After a few revisions to the concept and a few weeks of peeks and leaks, the LF-A V-10 is here.
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Return of the Supra?
While it doesn't share a nameplate, any car guy will tell you just by looking at it that this is the spiritual successor to the Toyota Supra.
Maybe if we're nice, Toyota will release a twin-turboed V-6 version of this chassis and truly revive the Supra.
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Despite being a front-engined, rear-driven vehicle, the LF-A features a pair of rather severe looking intakes just aft of the driver's window. I wonder what they do...
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Looks fast, even when parked
While I personally think this is one of the best looking Toyotas in over a decade, some may find its looks off-putting.
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Sports car profile
A long, flowing hood, a swooping greenhouse, and a short rear deck; the LF-A definitely has all of the trappings of a sports car.
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Weighing in at just over 3,700 pounds, the LF-A is certainly no lightweight. However, it could have been heavier, if not for the extensive use of carbon fiber in its construction.
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What lies beneath
Beneath this very Tokyo Drift-esque hood is the LF-A's V-10 engine. Horsepower peaks at 560, just shy of its 9,000 RPM readline. However, the torque peaks at 354 pound-feet as low as 6,800 RPM.
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If you pay attention to the placement of the steering wheel, you can see that the passengers sit very close to the center of the vehicle.
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Look at the nose on this one!
There are some complex folds and bends happening at the front end of the LF-A's bodywork.
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Sitting on dubs
At each corner, the LF-A sits on huge 20-inch wheels shod in sticky rubber.
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Something about this lighting assembly reminds me of the Ferrari 458 Italia.
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Side winglet mirrors
When the side winglet mirrors have aerodynamic features, it can only mean one of two things. Either this vehicle has undergone some serious wind tunnel testing, or the designers had too much time on their hands.
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On a midengined vehicle, this is where we'd expect the radiator to sit, but in the front engined LF-A we don't know what the purpose of this grating could be. Perhaps a transmission or differential cooler?
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This has to be my least favorite part of the LF-A's design. The upper intake doesn't look like it serves a purpose, and it seriously interrupts the vehicle's body lines.
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This rear wing rises when down force is needed and appears to be adjustable. When parked, the whole assembly tucks nicely into the rear deck for a smooth uninterrupted profile.
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We're not sure of the functional value or aesthetic significance of the tri-tipped exhaust, but it certainly looks the business.
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Step into my parlour
The driver and passenger sit fairly far back in the wheelbase, helping with the near 50/50 weight split and obliterating any hope for a back seat.
Easter egg: Look closely at the top of the door and you'll see the panel that hides the door's handle.
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The flat-bottomed steering wheel and paddle shifters really give the impression that you're behind the wheel of a race car. The V-10's wail probably helps a lot with that illusion.
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Unlike most twin gauged instrument clusters, the LF-A features a single large tachometer which integrates a digital speedometer and trip computer within its face and is flanked by a quartet of auxiliary bar gauges.
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A carbon fiber weave is visible in the steering wheel. Look closely and you'll see that the Start button has been integrated in to the wheel's face, a very Ferrariesque touch.
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At the base of the horizontal center console is Lexus' Remote Touch controller. The CNET staff generally likes this hardware's haptic feedback but feels that Lexus' Enform software could use a bit more polish.