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Mike Stevens | Oct 11, 2011

There's a good reason this article isn't titled "Lexus LFA On Sale In Australia" - that's the simple fact that they're all gone.

With only 10 units of the $750,000 Lexus bound for Australia - up from an initial five - it's no surprise that the carmaker's first-ever supercar hasn't been languishing in showrooms.

"Well before we confirmed five LFAs for Australia we had more than enough solid enquiries to quadruple that allocation," Lexus Australia CEO Tony Cramb said.

"Lexus Australia's initial allocation of five has doubled due solely to customer demand. We now expect the last of our 10 LFA to be delivered in late 2012."

Note: TMR's Tony O'Kane attendend this week's LFA media event. Watch for his review this week.

 

About the LFA

Unveiled at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, the LFA is powered by a naturally-aspirated 4.8 litre V10, delivering 412kW at 8700rpm and 480Nm at 6800rpm.

Top speed is a heady 325km/h and the 0-100km/h sprint is wrapped up in just 3.7 seconds.

Each engine is hand-built by a single engineer, and the 72-degree V10 weighs roughly the same as a conventional V6.

Mounted low in the engine bay and connected to a rear-mounted six-speed automated manual transaxle, the lightweight powertrain's positioning gives the LFA a 48:52 front-rear weight distribution.

The LFA is built around a carbon-fibre/aluminium chassis, with carbon-fibre bodywork adorning the exterior. The extensive use of carbon saves around 100kg over an all-alloy chassis, and kerb weight is listed at 1480kg.

Suspension is managed by double wishbones at the front and a multi-link setup at the rear, with the car's aluminium monotube dampers being identical to those used by the race-going prototypes campaigned at the Nurburgring 24-hour enduro.

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Up front, 390mm carbon-ceramic brake discs are gripped by six-piston alloy calipers at the front, while 360mm carbon discs and four-piston calipers are used at the rear.

A quartet of 20-inch forged BBS alloy wheels are fitted, shod with 265/35 ZR20 Bridgestone tyres up front, and 305/30 ZR20 circles at the rear.

On the inside, an alcantara/leather trimmed interior cossets the driver and passenger, with exposed carbon fibre and forged aluminium lending the cabin a racier feel.

The instrument cluster is dominated by a centrally-mounted tachometer, but thanks to its LCD screen technology can reconfigure itself according to the car's drive mode.

"The LFA is a thoroughbred supercar, a machine engineered to achieve one single goal - to deliver a supreme driving experience," Haruhiko Tanahashi, chief engineer on the LFA's development program, said.

"Over the past decade we have pushed every boundary in the pursuit of this goal. I believe that we have created the most driver-oriented car we possibly could."

 

Australia

Only 500 of the ultra-exclusive $750,000 LFA supercars will be built (165 of those will stay in Japan), so if you're cashed up and hoping for Lexus Australia to announce another shipment beyond this initial 10... you'd best not hold your breath.

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