.Lexus LFA (2011-2012)
Lexus aimed for the stars back in 2010 when they brought us the LFA. It's a relative lightweight in the supercar class as it uses lots of carbon fiber body parts. Together with its revie 9,000-rpm V-10 engine, its one of a kind and with its 552hp and 354 lb/ft of torque. These figures put the LFA's performance on par with cars that cost less than one-third its price tag, running to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and to a top speed of 202 mph.
Possibly because of its long gestation period, the LSA is a mixture of the spectacular and the ordinary. A single-clutch six-speed sequential gearbox is an archaism in such an otherwise high-tech car, and well behind rivals sporting lightning-quick dual-clutch transmissions.
Designed with a weight distribution of 48% front and 52% rear and packing a 4.8lt V10 set as far back in the engine bay as possible. Some people question whether 552hp was enough grunt and if the LSA is up to the task. The thinking was that simply matching the entry-level Ferrari and Lamborghini wasn’t sufficiently spectacular for a car costing twice the price.
Against the clock the LFA is blown away by the Ferrari 458 Italia and Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. Even the Mercedes-AMG SLS and the Porsche 911 Turbo S have the legs on it and cost considerably less. In this company, a 0-100mph time of 8.2sec is not quite off the pace but it is certainly disappointing.
The Lexus LFA may be a remarkable car, its construction is a work of art, and its engine is one of the finest ever.
Sometimes, the LFA is exceptional: composed, flat and breathtakingly fast. However, at this price, we’d be expecting more🙄
There's no denying that the Lexus LFA is Toyota's engineering masterwork, or that it is, in fact, a very, very good car. It's just that it's not as good enough--on paper, or in reality--to justify its stratospheric price.
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