Lexus officially confirms LFA successor

Article by Christian A., 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.

The lines of the new Lexus LFA run from roof to sill in a smooth convex to concave line, as influenced by its front-mid engine layout, low-slung cabin, long wheelbase, short overhangs as well as sophisticated aerodynamics. Designers were able to realize the shapes, curves and edges of the new LFA thanks to the use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), which is known for its lightweight and high-strength nature.

As penned, the styling of the new LFA stays faithful to the principles of L-finesse, which is the design rationale behind the carmaker’s current models. Designers employ the design mantra “form follows function,” as evident on the aerodynamic details and several air intakes in the new LFA. This is also evident on the design of the door mirrors, which have been shaped to direct channel air over the shoulders into the rear air intakes.

Lexus divided the low-slung cabin of the LFA into three zones: the mechanical, human and driving zones. The mechanical zone includes the skeleton of the LFA’s construction while the human zone applies to the two seats centrally located in the cabin. The driving zone, meanwhile, refers to the high-tech instrumentation that allows the driver to become one with the machine.

The hand-built cabin features driver-focused ergonomics. For instance the fine leather- and Alcantara-upholstered seats deliver a high level of back and side support that matches the high-performance capability of the 200-mph plus two-seat supercar. The cabin trim uses the same advanced materials employed in the LFA's construction, featuring exposed areas in both matt and gloss carbon fiber.

Trim details, meanwhile, are finished in brushed metal while the throttle pedals and floor-hinged brake are made from forged aluminum. Customers could choose from a wide array of interior colors and details according to their taste and preferences.

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