Edmunds Drives the Lexus LFA


Lexus LFA at Edmunds Inside Line

The Lexus LFA writeup at Edmunds Inside Line is a real delight to read:

This is a staggering engine. It likes to be revved hard, but with 90 percent of the torque output available from 3,700 rpm there’s none of the low-rpm languor that blights other high-revving motors. Lexus claims the LFA with its six-speed, single-clutch automated manual transmission gets to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and will reach a top speed of 202 mph. Third gear runs to 104 mph and is a fabulous weapon for road use.

Many manufacturers, Ferrari included, have claimed to have tuned their engines to mimic the howl of an F1 motor. Lexus makes a similar claim here, but for once the result sounds justified. With an ever-urgent howl, it succeeds in sounding at once both aggressive and cultured.

The gearbox feels well suited to the engine’s character, and downshifts are a sonic delight. It’s also interesting to note that the force required to achieve a downshift with the shift paddle is marginally more than that required to upshift — a haptic detail insisted upon by Tanahashi-san.

Along with the review is this video. The video has stopped working—looking for an alternate source.

I liked how the presenter’s whispering in the showroom, like he’s afraid to be caught. Don’t agree with him at all about the LFA’s front-end design—I think the headlights are overwrought, but I like the distinct Japanese look.

[Source: Edmunds Inside Line]

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  1. Edmunds likes it huh? pretty good. but the video is just a white box…

  2. Thanks for letting me know, I’ll try and find an alternate source for the video.

  3. Att : Krew - Thanks heaps for the many articles on the new LFA, been very enjoyable reading through most of the reports.

    This car is simply absolutely awesome.

    Enjoy your day.

    Cheers

  4. So I pretty much don’t need to use the 4th - 5th or 6th gear raspberry

  5. i’ve been looking too, but with no luck they seemed to have taken it off their website

  6. heck i probably wont get past 2

  7. Hopefully, the transmission will let me change up just for fun and hear the blip when I downshift at an intersection.

  8. hopefully there’s an option to change the blipping noise off when its telling you to shift, its annoying…so guys, i want everybody to rate the LFA on looks from 1 to 10, KREW included wink

  9. btw, i haven’t from mtema99 for a while…

  10. engine blipping, not the signal bleeping lol
    I’d rate it a 9, but I’m being rather optimistic.

    To own one would be a 10!

  11. id say 9
    i expected more from the headlights, taillights, and rims, but the headlights are excellent nonetheless