• Supercar performance
  • Tops out at 202 mph
  • More exclusive than a Ferrari
  • Unknown resale value
  • Eye-watering price
  • Getting on the list to buy one
SUM UP Lexus's first supercar.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for LFA in 2012

Nothing. The company is still working through its original 500 vehicles (worldwide). The original U.S. allocation of 100 has sold out, and a follow-up batch of 75 LFAs is almost gone...more

Overview

The ultraexotic LFA is something very different from Lexus. Its engine is a purpose-built 552-hp V-10 that weighs no more than a V-6. Its unibody structure is made of carbon fiber. To achieve optimal (48/52 percent front/rear) weight distribution, the six-speed, paddleshifted gearbox is a rear-mounted transaxle, and the radiators are located at the rear as well. The free-revving V-10 (9000-rpm redline) spins out 552 hp, giving the LFA a 3.6-second 0-to-60-mph time and a 202-mph top speed. This engine needs to rev, however, to deliver the goods. Naturally, carbon-ceramic brakes are standard. As you'd expect in a Lexus, the interior materials are first-class. Attention to detail is impressive: the steering wheel has a carbon-fiber upper rim and an aluminum lower to aid self-centering, the downshift paddle requires more effort than the upshift paddle, and the reconfigurable LCD gauges mimic the look of analog units. What you might not expect from Lexus is just how communicative the controls are. Nor is the LFA's wild-child styling -- with its signature triple exhaust outlet -- anything like the Lexus norm. The purchase procedure, though, has become slightly more normal. When the car was first announced, Lexus screened would-be buyers, hoping to select "leaders in the community" and, more important, weed out speculators. The interview screening is now gone, and Lexus is offering a twenty-four-month lease or purchase, but buyers are still obligated to offer the original selling dealer a right of first refusal to buy if they decide to sell within two years.

The Range

Drive: Rear-wheel
Trim levels: LFA
Body style: Coupe, 2-passenger
Engine: 4.8L V-10, 552 hp, 354 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed automated manual
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo space: N/A

Safety

Front, knee, and side air bags; ABS; and stability and traction control are standard. Safety Connect includes collision response and a two-year subscription.

EPA Fuel Economy

All: 11 mpg city/16 mpg highway

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