Test Drive: Lexus LFA

Our sneak preview of a Japanese luxury automaker's first supercar

We recently had the chance to check out the streamlined LFA, the first super car built by Lexus. While we were waiting for our test drive, we did sit in and explore the car in-depth.

Marking Lexus’ 20th anniversary, the LFA leverages the brand’s design and engineering expertise to both celebrate how far they’ve come as a brand, as well as demonstrate their wide-eyed vision of their future. Built by hand, the 500 LFAs feature the specs and capabilities of other super cars, but does so in a (slightly) more accessible way. Each is, of course, extensively customizable.

The LFA is constructed out of carbon fiber, keeping it ultra lightweight but extremely durable. Redlining at 9,000 rpm, the 4.8-liter V10 engine easily reaches its top speed of 202 miles per hour and goes zero to 60mph in 3.6 seconds. Each of the 500 will be custom-built according to the owner’s specifications, but will be precisely engineered to function beautifully both on and off the racetrack.

One of our favorite features is the digital speedometer (see video above), which changes depending on driving mode selected. The press of a button on the steering wheel moves the speedometer to the right, exposing secondary data and controls for other functions.

While ownership in this exclusive club is extremely limited, Lexus fans can look forward to some of the LFA’s technology and features (especially the CFRP construction) to be included in standard production cars. The Lexus LFA is available for order worldwide for $350,000. Contact your local Lexus dealer for details.