Lexus LFA- The Special Edition Nurburgring PackageTue, 16 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0700
Lexus have revealed the Lexus LFA Special Edition
It would be entirely reasonable for you to consider the Lexus LFA a special edition in its own right. After all, there are only ever going to be 500 made and each will cost £336,000. And you do get something rather special from the posh arm of Toyota. The Lexus LFA comes with a 4.8 litre V10 which delivers 552bhp, redlines at 9,000rpm and does 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds. Which is, by any definition, proper Supercar territory.
It would seem that despite the inexorable shift by Lexus towards hybrid powertrains across their entire range, there’s still a little devil on their shoulder egging them on to produce real cars instead of eco-boxes. So we get a Special Edition Lexus LFA before the paint’s even dry on the original. Not that we’re complaining. Anything that make Lexus believe that real people want real cars and not hybrids is just fine by us.
The Lexus LF-A Nurburgring Package gets a slight tweak in power – an extra 10bhp – created in all probability by tinkering with the exhaust (we would normally have said the ECU, but the extra seems too little to have bothered going that route), a fixed rear wing in carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP), extra-sticky tyres and a quicker shift programme for the transmission.
We don’t know how much extra Lexus want for the Nurburgring Package on the LF-A. We also don’t have a clue whether this LF-A is in addition to the 500 cars already announced or whether it’s an extra run (update – Lexus has told us the Nurburgring Package cars form part of the 500 car run). And frankly, we don’t give a hoot that you can only order this Special Edition LF-A in black, white or orange.
All we care is that Lexus haven’t completely lost the plot, and still want to build proper cars with proper powertrains – even if they are out of the reach of mere mortals.
By Cars UK