2012 Lexus LFA

We took a spin in the most expensive and most exotic Toyota/Lexus vehicle of all time at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

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4.8 liters and 10 cylinders

Under the LFA's long hood is a 553-horsepower V-10. This 4.8-liter, all-aluminum engine is lighter than the 3.5-liter V-6 found under the hood of your average Toyota Camry.

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Center of gravity

The engine is mounted so that much of its weight actually sits on or inboard of the front suspension components, helping to create an optimal weight balance.

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Rear-mounted transaxle

However, the six-speed sequential automatic transmission is not located in the engine bay. It actually sits near the rear of the vehicle on the rear axle.

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CFRP chassis

Much of the LFA's chassis is made of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP), which shaves hundreds of pounds from the curb weight.

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Hood prop

Even the hood prop is made of carbon fiber and feels as light as a ballpoint pen.

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Aerodynamics

The LFA features aerodynamic aids that are integrated into the vehicle styling.

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Rear spoiler

At speeds above 50 mph (or at the flip of a switch), the LFA's rear spoiler rises to help create downforce.

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Big brakes

Big 20-inch wheels are filled with massive carbon ceramic brakes designed by Brembo.

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Worth the money?

At an asking price of $375,000, the LFA is more expensive than a Ferrari 458 Italia. Whether it's worth the dough, however, is completely subjective.

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