Lexus International executive vice-president Mark Templin has put the brakes on rumors of a next-generation LFA coming any time soon — from Motoring Australia:
“There’s lots of desire; I would never say never,” [Templin] said of another supercar flagship from Lexus, “but it’s not in our short-term plan.”
“Don’t take this the wrong way, but [Toyota/Lexus president] Akio Toyoda believes that every generation, that’s every 30 years, a new generation comes through and every generation deserves a special car like the LFA,” he said.
This is a rumor that has cropped up periodically since the LFA went out of production in 2012 — the latest iteration had BMW & Lexus working together on a supercar with a 1,000 horsepower hybrid powertrain taken from the TS030 race car.
(Even if the BMW/Lexus collaboration rumor proves false, it would be surprising if Lexus waited a full 30 years before building a new LFA. The supercar transformed perceptions of the brand around the world, and there’s definite magic in those three letters.)