Lexus LF-A

Lexus LF-A to be built in 500 units.

On October 23, 2009 Lexus began taking orders for their new supercar—LF-A. Unlike any other car, buyers must submit an application to purchase the car and only 500 people worldwide will be chosen. Production on the vehicle will begin in December 2010 for the 2011 season. Each chosen applicant will be able to customize their car to their chosen specifications, at an estimated cost of $375,000 depending on their choices.

After its “release” at the Tokyo Motor Show, Lexus unveiled the LF-A Configurator which allows all applicants to select a plethora of customization options such as interior colors, brake caliper colors, steering wheel leather, and many others. Given all the options there are over 30 billion different possibilities. Each car will be hand-built by a team of engineers and specialists in Japan. There will only be 150 LF-A’s available in the USA and they must be purchased through a 2 year lease program so that they cannot be resold for more money.

The LF-A is powered by a 4.8-liter V10 engine that can reach a top speed of 202 mph. It has a six-speed transmission that is operated by mounted paddle shifters. It can be driven in one of four modes: auto, normal, sport, and wet. The frame of the car is made of 65% carbon fiber and 35% aluminum.

Some basic stats:

0-100 mph (160 km/h) 7.8 sec. Braking (60 mph (97 km/h)-0) <94 ft (29 m)
0-130 mph (210 km/h) 12.9 sec Braking (70 mph (110 km/h)-0) 156 ft (48 m)
0-150 mph (240 km/h) 18.3 sec. Slalom 74.2 mph (119.4 km/h)
14 mi (400 m) 11.8 sec. (@ 124 mph (200 km/h)) Lateral acceleration 1.00 G (200 feet (61 m) skidpad); 1.05 G

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