LFA now has handling to match its scintillating performance. Let down only by crazy price

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

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    Lexus LFA Nurburgring package

    LFA now has handling to match its scintillating performance. Let down only by crazy price
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    Lexus LFA

    A serious and credible supercar - but it comes at a very high price
30 August 2011

What is it?

It is, of course, now de rigueur for almost every manufacturer to namecheck the Nürburgring when they’ve a new sports car to sell. But Lexus has more justification than most for doing so, because its LFA supercar has won its class in the Nürburgring 24 Hours three years running.

Which is all the excuse it needs to bequeath ‘Nürburgring Package’ upon 10 per cent of the 500 LFAs that it will build. Visually, said package includes a bigger front spoiler with added winglets, more effective side skirts and a fixed carbonfibre rear wing. Together, they help to produce a third more downforce than the standard car.

But with downforce comes drag, so the 4.8-litre V10 engine has been tickled up 11bhp to 562bhp to allow claimed performance to remain unchanged. Lowered suspension, track-day tyres, different wheels and a carbon and Alcantara interior complete the picture. All told, it adds £63,600 (nearly a 911) to the £339,500 list price of the standard car.

What’s it like?

No prizes for guessing where I drove it. A sighting lap in a standard LFA provided a useful reference point before climbing into the great orange beast and heading off around the Nordschleife to try my luck.

Much will come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the LFA’s fortunes of late.

It’s artillery shell quick in a straight line, makes Desert-Island-Disc-grade noise at 9000rpm and stops so fast it hurts. What the ’Ring package does most notably, apart from making the car an unspecified number of seconds quicker, is to make it easier to drive.

You notice the extra grip, but it’s mainly mechanical and down to the new suspension and tyres. The downforce is not the kind that lets you drive upside down; it just makes the car feel more settled on its springs, less tippy-toed into the ’Ring’s many fast, bumpy curves. The extra pace comes in part from the car but mainly from a driver made more confident to push it hard.

Should I buy one

Of course, the money is insane but, at this rate, only one or two will come to the UK. So if the price doesn’t matter and you want a car to make Veyrons look common, once you drive it, it’ll pretty much sell itself.

Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package

Price: £403,000 (est); Top speed: 202mph; 0-62mph: 3.7sec; Economy: na; CO2: na; Kerb weight: 1480kg; Engine: V10, 4805cc, petrol; Power: 562bhp at 8700rpm; Torque: 353lb ft at 7000rpm; Gearbox: 6-spd automated manual

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2 September 2011

The price for the standard car is insane anyway, that if you're that dedicated the extra will be box-tickingly easy to justify.

I just don't get this car - it represents such poor value for money in performance terms. the only thing it offers is guaranteed exclusivity, and in my opinion it's not even a looker.

2 September 2011

[quote curious_insider]it represents such poor value for money in performance terms[/quote]

This is true but I like this car. I saw one on the road this summer and it looks very different from others cars. The engine is unique just like its sound. The added £63k add exclusivity to an already limited run car...

2 September 2011

While most of us would cough into our cocoa at the price increase,the seriously wealthy won't bat an eye lid which is fine.some have made there own fortunes and good on them,just don't write here and complain,if you have the cash what would you buy?

Peter Cavellini.

2 September 2011

[quote Peter Cavellini]

While most of us would cough into our cocoa at the price increase,the seriously wealthy won't bat an eye lid which is fine.some have made there own fortunes and good on them,just don't write here and complain,if you have the cash what would you buy?

[/quote]

I'm not complaining, I just don't get this from an engineering or business perspective. It's not for me to decry the way the super wealthly want to spend their money, after all.

For me, an MP4-12C. It's a no brainer (for me). Unfortuantely I don't *quite* have the deposit yet.

Then with the spare change a small collection of classics.

2 September 2011

If I had the money, I'd get the Macca for everyday use and a Veyron for special occasions.

2 September 2011

If your filthy rich why not !!! This Lexus is as relevant as any other sports car but because of the 'badge' some have to knock it .

3 September 2011

Can you justify £350k for a posh Toyota not a chance.

3 September 2011

[quote curious_insider]The price for the standard car is insane anyway[/quote] Ah screw the price man. The sound of the LFA makes up for the extra lol.

3 September 2011

2012 GTR, 2012 Z06/ZR1 are far better!!! and cheaper too!!!

3 September 2011

If my first name was Sheikh or I won the lottery I'd be more than happy to have an LFA, not my first supercar choice but if I was rich enough it would be in 4th or 5th choice in my dream garage.

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