On The Cover Review: 2012 Lexus LF-A Nurburgring
If you think the $375,000 Lexus LF-A is a major departure from parent company Toyota’s usual business plan, try adding another $75,000 for the Nurburgring package. Add another $20,000 if you want it painted in matte black. As sort of the Japanese answer to Lamborghini, you would expect some pretty serious hardware under the hood, and the LF-A doesn’t disappoint. The 4.8-liter V10 produces 570-hp, and the top speed is reported at 210-mph. Radical front and side spoilers, and an unmistakable rear wing, differentiate the Nurburgring package from other LF-As. Lots of exposed carbon fiber and carbon fiber covered with Alcantara leather surround the LF-A’s occupants. Only 50 LF-A Nurburgrings will be built, so don’t expect to be able to pick one up at the local Lexus dealership anytime soon. But if you are one of the exclusive few who happen to snag one, you’ll no doubt have the only one on the block.