However, if you do want to park this supercar in your garage there are a few catches. For one, you’ll have to act quickly as only 500 are being sold globally. And at $375,000 (U.S.), the price tag might deplete even the best stocked of wallets.
Lexus announced the launch of the LFA at a show in Tokyo this past October, and the vehicle is scheduled to go into production at the end of 2010. Pre-sales began in October, and delivery of the vehicles to customers is expected to begin in spring 2010.
The super high-end vehicle is chock full of leading-edge accessories and design concepts.
Lexus says it will be ultra-responsive and extremely stable, even when it’s pushed to the limit because of meticulous aerodynamics and seamless acceleration from the 4.8-litre V-10 power plant.
The vehicle is also strong and light as it’s built with aluminum, magnesium and titanium alloys. A carbon-fiber, reinforced plastic cabin enhances the rigidity of the body and reduces weight by 100 kilograms from a comparable aluminum cabin.
Higher-weight components such as the engine and transmission are placed within the wheelbase. A low centre of gravity, meanwhile, is made possible by the use of dry sump lubrication, along with placing peripheral components, including the oil and water pumps, behind the engine.
Further, optimal placement of the transmission and fuel tank in front of the rear axle minimizes weight shift during cornering. Lighter weight components – the radiator and electric fans for example – are placed behind the rear axle.
The driver’s seat is also positioned near the LFA’s centre of gravity. Titanium valves, ultra-lightweight rocker arms and a fully integrated lower crankcase that reduces pumping losses at high RPMs provide the driver with overwhelming acceleration right up to the 9,000 RPM redline.
Independent, electronically-controlled throttle bodies deliver precise air feed to each of the 10 cylinders, ensuring the engine response time is approximately half that of a single-throttle valve.
The vehicle has a flat underbody, a diffuser and a speed-controlled rear wing to allow enhanced response at all speeds. It also has equal-length exhaust manifolds combined with an equal-length dual exhaust system routed through a multi-stage titanium main muffler.
If you’re in the market for the next supercar, this one definitely deserves some consideration. From exotic looks and high-tech accessories to cutting-edge design and flat out performance, the Lexus LFA takes a backseat to no-one (or in this car, car).