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Tokyo 2009: Lexus reveals $375,000 LFA supercar...finally [w/VIDEO]

by Drew Phillips (RSS feed) on Oct 21st, 2009 at 2:12AM swipe-tokyo.png

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2011 Lexus LFA - Click above for high-res image gallery

It seems like the Lexus LFA has been around forever. In reality, the first concept version was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in 2005, but that's a long time in the automotive world. Additional concepts followed in 2007 and 2008, and the on-off rumors of a production version haven't help. Nevertheless, the production version of the LFA is finally here at the Tokyo Motor Show, and it is glorious. All of which makes it harder to stomach that the car shown here isn't expected to reach customer garages until early 2011.

The specifications of the new rear-drive Lexus supercar are impressive enough: a 4.8-liter V10 with 560 ps (552 bhp), 354 lb-ft torque, a zingy 9,000 rpm redline, six-speed sequential gearbox, 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds, and a top speed of 202 mph. It looks amazing too, both in pictures and in person.

Of course, we can't help but make comparisons to the current reigning Japanese supercar, the Nissan GT-R. At just 3,263 pounds, the LFA easily has a better power-to-weight ratio, but that hasn't seemed to stop the all-wheel drive juggernaut before. Then there is the small matter of cost to consider. Unlike the GT-R, which is considered a performance bargain, the LFA will be exclusive

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The front of the car looks far less impressive than some of its competitors like the Carrera GT, M.Mclaren, Murcilago, AM Vanquish etc.

 

Regarding the loss on each car. VW made a loss of a quite a few million pounds on each of the Bugatti Veyrons they manufactured and sold. Making one Veyron costs them about 5 Million Pounds. Their sole purpose of producing the car was to show they have the ability to manufacture the world's fastest production car and that too with a 1000BHP and a top speed of 400

Km/h and other such targets and all.

Source: Top Gear UK (Season 7 Episode 5)

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The Tokyo Motor Show countdown continues with yet another round of Lexus LF-A leakage courtesy of OmniAuto. Check out the gallery below to get up close and personal with the official shots of the LF-A before we bring you live impressions from the floor. But before you do, get a load of the preliminary specs:

4.8-liter 72-degree V10 putting out 560 hp at 8,700 RPM (that's 116.5 hp/liter) and 354 lb.-ft. of torque at 6,800 RPM

Redline: 9,000 RPM

Titanium valves, connecting rods, forged aluminum pistons, dry sump lubrication and a titanium exhaust manifold

Six-speed sequential gearbox

Torsen limited slip differential

3,263 pounds with a 48/52 front-to-rear weight distribution

Power-to-weight ratio of 5.8 pounds/hp

65 percent of the body is carbon fiber

20-inch BBS wheels wrapped in 265/35 ZR20 Bridgestone tires in front and 305/30 ZR20 in the rear.

0-62 MPH (100 km/h) in 3.7 seconds

Top speed of 201.94 MPH

Production limited to 500 units

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If someone can afford a super car,chances are they would be bored with it after two years or would want to change(obviously not always) so it seems like a good idea to offer theclient the option to buy the car only after two years. If they dont want it, they can just run off to buy(or lease, if possiblesmiley17.gif) another super car from another manufacturer.

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