By on January 19, 2018

Lexus 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 [the LC] 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.

Lexus LFA

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23 Comments on “Lexus Is Plenty Aware That Everyone Wants a Successor to the LFA...”


  • avatar
    turbo_awd

    Since I’ll never afford one.. Just need the price of a used GS-F to drop into the 40s :-)

  • avatar
    DenverMike

    No. They want the successor to the Supra. Or AllTrac Turbo Celica. Or 1st gen MR2.

    • 0 avatar
      brn

      Yes. Something obtainable.

      • 0 avatar
        TonyJZX

        There’s probably a heap of unprofitable cars that they could be making… how about an SC400 coupe? with a straight six? and manual

        I get that people would love to see a LFA Part Deux or a Supra JXA90 but in reality, a $75,000 coupe is as unobtainable as a $375,000 coupe to most of us and further… who the hell is buying sports slash personal coupes these days?

        Nah Lexus is better off making three different versions of SUVs from sub to CUV to SUV size, maybe put a mild hybrid in them.

        The end.

    • 0 avatar
      John

      Bingo – the LFA sold like it was epoxied to the dealers’ floors.

      • 0 avatar
        raph

        I believe there are still a few available to purchase new.

      • 0 avatar
        bd2

        Yep, despite Toyota’s claims that it was “sold out” shortly after its launch, a good chunk (of what little it did in sales in the US) came in its 3rd and 4th years, with additional sales dribbling out in its 5-7th years.

        Don’t think too many buyers are looking at a $350k Lexus (at least with the sheetmetal/power combo that the LFA had).

        Something along the lines of $150-160k would make better sense (but even at that price-point, Acura is struggling to sell the NSX w/o discounts).

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    Is this a joke? Dealer is clamoring for La phase? They sold 500 or so right? There are only about 250 Lexus dealers in the country. So that’s two cars a dealer over the models lifespan? And that’s not even counting the brand new ones still sitting in dealer Lots. Who the hell is begging for this? The last thing Lexus needs right now is an LFA successor. Especially considering how far forward in performance the sports card game has moved since it’s time. They need to put their money in that crossover flagship.

    • 0 avatar
      Tele Vision

      They were only sold in the USA? Weird. The two I’ve seen in Calgary, both with Alberta plates, must be kit cars or something.

      • 0 avatar
        sportyaccordy

        Good point… which makes this article even more absurd. They only produced 500 worldwide, and didn’t even sell all of them. Glorious V10 and build quality aside, it got washed by GT-Rs 1/4 the price. And again, 6 years later there are still unsold ones sitting on dealer lots. I doubt those dealers want more $400K lot poison. That’s a hell of an upsell from an RC-F or even a LC.

    • 0 avatar
      ernest

      This. We’ll never know how much coin Lexus dropped on the first one. Bet they know… and they’re still smarting over it.

    • 0 avatar
      MBella

      Didn’t the 500 sell out almost instantly as soon as they started taking orders? I’m surprised they didn’t even the production run to try and recoup more of the development costs.

  • avatar

    They got a lot of press but they sold very slowly. At one point they put five on display at the Chicago auto show at the same time. I’m not sure that’s the way to sell an exclusive car.

  • avatar
    hifi

    Seriously with this? The LFA was an embarrassing flop for Toyota. It was absurdly priced, not competitive and really ugly from most angles. Years after it was cancelled, new LFAs went unsold. The biggest “features” to talk about…the exhaust note and painfully boring youtube videos of a loom weaving carbon fiber.

    I couldn’t care less about the LFA or Toyota’s attempts at appearing interesting.

  • avatar
    stingray65

    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.

    • 0 avatar
      sportyaccordy

      Why is it sad to say? That’s where the market is right now. Toyota still has a Supra coming and doesn’t seem keen on discontinuing the 86. That’s way more exciting than a halo car that costs 2x the average US home. Plus even with its limited production it was a hard sell.

      • 0 avatar
        stingray65

        In my humble opinion, Sports/Super cars are much cooler as a halo than any SUV/CUV, but as we both agree the market has moved to the utility side. Not that I could see myself buying any $350K vehicle (except perhaps a classic) even if I would win the lottery.

        • 0 avatar
          sportyaccordy

          I think halo cars have to be relevant to the brand. The LFA might as well have been a motorcycle. The only thing it gave to the rest of the brand was that moving gauge cluster ring. A crossover would be way more relevant and could still be cool and fun.

    • 0 avatar
      grinchsmate

      They should take the 70series Land Cruiser and make a G Wagen competitor.

      All it needs is an interior from this century, lots of shiny bits and a Lexus badge the size of your head.

    • 0 avatar
      bd2

      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.

  • avatar
    Lightspeed

    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.


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