Lexus LFA Is A Hit In Europe, With 33% Of Continent's Sales Coming From Germany

It’s no surprise that Lexus has taken deposits for all 5o0 LFA supercars (despite the skepticism of various internet forum posters). As its $375,000 pricetag may suggest, this car is only for the extremely well-heeled, and at this price point, individuality matters more than quantitative performance.

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Lexus LFA Caught in Action at Nurburgring 24 Hour Race Thanks to Porsche GT3 Cup In-Car Video

Clash Productions just posted this highly entertaining in-car video on YouTube, featuring world-class Touring and GT racing driver Tom Coronel in the Lammertink Racing Toyo Tires Porsche GT3 Cup car at the start of this year’s Nurburgring 24 Hour endurance race. We particularly enjoyed the start, where Coronel mixes it up with one of the Gazoo Racing Lexus LFA’s as well as a few other Porsches.

Coronel then shows some amazing pace through the higher speed sections of the Ring before being passed by a Ferrari on the impossibly long main straight. But like the crafty veteran he is, Coronel (whose name you may recognize as the driver from the record-setting lap he did around the Ring last year in a Dodge Viper ACR) ducks in behind the Ferrari and slipsteams it down the straight, slingshotting past just before the insanely quick lefthander that leads down the hill towards the GP portion of the circuit.

Back on the GP track near the end of the lap, the Ferrari and the LFA make another appearance as they pass Coronel’s Porsche. The fact that the SP8 class Lexus was able to hang with the quicker SP7 class Porsche GT3 Cup and Ferrari F430 GTC machines says a lot about just how good the LFA really is.

Enjoy the video after the jump.

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Toyota Has No Intention Of Returning To Formula 1, Will Stick With Turning Left

Toyota announced that they have no intention of returning to Formula 1, labeling the sport as “elitist” and a bad fit with the company’s customer base.

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Lexus LFA Takes Class Win at the Nurburgring 24 Hours

Having failed to complete the grueling Nürburgring 24 Hour endurance race last year, Gazoo Racing took home the SP8 class victory (18th overall) at this year’s around-the-clock race at the 12.9-mile Nordschleife in the #50 Lexus LFA.

In a field of over 200 cars including privateers and full-on factory efforts and with some very stiff competition from Aston Martin, the Gazoo Racing LFA’s battled heavy traffic and the constantly changing weather conditions the Nürburgring is famous for on their way to taking the checkered flag and the SP8 class win. Based in Japan and with a driver’s lineup drawing from the Japanese Super GT series, Gazoo Racing has certainly done Toyota and the Lexus brand proud with their performance at the Green Hell this past weekend, which leads us to wonder if/when we’ll start to see the LFA popping up in other racing series. We’d love to see Lexus enter the fray in the FIA GT1 World Championship, a series Nissan seems to be getting some very good value from with their GT-R entries.

Coming in second in the SP8 class was the Aston Martin Rapide, which even topped the V12 Vantage in 3rd.

For a full photo gallery go to Gazoo Racing, but in the meantime enjoy a few photos of the LF-A at the Ring after the jump.

[Source: Gazoo Racing]

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Gazoo Racing Lexus LFAs Dominate Respective Class at 24 Hours of Nurburgring Qualifying

Gazoo Racing is fielding a pair of Lexus LFAs this weekend at the famed 24 Hours of Nürburgring race. These V10 racecars are out to prove a point; the Lexus LFA is a true contender on and off the track and a genuine entry in the supercar world.

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Next Generation Nissan Z To Go Hybrid

Nissan‘s Datsun 240Z broke ground in the early 1970’s by offering bulletproof reliability and the performance of a Jaguar E-Type for a third of the cost. The next generation Z-car could be similarly important by mating a hybrid drivetrain into a serious performance car, if reports coming out of Japan are accurate.

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Lexus LFA and Nissan GT-R Go Head To Head In A Drag Race (Video Inside)

Imagine you are able to bring together some of humanity’s great minds for a dialogue, but you then end up having them give you their picks for who will win the World Series. Motor Trend‘s new video of a Lexus LFA drag racing a Nissan GTR is similarly anti-climactic and a little silly, but we can appreciate where Motor Trend is coming from.

Getting a press car comes with some obligations; including returning the car in the condition you found it, and in the case of very high end press cars like the Lexus LFA, a whole host of other rules accompany them. We understand that taking the $375,000 LFA on a road course might not be such a good idea, considering how there’s only one in the entire country, but the LFA and GT-R are two cars that are supposedly the pinnacle of performance driving, and a road course rather than a drag race would be the true test of what these two can do.

Regardless, the video is bound to cause a flurry of online shouting matches from various fanboy camps. In the mean time, us civilized folk should crank our speakers up to 11 an bask in the glorious V10 soundtrack, as its likely the closest that mere mortals will ever come to an LFA at full blast.

Video after the jump

[Source: Motor Trend via Youtube]

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Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package – If You Have To Ask, You Can't Afford It

Lexusmegabuck 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

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Lexus LFA Plug-in Hybrid Spied?

Before it launched, rumors suggested the Lexus LFA supercar might be a hybrid. That of course turned out not to be the case, the high-powered and high-priced exotic instead opting for a naturally aspirated 4.8-liter V10 engine. But now several spy photos have emerged showing something that just may prove the original green supercar theories true.

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Lexus LFA Monthly Lease Set at $12,398 for 24 Months, With All Payments Due Up Front

With all the time, energy and resources used in building the Lexus LFA supercar, it seems the Japanese automaker might not be all that interested in anyone driving the vehicle as they’ve made it prohibitively difficult to get into. It’s not the cost that might keep people away ($375,000 being a rather reasonable price for a full carbon chassis exotic with a high-revving V10), but rather the complex process Lexus has devised by which potential “owners” have to jump through hoops to get into an LFA. And lets not forget, that 24 months later, the car goes back to Lexus – because it’s just a lease after all.

So what’s an LFA cost to lease each month? How about a staggering $12,398.44. And if you thought the whole idea behind a lease was to make a car more affordable, forget it. Lexus wants all that cash up front – a total of $237,562.56. But it’s not that simple. First Lexus has to actually choose you, after which you will be notified and then drop off a $10,000 deposit while Lexus checks your credit. then Lexus wants an additional $50,000 lump sum deposit.

Once the car has been built specifically for you (which is likely to take a while) candidates will have to then undergo a second credit check before handing over the $237,562.56, bringing the total to $297,562.56.

Now if there is some good news in here, it’s that Lexus will actually sell the LFA to leases at the end of the 24 months, for the residual value of $93,750.

What’s the purpose off all this nonsense? Well, Lexus devised this plan to weed out speculators who might try and buy an LFA in order to resell it at a higher value. Unfortunately for Lexus, they might have weeded out quite a few folks who really want the car but just don’t have the desire to participate in a lengthy series of payment, credit check, payment, credit check, payment, payment. And on top of all this, when you add the total lease price to the residual value, the number is actually $391,312.56 – or roughly $16,000 more than the MSRP. Plus Lexus will actually make you pay a $700 acquisition fee and then there’s those pesky taxes.

Is it worth it to own the first Lexus supercar? That’s still up in the air. The LFA has all the potential to be a world-class exotic, with its V10 engine and carbon fiber monocoque chassis, but can the notoriously dull Lexus brand build a full-fledged exotic?

Official release after the jump:

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Lexus Returning to Nurburgring 24 With New LFA Race Car

For the third straight year in a row Lexus will compete at the Nurburgring 24 Hour race, once again using one of its LFA supercars. And much like the past two years, the team will be operated by Gazoo Racing, which fields Lexus race cars in Japan’s Super GT series.

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Lexus Hosting Free F-Sport Driving Event at Homestead-Miami Speedway

If you’re a Lexus enthusiast and can get to Miami for January 27th, the Japanese luxury brand wants to give you the opportunity to see its sporty side. Lexus is hosting an F-Sport Track Event at Homestead-Miami Speedway, allowing folks the chance to get behind the wheel of the IS-F, as well as F-Sport equipped IS and GS models.

The vehicles will be available for autocross driving, where Lexus aims to show-off the IS-F’s capabilities, as well as show just how much the F-Sport performance goodies can enhance the dynamic-side of the Lexus driving experience.

Better yet, one lucky individual from each session will win a hot lap of Homestead in the new 552-hp Lexus LFA supercar, driven by none other than legendary Grand Am pilot and two-time Rolex Sports Car Series Champion Scott Pruett.

See the press release below for more information and rules, or visit the link to register before the slots fill up:

Official release after the jump:

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Report: Lexus GS-F to Get LFA's V10

Over the past few weeks we’ve heard several rumors and reports that Lexus is planning to build an F version of the GS model. Designed to run against the likes of the E63 from Mercedes, CTS-V from Cadillac and M5 from BMW, even the big 5.0-liter V8 from the IS-F wouldn’t be enough to make the larger GS platform competitive. An even more powerful engine would be needed.

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Video: Lexus LFA Takes to The Track in Japanese Commercial

With just 500 cars being built and a price of $375,000, the LFA isn’t really the sort of thing that you make a commercial for – but Lexus went ahead and did it anyway. Besides, this isn’t about marketing the car, but the Lexus brand as a whole.

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LA 2009: 552-HP Lexus LFA Supercar On Display at Los Angeles International Auto Show

The latest step in the car’s North American tour, the Lexus LFA supercar has arrived at the Los Angeles Auto Show, where it will be viewable by the public starting later this week. The LFA has already been shown at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas last month, but it was an industry-only event. The car premiered at the Tokyo Auto Show.

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