Thursday, October 22, 2009

Just-debuted $375,000 Toyota Lexus LFA supercar is coming soon to USA -- but will it sells?


Toyota became the massive hit of the Tokyo Motor Show yesterday with the debut of its $375,000 Lexus LFA supercar. The 747 freighter that will carry it to America is already warming up its engines.

Toyota plans to demonstrate the car at the SEMA aftermarket parts show in Las Vegas next month -- Drive On will also be there to bring you the blow-by-blow -- and the Los Angeles Auto Show in December. Whew! When you have got it, flaunt it.

But will Lexus sell any? We have to see the full specs, but if it performs as intended, more than little rich sports-car freaks may possibly defect from German and Italian exotics. But as is with most two-seated supercars, selling out all 500 that will be built isn't the point:

The goal is to obtain Lexus lovers' hearts pumping and get them to see Lexus in a new way. The LFA will be hand-built, so whether Toyota can sell plenty or a few isn't a big issue. What is a big issue is that each one can see that everyone can see that Lexus can kick sand in the face of BMW and Mercedes Benz and play in the similar sandbox as Ferrari.

Mark Templin, Lexus division group vice president and general manager said” Only 500 will ever be built worldwide, and each will be assembled based on customer order, offering an once-in-a-lifetime chance to be part of a small, exclusive group of individuals.”

Let us see about the performance. The LFA is a rear-wheel drive sports car with a 4.8-liter V-10 that puts out 552 horsepower. The top speed of Lexus LFA is 202 miles per hour, with a six-speed gearbox along with paddle shifters.

The car is all about dazzling weight reduction and the lightweight aluminum alloy suspension components is been complemented by carbon ceramic brake discs. The body is carbon fiber reinforced polymer and it is going to be done in-house: Rather than outsource this sophisticated materials technology, the LFA team is developing its personal carbon-fiber processes for ultimate quality control and to make a sound engineering investment during the future.

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