The Lexus LFA came about as the pet project of Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda, who, after years of producing relatively anodyne road cars, wanted to build a supercar to challenge those being offered by the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, and Lamborghini. The project’s development phase became excruciatingly lengthy, but when it was finally unveiled at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, it was immediately clear that the marque had produced something truly remarkable.
The highlight was the 4.8-liter V-10 engine, co-developed with Yamaha and built in the same facility as Toyota Racing’s F1 V-10s. The block is a space-age blend of aluminium, magnesium, and titanium alloy, which made it smaller than an equivalent V8 and lighter than an equivalent V6. The supremely advanced internals permitted for razor-sharp throttle response, allowing the V-10 to rev from idle to 9,000 rpm in just six-tenths of a second. The LFA’s instrument cluster is all-digital, supposedly because no analogue tachometer could keep pace with the engine’s ability to gain and lose revolutions! The LFA’s unique exhaust note is unrivalled among modern supercars and is undoubtedly worth the price of admission.
Just 500 LFAs were produced during the 2-year production run and even though the base price was set at £340,000 Lexus lost money on every single car sold. Included in the 500 were 64 ‘Nürburgring Package’ cars, a competition focused variant featuring an extra 10bhp, lightweight BBS magnesium wheels, carbon fibre front splitter, stiffer and more adjustable suspension, carbon fibre front canards, and a fixed carbon fibre rear wing.
Total power output for the Nürburgring Package was 562 brake horsepower, managed through a six-speed auto-clutch manual transmission; for the Nürburgring Package, shift times were decreased by 0.15 seconds. The ride height was reduced by 0.4 inches to improve handling and lower the car’s overall centre of gravity.
In August 2011, car and track proved to be perfectly matched when the Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7:14.64 running on standard specification Bridgestone Potenza RE070 tyres, breaking the record for the fastest lap time in a regular production car at the time. The result, achieved by LFA test driver Akira Iida demonstrates the success of Lexus’s track-focused development of the LFA.
The car we are pleased to offer for sale was delivered new to Canada in 2012 and was specified in Whitest White over a Black Alcantara interior with carbon fibre trim. The car was also optioned with satellite navigation, radio, and a rear-view camera. In 2014 it was imported and registered in the U.K. where it has remained ever since, maintaining just two private owners during the last seven years.
In late 2019 the car was sent to Topaz Detailing for a visual refresh. With the magic of removable TopazSkin, it is now finished in “Emerald T”, a deep green with gold metallic flake. The entire process was documented with photographs and videos illustrating the quality of the work and the incredible finish now on the car.
The car presents superbly today showing just under 12,000 miles from new. Its most recent service was June 2021 where the car received a major service and new spark plugs at Lexus Milton Keynes. It also received new brake discs and pads all round less than 3,000 miles ago also with Lexus Milton Keynes.
One of the most spectacular and anticipated Japanese automobiles of the 21st century, the LFA was years in the making and exceeded all expectations upon its long-awaited delivery to customers worldwide. Adding to the car’s performance and visual appeal, the Nürburgring Package cars are undoubtedly the most desirable of this already limited-edition supercar. Rarely seen in public or offered for sale, the opportunity to acquire such a fine example should not be missed.
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