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Lexus LFA – One of the the world’s most sought after supercars

CarAdvice has been given an exclusive sneak peak at the first and only Lexus LFA supercar in Australia. It’s car number 60 out of a total build of just 500 LFAs, and one of only nine allocated for this market. If you want one, you’re way too late; they’re all sold, at a cool $700,000 a pop.

Exclusivity alone means the Lexus LFA has already secured a top spot in the annals of supercar history, but there’s a lot more to this hand-built masterpiece by the Japanese luxury carmaker than meets the eye, although ‘eye candy’ it surely is.

Ten years in the making, the LFA is a ‘super-exotic’. It features no fewer than three types of carbon fibre weave, making up 65 percent of the car’s chassis. That makes it four times as stiff as an aluminium space frame. Of special note is that the carbon fibre material is of aeronautical grade and woven by one of only two laser monitored circular looms in the world.

Using experience from the punishing Nurburgring 24 Hour race in Germany, the heart of the Lexus LFA is a bespoke front mid-mounted 4.8-litre V10, with titanium valves and connecting rods along with diamond-like carbon silicon-coated rocker arms. It’s an extraordinary engine, even as far as supercars go, and will happliy rev from idle to 9000 rpm in an astonishing 0.6 seconds. That’s so quick that it requires a ‘fast reacting LCD needle’ designed to exactly replicate the V10’s acceleration. The old-school analogue dial simply can’t keep up.

Tap the hand-milled aluminium accelerator pedal and anywhere above 3000rpm you’re in for a treat. The LFA’s soundtrack from its naturally aspirated V10 is similar to that generated by an F1 car at maximum revs, and best heard from behind its unique triangular three-pipe exhaust. If you ever get up close to an LFA at full throttle, make sure you’re wearing earplugs.

The LFA goes like an F1 car too, with a 0-100km/h sprint time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 325km/h.

Two-piece carbon ceramic brakes with six-piston calipers up front and four at the rear are standard fit, while grip from the massive 305 bespoke asymmetric Bridgestone tyres should be prodigious.

One thing you won’t find on the LFA is a dual clutch transmission (although it was tested with the LFA), but rather a six-speed automated sequential gearbox that not only weighs less but offers a more involving shift. To give you some idea of the detail that has been engineered into this car, the downshift paddle requires more force than the upshift paddle. There are literally hundreds of examples of this kind of intricacy throughout the LFA in Lexus’ quest for a world class super sports car.

It might be one of the world’s fastest cars, but inside the Lexus stamp of quality has been taken to an unprecedented level with the cabin trim featuring super-soft hand-finished leather and Alcantara, matched with glossy carbon-fibre panels. I seriously doubt there are more comfortable sports seats than the orthopedically designed pews in the LFA.

You still need to turn the ignition on with a traditional key and then hit the starter button, but that’s a routine you won’t get sick of when you hear that F1-style starter whine before the V10 fires up.

The Lexus LFA – an extraordinary piece of performance engineering and well worth a high-speed test drive. We’ll bring you a full road test and review as soon as the car is available for a steer. Stay tuned.

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  • K

    700K….. I can sell my house and live in it. But it doesn’t have a kitchen….

    • Jared

      Just go to a McDonald’s drive thru.

      Going to the bathroom will be a problem, unless you’re willing to pee out the window on the motorway.

      • Seymour Butts

        Why wouldn’t you just get out of the car?

  • rentakeyboard

    Is LFA any relation to SFA????

    • Pete

      You my friend are a goose! Kudos to any company willing to build vehicles like this – I suppose you ride a pushbike!

    • gazza

      What a profound statement, keyboard warrior!

  • gazza

    The LFA is not a motor car there a “”work of art””

    • cd

      It looks very expensive and very special!

  • Golfschwein

    It’s obviously talented. Couldn’t it have been beautiful also?

    • Mythfrances

      from a pro-VW? LMAO. GOlF is about the most boring looking car on earth.

  • Andrew

    So why does the downshift paddle require more force than the upshift paddle? Just curious…

    • Shak

      SO you don’t brush it by accident, and when you do actually downshift, you actually meant to ask for a downshift.


    that looks like it would have a hard time going over speed bumps

  • qikturbo

    The steering wheel looks crap.
    I can’t help but feel if Honda had the testicular tissue to develope a super car it would’ve been sensational and far more powerful than the LFA.Although I must say Kudos to Toyota and Yamaha for developing such a car it sound fantastic!!!

    • Dan

      Would your ‘more powerful Honda’ come with a ricer fart cannon as standard?

    • jerry

      why all the negative votes? you speak the truth. I was watching some in car footage of Senna driving a Honda F1 Mclaren the other day,the Honda logo proudly emblazoned on the steering wheel and lamenting the good old days when Honda was properly into motorsport and as a result producing amazing road cars at any budget. From the Integra right up to the NSX.

      This Lexus looks amazing but I’d love to see what Honda could produce if they went back to what they do best.

      • Dan

        If if if…

        Tell honda to make one and prove it.

        There’s no truth spoken, just your belief/opinion. You’re certaintly entitled to it, but you have no support basis for it, simply because honda hasn’t got a car to match. Period.

        I could also claim I could knock up a better car in my backyard shed, if shoulda woulda coulda… but you won’t believe me till I come out with the goods. :)

  • MMind

    This car is very good, it would be a delight to drive one..

  • Rex

    Great Vid. If I may offer a tip? Get a different voice over guy. It sounds like you’re about to launch into a monologue about how Jesus really was a hip and happening kind of guy….

  • http://yahoo Andrew

    best engine note ever. Other honorable mentions Gallardo, Italia, M3 GTS,F355 & anything with a Judd V8….

    • crouchy


  • Dan

    One awesome car!!

  • maple leaf

    As I current Lexus driver, I think this is overpriced. I would rather get a Ferrari or a Lamborghini with that money.

  • S1

    Lexus make cars in every segment.. No German 3 has a rival for the LEXUS LFA

  • http://TLE PlaneSpotter

    What has Holden or Ford got to match this … pffft !!

    • Shak

      Im pretty sure if Holden or Ford Charged $750K for a car, they could easily come up with something to beat it.