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Edmunds.com 2011 Lexus LFA Overview
Known primarily for its highly refined luxury cars, Lexus isn't a car company one would mention in the same breath as Ferrari or Lamborghini. But starting in late 2010 when the 2011 Lexus LFA goes on sale, Lexus will make its presence known in the supercar realm. Developed at the famed NÃ¼rburgring racetrack in Germany and priced at over 300 large (the latest estimate is $350,000), the Lexus LFA will be constructed chiefly of carbon fiber and weigh a relatively svelte 3,263 pounds. Factor in its 4.8-liter, 552-horsepower V10 and you've a power-to-weight ratio that bests a Ferrari 599. Notably, the V10 has a 9,000-rpm redline, which is impressively high for an engine approaching 5 liters in displacement. This powerhouse likes to be revved hard, yet with a full 90 percent of its maximum torque (354 pound-feet) available from 3,700 rpm, there's none of the low-rpm laziness that blights other high-revving engines. Equipped with a six-speed single-clutch automated manual transmission, the LFA can leap to 60 mph in a claimed 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 202 mph. The LFA's styling is rather avant-garde -- it's similar to a Nissan GT-R in shape and proportion minus the origami-style bends in the sheet metal. The cockpit is lavished with polished alloys, fine leather and real carbon fiber, as you'd rightly expect. Still, one might argue that you can get exotic styling and this level of performance for half the LFA's price. But very-limited-production cars simply cost more, and for some wealthy supercar fanciers, exclusivity is just as important as breathtaking performance. Only 500 Lexus LFAs will be produced for worldwide sale, and Lexus will actually lease the cars (with an option to buy) to discourage speculators. Check back later for a full review of the 2011 Lexus LFA with additional driving impressions and buying advice.