Lexus has ceased production of its LFA supercar, completing the planned production run of just 500 units.
Number 500 is a white example with the track-focused Nürburgring Package - fitting given the role the famous circuit played in the LFA’s development.
A Nürburgring LFA clocked a 7:14.64 lap time on its namesake’s Nordschleife in 2011, the fastest ever by a road-registered series production car.
The labour-intensive super coupe was built at a rate of just 20 units per month, with production ending exactly two years after commencing on December 15, 2010 - as promised at the LFA’s launch.
Despite this two-year production run, the Lexus halo model famously consumed nearly a decade of development, and competed in the Nurburgring 24 hour whilst still a disguised development mule.
"I’ve lived and breathed supercars for the past decade. Specifically one supercar, LFA. Very few people have the opportunity we had to create a world-class supercar from a blank sheet of paper," LFA chief engineer Haruhiko Tanahashi said.
Just 10 examples of the 412kW/480Nm 4.8 litre V10-powered LFA made it to Australia, with a MRP of $700,000.
Lexus promises that the technology developed for the composite-heavy supercar will be used in future Lexus models - also justifying the 170 staff at the LFA’s dedicated Motomachi Plant in Japan.
What will follow the LFA at the pointy end of the Lexus line-up? The carmaker isn't saying, but reports over the past year suggest its next halo model will be "twice the car" the LFA was.
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