Not wanting to be left out of the supercar game, Lexus may be bringing back a successor to the $375,000 LFA.
The original Lexus LFA was around for two years, ending it's production run in 2012 after building 500 units of the $375,000, 552-hp car with a V-10 engine. It's existence influenced work on premium models introduced since the launch of the LFA, and boosted the Lexus brand's reputation. The LFA was an opportunity for Toyota to compete with Porsche and Ferrari.
Toyota has been pushing the Lexus brand hard in recent years, taking it's traditional reputation for quality, and adding performance and styling to the premium division. Recently redesigned models have helped the company to narrow the gap between Lexus and German premium automakers BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
"Akio believes that every generation deserves to have a car like an LFA, so we're building an LFA for the generation we have today," said Toyota Executive Vice President Mark Templin, in Kyushu, Japan. "At some point, there may be another special car for another generation." Akio Toyoda is Toyota's President.
The original Lexus LFA began as a $120,000 sports coupe. As vast amounts of technology and features were added, the price skyrocketed to $375,000.
Lexus is now headed up by a designer. Since his appointment, the company has introduced it's first turbocharged engine, in the Lexus NX and the upcoming RC and RC F sport coupes.
There is no confirmation, but Toyota has not denied that the Lexus LF-LC coupe that was displayed at the 2012 Detroit auto show may be the catalyst for the successor to the LFA. Also, while Toyota has said that the $375,000 Lexus LFA will be returning, they have not offered a timeline. A company spokesperson has reminded us that it could be 30 years in the future.
We're hoping for Toyota's supercar to return much sooner than that.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca