Lexus Is Plenty Aware That Everyone Wants a Successor to the LFA

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
lexus is plenty aware that everyone wants a successor to the lfa

Lexus’ LFA was a car nobody could have anticipated. Limited to just 500 production models, the $350,000 status symbol was as prestigious as it was rare. Strange, considering Lexus is known as a luxury brand that’s still big on value. However, there weren’t many people griping about the LFA’s price once they experienced its performance firsthand. Its high-revving, 553 horsepower V10 has been universally praised by almost everyone who’s gained access to it, and even those who haven’t.

The Toyota Motor Corporation is aware that the model’s absence has been noticed and, despite Lexus’ current focus on improving sales via sport utility vehicles, it thinks there could still be room for another flagship halo car.

Speaking to CarBuzz at the recent Detroit auto show, Lexus Group vice president Jeff Bracken said there may be yet be hope. At the very least, he explained that the automaker understood that the public misses the LFA.

“We need more halo representation. We hear often from our dealers if we can have an LFA follow-up,” Bracken said. “So you never know. But that car was just so out there in terms of technology, power and handling. I wouldn’t rule it out. I think that when we hear so many emotional and high number of requests for a follow-up to LFA, we certainly won’t ignore that. It’s not a closed door.”

The closest thing to it in Lexus’ current lineup is the LC grand tourer. While there is little bad to be said about it (it could be faster), it lacks the scalpel-like precision and exotic charms of the LFA. It’s not the kind of vehicle that forces enthusiasts to look at the brand in a different light.

“Just as the LF-LC concept came out in 2012, there was so much positive feedback from the media, public and dealers that we did make the decision to go ahead and build it. And we were able to make the production car look very much like the concept.”

Alright, got it. All Lexus needs to do is design a concept vehicle that we can gush over and they’ll eventually build it. That certainly sounds simple but, if the brand intends to bring something forth that’s on the bleeding edge of technology again, the timeline for it could be vast. We’re banking on Lexus finishing off another SUV first, maybe even something that will sit above the $85,000 LX.

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  • Stingray65 Stingray65 on Jan 20, 2018

    Sad to say, but the most effective and potentially profitable halo car Lexus could make today would be a $350K CUV/SUV with all the fancy technology and luxury gadgets they could stuff in it.

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    • Bd2 Bd2 on Jan 22, 2018

      Lexus doesn't have the brand power right now to sell a $350k CUV. Heck, Mercedes probably doesn't right now and forget BMW or Audi.

  • Lightspeed Lightspeed on Jan 20, 2018

    Put the LFA V-10 engine into a rebodied 2-seat LC500, price under the NSX. Offer the same V10 in the GS-F as an M5 AMG competitor.

  • Teddyc73 Looking forward to this. Hopefully it doesn't succomb to the leftist agenda and only come as an EV. If there is a gasoline version and a decent sized bed I'll consider this to replace my Ram 1500 when the day comes. Please let it be available in colors other than the same boring ones Ram has offered for years.
  • Xidex i haven't even turned the dial to AM since the 90's I think at that time it was only because there is one station i liked was on the AM dial (it is no longer around) Someone had to point to the station otherwise i wouldn't have even scanned the AM dial. I still think the AM dial should be left on radios though, If no one listened to it then there wouldn't be any stations would there.
  • Kwik_Shift I have five AM stations preset, each different from one another in terms of content. Some politics, some day to day, some do it yourselfing or help. Focus is more on local news and events. FM is just about pushing crap music and djs pushing the MSM message for their corporate overlords. FM is about making radio sound exactly the same all over North America. I like ONE FM station that plays different varieties of country music and has an entertaining dj. Overall, to each their own.
  • Kat Laneaux What's the benefits of this as opposed to the Ford or Nissan. Will the mileage be better than the 19 city, 24 hwy? Will it cost less than the average of $60,000? Will it be a hybrid?
  • Johnster Minor quibble. The down-sized full-sized 1980-only Continental (which was available with Town Car and Town Coupe trims) gave up its name in 1981 and became the Town Car. The name "Town Coupe" was never used after the 1980 model year. The 1981 Lincoln Town Car was available with a 2-door body style, but the 2-door Lincoln Town Car was discontinued and not offered for the 1982 model year and never returned to the Lincoln lineup.