Everyone dreams, including those tasked with keeping an automotive company running at full speed. Never more has that been evident than when it comes to the dreams of Lexus President, Yoshihiro Sawa, who recently told Autocar that he can’t “rule out” a spiritual successor to the Lexus LFA, but for now it remains “just a dream.” That, ladies and gentlemen, has a begging the question: Do dreams come true?
Well, the truth is, they do…sometimes – most of us have experienced moments of déjà vu (or as some would call it, a “glitch in the matrix”) and there are many reports of people dreaming about something that eventually happens days, months, or years later. Whether or not that means we’ll see a successor for the Lexus LFA is a question that has been etched in our minds since the model technically went off sale back in 2012, just a few years after it stole the show at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. And, even though Lexus has “other priorities for now,” the fact remains that Mr. Sawa certainly dreams of a successor. That may not mean that it will happen tomorrow or even in 2020, but it is a glimmer of hope for those of us who actually got to spend some personal time with the $375,000 Japanese-built supercar.
Want to take a trip down memory lane? Click “Continue Reading” to hear about why an LFA successor isn’t on the table right now, see some cool videos, and learn more about the famous, Japanese-built supercar that stole our hearts back in 2009.
SUVs… That’s Why
According to Autocar, Sawa has expressed a generalized reason why there is no LFA successor in the works right now: “I really want to do an LFA successor, and it is important to have dreams, but for now it is a very complicated situation. It’s a very difficult question to answer as I would like to do it, but we have other priorities for now.”
Those other priorities, folks, lies in the fact that Lexus has to keep up with the Jones’, and that means it needs to build SUVs because everyone is still buying them up like they are the best thing to hit the market since toilet paper. The biggest thing that Lexus is working on now is the Lexus UX – a model that will compete against the Germans and take on models like the Audi Q3, Mercedes GLA, and the BMW X1. And, Lexus wants to take on the Range Rover Sport as well, so it needs a seven-seater that will likely be formed out of the versatile and luxurious Lexus RX. So, with that in mind, an LFA successor probably won’t come to be until either the SUV craze dies down, and automakers are sent scrambling to jump on the bandwagon of the next trend or until Lexus has a full lineup of SUVs and enough extra capital to build another six-figure supercar. Sure, that kind of sucks because that could take a long time, but hey – there’s always Sawa’s dream and, as we all know, sometimes dreams come true.
The LFA in a Nutshell
To put it simply, the Lexus LFA was the cream of the crop in 2009 when it debuted at the Tokyo Auto Show. It featured carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) construction for not only the chassis but the body as well. It was developed from the ground up by a very small team, with nothing to go on but the hopes and dreams of the engineers involved. The project started in 2000 and didn’t debut until 2009, so it took around eight years for Lexus to perfect its supercar. And, as Lexus put it, they “created the most driver-oriented car they possibly could.” All in all, the car was built in just 500 examples, and as a 2011 model, it went off sale in 2012. It was powered by a 4.8-liter V-10 that pushed out an incredible-for-the-time 552 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. It was high-revving with a redline cutoff at 9,000 rpm and could hit the 60-mph sprint in just 2.6 seconds on the way to an electronically limited speed of 202 mph.
Unfortunately, the LFA is pretty much a collectors car now, with used examples rarely showing up for sale. And, even if you find one, you’ll surely be asked to pay more than the original $375,000 asking price. But, for what it’s worth, there are still a few examples sitting around various U.S. dealers that are listed as new. One was even sold earlier in 2017. Of course, those are being held onto by the dealers that own them, so chances are, you’ll really pay a pretty penny if you want them to come up off them.
Lexus LFA Specs
|Engine Type||72° V10, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection with 10 independently controlled throttle bodies (one per cylinder)|
|Displacement||4.8 liters (292.914 cubic inches)|
|Valvetrain||Four cam, four valves per cylinder, with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVTi)|
|Horsepower||552 HP @ 8,700 RPM|
|Torque||354 LB-FT @ 7,800 RPM|
|0-60 MPH Acceleration||3.6 seconds|
|Top Track Speed (electronically limited)||202 mph|
|EPA Fuel Economy Ratings (city/highway/combined)||11/16/12|
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