Features

A-Z Supercars: Lexus LFA

The Japanese luxury car maker hit the bullseye with its very first supercar

Nine years in development, the Lexus LFA dived straight in at the deep end. A no-holds-barred supercar with a £350,000 price tag, it isn’t swimming with dolphins but the sharpest-toothed predators from Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini, all of which cost at least £100K less.

The first shock is its performance. With a 0-60mph time of 3.6sec and a 202mph top speed it is certainly quick – but both figures are bettered by less extravagantly priced rivals. The LFA is about far more than the figures, though. The quality of the car’s construction and componentry is where the money seems to go. The bespoke, stratospherically high-revving normally aspirated 4.8-litre V10 in the nose is mated to a six-speed automated manual gearbox at the back, giving the LFA a near perfect 48/52 front/rear weight distribution.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

Hi-tech lightweight construction is a given, its CFRP (carbonfibre-reinforced polymer) chassis and bodywork offering four times the strength of aluminium at a saving of 100 kilos and giving the 1480kg car a potent 379bhp/ton power-to-weight ratio – better than a Ferrari 599’s. Developed at the Nordschleife, its suspension is made mostly of aluminium to save further weight and the carbon-ceramic brakes shave even more from the unsprung mass.

But perhaps none of this really matters. From the futuristic kinetics of its sci-fi dashboard to its glass-shattering exhaust note at 9500rpm, the LFA looks, feels and sounds very special. And if the standard car wasn’t quite special enough, in 2011 Lexus add the Nürburgring Edition, with an extra 10bhp, subtle aerodynamic tweaks and a run of just 50.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

Not the fastest supercar, maybe, but fast enough. And utterly absorbing. Indeed when evo tested it against the Ferrari 599 GTO, we found the LFA the more intoxicating of the two.

Specifications

Years made 2009-Engine V10, 4805ccMax power 552bhp @ 8700rpmTorque 354lb ft @ 6800rpm0-60mph 3.6secMax speed 202mphPrice £352,000 (new), c£300,000 used

Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/bmw/m4/22869/new-2020-bmw-m4-throws-off-more-disguise-ahead-of-reveal
BMW M4

New 2020 BMW M4 throws off more disguise ahead of reveal

BMW’s next M4 coupe promises much, but will it deliver? Here’s everything we know so far
7 Aug 2020
Visit/bugatti/21646/new-bugatti-divo-deliveries-begin-ps44m-hypercar-hits-the-road
Bugatti

New Bugatti Divo deliveries begin - £4.4m hypercar hits the road

The very first examples of Bugatti’s Divo hypercar have rolled out of its Molsheim HQ gates
7 Aug 2020
Visit/news/20376/scuderia-cameron-glickenhaus-004s-order-books-open-for-674bhp-three-seater
News

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 004S: order books open for 674bhp three-seater

Announced in 2017, the road-legal Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 004S is now set to enter production later this year
6 Aug 2020
Visit/best-cars/15315/best-cars-to-buy-for-ps20000-evo-garage
Best cars

Best cars to buy for £20,000 – evo garage

The evo team pick their favourite used performance cars
4 Aug 2020