South Africa Will Receive The Limited Edition Lexus LFA

Word from Lexus states that the LFA supercar will indeed hit the South African market. There is currently a limited production run of 500 LFA’s for the entire world, and the local market will receive a few of these examples.

While Lexus South Africa has secured a few of the cars, Kevin Flynn, General Manager of Lexus South Africa, has said that “it’s [now] down to putting fortunate names next to the cars,”

Lexus is currently finalizing the supercar for October where it will go on sale with a V10 engine.

Press Release

LEXUS SECURES LFA FOR SOUTH AFRICA

Less than a handful of Lexus’ bespoke supercar destined for lucky SA owners

03 June 2010

The highly anticipated Lexus LFA goes into production for global markets in October and a very limited number of the bespoke supercar are confirmed to be heading to South Africa. Just 500 LFAs will be built over two years.

Lexus has been putting the final touches on development of their V10 supercar, entering two cars for the third time in the gruelling Nürburgring 24 Hour race in Germany in May. This year marked the first time that the car has run in near-production guise. The LFA won its class ahead of the Aston Martins.

“The LFA represents the ultimate in innovation and a worthy showcase of engineering for Lexus,” says Kevin Flynn, General Manager of Lexus South Africa. “The Lexus brand continues to grow in areas one may not ordinarily imagine, but products like the IS-F, and indeed our PERFORMANCEHYBRID range, have all already proved the dynamic element of the brand. The LFA is the epitome of this and fitting of the enormous innovation and driving reward found in every Lexus.”

Lexus South Africa has secured a small allocation of LFAs over the production period after the order books closed at the Geneva Motor Show. “Now it’s down to putting fortunate names next to the cars,” said Flynn.

The LFA elevates Lexus in ultra exclusive territory. The bespoke Lexus supercar shares no technology with any of the conventional production models and is unique from the ground up. Its Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) monocoque body shell houses a 4,8-litre V10 engine up front developing 412kW at a heady 8,700 rpm accompanied by a soundtrack straight out of Formula One. Driving the rear wheels through a six-speed Automated Sequential Gearbox, the LFA sprints to 100km/h in 3,7 seconds.

Carbon Ceramic Material brake discs barely fit behind the 20-inch BBW forged aluminium wheels shod with 265/35 Bridgestones on the front and 305/30 ZR20s at the rear. They’re linked to the CFRP tub by double wishbones at the front and a multi-link set-up at the rear for handling prowess fitting of a supercar in this league.

But it remains a Lexus and can be kitted out with the very best luxury features, too. Mark Levinson sound with 12 speakers, electric seats, Hard Disk Drive Navigation with remote touch, a reverse camera and Bluetooth with voice command are some of the features available to prospective customers.

“For Lexus, a brand that aims to provide customers enlightened moments and memorable experiences, the development of a world-class supercar was an indispensable next step,” explains Haruhiko Tanahashi, chief engineer of the LFA’s development programme. “The LFA is a thoroughbred supercar, a machine engineered to achieve one single goal – to deliver a supreme driving experience. Over the past decade we have pushed every boundary in the pursuit of this goal. I believe that we have created the most driver-oriented car we possibly could.”

Serious enquiries as to the availability of the Lexus LFA in South Africa may be directed through any of the dealers or on 011 809 3635 from where it will be handled by a representative from Lexus head office.

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