|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2012 Lexus LFA
|Coupe||4.8L V10||RWD||6A||3.6 sec||11.7 sec @ 125 mph||11/16/11 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Coupe||4.8L V10||RWD||6A||3.7 sec||11.8 sec @ 124 mph||11/16/---- mpg||Car and Driver|
|Coupe||4.8L V10||RWD||6A||3.8 sec||11.8 sec @ 123.7 mph||11/16/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Coupe||4.8L V10||RWD||6A||4.0 sec||11.9 sec @ 123.7 mph||11/16/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2011 Lexus LFA
|Coupe||4.8L V10||RWD||6A||3.8 sec||11.8 sec @ 124.4 mph||11/16/16 mpg||Road & Track|
About Lexus LFA
There are many cases where an automobile manufacturer has focused so much on the mass production of cars that other factors might have been forgotten about or left out. For example, the quality of the mass produced cars generally suffers in the long run.
Sometimes a company re-aligns its strategy and puts extra resources into developing quality products. One such company is the Toyota luxury brand, Lexus. Not only is it known for bullet-proof reliability, but some of its models excel in many other categories.
Produced from 2010 to 2012, the Lexus LFA is an example of a vehicle that was developed by Lexus with all of their resources. The end result is a 2-seater supercar powered by a V10 engine that produces 553 horsepower and 354 lb-ft. of torque.
The car holds record as one of the most expensive Japanese cars built, at a price of around $375,000.
Reason for LFA
For many enthusiasts in the automotive world, the confusion ran high as to why Lexus would produce such a vehicle. Was it to compete with the Nissan GT-R? Or perhaps to compete with exotic Italian supercars such as Ferraris and Lamborghinis.
The Lexus LFA wasn’t produced to be some mass produced vehicle that was to be produced forever. It was designed to be a global icon for the Lexus brand and to show the world what Lexus can accomplish.
In many ways, the car achieved the goals of Lexus. It designed a supercar with a performance capability that rivals just about any other supercar. And all this from a company that has never even stepped foot into that high-end class of car performance.
As you might have already figured out, the LFA is powered by quite a beastly V10 engine. With over 550 horsepower to use, it certainly can show off some amazing things.
When it comes to pure straight line acceleration, the Lexus LFA can achieve 60 mph in as low as 3.6 seconds and quarter mile in about 11.7 seconds at 125 mph. Although that’s nothing to be ashamed of, it is certainly not up to standards to today’s best Italian supercars.
Still, the LFA has a top speed of around 202 mph and its V10 engine loves to be revved high, with redline being set at 9,000 RPM.
The Market Share of the Lexus LFA
Though the fact remains that the production of the Lexus LFA is quite limited as every single car is handmade which ensures the ultimate quality assurance that Lexus is known for, the Lexus LFA has still managed to make a remarkable position in the market.
The launch of the three concept models of the Lexus LFA since the beginning has always helped the company hold a strong position in the market as more and more customers were getting influenced by what it was showing. That coupled with the fact that this is meant to be a limited edition car, whose value without a doubt will only increase over time, made Lexus LFA popular among the wealthier car enthusiasts.
What Makes the Lexus LFA so Special?
We all know the Lexus LFA is a very powerful machine that has a lot of potential and the models that are available in the market are very much better than those that were first shown in their initial stage. The LFA is not the only car available in the market with the potential to achieve the extraordinary and there are cars that deliver similar or in some cases better performance than the LFA.
It is not the engine or capability of the LFA that makes it a unique choice. It is all about the exclusivity and the Lexus brand. Being able to own a supercar designed and produced by Lexus is something that only 500 people in the world can claim, as that is the number of LFAs that was produced and sold.
While some will argue whether the exclusivity and uniqueness of the vehicles is worth its $375,000 price tag, only a few people can answer that question. And that is the people that have bought the LFA. To them, the price is worth it and they see it as a long term investment that will probably turn out to be a huge success.
For more information about Lexus LFA, visit the official Lexus website.
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