Lexus announced recently that it has completed production of the LFA supercar. The LFA is a “halo car” for Lexus, which aims to improve its corporate image and at the same time conduct cutting-edge technological research in a cost-is-no-object manner.
The production began in December 2010, with a plan to produce only 500 of these super-exclusive vehicles. The LFA was hand-crafted at the pace of one per day, and carried an eye-watering estimated price of $375,000.
The LFA Nürburgring Package, a circuit-tuned variant, further brings the price to a stratospheric $445,000. The 500th unit was a Nürburgring Package model, and it was completed at the plant on Dec. 14.
With the high price tag, many have questioned the value of the LFA compared to other supercars such as the Nissan GT-R or the Ferrari 458 Italia.
Lexus insists that the LFA is about more than just raw performance numbers, but rather, a unique combination of performance and visceral driving feel without compromising the hallmark Lexus comfort and luxury.
The focus on the driving feel is the most evident in the F-1-inspired super-lightweight, high-rev V10 engine with Yamaha-tuned cabin acoustics, and the choice of a single-clutch sequential over a dual-clutch transmission.
To show that it has the performance potential to back up the price, the LFA Nürburgring Package posted a lap time of 7 minutes and 14.64 seconds around the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit.
Most surprisingly, despite the price, Lexus was reportedly still losing money on each unit made. It is clear that Toyota/Lexus have bigger visions for this R&D experimental supercar—namely that the learning gleaned from the research will trickle down to the brand’s mainstream vehicles to recoup some of the investment.
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