A replacement for the extremely limited-edition Lexus LFA is but a dot on the horizon, as the Japanese brand has stated there are no plans currently underway for a second-generation supercar.

There were only 500 examples of the Lexus LFA ever built, and the car was an exercise in brand-building for the Toyota-owned luxury manufacturer.

Powered by a 4.8-litre V10 engine with 412kW and 480Nm of torque, the LFA is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished supercars of all time and one which gave Lexus the credibility to create pure F and watered down F Sport variants of its everyday models.

Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the new Lexus RC F in New York last week, the chief engineer of the RC F program (who was also fundamentally involved with the LFA’s development), Yukihiko Yaguchi, said there are currently no active plans for a replacement.


“LFA was certainly a special sports car for us to build as well, but we don’t have any plans right now [for a replacement] and it will take a little bit of time to come up with say another one, but it would certainly mean a lot to build a super exotic sports cars,” Yaguchi said via an interpreter.

With production of the Lexus IS F ending this month, it’s all left to the soon-to-launch Lexus RC F coupe to take over as the primary F model for the near future. So does Lexus still need a supercar to promote its F brand?

“[When] we introduced the car we certainly felt the necessity to push the F brand image up with the LFA, but now that the production has ended with the LFA, we would like to continue to build on that image by actually bringing in Lexus racing by being on track to promote and enhance the brand image.”

Given the research and development of the original Lexus LFA begun in 2000, a full decade before the first of the supercars were delivered to customers, any future Lexus supercar is likely to be at least a few years away.

Does Lexus need another LFA or has the Japanese brand proved its technical and performance prowess? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

  • Keith

    Yes, focus on the core models first, like bringing the LF-LC to market asap.

  • LFA_fan

    It’s a sad thing, That beautiful 4.8 Ltr V10 must live again! that 9000rpm redline, that sound, that response of 0-red line in 0.6 secs…..a beautiful thing

    • Speedz

      That note, that GLORIOUS engine note!!! I get a cargasm every time I hear that engine note.

  • Iggy

    Yes it must build another LFA it’s one of the best supercars ever! Everything was amazing with this car! And Honda please build another NSX and Integra type R, we need the Japanese to build more sport cars to compete with the Europeans.

  • MD11

    I don’t blame Lexus, the LFA was a very hard act to follow, and given the brilliance of what Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren are producing today (let alone in 5-years time), I can’t see how Lexus could improve.

    Still, I very much want Lexus to prove me wrong.

  • ChaosMaster

    I can see where Lexus is coming from. The LFA was a brand building exercise, they lost money making the car, and while it sold due to it’s uniqueness, it wasn’t exactly priced competitively either. The other thing is that if Lexus keeps pushing out supercars left right and centre, their supercars will loose their value. Kinda like how Falcodores get a “special edition” every month (not really the same thing, but you get the idea).

    • Dave W

      I think there’s a big difference between a “special edition” to a bespoke supercar. Noone will ever claim the upcoming Merc GT is making the old SLS loses its value.

      Lexus should pick a defining characteristic for its supercar to make the car unique. It doesn’t have to be the fastest either. Lamborghini has its “out of this world” design. Lexus supercar should be known for its fast revving, wailing engine.

      They should continue refining the tech they got from the LFA R&D. That way they can make the successor much cheaper and more accessible to more people.

      • ChaosMaster

        I’m not sure about the Merc GT, as it is smaller and cheaper than the SLS. For me, a better example would be Lambo Gallardo Valentino, which was a lighter, RWD “speical edition” to the normal AWD Gallardo as a tribute, and it was special. Now the Huracan is out, and it’s better in everyway, and they’re already planning a RWD version, just cos they can. Kinda makes the Balboni feel meh now.

  • Jeff

    Glad to see they’ve realized theres no point to making flashy expensive supercars that only a handful will be able to afford (besides the Chinese who can afford it but wont out of principle)
    Toyota and Lexus should just keep making the 86 and introduce the Supra and Celica. Affordable performance cars that you and i can get. Hopefully the Supra wont be too over the top.

  • lbrinsmead

    It wouldn’t hurt