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There are still 12 unsold Lexus LFAs in US dealerships years after production stopped

Did you already accept the fact that you could never get your hands on a Lexus LFA in the United States? Well, you are wrong because Lexus had just revealed that there are 12 brand new units of the LFA in US dealerships.

Detroit manufacturers did not report good sales figures from last month’s sales report. Meanwhile, the deliveries made by Japanese premium automakers Lexus, Infiniti and Acura have increased. Respectively, deliveries have increased by 3.6 percent, 9.0 percent, and 3.7 percent if you compare them to last year’s numbers.

There is even more awesome news for fans of Toyota’s luxury arm. As Autoblog looked further into Lexus’ sales figures, they noticed some interesting facts. The company has sold an LFA; one unit of the supercar was delivered in June 2017. After taking a closer look, we also learned that another six examples were delivered to customers in 2016. So how is that possible?

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You can have this unique Pearl Brown Lexus LFA for $645K

Unlike black, silver, and red - brown is not one of the most common shades you would see on a car, especially on limited edition models like the 2012 Lexus LFA.

A couple of years ago, Lexus came out with the LFA supercar and decided they would only build 500 examples of the said model. Years later, the Japanese sports coupe has become hot in the second-hand market. Originally priced at $375,000 in the United States, buyers are willing to spend almost double the amount for a second hand unit. An example would be this Pearl Brown LFA, which is supposed to be a one-off, that’s being offered for $645,000 on James Edition.

This bronze LFA is equipped with a 4.8 liter V10 that can generate an impressive 552 horsepower (412 kilowatts) at 8,700 rpm with a torque of 354 pound-feet (480 Newton metres). In just 3.6 seconds, the LFA could go from 0 - 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour), and can continue to a top speed of 202 miles per hour (325 kph). Despite all that power, this example has only been driven by a total of 1,074 miles. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that gives power to the rear-wheels.

Read the entire article You can have this unique Pearl Brown Lexus LFA for $645K

Lexus says it has no plans for a successor to LFA supercar right now

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.”

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Lexus LFA workshop tapped to hand-build Toyota Mirai fuel cell car

LFA Works, the secretive workshop in charge of building the Lexus LFA until its production ended around two years ago, is alive and kicking once again. Operations at the Japanese workshop is now up and running after it was selected by Toyota Motor Corp. to build by hand one high-profile vehicle – the new Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan.

Located at Toyota’s Motomachi assembly site in Toyota City, LFA Works was picked by the carmaker for the job partly because of its craftsmanship and attention to detail. Likewise, the Toyota Mirai is better built by hand than in the carmaker’s plants, simply because it features a dedicated platform and hydrogen-powered drivetrain plus a huge fuel tank.

The fuel-cell car’s drivetrain and other components are produced at nearby Honsha site in Toyota City. Since Mirai output is very limited -- just 700 units in the first year -- Toyota has warned of delivery delays.

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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.

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All of you folks may already know that BMW is working in partnership with Toyota on the new Supra and a new sports vehicle from the German manufacturer. Still, today we found out a very interesting thing: BMW is also working with Lexus on the second-generation of the LFA supercar.

According to Japan’s Best Car magazine, the new Lexus LFA will arrive as a plug-in hybrid supercar and will borrow technology from the BMW i8. This means that the LFA will receive a powerful petrol engine but also an electric motor in order to take on its rivals such as the Honda NSX.

Unfortunately, we don’t have too many details as the vehicle is still in the early stage of development. The new model is expected to be even faster than the first-generation, which was powered by a 4.8-liter V10 engine delivering 552 hp @ 8,700 rpm and 354 lb-ft (480 Nm) @ 9,000 rpm. The Lexus LFA is capable to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.6 seconds, while top speed is limited at 202 mph or 325 km/h.

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Lexus LFA remains one of the most interesting supercars out there, but it appears that the Japanese carmaker is already planning a successor. According to a Lexus engineer, a new Japanese supercar that will replace the LFA will be based on the LF-LC Concept, that was unveiled back in 2012 at the Detroit Auto Show.

Haruhiko Tanahashi a.k.a. the engineer who masterminded the LFA, hinted that a new Lexus halo model is already being developed. In a recent interview with Autocar, Tanahashi said that he has high expectation from the car that will be launched. Moreover, he is hoping that Lexus will build the LF-LC as most of the Lexus concept cars have been turned into production cars.

If built, the new supercar will be available at a lower price than the LFA and will sit above the RC Coupe. Lexus’ international boss, Mark Templin, also confirmed the new halo sports car but also a new lineup of F-badged models that will come sooner. At the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Lexus will debut the RC F Coupe, that uses a 5.0-liter V8 engine. A GS F is also expected.

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The RK Motors Collector Car Auction (RKMCCA) set to take place from October 31 to November 3 at the Charlotte Convention Center will feature on the hammer block 17 investment-grade vehicles, including an extremely rare Lexus LFA Nurburgring and a NASCAR Edition Toyota Camry donning a 600 hp engine.

RKMCCA will also auction off a quartet of rare Corvettes. The event will also be selling off hundreds of rare muscle cars, racer and European collector cars. The event will likewise feature a real-time, four-hour auction occasion that will be simulcast to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on November 2 at the 7-star Emirates Palace Hotel, which is just adjacent to the Abu Dhabi Formula One track.

RKMCCA will also showcase all 17 investment-grade vehicles at no-reserve, led by a 2012 Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition, (Lot #3013) which is one of only 50 examples produced. The only model offered with a white exterior and Alcantara interior, the 2012 Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition is powered by a 562hp 4.8-liter V10 engine.

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With the end of the production run of Lexus’ LFA sports coupe on Dec. 14, it loses its halo car that had been highly successful for the two years that was in production. The 552-hp V-10 sports coupe, which has a price tag of $375,000, was designed to be the best expression of Lexus quality and performance.

It was so coveted that even before production started in December 2010, its limited run of 500 hand-built units had already sold out. The timing of its departure is unfortunate since Lexus is currently struggling to get itself reinvented as an emotional and exciting brand. Lexus executives agree that they require a new halo. When interviewed on Dec. 17, Lexus Executive Vice President Kazuo Ohara said that for its plan to become a “more emotional brand,” it should have a halo car.

But he clarifies that consumers shouldn’t expect another rarefied supercar with the extremely high price. He said that Lexus has various ideas to generate “youthful excitement” from the usually dull premium marque.

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Back in 2009 at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show, Lexus introduced the LFA supercar and announced that the new vehicle will be produced in just 500 units. Three years later, the Japanese manufacturer owned by Toyota announced that the last LFA rolled off the production line at the Motomachi Plant, Aichi Prefecture.

A white Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package marked the end of production for company’s first supercar. For those who don’t know, the standard version of the Lexus LFA is powered by a 4.8-liter V10 engine delivering 560 hp and 480 Nm of torque. With these numbers, the vehicle is capable to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 325 km/h or 202 mph.

As we said, the last LFA to roll off the production line is a Nurburgring Package. Limited to just 50 units, the Nurburgring Package includes a sport-tuned suspension, new black mesh-type wheels wrapped in high performance tires, a larger front spoiler and a fixed rear wing for improved high speed down force.

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The GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA was the winner in its class at the recently held 24-Hours of Nürburgring endurance race in Germany, which lasted from May 17 to May 20, according to Toyota Motor Corporation. Also getting a first-place finish in its class is a Toyota GT 86. A total of 169 vehicles participated in the finals.

Takayuki Kinoshita, Akira Iida and Juichi Wakisaka drove the LFA (car no. 83) to finish first and to rank 15th overall. Finishing first in the SP3 class and 46th overall is the 86 (car no. 166), which was driven by Hiroaki Ishiura, Kazuya Oshima, Takuto Iguchi and Minoru Takaki. Masahiko Kageyama, Kumi Sato, Yoshinobu Katsumata and Minoru Takaki, drove a second 86 (car no. 165), which had a sixth-place finish in the SP3 class and was 65th overall.

On May 18, the day of the preliminary round, the LFA placed 32nd overall. It had a good performance from the beginning of the finals to achieve 20th position overall and first in class. The LFA had to make a pit stop because of contact with another vehicle but it still finished the race. The LFA took 15th place overall. TMC, as part of its strategy to create even better cars, teamed up with the GAZOO Racing team in this year's 24-Hours Nürburgring endurance race.

Read the entire article Gazoo Racing takes class victories with Lexus LFA, Toyota GT 86 at Nürburgring

Toyota's Lexus LFA and GT86 will be having their race pace demonstration in the 40th running of the ADAC 24 Hours race this weekend in the Nürburgring. This German circuit has played a vital role in the development of the company's latest generation of high-performance vehicles. Gazoo Racing will return to the renowned Nordschleife to field the two new race-prepared GT86 in the SP3 class and the LFA in the SP8 class.

The team technicians, drivers and other personnel will include employees of Toyota from Japan. They will take part in the race to sharpen their craftsmanship and skills in order to gain experience needed to feed back directly into creating future automobiles. 

Gazoo Racing has already started its 2012 season with two shorter-distance races at the Nürburgring, wherein the GT86 showed potential and the LFA won twice in its class. Gazoo Racing driver Akira Iida commented that the momentum of their team is "very good." He further explained that their target for the 24 Hours Nürburgring race is to keep a "steady pace" according to the way they have selected to set up the automobiles.

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The first of the 50 Lexus LFA supercars upgraded with the Nürburgring Package will be delivered to a British customer.  The LFA on Nürburgring Package sports an exterior orange finish, match with a black interior. Touted to be one of the most exclusive cars with only 50 examples to be sold, the LFA has a performance level that makes it ideal for the tracks.

The Nürburgring Package added more punch to the LFA, improving the supercar’s speed and handling. Nürburgring Package includes a front spoiler made from carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), a lightweight yet strong composite material, and special mesh-type wheels covered with high-grip tyres for improved stability and maneuverability.

With the package, the LFA’s 4.8-litre V10 engine could now provide 562 bhp (420 kW) from the standard 552 bhp (411 kW). With this, the LFA with Nürburgring Package could accelerate from zero to 62mph in 3.7 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 202 mph.

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Lexus’ LFA Tokyo Motor Show Edition will be displayed at the 2011 Japanese show this autumn, together with other new Toyota/Lexus performance cars such as the Supra replacement. The Lexus LFA Tokyo edition features an M3-esque exposed carbon roof and carbon rear spoiler, which is still hydraulically adjustable.

This means that the weave is exposed since the LFA is built from carbonfibre already. It’s expected that the LFA Tokyo would be priced about €40,000 higher than a 'regular' Lexus LFA.

The automaker is planning a spider roadster that with its carbonfibre construction would mean that the open-top LFA is almost as rigid as the coupe, says CarMagazine. But then, sources in Japan said that this project to build a roadster LFA has been scrapped due to the economic uncertainty.

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A video has been released of the 7:14.64 run of the Lexus LFA, equipped with the Nurburgring Package, at the Nordschleife. Akira Iida handled this car, which featured the Nurburgring Package’s standard Bridgestone Potenza RE070 tires. It has achieved numerous wins, one of which is its practicality for tasks like shopping. It outperforms rivals like the Porsche 911 GT2 RS (7:18), Corvette ZR-1 (7:19.63) and the Nissan GT-R (7:24).

There may be some people who still don’t understand just how amazing the LFA is. The bottom line is that it’s a highly exclusive vehicle that is actually an engineering masterpiece with a complicated manufacturing process.

Commenting on the result, Iida said: “We are delighted with this achievement. Our on-going development of the LFA and our recent outings at the Nürburgring 24 Hour race have enabled us to continue to tune the vehicle. The result with the LFA Nürburgring Package shows the car’s ultimate performance and agility. This is a first activity of its type for Lexus and the constant effort of the team has brought this fantastic result.”

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Toyota has built a convertible with a 5.0-liter V10 that it had conceptualized in 2008. This aggressive car is equipped with a sequential manual transmission and boasts a top speed that could compete with supercars.

In a move that’s quite a deviation from its usual serious demeanor, Toyota has developed this Lexus model with a focus on performance and sharp handling. It was reported that the 2008 Lexus LF-A Roadster Concept will start production in 2014.

Lexus would first have to finish producing all 500 LF-A. It would then have to wait a full year before production of the Roadster begins, according to Automotive News. So far, Lexus has not revealed the details on its plans for the LF-A to make it competitive three years from today.

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What would a Lexus supercar equipped with the Nurburgring Package have to offer? Apparently, there’s a lot to expect. Lexus had been working on fielding the racing versions of the CR 200h and LFA under the Gazoo Racing banner. But right before the 35th annual Nurburgring 24 Hour Race, Akira Iida tested how a production version of the car will do on the Nordschleife track.

The package had increased the output of the vehicle by 10hp to deliver 562 hp. It also has several weight-saving elements.

Gazoo Racing’s driver was able to post a record of 7:22.85, placing it at 10th place, making it the quickest production vehicle to hit the extreme circuit. It came right behind the 2012 Corvette Z06 and it came ahead of the record set last year by the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

Read the entire article Video: Lexus LFA with Nurburgring Package laps the Nordschleife in 7m 22s

André Lotterer, who is part of the winning squad at the 2011 Le Mans race, was named in the Gazoo Racing team for the Nürburgring 24 hours that will take place this weekend. Lotterer will be part of a potent driver lineup with driver/team manager Akira Iida. They will be driving the two LFAs in the race.

Lotterer is a German racer who entered the Japanese Super GT 500 competition and became the double series champion for Lexus. This marks the fourth time that the LFA has joined the Nordschleife, a circuit that tests how Lexus’s advanced technology will hold up to mechanical endurance extremes.

The technical team of Gazoo Racing is drawn directly from Lexus’s research and development section. By participating in the event, these engineers and technicians improve their skills – something that may just be used on the new Lexus products.

Read the entire article Andre Lotterer to drive the Lexus LFA in the Nürburgring 24 hours race

Lexus is celebrating a recent hat trick of class victories at the Nürburgring 24 Hours by offering the Nürburgring Package – a setup similar to the LFA units that raced at the event. Since it features a track-focused setup, the Nürburgring Package includes a set of aerodynamic elements and suspension tweaks as well as modifications to its 4.8-liter V10 engine.

The package’s aerodynamic supplements – designed to further increase downforce at high speed – include modifications as well as additions to a number of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) components like a larger front spoiler, a canard fin, fin-type side spoilers and a fixed rear wing.

Suspension tweaks, meanwhile, are designed to improve the vehicle’s handling. It also features suspension tuning as well as a ride height lowered by 10 mm. The Nürburgring Package also includes exclusive mesh-type wheels wrapped in high-grip tires. On the other hand, a number of modifications were also fitted with a 4.8-liter V10 engine to allow it to deliver 10 bhp more in max power output to 562bhp, allowing it to sprint from zero to 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds.

Read the entire article 2011 Geneva Motor Show: Lexus LFA with Nurburgring Package is an orange fantasy

Lexus revealed today more photos with the Nürburgring Package available for the LFA supercar, which will be shown to the public for the first time next week, at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. For those who don’t know, the Nürburgring Package was created in order to celebrate LFA’s hat-trick of class wins at the Nürburgring 24 Hours race and will be available on just 50 of the 500 LFAs.

As you can see from the photos, the new package introduces modifications and additions to several key carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) components, such as a larger front spoiler, fin-type side spoilers, a canard fin and a fixed rear wing.

The V10 engine of the car has also been revised and the maximum output has been increased by 10 hp, which means that the car delivers an impressive 562 hp. Thanks to these changes, nought to 62 mph (100 km/h) acceleration in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 202mph are maintained.

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