Lexus LFA Details Leaked Ahead Of Tokyo Motor Show Debut

Mike Stevens | Oct 21, 2009

THE HOTLY ANTICIPATED Lexus LFA has been unveiled, although some hours sooner than the Japanese luxury carmaker (and now supercarmaker) will have liked.

Due to be revealed early tomorrow at the Tokyo Motor Show, official information for the final production version of Lexus' first supercar - including promotional photos and a short list of technical details - has leaked online this morning.

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Now confirmed is that the LFA is powered by a 4.8 litre 72-degree V10, with 418kW (87kW per litre) at 8700rpm and 480Nm of torque at 6800rpm, mated to a six-speed sequential transmission. A Torsen LSD distributes torque across the rear wheels.

Redlining at 9000rpm, the LFA lists an official 0-100km/h sprint of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 325km/h.

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By comparison, the brand-new Ferrari 458 Italia develops 425kW and 540Nm from its 4.8 litre V8, achieving 100km/h in 3.4 seconds and, matched by the LFA, powering onto a claimed top speed of just over 325km/h.

With 65 percent of its body being carbon fibre, the LFA has a 48/52 front-to-rear weight distribution. However, weighing in at 1480kg, it is a full 100kg heavier than its Italian counterpart.

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The new Lexus supercar sits on 20-inch BBS wheels shod with 265/35 ZR20 Bridgestone tyres up front, and 305/30 ZR20 tyres at the rear.

As rumoured in recent months, production is limited to 500 cars, making the LFA an instant collector's item.

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  • Max_ST-R says,
    5 years ago
    Phwooooaarrr, that is horn!, well done Lexus. From what I read on another motoring website, it's the real deal. A highly respected Dutch motoring journo and race driving instructor called Thomas Bangma described the LF-A as the best car he has ever driven and for collectors who know their cars this should be sitting along side Pagani Zondas, McLaren F1 and Porsche RS's...and then there's the noise!!!!
  • N says,
    5 years ago
    It's turned out a lot better than I expected since the release of the concept. The thing is though, are people willing to spend a huge load of cash on a Supercar that ultimately is still a glorified Toyota?
  • R12s says,
    5 years ago
    I certainly don't dislike it, but it's not quite as 'pretty' as a 458 fazza....
    I have no doubt it will do what it was intended to do very well though.

    I think Lexus have enough of a following that some of their very wealthy clients will buy this in a snap.... not sure about new clients or stealing any from Ferrari or that glorified Audi; Lamborghini (right N wink )
  • Trump says,
    5 years ago
    Only 500 units, WTF? What portion of the ticket price is strictly to recover R&D costs when you only make 500 units, probably in the order of $100k+.
    Lexus is not a brand with any pedigree or racing success. This isn't an Enzo. The LFA needs to be sold at the right price in lots of numbers to be successful.
    I can understand a collectors premium edition model late in the lifecycle, but from the outset this is ridiculous.
    With Nissan rolling out 1000 GT-R's a month to owner's and constantly building brand strength and cred, Toyota better make sure the FT-86 goes to production. The recent efforts to get back into the performance market will be a disaster.

    Who cares how it drives if it sits in collectors garages
  • Tony D says,
    5 years ago
    "Lexus is not a brand with any pedigree or racing success. "

    Ignoring little things like Lexus cars coming first and second in the team championship rankings in Super GT last year, for example.
  • Jase says,
    5 years ago
    I've read from other sources that it will be priced around US$375,000
  • Charlie says,
    5 years ago
    To which the rest of the world replies, "What's SuperGT?" Winning one domestic championship is no measure of pedigree. Otherwise, the VE Commodore has "racing pedigree" because of its domination of Bathurst this year.

    With a projected price of USD$375K, which is Murcielago money, you're going to have to really like Toyotas to put down that much cash on a LFA.
  • Lindsay says,
    5 years ago
    The Ferrari 458 has a 4.5L direct injected engine, not 4.8 as stated in the article. Its 540Nm peak torque really demonstrates the benefits of direct injection.

    The LFA's engine appears to have independent throttle bodies. You'd think that Toyota's experience with direct injection that this engine would have it too. Oh well, it's still an impressive vehicle.
  • Ninja says,
    5 years ago
    she's a looker, but the car is way overpriced. Which is why they are only making 500 of them (they probably already know who to sell them to).

    Let's be honest here, how many of you here think this car will outperform a Ferrari 458 and or even a GT-R around a track?

    I definiitely can't wait for the next Japanese DVD-magazine that pits the LF-A, 458, and GT-R in their stock forms in a time attack in a well-known track laugh~

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