The Lexus LFA is a two-seat exotic sports coupe produced by Lexus as a concept car,
“halo” vehicle, racing prototype, and production model. It is the second model in
the F marque line of performance vehicles from Lexus, following the IS F. Three concept
versions have been shown, each debuting at the North American International Auto
Show with the LF-A designation as part of the LF Series concept line. The first LF-A
concept premiered in 2005, followed in 2007 by a second LF-A with a more completely
furnished interior and exterior. The third version of the LF-A, a roadster model,
premiered in 2008. The production model, trademarked LFA, was shown at the Tokyo
Motor Show in October 2009.
The production Lexus LFA features a new V10 engine and a carbon fiber-reinforced
polymer (CFRP) body. CFRP materials account for 65 percent of the LFA’s body composition
by mass. The LFA is scheduled to go into production in late 2010, with a projected
run of 500 vehicles at an estimated base price of $US350,000-375,000. A circuit-tuned
variant is scheduled for 2012.
Lexus began taking orders for the LFA supercar on October 23, 2009. Buyers will be
selectively chosen by Lexus in the second quarter of 2010. Production will begin
in December 2010 as a 2011 model. Only 500 total LFA models will be made worldwide,
with only 20 produced each month. Each car will be custom ordered to the customer’s
specifications, and will cost an estimated $350,000 – $375,000 USD, depending on
options and customization.