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With its radical styling, unique supercar approach, and howling V-10 engine, the LFA exudes automotive awe from every external orifice. Utilising Lexus-developed carbon fibre reinforced plastic, otherwise known as CFRP, the LFA has a kerb weight of just over 1,480kg. Despite being front-engined, the design achieves a near-perfect weight distribution of 48:52 and the liberal use of high-end materials such as aluminium, magnesium, titanium alloys, and carbon fibre make for a unique driving experience. And that ultimate driving experience is further defined by the LFA’s drivetrain as nestled up in front lives a Yamaha-developed 4.8-litre V-10 engine producing 553bhp at 9,000 rpm and 354 foot-pounds of torque at 6,800 rpm. In the world of modern-day supercars, V-10 engines are popular, however, the LFA is set apart by its astonishing power delivery and pure automotive harmony. Intelligent, variable-valve timing along with titanium valves and connecting rods allow the V-10 to rev from idle to a screaming 9,000rpm in just six-tenths of a second. The engine revs so quickly that Lexus had to fit a digital tachometer instead of a traditional analogue gauge. This technological marvel of an engine is mated to an Aisin SA6 six-speed automated single-clutch, sequential transmission that can shift between gears in less than two-tenths of a second.
This gleaming example (468 of 500) is finished in Whitest White (079) and has only covered a handful of delivery miles since being delivered new to the KSA. Predominantly Saddle Tan, the car's interior is state of the art and incorporates carbon fibre, leather, Alcantara, and metallic surfaces. The LFA's unique aural footprint is enhanced by the two octaves of engine sound that are channelled into the cabin through twin ducts which connect the firewall with the intake manifold, with the subsequent sound tuned in the manner of an acoustic guitar.
The LFA's huge development costs meant that Lexus lost money on every one of the 500 cars that they produced, a fate which is unlikely to befall the next owner of this rare, delivery miles LFA.