Summary, Prices, Specs

By April 5, 2011


The Lexus LFA is a supercar intended less for super-rich car enthusiasts than super-rich car owners. Stat-by-stat and dollar-for-dollar, it comes up short against other supercars; others offer more performance for less money. But it's still spectacular, with a fantastic bespoke V10 engine and leading edge carbon-fiber technology. A slow transmission is its main drawback. The sound, inside and out, is like nothing else. The interior is as comfortable as a luxury car. You can order it in 30 colors, even Passionate Pink with lavender leather seats. That alone makes it unique.

Sam Moses filed this report after his test drive of the Lexus LFA at Infineon Raceway near Sonoma, California.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Lexus LFA ($375,000)
Engines:4.8-liter V8
Transmissions:6-speed electro-hydraulic sequential automated manual
Safety equipment (standard):dual-stage frontal airbags, seatbelt shoulder harness airbags, driver's knee airbag, VDIM incorporating stability control, ABS and traction control; tire pressure monitor
Safety equipment (optional):none
Basic warranty:N/A
Assembled in:Japan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Lexus LFA ($375,000)
Standard equipment:leather upholstery, air conditioning, navigation, premium 12-speaker audio, power windows and locks
Options as tested (MSPR):none
Destination charge:$875
Gas guzzler tax:3700
Price as tested (MSPR):$379575
Layout:front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine:4.8 liter 40-valve V10
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):552 @ 8700
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):354 @ 6800
Transmission:6-speed electro-hydraulic sequential automated manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:N/A
Wheelbase:102.6 in.
Length/width/height:177.4/74.6/48.0 in.
Track, f/r:62.2/61.8 in.
Turning circle:19.7 ft.
Seating Capacity:2
Head/hip/leg room, f:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:N/A
Cargo volume:N/A
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, double wishbone
Suspension, r:multi-link
Ground clearance:4.5 in.
Curb weigth:3263 lbs.
Tires:265/35ZR20 front, 305/30ZR20 rear
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/vented disc carbon ceramic with ABS
Fuel capacity:19.3 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of April 5, 2011.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-255-3987 -