Lexus engineer hints at new top-level model to replace the LFA supercar, based on Detroit motor show concept
8 December 2013

A replacement for the Lexus LFA supercar, based on the dramatic LF-LC concept from the 2012 Detroit motor show, could enter production.

Haruhiko Tanahashi, the engineer who masterminded the LFA, has hinted that 
a new Lexus halo model could already be in development.

“I have the expectation that car will be launched,” Tanahashi told Autocar. “I personally hope the LF-LC will be built. I think most of Lexus’s concept cars have been turned into production cars.”

Tanahashi said a new range-topper sitting above the upcoming RC coupé but at a lower price point than the now-defunct LFA made sense.

Lexus’s international boss, Mark Templin, also confirmed that a halo sports car would reappear, although a slew of more mainstream F-badged models will come sooner. 

“We want a whole level of real F products with a car like the LFA being at the top of it,” Templin confirmed. “It doesn’t mean we have something on the drawing board.”

The roll-out of new F models is expected to begin with a 5.0-litre V8 RC F at the Detroit motor show next month. A GS F has also been spied testing, while a second-generation 
IS F has been mooted.

Templin said the F brand would establish a different character from Mercedes-AMG and the like, with “performance hybrids” potentially playing a role.

Bruce Newton

Our Verdict

Lexus LFA 2010-2012
Can Lexus rewrite the supercar rulebook at its first attempt?

With the Lexus LFA, the firm is trying to rewrite the supercar rulebook at its first attempt

Join the debate

Comments
7

8 December 2013
Looks quite spectacular,nothing else on the market looks like it,a good style change...?

Peter Cavellini.

8 December 2013
There seem to be some people on this blog who need to go and see an ophthalmologist. No wonder cars like the Nissan Juke and the Honda Civic sell in this country. Judging by the aesthetic standard of the general public (that includes you Peter Cavellini- nothing personal intended), the Japanese will keep on designing and producing hideous monstrocities like these two as well as that grotesque looking Lexus. Isn't the UK already full of ugly cars??

9 December 2013
MaxTorque@ Ugly aerodynamics the new thing,yes, it's no Beauty, but, not many of the current crop are either.

Peter Cavellini.

8 December 2013
Another Nurburgring challenger then?

8 December 2013
...need to produce a halo range and get it established. However, their offerings never seem to compete with the established 'M', 'RS' and 'AMG' protagonists. To be taken seriously get the numbers there abouts in the horse power stakes, or at least the power to weight ratio. Perhaps make the cars super light with less power than the rivals and you can compete on the performance front.

8 December 2013
I would only agree the Honda Civic is ugly. Disjointed, misproportioned and an unholy mishmash of nonsense ideas. I quite like the Juke and this LF - LC. They both look quite cohesive to me.

9 December 2013
Some people on this forum certainly need to spend more time in school. "Monstrocities" - is that even a word in English language. Spell check?

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Car review
    9 December 2016
    Audi Sport drops a sub-4.0sec-to-60mph bomb into Porsche Cayman territory
  • First Drive
    9 December 2016
    Plug-in-hybrid 3 Series shows the benefit of BMW's experience with the i3 and i8. Sophisticated, swift and broadly talented to drive – and sweet-handing, too
  • Car review
    9 December 2016
    Italian brand emerges as a true luxury power with a large SUV
  • 2016 Porsche Panamera Turbo
    First Drive
    8 December 2016
    A smaller engine doesn't prevent the new Porsche Panamera Turbo being a ridiculously quick and capable sporting GT. We've driven it in the UK
  • 2016 Vauxhall Adam 1.0i Turbo Unlimited
    First Drive
    8 December 2016
    The 1.0-litre turbo engine and Unlimited trim combine to make this the best Adam in the line-up