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.
According to LFA chief engineer, Haruhiko Tanahashi, production started exactly two years ago, on December 15, 2010, and included a team of around 170 hand-picked takumi workers. Haruhiko Tanahashi said, ‘I’ve lived and breathed supercars for the past decade. Specifically one supercar, LFA. Very few people have the opportunity we had to create a world-class supercar from a blank sheet of paper.’
The new Lexus LFA features a long wheelbase, short overhangs, front-mid engine layout, refined aerodynamics and a low-slung cabin which makes its line flow gracefully from the roof to the sill in a flawless curve to concave the car’s well-defined lines.
It features as well high strength for a low weight and its Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic or CFRP gives the design team freedom in creating the curves, edges and shapes that would’ve been unachievable with metal. Its style remains true to the L-finesse principle which is the underlying principle behind all the existing Lexus models. Its door mirrors for instance are shaped specifically to direct air all over the shoulder of the car all the way to its rear intakes.
IMPROVED INTERIOR DESIGN
The car’s low-slung cabin has three zones: the mechanical zone that includes the car’s skeleton; the human zone where two seats are placed at the car’s center; and the driving zone equipped with high-tech features that draws the driver to the machine.
This hand-built cabin is equipped with driver-focused ergonomics. Its seats are upholstered in Alcantara and fine leather. The seats provide high levels of side and back support capable of enduring the car’s performance of more than 200mph. The trims reiterate the high-end materials used in the construction of this new model with exposed parts of gloss and matte carbon fibers. The details in the trim are also furnished with a brushed metal finish and the throttle pedals as well as the floor-hinged brake are all forged aluminum. For its exterior finish, the owners can choose their own choice of color and details that suit their personal tastes.