500 production models. The production model had the V-10 engine and a six-speed automatic sequential transmission, both of which were the highlights of the LFA concept models.
In March 2010, Lexus announced its plan to introduce a circuit-tuned variant of the Lexus LFA called the Nürburgring Edition. The performance was further enhanced and the gearshift transmission was re-calibrated to make it faster by a 0.05 second.