The Lexus LFA supercar won’t have a successor anytime soon, as the Japanese luxury carmaker plan to will focus on its F Sport tuner packages as well as F-series high-performance variants to boost the marque’s performance image. The main reason, however, lies with the fact that a supercar typically has a very high price tag.
Mark Templin, executive vice president of Lexus International, told Automotive News in January at the Detroit Auto Show that the carmaker doesn’t have a plan for an LFA successor “right now," although a halo nameplate will be offered in the future. Lexus built the very limited LFA -- positioned as the ultimate expression of the brand’s quality and performance -- from December 2010 to December 2012 Toyota City.
The supercar, however, was sold out even before its production commenced. He quipped that when the LFA project was started, it was visualized as a coupe for “people to move up in the family.”
He remarked that as Lexus started developing the LFA, it got better and better and turned into a real supercar. The LFA was something that defined Lexus’ new image, which is being carried on by its mainstream vehicles, as the carmaker get serious about F Sport and F-series track-inspired editions.
Templin remarked that the LFA was a great project that inspired Lexus engineers, adding that the carmaker learned a lot that is helping it with all its other products -- steering precision and suspensions and lightweight materials.