If there’s one Lexus model that has yet to have a successor, it’s the LFA. The brand’s flagship model came out in 2009 after being in development for nearly a decade. After the last LFA rolled off the factory in 2012, production wrapped up. All-in-all, a total of 500 units were built globally, including the faster Nurburgring edition. Since then, Lexus has downplayed any possibilities of a successor.
But, is it possible that the Japanese luxury marque changed its mind? According to a report by Japan’s Mag-X, a new LFA could be in the works. The media outlet calls it “LFA II”, and it will supposedly ride on Toyota/Lexus’ new generation FR platform. They add it’s unlikely Lexus will build a unique platform similar to before. For reference, reports mentioned that the development cost of the original LFA was so high, Lexus did not make money with any of the units sold.
Aside from a new platform, the next question is what engine will power the next-generation LFA? The original LFA was famed for its Yamaha-developed 4.8-liter V10 that revved until 9,000 RPM. More importantly, it is one of the best-sounding supercars of all time. The magazine, however, says LFA II will supposedly use a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8.
Wait, didn’t Toyota recently file a patent for a new twin-turbo V8 engine? Yes, and at the moment, it’s still uncertain what vehicle will use it. Well, that is, assuming it enters production. We suggested it might be for an upcoming Lexus performance model: the next-generation IS F. But with reports of a new LFA coming, is it possible that the twin-turbo V8 will be used for that instead?
As for styling, expect the new LFA to adopt the latest Lexus design language. With that, it’s unlikely to look like its predecessor. If any, it will likely look more similar to the LC.
There’s not a lot of information about the possible LFA successor. Lexus themselves have been very quiet about upcoming vehicles, even the highly anticipated F performance models. Still, rumors of a new LFA in development are exciting.
Source: MagX via Creative311