Lexus Australia have happily announced they have secured five LFA supercars for the Australian market. With a worldwide production run limited to 500 models that’s a reasonable coup for the local market. However, European pricing has been reported at €368,000. For those playing at home that is 600,000 Aussie dollars. Sure, you can’t always do currency conversions like that to arrive at a new car price, but whatever language you speak, 600K is a lot of moolah for a fancy Toyota.
However, Lexus Chief Executive John Roca reckons he’ll have no problems moving the LFAs off the showroom floor, “The fact that Australia has been allocated any LFA vehicles is testament to the importance of the Australian arm of the global Lexus brand. Our next challenge is managing the allocation process – we are already certain that we will not have enough LFAs to fulfill demand.”
AUSTRALIA TO RECEIVE FIVE LEXUS LFA SUPERCARS
Lexus has confirmed that Australia will receive five LFA supercars – the marque’s newest F vehicle.
When launched, LFA will be the most exclusive and powerful Lexus in Australia, developing 413kW of power* and 480Nm of torque*.
Lexus Chief Executive John Roca said that LFA sets the course for a new direction in Lexus history and reaffirms the strength of the brand.
“The fact that Australia has been allocated any LFA vehicles is testament to the importance of the Australian arm of the global Lexus brand.
“LFA is as much an engineering exercise as it is a clear demonstration of the passion that lies within Lexus. It will become the template from which future Lexus vehicles will be developed and measured.
“Our next challenge is managing the allocation process – we are already certain that we will not have enough LFAs to fulfil demand,” said Mr Roca.
LFA Chief Engineer, Haruhiko Tanahashi, said that LFA pushed every conceivable boundary during its development.
“LFA development was unlike any Lexus before it, we tested it in the harshest driving environments – from the high-speed Nardo facility to the gruelling Nurburgring race track.
“LFA is a rolling showcase of Lexus’ advanced engineering capabilities,” said Mr Tanahasi.
“The result is a thoroughbred, a machine engineered to achieve one single goal – to deliver a supreme driving experience.”
Production of LFA will commence in December of 2010 and run for two years, with 20 hand-built vehicles delivered each month to customers globally.
ENGINE & DRIVELINE
Displacement: 4805 cc
Maximum Output: 412kW/8700rpm
Maximum torque: 480Nm/6800
Transmission: Six-speed ASG (Automated Sequential Gearbox)
Maximum speed: 325km/h
Acceleration 0-100km/h: 3.7sec
*According to Lexus measurements and targets, all figures based on pre-production model and may vary from production vehicle.
For further information on Lexus’ LFA, visit www.lexus.com.au/future/lfa