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Pure Lexus LFA Sound

Here’s something to get your week started off on the right foot — the LFA launch video with a V10-only soundtrack:

Hard to believe my excitement now that the LFAs are being delivered to their new owners — can’t wait for all the LFA spottings around the world as the supercar hits the public roads.

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Thanks, it did add some excitement to my afternoon. Still, I am just curious, even on a Lexus enthusiast site like this one, if someone handed you $379k and said you had to spend it on a super-car, how many here would in fact use that money to buy an LFA? If I were honest, I would still prefer the Ferrari 430 Scuderia, personally. Now if I had ample money and could afford two or three super-cars, then I think I would have one be the LFA. What about everyone else?
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    Josh
  • January 24, 2011
Ferrari 458...but quite possibly the LFA.
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Here you go Krew! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bM9683rBAdc
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@WorldofLuxury: Thanks for the link....I enjoyed the video....glad the LFA driver did not mind being stalked like that! And really glad to see he used his turn signals. I can respect that.
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    BOSS
  • January 24, 2011
I would get the LF-A, I need my navigation and my 12 speaker Mark Levinson sound system, thanks.8-)
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    Mike DeLorca
  • January 24, 2011
BOSS---I am with your thinking---LFA all the way----really a change from all of the other super cares---I want fresh, new and exciting and cutting edge----just what LEXUS has done for us---looking forward to new LEXUS redesigns and fresh products. The luxury features, sound system and navigation excels where others are boring.@BOSS:
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    RollaXRS
  • January 24, 2011
@Jason St. Petersburg Photographer: Without going into too much details since this topic has been beaten to death, Lexus sold almost all LFAs out simply because most of those other supercars are not LFAs because: - Not carbon fiber supercars - Not cutting edge technology laden like the LFA - All luxuries standards (rather than nickel and dime. A loaded 458 costs close to $300K) - Bespoke and completely purpose built with nothing from parts bin - Interior fit, finish, luxury and technology (TFT LCD computer screen for gauge cluster) unmatched by any supercar. - Best V10 engine sound and throttle response in the business (beat all other supercars in 'Evo UK best engine of the year'). V10 smaller and lighter than a V6. - 9500 rpm (no one else has that). - Best suspension and stiffest chassis out of all supercars. Hence one of the fastest lap times out of all luxury supercars.
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    RollaXRS
  • January 24, 2011
Last but not least, only 500 ever.:-P
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    Jesus built my Lexus
  • January 24, 2011
LFA with my 379k And I am willing to bet that if I were to sell it in a few years, I would be able to recover a good portion of that $
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    iCyCo
  • January 24, 2011
I would buy a LFA in a blink of an eye. To me all other supercars are cookie cutter supercars. Everyone wants to build the next Ferrari or the next Lamborghini. In comes Lexus and builds the next Lexus. Taking what they're known for to another level.
Jason St. Petersburg Photographer wrote:Still, I am just curious, even on a Lexus enthusiast site like this one, if someone handed you $379k and said you had to spend it on a super-car, how many here would in fact use that money to buy an LFA?
Obviously, to me, this is no question. LFA 100%. The thing looks like a spaceship, the interior just can not be beat, and overall, it's just so far away from other supercars in terms of the full package. The fact that only 500 will ever be made doesn't hurt, either. 8-)
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Alright, seems like most here would take the LFA. Here is a counteroffer: -- 2011 Lexus IS F and $314 cash (LFA price $379k - IS F price $65k) or the LFA ?
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    05RollaXRS
  • January 24, 2011
ROFL.
Jason St. Petersburg Photographer wrote:Alright, seems like most here would take the LFA. Here is a counteroffer: – 2011 Lexus IS F and $314 cash (LFA price $379k – IS F price $65k) or the LFA ?
Jason St. Petersburg Photographer wrote:Alright, seems like most here would take the LFA. Here is a counteroffer: – 2011 Lexus IS F and $314 cash (LFA price $379k – IS F price $65k) or the LFA ?
At one point, you might have been able to get me to take a LS 600h (Not hL, too big), an IS-F, and a LX for the wife over an LFA, but not anymore. Nowadays, the LFA is way beyond the price to me.
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    toyotaclassics
  • January 25, 2011
LFA no question. I don't think Toyota will come up with anything better in my lifetime. You can count out Honda and Mitsubishi etc. Nissan's happy with the GTR but that is like a boy racer when compared to the LFA. There is no other car with this attention to detail, reliability (lexus implies it right), fit and finish and amount of carbon fibre available at this price. Okay, there is the Mclaren MP4 but the styling of that car is just so plain and old style ferrari like. Gordon Murray did a better job 15 years ago. There is one questionable aspect about the LFA though. It took so long to come to market that it carries the old sequential gearbox conceived on day one. The dual clutch box has been the state of the art for the last 5 years and that would have made the LFA truly perfect. If they wanted that "slower jerkier - traditional" sports car feel, they could have programmed it for a thud at every gear change. ;-)
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    DuDE
  • January 25, 2011
Lexus LFA featuring in top gear! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqjgjRsjQhw
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    RollaXRS
  • January 25, 2011
The transmission is extremely fast. Although, it does have a proper manual feel and sound during shifts rather than the typical "automatic smooth feel and sound" of dual-clutch transmission. Not many people know, the original transmission of choice was a Borg-Warner unit dual-clutch transmission for the Lexus LFA, but they scrapped it and went to a single-clutch unit since Lexus wanted to give the LFA a proper manual car feel and sound.
toyotaclassics wrote:LFA no question. I don’t think Toyota will come up with anything better in my lifetime. You can count out Honda and Mitsubishi etc. Nissan’s happy with the GTR but that is like a boy racer when compared to the LFA. There is no other car with this attention to detail, reliability (lexus implies it right), fit and finish and amount of carbon fibre available at this price. Okay, there is the Mclaren MP4 but the styling of that car is just so plain and old style ferrari like. Gordon Murray did a better job 15 years ago. There is one questionable aspect about the LFA though. It took so long to come to market that it carries the old sequential gearbox conceived on day one. The dual clutch box has been the state of the art for the last 5 years and that would have made the LFA truly perfect. If they wanted that “slower jerkier – traditional” sports car feel, they could have programmed it for a thud at every gear change.
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I would buy the LFA * because, it is a Lexus and i believe the brand 'arguably' engineers the highest quality cars that can be purchased anywhere in the world today. * the LFA is proving to be amoung the highest realms of the supercar world * it's a LFA ... unique (and the sound of that superb V10 engine) Don't get me wrong, i have a huge amount of respect for any supercar and would happily purchase anyone of them anyday if i was lucky enough to have the finances but if i had to make a single decision (as described) - the LFA !!
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  • January 25, 2011
'Jesus Built My Lexus' ... that is a great blog name, defantly like the humour. Made me have a good laugh for the day !!
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    toyotaclassics
  • January 25, 2011
RollaXRS wrote:The transmission is extremely fast. Although, it does have a proper manual feel and sound during shifts rather than the typical “automatic smooth feel and sound” of dual-clutch transmission. Not many people know, the original transmission of choice was a Borg-Warner unit dual-clutch transmission for the Lexus LFA, but they scrapped it and went to a single-clutch unit since Lexus wanted to give the LFA a proper manual car feel and sound.
Hmmm interesting. I believe they tried it in other vehicles but not a direct test unit in the LFA. The dual clutch box wasn't available commercially until a few years after the LFA prototype was built and I doubt they had one created for the LFA just to try it out. As far as the LFA's availability is concerned try calling Lexus LFA for yourself... I just did and they won't tell you very much. For the sake of our fellow canadians wanting to buy one in the US and importing. We are out of luck. Despite what the media says, you still have to lease the vehicle for the first two years and cannot purchase the car outright. AND you cannot export a leased vehicle! Now if Singapore managed to increase their numbers from 2 to 5.... :`-(
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  • January 25, 2011
Australia went from 5 to 8 We actually wanted all 500 ... ha, ha, ha !!
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    05RollaXRS
  • January 26, 2011
What are you talking about Canada and LFA imports from US?? Canada was all sold out of LFAs by May. There are 15 LFAs sold to Canadians so I am not sure what do you mean by. Lexus Canada said they could have easily sold another 15 - 20 without any problems, but Lexus did not allocate more to Canada. Regarding the Borg-Warner dual clutch unit, I am quoting exactly what the LFA chief engineer said. Straight from his mouth. Single clutch has very distinct advantages over double-clutch units, which is why F1 racing cars and GT race cars still use single-clutch units since downshift throttle blips and single clutch unit upshifts around race track far more consistently (since double clutch predicts and tries to guess your next shift and prepares the disengaged clutch).
toyotaclassics wrote:
RollaXRS wrote:The transmission is extremely fast. Although, it does have a proper manual feel and sound during shifts rather than the typical “automatic smooth feel and sound” of dual-clutch transmission. Not many people know, the original transmission of choice was a Borg-Warner unit dual-clutch transmission for the Lexus LFA, but they scrapped it and went to a single-clutch unit since Lexus wanted to give the LFA a proper manual car feel and sound.
Hmmm interesting. I believe they tried it in other vehicles but not a direct test unit in the LFA. The dual clutch box wasn’t available commercially until a few years after the LFA prototype was built and I doubt they had one created for the LFA just to try it out. As far as the LFA’s availability is concerned try calling Lexus LFA for yourself… I just did and they won’t tell you very much. For the sake of our fellow canadians wanting to buy one in the US and importing. We are out of luck. Despite what the media says, you still have to lease the vehicle for the first two years and cannot purchase the car outright. AND you cannot export a leased vehicle! Now if Singapore managed to increase their numbers from 2 to 5…. :`-(
05RollaXRS wrote:What are you talking about Canada and LFA imports from US?? Canada was all sold out of LFAs by May. There are 15 LFAs sold to Canadians so I am not sure what do you mean by.
I thought it was only 10 LFAs in Canada? Is there new info out there? (Like a lot of countries, Lexus Canada actually had to have a random draw to see who would be awarded an LFA.)
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    toyotaclassics
  • February 1, 2011
05RollaXRS wrote:What are you talking about Canada and LFA imports from US?? Canada was all sold out of LFAs by May. There are 15 LFAs sold to Canadians so I am not sure what do you mean by. Lexus Canada said they could have easily sold another 15 – 20 without any problems, but Lexus did not allocate more to Canada. Regarding the Borg-Warner dual clutch unit, I am quoting exactly what the LFA chief engineer said. Straight from his mouth. Single clutch has very distinct advantages over double-clutch units, which is why F1 racing cars and GT race cars still use single-clutch units since downshift throttle blips and single clutch unit upshifts around race track far more consistently (since double clutch predicts and tries to guess your next shift and prepares the disengaged clutch).
A single clutch SMT vs dual clutch transmission comparison is like carburetion vs. fuel injection. DCT's are technologically more complex and reduce the "off power" time to mere milliseconds between shifts. A very good comparison of the two systems can be found with the new and older ferrari's. The down fall of the dual clutch is that its shifts are so seemless and smooth. The Lexus engineers stayed with the SMT to retain the manual feel that the older drivers prefer. And not because the SMT is superior over the dual clutch box. It will only be a matter of time when dual clutch transmissions are widely used in racing.

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