Motor Trend Comparison: Lexus LFA vs. Nissan GT-R


Lexus LFA vs Nissan GT-R

Motor Trend has unleashed an absolutely epic comparison test pitting the Lexus LFA against the Nissan GT-R — some choice quotes:

Subsequent testing proves the LFA to be dynamically superior to the GT-R in nearly every category. Any doubts that the Lexus is anything but a legitimate supercar are absolutely gutted on the test tarmac.

The LFA feels far lighter and more balanced than the GT-R in every phase of driving; and with that V-10 singing, it’s a rush like no other. The similarity both of these Japanese titans have is ease of use. You never think you’re going that fast or cornering that hard — until you look at your speedometer, lap time or competition in the rear view.

The LFA belongs in the elite supercar club as much as any choice Porsche, Ferrari, or Corvette.

As for what its worth on the street? You need only hear the intoxicating bark of that V-10 touching 9000 rpm to know the answer.

Every penny.

This full comparison has a little bit of everything, including some fantastic images and an actual drag race with a full breakdown:

There’s also video from the dyno test and all the performance tests:

I’ve slammed Motor Trend in the past, but this feature article is stop-what-you’re-doing-and-read-it quality — absolutely berserk.

[Source: Motor Trend]

Comments


  • RDS

    The V10 Is The Only Reason I Love LFA … :P

  • WorldofLuxury

    Lively V10 – Like
    Naturally Aspirated – Like
    Didn’t go cheap with the gauges – Like
    Didn’t go cheap with the interior – Like
    RWD – Like

    Limited production and no dedicated convertible model – Dislike!

    I could argue about the engine covers :-P

  • FreeSpirit

    Nothin to say

    except

    TOYOTA if you still make it for limited production you ‘ll be write in the history books as a criminal

    that is a crime to sell just 500 one only
    crime as GM stop saturn EV-1

    imagine how popular and how high tech hybrid& Electric cars ‘ll be now if they didn’t stop Development on it from the day they killed the EV

  • http://www.ichibanphotography.com Vish

    I’ve read so many articles on the Nissan GT-R, that it’s hard to not fall in love with it, as such the call name of Godzilla most definitely fits. But after reading about the LFA, its engine, materials, and performance figures then it is simply ICHIBAN. Japanese for No. 1.

    V.

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    Vish wrote:I’ve read so many articles on the Nissan GT-R, that it’s hard to not fall in love with it, as such the call name of Godzilla most definitely fits. But after reading about the LFA, its engine, materials, and performance figures then it is simply ICHIBAN. Japanese for No. 1.

    Really, it would have been even better to have seen a comparison against a Ferrari or Lambo — but I also understand that Motor Trend doesn’t have next-day access to one. Can’t wait for that comparison! :-)

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    FreeSpirit wrote:TOYOTA if you still make it for limited production you ‘ll be write in the history books as a criminal

    that is a crime to sell just 500 one onlycrime as GM stop saturn EV-1

    Let’s see what Lexus does with the next-gen SC first before we throw them in jail. ;-)

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    RDS wrote:The V10 Is The Only Reason I Love LFA …

    Really? The only reason?

  • TF109B

    Anyone else notice they said it was a PROTOTYPE? And on top of that it weighs close to 3600 lbs. which is 300lbs. more than Lexus says? Am I to believe this is an older Aluminum chassis car with production body skin for demo events?

  • FreeSpirit

    @TF109B:

    may be you are right

    who knows

  • (Cj)

    @TF109B: Well the “chassis” is definitely CF on this car, but we don’t know if the entire frame is like it’s supposed to be. The frame could be aluminum for all we know. We’ll have to wait another couple of years for actual production cars to be tested, so be patient lol.

  • TF109B

    I was just curious, because they said they have demo cars that still have the aluminum chassis. The body is carbon fiber i’m sure, but they didn’t make the decision to switch to the carbon fiber tub until 2009/2008. So that’s why I was curious, plus the weight of the car is around 200-300lbs. more than what Lexus stated.

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    @TF109B: Good question — let me see what I can find out.