2012 Lexus LFA

4.8 liters and 10 cylinders

Center of gravity

Rear-mounted transaxle

CFRP chassis

Hood prop

Aerodynamics

Rear spoiler

Big brakes

Worth the money?

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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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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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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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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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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Even the hood prop is made of carbon fiber and feels as light as a ballpoint pen.
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The LFA features aerodynamic aids that are integrated into the vehicle styling.
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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 20-inch wheels are filled with massive carbon ceramic brakes designed by Brembo.
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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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