Lexus have given the press a first look at its exciting LFA model at the Tokyo Motor Show this afternoon.
The LFA was officially launched to the news that only 500 examples of the two-seat coupe will be sold when production commences next year.
The pinnacle of Lexus’ “F” range of premium sports cars (that includes models such as the IS-F), LFA combines a high-output 4.8-litre V10 matched to meticulous aerodynamic and chassis design characteristics.
LFA’s body consists of CFRB (Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic) making it 100kg lighter than a comparable aluminium body.
A low centre of gravity has been achieved via the use of a dry sump lubrication system while weight distribution is bettered by locating peripheral engine components – such as the oil and water pumps – behind the engine.
Optimal placement of the transmission and fuel tank have also helped centralise weight distribution to a more optimal range to give LFA a 48:52 front-to-rear weight distribution ratio. The driver’s seat is positioned near the LFA’s centre of gravity for improved communication.
Lexus expect a price tag of US$375,000 (approx.) when customer selection begins in the second-quarter of 2010. Sales will be limited to 500 examples with pre-sales expressions of interest accepted from today.