While Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin have for long shared the prestigious title of the ‘ultimate supercar manufacturers’, Toyota’s luxury arm – Lexus – is on a quest to show the world, that it to can make a proper supercar.
Japanese rival Nissan has already proven with its GT-R that you don’t need a $500,000 budget to lap the Nürburgring faster than today’s best supercars, but now it’s Lexus’ turn.
Our sources tell us that Lexus is going to use the legendary 24-hours race at the Nürburgring in May to officially show the all-new LF-A to the public for the very first time.
However it won’t be the production variant, but this angry race-prepared LF-A variant. Caught by our European photographers yesterday, the ultimate Lexus doesn’t seem to share many design ideas with the current range. Not that it needs to.
Equipped with a massive aerodynamics kit including front flaps, smaller mirrors, a dramatic rear wing to ensure downforce plus an additional fuel filler right behind the passenger’s side window, the LF-A might just surprise us all in May (it may also fail miserably against the strong competition).
The production version is expected to sport a V10 engine with around 400kW of power, but it’s uncertain which engine Lexus is using to power the race variant and how much power it produces.
Honda is also working on the next-generation NSX to compete with its Japanese rivals.