► 2012 Lexus LFA
The LFA marks a watershed point for Lexus -- its global debut marks the spectacular arrival of a new flagship for the F portfolio of Lexus performance models. A Lexus that single-handedly creates new boundaries to redefine the supercar for the 21st Century.
"From the very beginning of automobile history, supercars have represented dreams, hopes and aspirations," explained Haruhiko Tanahashi, chief engineer of the LFA's development program. "For Lexus, a brand that aims to provide customers enlightened moments and memorable experiences, the development of a world-class supercar was an indispensable next step".
That indispensable next step centered on the creation of a supercar that would deliver the supreme driving experience. To achieve this uncompromising goal, Tanahashi and his team created the LFA from scratch -- a true clean-sheet design. And in a radical departure from standard Lexus development practice, they approached the LFA from a non-traditional angle, pushing their technological, material and engineering boundaries at every step.
The result is the rear-wheel drive LFA, a dynamically styled supercar powered by a sophisticated new high- revving 4.8-liter V10 engine that generates 552 hp (412kW/560DIN hp) and 354 lb-ft (480Nm) of torque for adrenaline-fuelled 202 mph (325km/h) performance. This specially-developed powerplant is hooked up to a unique six-speed Automated Sequential Gearbox (ASG) with paddle shifters for ultimate driver control. Linked by a rigid torque tube for excellent drivetrain integrity, the ASG is located in a transaxle layout over the rear axle for an optimal 48:52 front-to-rear weight distribution.
Lightweight, powerful and balanced, the Lexus features advanced Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) construction for its chassis and bodywork to deliver a light, incredibly strong and impact-resistant structure. Rather than out-source this sophisticated materials technology, in a radical move, the LFA team developed its own CFRP processes internally for ultimate quality control and to make a sound engineering investment in the future.
Motorsport-developed lightweight aluminum alloy suspension component is complemented by Carbon Ceramic Material (CCM) brake discs and an innovative electrically assisted rack and pinion steering. The LFA driver sits in low-slung cabin that is as painstakingly constructed as it is driver focused, with every key control perfectly positioned and every creature comfort catered for.
"The LFA is a thoroughbred supercar, a machine engineered to achieve one single goal -- to deliver a supreme driving experience," explained Tanahashi. "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."
Bugatti Veyron vs Lamborghini Aventador vs Lexus LFA vs McLaren MP4-12C - Head 2 Head Episode 8
On this special episode of Head 2 Head, Automobile Magazine's Jason Cammisa pits the world's most exclusive super cars against each other in a no-holds-barred drag race battle! Do the carbon fiber-bodied Aventador, LFA, and MP4-12C have what it takes to take on the king of the super car realm - the Bugatti Veyron?
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Drag Race: 2012 Lexus LFA vs 2010 Nissan GT-R
We pit Lexus' first-ever supercar -- the $400,000 Lexus LFA -- against our long-term Nissan GT-R to find out which one is the king of the JDMs.
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2012 Lexus LFA Road Trip: Dyno Test
Another stop on our 2012 Lexus LFA road trip - Edmunds.com takes the $375,000 V10 super car to the Dyno.
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2012 Lexus LFA Brutal Revving ! Redline - HD
This is just a simply stunning Lexus LFA. A £350,000 supercar that can easily exceed the 200 mph mark ! This particular model is finished in a beautiful Blue colour which I think suits the LFA really well, especially with those red brake calipers. This LFA was sadly, only in Glasgow for 2 days (4th/5th of September) and is now on its way home. The only one in the United Kingdom as well ! In this video I show you the car starting up and followed by insane 7,500 rpm revs. I hope you enjoy the sound of the magnificent V10 Lexus engine with its beautiful Exhaust note tuned by Yamaha Accoustics.
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