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NY Times Reviews the Lexus LFA

Lexus LFA Bird's Eye View

Lawrence Ulrich of the New York Times travelled down to Millville, NJ to take the Lexus LFA around the track, and he brought some very choice quotes back with him, including this info on LFA buyers:

So far American buyers are exclusively men, and on average are in their mid-50s. Many have owned a Lexus, and they tend to be entrepreneurial types, along with one sports star whose name Lexus would not divulge.

Nor would Lexus connect me to the Midwest man who, Lexus swears, is leaning toward an LFA painted Passionate Pink, one of 30 available colors. (Mr. Mary Kay, perhaps?)

Mr. Rohovsky did allow that one “fresh green” LFA — a petri-dish shade wild enough for any Lamborghini fan — is headed to — where else? — Miami.

“He told me, ‘I want people to see me coming and going,’” Mr. Rohovsky said.

The whole article’s great — and when it comes to what Mr. Ulrich thought of the LFA?

Judged purely as an adrenaline-inducing performance tool, the Lexus tops a number of supercars I’ve driven — not just the similiarly priced Lamborghini Murciélago, but also the $1.3 million Bugatti Veyron.

That’s some heavy praise, to be sure.

[Source: New York Times] (Thanks Josh & chotabacha!)

  • W
  • August 25, 2010
I thought this was an insult! Thanks Krew! Now I'm going to read it!
  • L
  • August 25, 2010
Gotta say, that's pretty terrible journalism to say the LFA tops the Veyron and then not elaborate. I don't doubt his honesty in the statement but still, details, we want details.
  • R
  • August 25, 2010
@Lexusluver: He meams in terms of driving exhilaration, thrills, excitement and adrenaline rush. LFA is also the much superior track car. LFA is a driver's car and it is at the best of its game. Bugatti might be very fast in a straight line, but it is a 4500 lbs heavy tank that corners like a pig and sounds like a Vaccum cleaner. Bugatti lap of Nurburgring is a lot slower than LFA.
  • O
  • August 25, 2010
Great read! Thanks
Why do I feel like the sports star is in the NBA? Maybe Kobe?
  • G
  • August 27, 2010
Lawrence Ulrich is one of the consistently sneering anti-Lexus critics, and so it's all the more remarkable his praise of LF-A, grudging and stinting as they are. Ulrich reviewed the Ferrari 458 Italia the day after his review of LF-A, and he gushes and sputters all over the pages with hyperbolic praises on Ferrari, saying its superlatives match the price. He did say his test Ferrari broke down completely after his laps and had to be towed, but failed to mention that 10 Ferrari 458 went up in flames recently due to rear-wheel fires and Ferrari is investigating. Yet Ulrich still cannot figure out why anyone would buy a Lexus over Ferrari.
  • E
  • September 3, 2010
Apparently cars that work properly don't have character and soul. Go figure... ;-)