Dream Cars: Lexus LFA
Lexus is the luxury cars division of Japanese automaker Toyota Motors Corporation and was first introduced in the United States in 1989. Lexus vehicles are renowned for their performance, reliability, styling and luxury. The cars produced by Lexus are a rare combination of luxury and refinement. Though Lexus is a luxury cars manufacturer, the LFA produced by this luxury cars manufacturer is a super car in every sense and is the result of their endless pursuit for excellence and perfection. The Lexus LFA first debuted in 2005 and is the best supercar to come from Lexus till date and with only 500 units produced till date it surely is a collector’s item.
The design of this dream car is aesthetically stunning yet incredible. This dream car has been designed to provide superior performance and driving pleasure. In order to keep the vehicle light Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic has been used for the car chassis and body providing better weight saving and functionality compared to aluminum. The design is based on the principle of form following function and aesthetics secondary to aerodynamics. The LFA body features sharp edges and cut offs for improved aerodynamics. Air scoops are located at the rear fender which cools the radiators and brakes. It also features a horizontal hood gap feeding air to the engine. Underbody air scoop is used to cool titanium exhaust pipes and dual hood ducts are used to move hot air away from exhaust manifold. It also features a speed activated rear wing with Gurney Lap for optimum down force. LFA body is offered with a choice of 28 exotic colors along with three wheel colors and matt black option.
The interior of the LFA like any Lexus is truly luxurious and hand crafted to perfection. Choicest colors and materials are available to choose from for a truly customized experience. LFA interior incorporates exquisite materials like carbon fiber, leather, Alcantra and metallic surfaces. It features incredible leather clad bucket seats enabling the driver to sit close to the center of the vehicle providing a truly commanding driving position along with extraordinary level of comfort. It features a steering wheel that is functional, elegant and pain stakingly handcrafted from carbon fiber, leather and aluminum. It features an aluminum knob allowing drivers to choose from Normal, Auto, Wet or Sport mode. The metal finished center console houses the climate, audio and navigation control. One of the most prominent interior features is the digital TFT speedometer with color changing background, side changing numbers and side appearing submenus. It also features 12 speakers Mark Levinson sound system along with custom-made Tumi Suitcases made from carbon fiber.
The heart of this amazing piece of engineering is the 72 degree 4.8 litre dual VVT-i engine capable of churning out a maximum power output of 563 bhp @ 6800 rpm and a peak torque of 480 Nm @ 6800 rpm. The engine uses forged aluminum pistons, forged titanium rods and solid titanium valves. The engine is mated to a six speed automated sequential gear box operated with paddle shifters. The LFA is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 sec and has a top speed of 202 mph. Other prominent features include TORSEN limited slip differential, EPS System, Carbon Ceramic Material Discs, Bridgestone Potenza ultra high performance tires.
Overall Lexus LFA is an excellent and exotic piece of engineering. The car is so exquisitely designed and the riding dynamics are so accurate that its one of the best handling dream cars in its category. What makes it special is the rarity and exclusivity as only 500 cars have been made till date making it one of the best and rarest luxury sports cars and an ultimate collector’s item. At $ 350,000 it is one of the most expensive cars on offer but what makes it truly worthwhile is its smooth, refined and exemplary performance combined with perfect ride and handling capability making it the ultimate Japanese sports car and an undisputable addition to the super cars garage.