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fnfalman
05-06-2005, 07:50
http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Features/articleId=105484

2007 Lexus LF-A Gets a Workout on the Nurburgring
Date Posted 04-28-2005

The Lexus LF-A concept was first introduced at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show, but as you can see from our exclusive spy video, Toyota is already hard at work track testing production prototypes. Seen here making the rounds at Germany's Nurburgring test track, this early prototype wears much of the same sheet metal as the show car.

In concept form, the LF-A measured 5 inches shorter in length than a Porsche 911, yet had a wheelbase that was 9 inches longer. It's low, too, with a roof that comes in an inch and a half lower than the Mercedes-Benz SLR. The exaggerated proportions not only emphasize its performance intent, they serve as yet another iteration of a new styling direction that Lexus calls L-Finesse.

At the unveiling of the concept, Chief Operating Officer of Toyota Motor Sales Jim Press noted the LF-A's close connection to Toyota's Formula One program. "Theoretically developed to run in tandem with our efforts in Formula One, the LF-A would probably feature a power and drivetrain system strongly influenced by what's being used in competition at the time."

In plain English, that means we should expect a V10 engine, a spec that puts the LF-A in the same league as other notable exotics like the Lamborghini Gallardo and Porsche Carrera GT. Unlike Toyota's Formula One powerplant, however, the LF-A's V10 is expected to displace roughly 5 liters and generate around 500 horsepower. Toyota officials also boasted that a top speed of 200 mph was well within the LF-A's reach.

Although already in prototype stage, the final production version of the LF-A isn't expected for some time. Most estimates have Lexus unveiling the high-dollar halo car at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, but don't be surprised to see Lexus pull the wraps off even earlier to gain maximum exposure from its long rumored project. With a price expected to top $100,000, the LF-A is one of the most ambitious cars yet from the Japanese automaker, but if its past projects are any indication the LF-A will be a car that other luxury sports car builders won't be able to ignore.

chevrofreak
05-06-2005, 08:25
Yup yup, I read a spy report about 6 months ago, they said it was a right propper supercar (damn I watch too much Top Gear..) and figured it would be a V10 just by the sound it made. They also mentioned that it seemed to have a lot of F1 inspired design to it. Sounds good to me.

fnfalman
05-06-2005, 10:43
That's great and all, but Toyota will also need something cheaper as well. I sure as hell am can't afford a $100K car. Maybe a $70K car and that's pushing it. Best yet, Toyota needs to put out something around $40-50K that has 300-hp+ AND handles like the dickens. And something in the 200-hp+ in the high $20-30K as well. That way they would cover the full spectrum.

Nonetheless the LF-A is still a bold move. Just look at the Acura NSX and its dismal sales right from the get-go. Honda would probably improve on that car or even make a new one had the sales been better. I suppose that's why Toyota is only planning on making it as a limited edition.

DesertShark1963
05-06-2005, 11:04
It seems like Toyota and its subdivisions make great, dependable, reliable (keep adding adjectives) cars but nothing that really gets the adrenaline going. Maybe something like this shifts a broadening of perspective.

fnfalman
05-06-2005, 11:38
They used to make the Supra and "supposedly" they are making a new Supra as well. If they're smart, they'll make it hotter than the previous generation and affordable. Look at the Mazda RX-8 and how well it's not sold. Nobody wants to buy a current generation car that's slower and less of a performer than the previous generation.

CZ-75A
05-06-2005, 12:40
Originally posted by DesertShark1963
It seems like Toyota and its subdivisions make great, dependable, reliable (keep adding adjectives) cars but nothing that really gets the adrenaline going. Maybe something like this shifts a broadening of perspective.

Their "styling" department is a misnomer.

UCF-Tacoma
05-08-2005, 14:40
Originally posted by chevrofreak
Yup yup, I read a spy report about 6 months ago, they said it was a right propper supercar (damn I watch too much Top Gear..) and figured it would be a V10 just by the sound it made. They also mentioned that it seemed to have a lot of F1 inspired design to it. Sounds good to me.


Is it possible to watch too much Top Gear? I didn't think it was. How do you watch it? I've been getting it through bit torrent mostly and get old clips off of shareaza.

My favorite is the Audi S4 vs BMW M3. I like the way they do the music.

michael t
05-08-2005, 18:03
Why not a 300 + HP car in mid 20's Leave off all the garbage ,power windows sun roofs 26 way adjustable seats Cup holders and massive stero systems,carpet ect. All about performace & Handling I want a stripped down light weight bad ass. Hell you can deleat AC also Every body loves a Cobra and thats what they were Stripped down bad boys.

chevrofreak
05-09-2005, 09:49
Originally posted by UCF-Tacoma
Is it possible to watch too much Top Gear? I didn't think it was. How do you watch it? I've been getting it through bit torrent mostly and get old clips off of shareaza.

My favorite is the Audi S4 vs BMW M3. I like the way they do the music.


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