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drove the Lexus LF-A! (photos and video)

 
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Mar 28, 2011 13:26 |  #1

I couldn't believe how good this car is. Its just crazy good. Well for $375k I suppose it should be. Had 2 laps in it at Autobahn on Friday. Was able to floor it and take it to redline whenever possible but not too hard in the corners since it was cold out and tail came out pretty easy. I want one.

This car runs out of revs so fast, I did it a few times during the 2-lap run. ****ing best car experience ever, period. I mean I've driven a few exotics before (but only on the street). 360, 355, 348, 996 turbo, Viper, off the top of my head - but this was just crazy good. I am planning to do a write-up on it. Need to find the time/motivation. Which I think I will find.

I was surprised, I thought these cars were sold out! I asked the dealer guy there (guy I didn't know, one of the regional reps for Lexus) and he said they are available! I was stunned.

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Lexus LF-A event at Autobahn CC (external link) by Rasidel Slika (external link), on Flickr


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yellow LF-A at Autobahn CC (external link) by Rasidel Slika (external link), on Flickr


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yellow LF-A at Autobahn CC (HDR) - rear 3/4 view (external link) by Rasidel Slika (external link), on Flickr


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black LF-A at Autobahn CC (HDR) - rear view (external link) by Rasidel Slika (external link), on Flickr


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Mar 28, 2011 13:27 |  #2

Lucky mofo!


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Mar 28, 2011 13:28 |  #3

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Mar 28, 2011 13:30 |  #4

the dash is ridiculous. and, initially the shock factor was like overwhelming and I was like, "gawdamn". But thinking a couple of days later now, I think it costs just a bit too much. The 458 handles and performs pretty much the same and its what, like 100k less. ridiculous. and, its a Ferrari. But one thing thats nice about this car is you don't have the same astronomical maintenance costs as you do with the Ferrari. You would have to take care of the brakes and that'll be pricey but you won't have a $15k basic maintenance bill at 15k on the clock or whatever it is. And also oil changes will be drastically cheaper. I believe they are in the thousands for Ferrari because they have to do extensive work on the engine. All of that being said, I think if I was in a position to buy something like this I'd have to strongly consider the 458 also, along with the Gallardo or hell for this money I'd even be looking at Murcielagos as well, hell maybe even the new LP700. This car is no joke though, 3200 lbs and 552 hp, V10 with a 9000 rpm redline. Its by far the best car I've ever driven. (the best prior to this was a Ferrari 360, 6MT. I've also driven older Ferraris and Porsches).

I was a bit delirious at the end and basically speechless so that's what's going on there lol. The instructor in the IS-F is a kind of 'pace car' so that was another reason I couldn't just go balls out on the track. But still had ample opportunities to nail it. Oh and, you would never shift gears in the middle of a turn in real racing. this video is with the windows closed... the car has technology that pipes the noise of the engine into the passenger compartment and noise-canceling to get rid of unwanted external noise interference. how ****ing cool is that. I love the sound my friend makes in the beginning, reminds me of one of those Best Motoring videos. we are both ex-Supra guys, btw. So you can imagine how much we enjoyed this. Sitting inside the LF-A for the first time I felt a similar emotion to when I sat in my Supra for the first time..... that car felt like getting into a spaceship too, the first time I did. The interior looked so dream-like, it didn't even look real. The way the console wraps around you, the driving position, etc. The LF-A technically began life as the "Supra successor" so I think that's cool.

The first order of business was getting accustomed to the track. Each of us got our own IS-F's for this purpose and went out for a preliminary 2-lap run. We followed the instructor in his IS-F so he could get a feel for how we are driving. They weren't about to put us in a $375,000 car at a racetrack if we were driving like idiots. Thankfully having had a good amount of track time myself in my old Supra at Road America and Gingerman Raceway, combined with LOTS and LOTS of seat time on Gran Turismo and many other various racing games over the years, I felt completely at home. The IS-F has some serious power and I had no trouble bringing the back end out coming out of the turns, especially since it was early in the morning and some 35 chilly degrees out. But that did not phase me, I was on a mission!

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Mar 28, 2011 23:02 |  #5

Good shots & write-up. It sure sounded good in the videos!


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Apr 01, 2011 02:46 |  #6

not the best looking or the fastest but dear god, thats the best sounding v10 if not engine i've ever heard one.


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Apr 01, 2011 09:57 |  #7

my god, the sound of that engine...that alone is a reason why we should never go electric, haha

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Apr 01, 2011 11:26 |  #8

haha agreed on electric!


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Apr 01, 2011 15:41 |  #9

First pic made my jaw drop.
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Apr 02, 2011 22:56 |  #10

i think public/government and non personal transportation should be electric though


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Apr 03, 2011 14:18 |  #11

Very nice ! Yes, AutoWeek's article said that initially these were sold out, but with the economy there were quite a few dropped orders.


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Apr 03, 2011 14:42 as a reply to  @ TustinMike's post |  #12

Srika, are you a big car guy? From your posts on here and elsewhere I had no idea that you were into cars at all?


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Apr 03, 2011 14:47 |  #13

Nice!!


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Apr 04, 2011 13:52 |  #14

V10? meh...

My sexy stripper friend has a Mercedes SL600 AMG V12 twin turbo and I drove that thing for like 3 hours the other day..

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Apr 04, 2011 14:13 |  #15

Myboostedgst wrote in post #12149910 (external link)
Srika, are you a big car guy? From your posts on here and elsewhere I had no idea that you were into cars at all?

HUGE. here are my lifetime fascinations (and loves), in order of appearance:

1) cars (been into cars since I was a toddler)
2) art
3) music
4) photography

here is my old car, 98 Supra Turbo. Had this for 6 years and did roadracing and dragracing with it. It feels like a different lifetime, looking back. Had a blast. Will need to get back in a sports car again! Incidentally, I got into photography right after selling it (in 2004) when I bought a D70. When one door closes another opens!

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