|aka||Lexus LF-A Concept|
|Production||December 2010- December 2012|
500 units only (20 per month)
|Body Style||2-door, 2-seat Front-Mid engined Coupe|
|Length||177.6 in (4.51 m)|
|Width||74.8 in (1.90 m)|
|Height||48.0 in (1.22 m)|
|Weight||3263 lb (1480 kg)|
|Transmission||6-speed Automated Sequential, RWD|
|Engine||4.8 litre (4805 cc) 72º 1LR-GUE dual VVT-i DOHC V10, 40 valve|
|Power||560 hp (412 kW/560 PS) @ 8700 rpm|
354 lb-ft (480 Nm) of torque @ 6800 rpm
|Similar||Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano|
Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
|Designer||Haruhiko Tanahashi under Simon Humphries|
The Lexus LFA is a two-seat exotic sports coupe produced by Lexus as a concept car, racing prototype, and production vehicle. It is the second model in the F marque line of performance vehicles from Lexus, following the IS F. Three concept versions have been shown, each debuting at the North American International Auto Show with the LF-A designation as part of the LF Series concept line. The first LF-A concept premiered in 2005, followed in 2007 by a second LF-A with a more completely furnished interior and exterior. The third version of the LF-A, a roadster model, premiered in 2008. The production model, trademarked LFA, was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2009.
The production Lexus LFA features a new V10 engine and a carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) body. The use of CFRP materials, which account for 65 percent of the LFA's body composition, is to reduce overall weight for improved performance. The LFA is scheduled to go into production in late 2010, with a projected run of 500 hand-built vehicles at an estimated base price of $US375,000. A circuit-tuned variant is scheduled for 2012.. The LFA at one stage was the fourth fastest production car around Nurburgring and the fastest car ever around it not using competition tires. It also has the fastest wet lap track time at the Top Gear circuit 
- 1 Recent Changes
- 2 Styles and Major Options
- 3 Pricing
- 4 Gas Mileage
- 5 Engine and Transmission
- 6 Performance
- 7 Reliability
- 8 Safety
- 9 Photos
- 10 Colors
- 11 Main Competitors
- 12 Hybrid Models
- 13 Unique Attributes
- 14 Interior
- 15 Resale Values
- 16 Criticisms
- 17 Worldwide
- 18 Lexus LFA in Pop Culture
- 19 Awards
- 20 See Also
- 21 References
- 22 External Links
- On March 15, 2010, Lexus announced a limited edition version of the LFA dubbed as the LFA Nürburgring Special Edition. Available in a choice of Black, Matte Black, "Whitest White", or Orange, this car distinguishes itself by way of canards and a fixed wing in CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced polymer) and ECU work that ups the power output from 560 to 570 hp and reduces shift times from 0.2 to 0.15 seconds. It will also get grippier tires and a hardcore suspension. 
Styles and Major Options
Currently, the LFA Nürburgring Special Edition is the only special variant of the LFA.
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|LFA||LFA Nürburgring Special Edition|
|¥ 37.5 million
(US$ 375,000/€ 250,720)
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As seen on the FuelEconomy.gov website, the City/Highway MPG averages are as follows:
|LFA||LFA Nürburgring Special Edition|
Engine and Transmission
The LFA is powered by a 72° 4.8-liter V10 engine equipped with Dual VVT-i carrying the 1LR-GUE designation with a maximum output of 552 bhp delivered at 8700 rpm. Its maximum torque output of 354 lb-ft arrives at 6800 rpm, 90 percent of which is available from 3700 rpm. The engine, like the Ferrari 458 Italia, redlines at 9000 rpm and is constructed using forged aluminum pistons, titanium connecting rods, titanium valves and uses dry sump lubrication as well. Air is fed directly from beneath the hood through a large rectangular opening using a dual stage variable intake manifold into 10 individual throttle bodies and exits through a titanium muffler. Toyota attempted to design the engine to sound like that of a Formula One car with rapid revs and claims an analog tachometer needle would be unable to accurately track the LFA's rapid changes in engine speeds, necessitating the use of digital tach which can instantly display rpms.
The powerplant gives the LFA a power to weight ratio of 5.9 hp/lb and enables it to reach a top speed of around 202 mi/h. Like the IS F Yamaha co-developed the engine cylinder heads. The engine complies with Euro V emissions. On the LF-A, the V10 is installed with a front mid-engine placement.
According to Chief Engineer Haruhiko Tanahashi a front engine layout was selected instead of a mid engine layout as it is inherently more forgiving dynamically affording less experienced drivers with a wider safety net. To maintain a near ideal weight distribution, a rear transaxle is used, in addition to the mounting of the fuel tank ahead of the rear axle and the radiators at the rear.  The engine is connected to the transaxle via a rigid torque tube which the exhaust system runs directly below. This arrangement is designed to lower the vehicle's center of gravity compared to conventional designs.
- Engine Type: 1LR-GUE
- Cylinders/arrangement: V10
- Valve mechanism: 40-valve DOHC
- Displacement: 4,805 cc
- Bore x Stroke: 88.0 x 79.0 mm
- Compression ratio: 12.0:1
- Fuel Injection Type: EFI
- Octane Rating : 95 or higher
- Max. Power: 552 bhp @ 8,700 rpm
- Max Torque: 480 Nm @ 6,800 rpm
- Max. engine speed: 9,000 rpm
- Exhaust emissions certification: Euro 5
The gearbox itself is a six-speed electrohydraulic transmission operated with paddle-shifters. The driver can select from four settings, auto, normal, sport and wet. Toyota quotes the sport mode's gear change times as ~200 ms. According to Tanahashi a twin-clutch transmission was tested but gear changes were found overly smooth, resembling that of a traditional automatic with its shock absorbing torque converter and the design team preferred the feel of more abrupt and courser shifts, however the auto mode and low speed performance suffers as a result. A Torsen limited slip differential is also applied on the LFA. The Lexus LFA transmission gear ratios are as follows:
- Gearbox type: 6-speed Automated Sequential Gearbox
- Front counter gear ratio: 1.259
- Gear ratios
- 1st: 3.231
- 2nd: 2.188
- 3rd: 1.609
- 4th: 1.233
- 5th: 0.970
- 6th: 0.795
- Final drive ratio: 3.417
- Maximum permissible speed
- 1st: 52 mph
- 2nd: 76 mph
- 3rd: 104 mph
- 4th: 136 mph
- 5th: 172 mph
- 6th: -
- 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h): 3.7 s
- Top speed of 201.94 mph (325 km/h)
- Power-to-weight ratio of 5.8 pounds/hp
- 48/52 front-to-rear weight distribution
- Front: Cross-drilled ventilated discs, 399 x 34 mm
- Rear: Cross-drilled ventilated discs, 360 x 28 mm
- Front: Double wishbone with anti-roll bar
- Rear: Multilink with anti-roll bar
- Steering gear type: Rack and pinion
- Power steering type: Electric
- Ratio: 14.3
- Turns lock to lock: 2.35
Tyres and wheels
- Front: 20x9.5J BBS alloy
- Rear: 20x11.5J BBS alloy
- Front: 265/35R20 95Y
- Rear: 305/30R20 99Y
Warranty options and scheduled maintenance information should be mentioned here.
The Lexus LFA is fitted with a Takata “Airbelt” system which is commercially known as the SRS Seat Belt Airbag.
The airbag is built into the webbing of the seat belt, which inflates on impact to provide additional protection to the shoulder and critical head area. The system is the first of its kind in the world for passenger cars, and provides additional protection in both frontal and side impacts through a single safety product.
In the case of a frontal impact, the belt expands directly to spread the shock-load over a wider area of the occupant’s chest. In a side impact, the belt inflates between the shoulder and head to reduce lateral head movement and provide protection from impact with the side window or colliding object.
Other safety features
- 4-wheel ABS
- Dual front side-mounted airbags
- Emergency braking assist
- High pressure washers headlamps
- Xenon high intensity discharge headlamp
- 2 front headrests
- Front seatbelt pretensioners
- Stability control
- Traction control
- Electronic brakeforce distribution
- Front integrated headrests
- Tire pressure monitoring
LFA Nürburgring Special Edition
2005 LFA Concept
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- Whitest White
- Metallic Silver
- Pearl Gray
- Pearl Brown
- Pearl Blue
- Pearl Yellow
- Pearl Red
- Ivory White
- Mint Green
- Sky Blue
- Lime Green
- Fresh Green
- Passionate Pink
- Sunset Orange
- Slate Blue
- Steel Blue
- Moss Green
- Crystal Gold
- Brown Stone
- Steel Gray
- Lapis Lazuli
- Black Amethyst
- Starlight Black
- Matte Black
In terms of price, performance and exclusivity, these are the LFA's closest competitors. However, it should be noted that at its US$ 375,000 entry fee and 500 unit production, the LFA sits in a unique market segment that has no direct competitors (or which are no longer produced, such as the Porsche Carrera GT or the Mercedes-Benz SLR-McLaren).
- Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
- Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV
- Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
- Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
- McLaren MP4-12C
There are no hybrid models for the LFA.
The LFA interior incorporates carbon fiber, leather, alcantara, and metallic surfaces. There are two bucket seats, and Lexus' Remote Touch controller interface. The instrument display is a digital speedometer with color-changing background, size-changing numbers, and side-appearing submenus. The LFA features a new seat-belt driver and passenger airbag design increases similar to the S-class ESF safety concept car. The steering wheel feaures a right-mounted start button, and alloy paddle-shifters.
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Lexus LFA in Pop Culture
- The Lexus LFA is included in “Stig's Garage Car Pack”, a downloadable trio of cars available only to Forza Motorsport 3 Ultimate Collection.
- The LFA is a drivable vehicle in Forza Motorsport 4 and GranTurismo 5.
- Aside from Grand Turismo and Forza Motorsport games, the LFA is also featured in Need For Speed games.
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Hybrid: RX 400h
|Toyota||Corporate website||A division of the Toyota Motor Corporation|
- Official production release site
- "Toyota Registers "LFA" Trademark, Lexus Supercar One Step Closer To Production". The Motor Report. 2008-12-17. http://www.themotorreport.com.au/15081/lexus-lf-a-one-step-closer-to-production/. Retrieved 2009-10-20.
- "Lexus LF-A - Road Test First Drive". Autocar. http://www.autocar.co.uk/CarReviews/FirstDrives/Lexus-LF-A-5.0/241363/. Retrieved 2009-09-02.
- "Technical Analysis: 2011 Lexus LFA (12/2009)". Road & Track Magazine. http://www.roadandtrack.com/article.asp?section_id=10&article_id=8479. Retrieved 2009-10-22.
- "Lexus LFA Officially Debuts, “Special Model” Due In 2012". The Motor Report. http://www.themotorreport.com.au/44916/lexus-lfa-officially-debuts-special-model-due-in2012-video/. Retrieved 2009-10-22.
- Lexus Unveils LF-A Concept at 2005 NAIAS
- Official LFA press information
News and References
- VIDEO: Lexus LF-A breaks cover before Tokyo unveiling
- Full Production Lexus LF-A Caught Inside & Out Ahead of Tokyo Unveiling
- Tokyo 2009: Lexus reveals $375,000 LFA supercar...finally
- Lexus LF-A: Production Version of V10 Supercar Uncovered in Photos and Video
- VIDEO: Lexus LFA Official Promo Film with Some Track Action
- 2012 Lexus LFA: Official High-Res Photos and Specs of Ferrari-Fighting Supercar, Priced at $375,000
- Lexus LFA Officially Unveiled in Tokyo
- One more massive Lexus LF-A leak, with specs
- Lexus LFA Online Configurator Launched, and yes, 'Passionate Pink' is Offered on the Menu...
- Lexus Hangs CAD-Like Wire-frame LFA Cut-Away On Wall Like Trophy
- Lexus LFA All-Digital Tach, Speedo: First Look
- Tokyo 2009: Cool As Ice: Japanese architect builds full-size transparent Lexus LFA
- REPORT: Lexus to lease - not sell - all 500 LFA supercars in order to foil speculators
- Lexus LFA to be sold in Europe through one dealership
- Officially Official: 2012 Lexus LFA priced at $375,000*
- Lexus LFA Special Edition Officially Revealed - As if this NEEDED to Happen...
- Lexus Heading Back to 24h of Nürburgring with LFA Supercar - First Photos
- Lexus Announces LFA Luggage Collection, Tens of Buyers Rejoice
- 2012 Lexus LFA
- Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition: review
- Lexus documents LFA development
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