Steane Klose | Apr 18, 2007

It has been a well known fact for a while now that Lexus are nearing the business end of producing their first supercar. The Lexus LF-A was last seen in the flesh at this years Detroit Motor Show and was supposedly in 'close to production' trim.

Classic styling like a Maserati...nup

That means its going to look rather ugly and quite bizzare with that uniquely Japanese street tuner look to it. Where do they get these designers from?

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Prototype test mule looks more like a supercar...lets hope this is closer to reality than the Detroit Show car

Photos of the prototype lapping the Nurburgring suggest that the look will be a little more '2007' and a little less '2017 a space odyssey'. We can only hope. Mind you, buying one if it is shipped to the colonies will be rather expensive. There is talk of the Lexus LF-A being priced around US170K in the States so think drug money in Australia, $300k-400.

Lexus have confirmed that the LF-A is powered by a front mounted V10 that is 'under 5.0-litres in capacity'. There are other reports on the internet that suggest a mid-mounted V10 but I think that the car is fairly obviously designed around a front mounted engine.

Drive will run through a rear mounted transaxle to aid weight distribution. Expect 370kW and a top speed of around 320km/h.

Lexus appear to have world performance car domination in their sites. In the near future they will have the LF-A supercar to complement the Lexus IS-F (BMW M3 and Audi RS4 challenger) and even the possibility of the worlds first Hybrid supercar, if the Toyota FT-HS gets to see the light of day. Makes for interesting times.

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