The Lexus LF-A was on display at the 2009 SEMA Show. It looks even better in the matte black finish that Lexus chose to coat it with.
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While in photos the LF-A looks like a super car Supra successor, the resemblance doesn't hit as hard in person. This is a very different car with a very different purpose.
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Up front, odd creases divide the front fenders' top and side surfaces and add visual tension to the front bumper.
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Beneath the hood sleeps the 550-horsepower V-10 engine.
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This monster of an engine sits quite far back in the bay and is a marvel of compactness. Despite having more displacement, we're told that the LF-A's 4.8-liter engine is actually smaller in size than the 3.5-liter V-6 that powers the IS.
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Check out these angry looking HID projectors.
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Inside, the LF-A's horizontal center stack is finished in dark metal. The recessed LCD isn't visible in this photo, but it lives beneath the central vents.
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The LF-A's flat bottomed steering wheel is where you'll find the engine start button.
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Compact stalks flank steering wheel and keep the controls for the headlamps and turn indicators out of the way when sawing away at the wheel.
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Lexus' remote touch controller makes an appearance in this $400,000 vehicle. So, can HS 250h drivers now retroactively say that they're using supercar technology?
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Two seats are all that you get in the LF-A. They look quite comfortable, but the SEMA security guard wouldn't let us test that theory.
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The large intakes that are sculpted into the B and C pillars don't feed air to the engine, which is located at the front of the vehicle. Instead, it appears that they're directing airflow over transmission and oil coolers.
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The rear of the LF-A is something of a huge exhaust. Not only do you have engine exhaust, but also hot air from the transmission and engine coolers also exits from the large rear vents.
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The impact of the large honeycomb grilles on the LF-A's tail is minimized on this darkly painted model, which greatly improves the vehicle's look.
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Typically, this spoiler would sit flush with the rear deck when the vehicle is parked. However, it can be actuated manually or set to automatically rise at a preset speed.
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Winglets attached just above the tail lights sit flush with the spoiler when lowered, forming a continuous lip around the rear deck.
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Hot air and spent fuel exit the LF-A's exhaust system at this triple tipped assembly in the center of the rear diffuser.
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20-inch wheels are standard on the LF-A, as are two piece carbon ceramic brakes with four-pot calipers.
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Is it worth $400k? Well, with an ultralight carbon fiber body, a supercar engine, and a suspension taken straight off of a LeMans racer, we think that it's close. But with only 500 of these babies being made, only a select few can be sure.
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