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by Matt Brogan

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.


  • Engine: 4805cc DOHC V10 (40 valve)
  • Power: 412kW @ 8700rpm (max. 9000rpm)
  • Torque: 480Nm @ 6800rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic (sequential)
  • Suspension: Double Wishbone (F) / Multi-link (R)
  • Brakes: Carbon Ceramic Discs
  • 0-100km/h: 3.7 seconds
  • Maximum Speed: 325km/h


  • Length: 4505mm
  • Width: 1895mm
  • Height: 1220mm
  • Wheelbase: 2605mm
  • Track: 1580mm (F) / 1570mm (R)
  • Weight: 1480kg (Tare)