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News Lexus Might be Working on a Successor to the LFA

Lexus Might be Working on a Successor to the LFA

The Lexus LFA could make a comeback as a hybrid supercar

  • The LFA was a halo supercar of which 500 were made from 2010 to 2012

  • The next LFA will be a plug-in hybrid with up to 937 horsepower

  • It could be ready in 2025

Rumours have been circulating for a while about a possible return of the Lexus LFA, the brand’s halo supercar, but now they seem to be getting more precise.

Lexus built 500 units of the LFA between 2010 and 2012. This supercar was meant to show the world what the company was capable of and to reach a different kind of buyers that would have typically been attracted to Lexus Showrooms.

The LFA is still a favorite of many enthusiasts due to the impressive performance of its 4.8L V10 that was tuned by Yamaha to produce 552 horsepower while making a noise that is usually associated with Formula 1 race cars.

Since production ended in 2012, Lexus hasn’t had a halo performance car. The LC500 is getting close to that description, but it is more of a Grand Touring car than a supercar.

Speculation about a revival of the LFA has been strong for many years, especially since Toyota’s CEO hinted at it in 2019.

In addition, a couple of LFA’s were spotted on the Nürburgring in 2018 and 2019 wearing camouflaged extended fenders. Lexus explained it by saying they were testing tires, but that wouldn’t typically necessitate camouflage.

New information says the next LFA could be ready in 2025. This supercar would be powered by a 4.0L V8 engine helped by a plug-in hybrid system, which are becoming more and more common in high performance cars.

This powertrain could allegedly develop up to 937 horsepower, almost 400 more than the original LFA. The engine will be installed between the driver and the front axle, thus creating a front mid-engine layout, in order to help handling by placing the weight behind the front wheels.

Styling for the new LFA has been shown in a few sketches, but these are not official from Lexus so they could be inaccurate.

Nevertheless, they show a modernised version of the car that still retains a similar appearance, but with sleeker lines.

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