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Lexus LFA

Now in SA: Lexus LFA supercar

After of gloriously titillating the band of diehard petrol heads, has finally welcomed the first LFA into the country.

The new general of Lexus SA, Brian Hastie, the first car delivered in South to the assembled media during a shindig at the automaker’s Midrand in Gauteng. (By the way, Wheels24 had an opportunity to drive the LFA at the Goodwood in 2010. Click to read our impression and check out the video. )

The car, chassis number 64, to a Gauteng businessman and is one of only destined for South Africa. The two, one for Cape Town and the for Durban, will be released by 2012. And the local price for the lucky to be able to get his hands on one of car’s carbon-fibre keys? A five (or so) million rands…

500 of these pedigree Lexus will be built, ensuring a of appreciation that will well beyond the LFA’s years.


The pukkah Japanese supercar has all the of automotive greatness. Its 4.8-litre V10 out 412kW of naturally-aspirated bliss at a 8700rpm. A healthy dose of (480Nm at 7000rpm) helps to get moving along as well.

engine red-lines at 9000rpm.

A six-speed sequential gearbox four driving modes) the rear wheels, although a differential is on hand to ensure remain largely on course.

So no surprise that Lexus a 0-100kph time of 3.7 seconds and a top end of which is mostly academic, South Africa’s speed Providing stopping power is the of carbon-ceramic brake discs although being light, are fade-free for those all-important days.

But you’ll need to get over the cabin that’s lined in and assembled by hand, and the equally carbon-fibre employed just everywhere else – the chassis and bodywork to some – to appreciate one of the LFA’s treats.

THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAIL: The LFA is not fast, it’s easy on the eye with elaborate detailing and carbon-fibre to make your water.

It was a prerequisite that Lexus’ have a signature soundtrack during the time of the car’s development, Toyota was still a key on the Formula 1 grid.

Using the expertise and technical developed in years of F1, engineers able to develop an exhaust inspired by that of a charging F1 car will blow most socks off.

And that’s in “normal” mode…

Thoroughly the LFA’s suspension is the culmination of of development work and testing at the imposing Nurburging Nordschleife Aluminium alloy’s properties of low and high strength were for the bespoke front wishbone and rear suspension design.

The LFA equipped with Lexus’s Dynamic Integrated Management’ that manages the ABS and vehicle and traction control systems monitoring brake operation, yaw and rates, individual wheel and acceleration across three

Each LFA will be hand-assembled at a rate of 20 per month so, if you happen to see number 64, on Gauteng’s roads, free to hoot and wave to your appreciation!

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