Watch out Ferrari because you have serious competition on your tail. The production ready version of the 2012 Lexus LFA (no, it is not a mistake, Lexus decided to change the name from LF-A to LFA) made its world debut at the Tokyo Auto Show. The Lexus LFA gets its power from a 4.8 liter V10 engine capable of developing 553 horsepower at 8700 revs per minute and 480 Nm of torque at 6800 revs per minute. Still, 90% of the peak torque is available between 3700 revs per minute and 9000 revs per minute. The first Lexus supercar in history will hit the market towards the end of the next year.
The powertrain of the Lexus LFA is completed by a rear wheel drive system and a six speed automatic sequential gearbox that has four selectable driving modes and seven gears chosen by a selector which results in changing gear speeds lowered by 0.2 seconds. The V10 engine is completely new and compact, as the Japanese automaker claiming that it is smaller than a conventional V8 engine. Not bad at all. Thanks to the powerful drivetrain, the Lexus LFA is capable of reaching a maximum speed of 202 mph or 325 km/h while being able to go from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds.
According to Lexus, the LFA has a front to rear weight distribution of 48:52, a length of 4505 millimeters and a weight of 1480 kilograms or 3263 pounds. Even if the comparison is not fair, the Ferrari Enzo has a weight of 1365 kilograms. The chassis and body of the Lexus LFA are made, just like the ones of other supercars like the Ferrari Enzo, from carbon fiber composite.
Such a powerful car has to be stopped. Lexus assures that this will happen perfectly thanks to Brembo carbon ceramic brakes with six piston calipers up front and four piston calipers at the rear. The suspension of the Lexus LFA comes with double wishbones at the front and a multilink arrangement at the back.
Potential buyers will have to be quick to pay the 375.000 dollars or 250.000 euros price tag of the Lexus LFA, as it will only be built in a limited edition of 500 units. The first happy customers will get their car towards the end of the next year.
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