The Lexus LFA in chrome.
The Lexus LFA in chrome.

One-of-a-kind Lexus LFA given the chrome treatment

THIS weeks blog is on what would have to be one of the craziest cars I've ever reviewed, the 2012 Lexus LFA... wrapped in chrome.

The Lexus LFA is equipped with a front-mounted 4.8-litre 10-cylinder engine which can produce up to 406 kilowatts (552 horsepower) at 8700 rpm and 480 Newton metres of torque (359 pound-feet of torque) at 6800rpm.

Connected to this astonishing engine is a six-speed automated-manual transmission that sends all the power and torque to the rear wheels. Lexus have also included aluminium shifting-paddles that are attached to the steering column so you can shift manually.

Jesse See.
Jesse See.

Most modern supercar manufactures are opting for double-clutch transmissions instead of the classic single-clutch transmission.

This is because they can shift much faster and smoother than a single-clutch transmission as it already selects the next highest and lowest gear so when you shift, the gear slots straight in.

Lexus didn't think the double-clutch transmission was realistic enough for the LFA, so they opted for the single-clutch gearbox because Lexus wanted the driver and passenger to actually feel when the car shifts.

With the LFA in sport mode, it is able to launch from 0-100 kilometres per hour in just 3.7 seconds, and it will keep accelerating until it reaches its top speed of 325 kilometres per hour (202 miles per hour).

On the rear of the LFA you will notice the three round exhausts shaped into a triangle. Lexus had help from the Yamaha Acoustics Department in Japan to help design the exhaust system to make the LFA one of the best sounding road cars of all time. At high revs, it sounds exactly like a Formula 1 car.

If you think about a Lexus, you would think about it being luxurious and comfortable, but when you think about an LFA you would think about a hard-core supercar with a harsh ride and extremely hard and uncomfortable seats.

The truth is that when you want the LFA to be just like a normal Lexus, it will be. It has an extremely comfortable ride, and the alcantara seats are surprisingly soft but at the safe time very supportive.

Even in sport mode, the car is still extremely comfortable and soaks up the bumps very nicely.

Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear UK recently drove the Lexus LFA in the United States when they went for a road trip from California to the Mexico border, and he claimed that the LFA is the best car he has ever driven.

All of the LFA owners that I have spoken to say exactly the same thing.

The Lexus LFA is one of the most sought after supercars of all time as Lexus have only produced 500, with only 10 of them shipped to Australia. All of the LFA's shipped to Australia have been sold to customers and dealers for a base price of $750,000.

Jesse See is a teenage car enthusiast. His blogs and website can be found at www.jessesee.com
 

 

The Lexus LFA in chrome.
The Lexus LFA in chrome.
The Lexus LFA.
The Lexus LFA.

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