The Lexus LFA was first unveiled in 2005 as a concept car. During this period, Lexus had no plans to produce the car. However, the public interest was so great that Lexus eventually succumbed. Lexus worked on the car for five years and then decided it wasn’t good enough and the aluminum chassis had to be replaced with a carbon fiber chassis to reduce weight, prolonging development. from the car even further. The finished model hit the market in 2010, when it already underperformed some of its European rivals. This was all on paper, of course, but it was enough to ruin the LFA’s sales forever.
In reality, the LFA is a true supercar with a powerful Formula 1 derived engine, agile handling, strong brakes and arguably the best sounding exhaust note in the industry. This makes it one of the few exotic Japanese sports cars that can compete with the best performing cars that Italy or Germany had to offer. And with only 500 units produced, the LFA becomes a legend. Here are some features that make the LFA the best sports car from Japan.
8 Excellent grip
The LFA is a unique piece of automotive technology. It is able to show its Italian competition a clean pair of heels. It has excellent handling, as the correct balance of the suspension ensures that the tires stick to the tarmac. This allows the car to easily get through tight bends despite its rear-wheel drive.
The LFA’s engine uses dry sump lubrication to prevent the oil from starving when cornering, along with a very low center of gravity. It also features four driving modes; Sport, Wet, Normal and Automatic. In Sport mode, the LFA’s stability control system provides more yaw. It also allows drivers to disable the system completely.
7 Unique possibilities
The last car to have the same level of performance, exclusivity and technology was the Ferrari Enzo. This makes the LFA look like a bargain as it is a front-engine, two-seat, exotic coupe with rear-wheel drive. Like its AMG competition, the LFA has a hand-built engine.
The 4.8-liter V10 with a 72-degree lean angle produces 553 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque that helps the LFA to a top speed of 202 mph. The LFA is also low and purposeful has a greater presence than the Ferrari 599 GTB and Mercedes SLS AMG†
6 A unique suspension
The LFA has a double wishbone front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension – all with coilover dampers on the wheels. These mufflers feature a monotube design with an external fluid reservoir.
The reservoir has a mechanical system with contracting and expanding bellows. This unique suspension helps give the LFA a low stance, increasing grip in the corners. The LFA also includes a three-mode VDIM system to aid in operation.
5 Perfect sound
The LFA is arguably one of the best sounding cars in the world. One reason for its perfect sound is that it took longer to develop and polish. It features naturally aspirated ear gas 4.8-litre V10 co-developed with Yamaha which makes revolutions up to 9,000 revolutions per minute.
The growl of the triple exhaust is natural and pronounced. In addition, the LFA has several manifold cover ribs that help refine the sound of the engine while maximizing the auditory effects. The partnership with Yamaha helped Lexus make a growl to match the LFA’s performance.
4 Automated manual transmission
Each LFA includes a six-speed single-clutch transmission with paddle shifters. This makes the LFA an adrenaline junkie’s fantasy with a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.6 seconds. Its single-clutch transmission makes driving more enjoyable than the Mercedes SLS AMG’s refined dual-clutch transmission.
This Aisin gearbox has minimum shift times of 150 to 200 ms. These low shift times help the gearbox take advantage of the high revving V10. It also adds fun to shifting using the handlebar-mounted paddle shifters.
3 Breathtaking cockpit
In addition to having a refined aerodynamic exterior, the LFA’s refined interior surpasses even Mercedes-Benz sports cars such as the SLR. It is dressed in specially designed materials, unlike its competition. The LFA is equipped with supportive bucket seats and seat belt airbags for both the driver and passenger.
Behind the sporty steering wheel are column-mounted paddle shifters and a side-mounted start button. The LFA has a remote touch interface in the center to make it accessible to the driver. For sound, the LFA has a 12-speaker Mark Levinson system that generates quality sound in the cabin.
2 Custom made car
All parts in the LFA are explicitly made for it. This custom supercar features a carbon fiber body to increase durability and reduce weight. It also has a form-follow-function exterior with sharp edges for aerodynamic performance.
The LFA has a speed-sensitive rear wing with a stretcher flap that deploys at speeds over 80 km/h. It became available with three wheel colors, 28 standard exterior colors and a matte black option.
1 Race Derived Engine
The LFA has a naturally aspirated DOHC 40-valve 4.8-litre V10 engine developed using Formula One technology. This track-built engine produces 552 horsepower at 8,700 rpm and 354 lb-ft of torque at 6,800 rpm, 90% of which is available at 3,700 rpm. The automated Aisin single-clutch manual transmission directs all the power to the rear wheels.
The race-derived engine and automated manual transmission give the feeling of being in a race car. The engine build has forged aluminum pistons and red lines at 9,000 rpm, but there is a fuel cutoff at 9,500 rpm.