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.
Toyota will require a halo model that’s strong enough to focus the attention of consumers on the other models in its lineup for the luxury market segment, which are expected to be dominated by BMW and Mercedes this year.
The first to arrive is the new GS, which will be presented at the end of 2011. The new IS will follow. This will be built on a shortened version of the same RWD platform as the GS. The source added that a hot GS-F is currently being developed. Instead of a V8, this vehicle will be using a type of hybrid train.
The sophisticated design of the Lexus LFA 2-seat sports car was inspired by the basic principles. Lexus’ L-finesse design philosophy was in fact interpreted very well with the LFA’s flawless convex to concave lines. Similarly, the highly elegant contour that goes throughout the roadster’s roof and all the way down to the sills is more than fabulous.
As the refined layout of the front-mid-engine shows strong coordination with its aerodynamic design, the short overhangs and long wheelbase justify the basic concept even more. Without compromising functionality, the designers used CFRP (or the Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic) in building the edges, curves and some shapes that would be difficult to mould with metal. This principle is applied on all Lexus models particularly on the air channels, shoulders, rear view mirrors, air intakes and other aerodynamic features.
Meanwhile, the LFA’s interior design is distributed in 3 dimensions. It consists of the Driving system, the Driver seats and the Mechanical components. The mechanical section is composed of the vehicle’s frame. On the other hand, the driver seats at the centre represent the part of the car where there is human involvement. And finally, the driving section is where the driver and the car can operate at the same time.
Lexus has built the cabin of the LFA with all the basic ergonomic principles to focus more on the driver’s convenience, comfort and luxury. To provide ultimate support for the driver’s back, the bolstered seats are handcrafted with the finest leather and Alcantara fabric. An option for personalised colour scheme for the interior is also available for this particular Lexus model.
More than anything, the tiny details make a highly sensational car more attractive. This is evident on the roadster’s “exposed” carbon fibre skeleton parts in matte and hi-gloss finish. Likewise, the metal trims on the throttle pedals as well as at the floor hinged brake pedals are made with high quality forged aluminium.
The accessories panel consists of a TFT coloured LCD display with movable motordrive ring. It also has a circular dial with central tachometer and LCD needle. The digital dial displays the vehicle control, transmission mode, gear indicator and speedometer. When the driver exceeds 9,000rpm, the LCD display will change its colour to red. Depending on the range, the LCD monitor can be pre-programmed to change its colour from red yellow or green.
Along the steering wheel, a special information selector switch is available to deliver different functions. The driver can use this to operate the stopwatch, view the oil and water temperature, gauge the oil pressure or fuel level, and also to adjust the cabin lights and to personalise the information on the display. Overall, these features are nothing less than you’d expect from a supercar.