On the Road with the Lexus LFA

Lexus LFA on UK Roads

We saw the video portion of Chris Harris’ Lexus LFA review for EVO Magazine, and now we have the written instalment as shared by Edmunds:

The only engine as free-revving and responsive as this that we’ve ever experienced has been the Porsche Carrera GT’s 612-hp 5.7-liter V10. The resemblance is uncanny, from the heavy, lash-free action of the throttle pedal to the rabid way the engine accumulates revs.

The LFA’s ride is busy but not jarring, and the refinement is pretty good given that the subframes that locate the suspension are hung from a stiff carbon-fiber tub that is bound to transmit vibration…overall the 2011 Lexus LFA feels about as relaxed on the pavement as a Ferrari 599 GTB, which makes it entirely happy as we trundle away.

Flawlessly made carbon-fiber trim pushes up against exotic metals, while the hand-stitched leather is supple and expensive. As a place to enjoy, be comfortable and operate a machine, this might be our favorite supercar cabin of them all. Never thought we’d hear ourselves say that.

This is the very first review of the LFA that takes place entirely on public roads rather than a race track, and as a result, there’s a much clearer sense that the Lexus supercar is equal parts performance & luxury.

For only having four hours of seat-time, Chris Harris turns in a review filled with plenty of insight. Recommended reading.

[Source: Edmunds]



  1. What a brilliant read, and a nice photo gallery to boot!

  2. Dang! I thought you (Krew) were test driving the LFA. If you were… you would invite us, wouldn’t you?

  3. Here’s an interesting way to think:

    The SC is based on the LFA. And the GS is essentially a stretched SC with four doors. Ultimately, do we get a Lexus version of the Aston Martin Rapide? And to have a Rapide, don’t we also get a Lexus version of the DB9?! Oh… and the IS is essentially a smaller version of the GS. So an IS coupe could be a Lexus version of the V8 Vantage!

    Because of the LFA engine layout, the hood looks beautifully stretched with its distance between the front wheels and the doors and with the short overhangs.
    - The SC, to reflect the DB9, would have more bulging, masculine curves with a feminine mystique
    - The GS, which is related to the SC, would maintain a long hood and a hatch-back like trunk to reflect the Rapide and maintain short overhangs.
    - The IS, which is related to the GS, would have a coupe version with the proportions of the V8 Vantage.

    Lexus can certainly make an interior with a greater appeal than the average Astons. There would be L-Select across the lineup… and yeah… thick soft leather contrasted with tough leather with chrome accents and also aluminum milled from a single piece with a machined texture… raspberry

  4. WorldofLuxury:Dang! I thought you (Krew) were test driving the LFA. If you were… you would invite us, wouldn't you?

    Don’t you worry abou that—I’m sure I’ll give as much advance notice as possible when it’s my turn to drive the LFA. wink