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10. Honda Integra Type-R
Forget the 12 days of Christmas. This is the seven days of dream garages.
Trading partridges in pear trees for horsepower in sexy sheetmetal, starting today each AutoGuide editor will reveal their list of the 10 cars we’ll be asking Santa for this year, giving a little insight into our automotive preferences.
Now 10 may seem like a lot to have in a dream garage, but narrowing down the list is harder than you think. When you’re dreaming, you want to dream big – but when it comes down to it, you start to think hard about which cars you realistically want to have.
So to kick things off, my list starts off with a Japan-spec Honda Integra Type-R. I can already hear what you’re thinking, “Wait, what? A dream car list and one of them is a Honda?”
Well, you know the saying: You never forget your first love.
Powered by a high-revving 1.8-liter B-series engine, the Type-R is one of the most balanced, best-handling front-wheel drive cars ever made. Its rarity in America has turned it into a collectible, and finding a mint condition one in today’s market is nearly impossible.
In fact, finding a low mileage Type-R will cost you nearly what the vehicle’s MSRP was when it first came out – if not more. So why not the Acura model? Well, I’ve always had a soft spot for the design on the Japan-only front end on the Integra, it’s simply a design that can hold its own even with today’s modern cars.
It’s official, the very first Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition has finally landed on US soil.
Hotter (if possible) than the normal LFA, the special edition is named after the infamous Nordschleife (Northern Loop) circuit where nearly every manufacturer (including Lexus) conducts vehicle dynamics testing of its performance cars these days. The Nürburgring Edition features additional aerodynamic aids, such as a carbon fiber front splitter, nose strakes and a prominent rear wing.
Powered by a 562-horsepower version of the 4.8-liter V8 (up 10 hp from the regular LFA), the Nürburgring Edition is capable of galloping from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds and topping out at 202 mph, according to official factory literature. If you’re somehow in doubt as to how fast it is, Japanese race driver Akira Lida piloted a Nürburgring Edition around the Nordschleife in just 7 minutes, 14.64 seconds.
That said, is the $70,000 the extra 10 hp and aerodynamic aids cost over the regular LFA worth it? Well according to the buyer of the first US spec Nürburgring Edition, who chose to have the car finished in traditional white with a red interior, every penny.
GALLERY: First U.S. LFA Nürburgring Edition
A slap in the face to internet bench racers everywhere, Lexus has confirmed its 7:14.64 Nurburgring lap time. Whether or not this is the new production car record is up for some debate, but the LFA is certainly one of the leaders with the only other cars to post quicker times being obscure models like the Gumpert Apollo, or the Radical, which isn’t street legal in many countries. True, Lexus may only have built 500 LFAs and just 50 of these custom are Nurburgring edition models (like the record setting car), however, unlike those cars, the limited number of cars isn’t as a result of a lack of demand or production capability by the automaker.
Powered by the same 4.8-liter V10 engine as the “regular” LFA, the Nurburgring Edition makes 10 more horsepower for a total of 562-hp. Suspension and aerodynamic upgrades are also included. Priced at $70,000 more than the already expensive $375,000 model, just 50 of the 500 LFA models will be Nurburgring editions.
The previous non-obscure record holder was the Porsche GT2 RS.
Watch the proof after the jump:
The Lexus LFA has been on the auto show circuit for quite some time now and owners have even started to take delivery of their Japanese supercars, but what about that special Nurburgring edition?
Announced several months ago, the limited edition LFA (just 50 of the 500) will make its first official appearance at the Geneva Auto Show in just a few weeks time.
Designed to show how the car was honed on the world famous re track, the LFA Nurburging gets a special front splitter and rear spoiler, inspired by the racing version of the car. Also included is a more aggressive suspension setup, an extra 10 horsepower and even quicker shift times.
Priced at an additional $70,000 over the already expensive $375,000 base price, the LFA Nurburgring will be available in orange, white and gloss black, with a special matte-back paint scheme adding an extra $20,000. We can’t wait to see what color the Geneva show car is and will be sure to deliver plenty of photos with coverage starting March 1st. Until then, check out our 2011 Geneva Auto Show preview here.
Lexus‘ megabuck LFA supercar isn’t even out yet, and there’s already a new option package set to be available on just 50 of the 500 cars.
Designed to commemorate the cars running in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, the namesake special edition gets a special front splitter, dive plates and rear wing that mimic the racecar’s aero package, while a “sport tuned” suspension adds an even more hardcore edge. An extra ten horsepower and 50 ms shaved off the shift times bring those figures to 562 horsepower and 150 ms to swap cogs. Color choices are orange, white and gloss black with matte black costing an extra $20,000. The Nurburgring package itself costs another $50,000, so a flat black LFA Nurburgring could wind up costing you $465,000, a truly eye-watering sum. There’s no doubt that such a combination would be an awesome, visceral driving experience, but for that money, you could probably take a serious shot at winning a national amateur racing championship too.
GALLERY: Lexus LFA Nurburgring
Press release after the jump
The Lexus crazy folks over at LexusEnthusiast have uncovered a Japanese story about a possible Nürburgring Edition of the new LFA supercar, adding credibility to earlier reports that a more track-focused model is on the way. The extra high performance model is reportedly named after the world famous race track/public road where the LFA underwent extensive testing and which is used as a benchmark to rate all high-performance vehicles.
Upgrades to the LFA Nürburgring Edition are to include a front splitter, a large rear spoiler (fixed), a stiffer suspension, lighter weight wheels, stickier tires and a slight bump of 10-hp. This would bring the LFA’s total engine output to 562-hp from its 4.8-liter V10.
The model will be offered in just four colors: black, matte black, the orange color seen above and another color that was lost in Google translation.
Lexus has yet to confirm details of a Nürburgring Edition LFA, but we’re excited about the possibility, although we’re a bit surprised the carbon chassis creation is being eclipsed so quickly.
GALLERY: Lexus LFA Nürburging Edition
[Source: レクサスとの道[LEXUS] via LexusEnthusiast]