Report: Lexus LFA Replacements on Way
Autoblog is reporting that Lexus has not one, but two cars in the works to replace the supercar LFA.
And one is, of course, an EV.
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According to reports, the LFA, which hasn’t been in production since 2012, will be replaced in 2025, first by a car using a hybrid powertrain that includes a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8. This car will ride on the same TGNA-L platform that underpins the LC and LS.
Up to 700 horsepower is a possibility.
Even though the LFA’s production run ended a decade ago, some basic Internet searching suggests Lexus sold units as recently as 2020 and one unit may remain unsold as of this moment. It’s unclear if that’s true, however.
The EV will follow but probably not until 2030. Performance specs are obviously speculative at this time, but a 0-60 time of under 2 seconds and a range of 430 miles are cited as possibilities by AB.
Toyota might also build a GR GT3 supercar to serve as its own flagship model, although it’s possible that any GR GT3 will be for racing only.
This author has always found the LFA sexy — though I’ve not driven one — and I’m happy to see even the relatively buttoned-down Lexus brand staying in the unobtanium super-car game.
Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.
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