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Lexus LFA


1 Oct 2011

JUST 10 examples of the limited-production Lexus LFA supercar were allocated to Australia – a higher number than originally expected due to strong demand from well-heeled Aussies.

Employing a ten-cylinder engine displacing 4.8 litres and revving to 9000rpm, the $700,000 LFA was Capable of achieving a 325km/h top speed thanks to a peak power output of 412kW at 8700rpm and 480Nm of torque available at 7000rpm (with 90 per cent of that available from 3700rpm to the redline).

If those facts and figures are not enough, how about a 1540kg weight, with 52 per cent of that biased to the car's back end thanks to the rear-mounted transaxle gearbox and differential unit.

Said gearbox was a six-speed automated sequential unit operated by paddle-shifters and working in tandem with the Japanese luxury brand's first launch control system, helped the LFA to sprint from rest to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds.

Considerable amounts of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) were used in the LFA's chassis construction and bodywork – 65 per cent of the body-in-white – to reduce weight.

Lexus claimed the bodywork alone was 100kg lighter than aluminium yet is three and a half times stronger.

Race-style double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension systems with hollow aluminium alloy arms linked the chassis with the road via forged 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in asymmetrical Bridgestone tyres.

A forged aluminium brake pedal operated lightweight carbon-ceramic cross-drilled discs – 390mm wide and 34mm thick at the front clamped by six-piston Brembo monobloc callipers, and 360mm x 28mm at the rear with four-piston units.

None of the official Australian LFAs were the slightly more powerful track-based ‘Nurburgring Edition’, of which just 50 were planned to be built.

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