Info on the Lexus LF-A Driving Modes (plus a Name-Change Rumor)

The Lexus LF-L

Japanese auto magazine Holiday Auto has published some new information on the LF-A, including details on the four Automated Sequential Gearbox (ASG) modes: Auto, Normal, Sport and Wet.

Normal & Wet modes are fairly self-explanatory, but here’s what’s mentioned about the other two:

  • Sport mode will allow for 0.2 second gear shifting.
  • Auto mode will activate mild hybrid functionality, which will shut down a bank of cylinders while idling or coasting, which will cut down on the fuel consumption.

All modes will apparently have different defaults for VDIM, launch control and the rear wing angle.

Also included was this diagram of the expected steering wheel layout:

Lexus LF-L Steering Wheel

At first, I couldn’t place where the wiper & turn switches were located, but it may explain the small dash dials seen a previous interior spy shot:

Lexus LF-A Interior spy shot

One last point in the Holiday Auto article is that the production LF-A will be renamed to the LF-L to illustrate Toyota’s plan to run the supercar in next year’s Le Mans 24 Hour endurance race. (Personally, I think LF-L sounds far too awkward for a production model.)

[Source: Holiday Auto via 7tune]