So Long, Most Confusing Lexus Ever: 500th and Final Lexus LFA Built, Production Run Over
Lexus has announced that it has built the 500th and final LFA supercar last week, bringing a close to a two-year production run of what has to be the most paradoxical automobile in recent memory. The LFA’s screaming V-10 engine, hugely capable chassis, and techno-robot looks all are cool, but also are completely out of step with traditional Lexus dogma of quiet, luxurious competence. Don’t get us wrong, we love the LFA, but it was without question a bit of an oddball for a Lexus.
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- Instrumented Test: 2012 Lexus LFA
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After previewing the LFA with the LF-A concept in 2005 (plus several slightly evolved, similarly named concept cars in subsequent years), Lexus finally put the LFA into series production in 2010. Even before the production car hit customers, Lexus had sent several LFAs racing. This year, the company added a high(er)-performance LFA Nürburgring package to the regular mix of roadgoing LFAs.
Lexus says it plans to utilize the carbon-fiber and fun-to-drive know-how from the development of the LFA on future models. But that’s a lame send-off for such an awesome performance machine—we think listening to the car’s high-pitched V-10 wail is more appropriate.