Lexus previews its 500bhp supercar at motorsports festival
26 November 2008

The new Lexus GT500 has made a rare public appearance at the Toyota Motorsports Festival at Fuji Speedway in Japan.

This black prototype, the firm's first supercar, ran in this summer’s Nurburgring 24 Hours, and this is the first time it’s been photographed in such detail.

Still referred to as LF-A by Lexus officials, although the car is more likely to be badged GT500 in production, it was driven by Akio Toyoda, Toyota executive vice president and scion of the Toyoda dynasty that founded Toyota.

An arch motorsport enthusiast and one of the prime movers behind the car, Toyoda drove the Lexus LF-A for two laps around Fuji.

Without the support of Toyoda, a high flier long tipped to be the next president/CEO of Toyota, the LF-A would most likely already have been canned.

Well connected sources in Japan believe the car is now finally signed off, after years of uncertainty about its future. Toyota is believed to have settled on a limited run of 500 cars, priced at around ¥25 million to ¥30 million (£175,000-210,000) each.

At those prices, Toyota managers are understandably nervous about committing the car to production, especially in today’s economic climate.

But LF-A watchers in Japan believe that Toyota will launch the car late next year, in time for the Tokyo show, with sales commencing in 2010.

The once-mooted hybrid version has been canned and the 200mph LF-A will run with the existing 4.8-litre V10, which produces “over 500bhp”.

Peter Nunn

Join the debate

Comments
7

26 November 2008

[quote Autocar]Still referred to as LF-A by Lexus officials, although the car is more likely to be badged GT500 in production[/quote]

GT500 sounds like some 90's Toyota wanabe sports car... LF-A sounds much more appealing.. cant wait for the 4.8L V10 though... will rev its head off!!!

26 November 2008

That sounds like a helluva lot of money! I thought they were pitching the car at around 911 Turbo prices, so about half that... It'll have to be good to be worth 4 times the cost of a Nissan GTR, a car it will inevitably be compared to as the performance flagship of one of its major rivals.

26 November 2008

How long has this thing been a prototype now?

Lexus just build the damn thing

26 November 2008

Can't help thinking they have answered a question no body thought of asking. Supercar sales are shrinking fast, and it seems to me Lexus has the wrong image, price and timing for this model.

PaulJ

26 November 2008

Oh dear, oh very dear Lexus.

It reads like another perfect entry for the lemmings super car meeting at the White Cliffs of Dover being hosted by the goon of all goons Jeremy Clarkson, who like all similar people can't even begin to grasp that the days of the super car has now gone !

Loving life in France with my Springers

26 November 2008

OH COME ON!

Are you seriously saying that Jeremy Clarkson is a fungus spreading through the fabric of motoring enthusiasts like us, i think you need to re- think your statement, he may come over as brash,phopish, but he does know how to entertain you he has wit that makes you laugh, he gives insite into diferent areas, yes he likes to win and usally does but thats why people watch after all its been back on the box for five years now and is still great telly so he must be doing something right.A nd before i talk about the car let me say hes a top author, his books are funny and he out sells some notable authors Ian Rankin for one. The LF-A which it should be called not the stupid GT-500 is ithink for all the hype slightly disapointing- its not dramatic enough,its going to be over priced and it not special or as quick compared to the GTR, i mean £210.000 COME ON! , what Toyota were good at was producing sports cars for the masses, affordable cars ,surely if Mazda can do it then they can too!. Manufacturers should be concentrating on cheaper thrills for us average people not people with money to burn, cars like these are play things for the well off whereas it our daily transport that we occasionly like to thrash down a deserted road.We are being ignored, not listened too, maybe if they did more clinics with joe public we might get the cars we want not the cars they think we want.

Peter Cavellini.

26 November 2008

Think of it this way - they're not shrinking they're getting cheaper, they're coming within range of us mere mortals, you might never have a better chance to own a special set of wheels in your life time even if you only have it for a few months it would have been worth it, an M3 for instance can be had for Mondeo money, ok its not cheap to run ,but for six months what a hoot! .There will always be supercars, the unattainable, the car that goes the other way that you look longingly in your side mirror , the car you see out parked next to you in the carpark and you think lucky ****** ! . Like i said not shrinking CHEAPER!

Peter Cavellini.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Volvo V90
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The Volvo V90 is a big estate ploughing its own furrow. We’re about to see if it is refreshing or misguided
  • Kia Stonic
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Handsome entrant into the bulging small crossover market has a strong engine and agile handling, but isn’t as comfortable or complete as rivals
  • Hyundai Kona
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Hyundai's funky-looking Kona crossover with a peppy three-cylinder engine makes all the right noises for the car to be a success in a crowded segment
  • Citroën C3 Aircross
    First Drive
    17 October 2017
    The Citroen C3 Aircross has got funky looks and a charming interior, but it's another small SUV, and another dynamic miss. Numb steering is just one thing keeping it from class best
  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq