Lexus officially confirms LFA successor

Article by Andrew Christian, on August 12, 2014

Back in May, 4WheelsNews told you folks that BMW is working with Lexus on the second-generation of the LFA supercar. What’s more interesting is that the second-generation LFA will be a plug-in hybrid supercar and will borrow technology from the impressive BMW i8.

Today, the new vehicle was officially confirmed by Executive Vice President Mark Templin who told the reporters that Toyota President Akio Toyoda believes that every generation deserves to have a car like the LFA. As a result, the company is building a new LFA for the current generation.

As you may know already, Lexus engineers needed 10 years in order to create the LFA and their supercar was a rival for rivals such as Ferrari, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz. Produced in a limited edition of just 500 units, the Lexus LFA was powered by a 5.0-liter V10 engine that generated 560 hp and 480 Nm of torque at 6,800 rpm.

The LFA was able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds and had a top speed limited to 325 km/h or 202 mph. As we said, the new generation will go hybrid and we expect to see the hybrid technology used by the BMW i8.

For those who don’t know, the i8 uses a 1.5-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine that develops 231 hp and 320 Nm but also an electric motor with 131 hp and 250 Nm of torque.

With a total output of 362 hp and 570 Nm of torque, the BMW i8 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 260 km/h or 155 mph.

Despite its impressive performances, the BMW i8 has a fuel consumption of 2.5 liters/100 km or over 113 mpg, while CO2 emissions are 59 grams per km.

We expect the LFA successor to be even faster but also fuel efficient as the market already received fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid supercars such as the all-new Porsche 918 Spyder.

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