As Lexus builds its final LFA Harris seeks out an example of this much under-rated supercar
The last Lexus LFA rolled off the line the other day.
Yours for 380,000 euros, for now
It was one of the most misunderstood fast cars of modern times, ridiculed by many and adored by a few. I should qualify that as a lucky few, because the one thing that everyone who thinks the LFA is a stunning machine has in common is that they have driven it.
On paper, it looks like the Nissan GT-R makes a mockery of the Lexus. Then you see the latter in the flesh and experience the quality and the engine and, well, you are in its spell forever.
A full carbon tub, a normally aspirated V10 that beats a Carrera GT’s for sheer exhilaration (largely because it sits ahead of the driver, so he gets more noise) and a set of dynamics which came to a head in the Nurburgring Edition, which is still the best standard street car I’ve driven around the Nordschleife.
Values can only go one way, reckons Harris
And all of it was wrapped in just the kind of obsessive engineering which we’ve come to expect from great Japanese companies. The LFA is a product which could easily have been adjusted to meet prevailing demands, but Lexus remained doggedly loyal to the original design brief.
This alone will ensure it becomes a much sought-after classic.
In fact I can’t find one for sale in the UK, and only three in Germany. This is the cheapest.
And here’s a Nurbugring lap, just to underline the point.
LEXUS LFA Engine: 4,805cc V10 Transmission: 6-speed automated manual Power (hp): 560@8,700rpm Torque (lb ft): 354@6,800rpm MPG: 18 (NEDC combined) CO2: 308 First registered: New Recorded mileage: 1km! Price new: £343.000 Yours for: 380,000 euros
For me, it would have to be this, it really is something special.
toppstuff19 Dec 2012
I simply adore this car.
And anyone comparing it to a GTR simply don't understand it. They don't understand it at all.
An epic car. In so many ways it is as impressive as a McLaren F1. It is of course a totally different car, but the ethos and the independent thinking behind it, the sheer attention to detail and bloody-minded pursuit of bespokeness about it, means that it has more in common with that car than many realise.