Lexus LF-A production ends

17 Dec, 2012 12:05pm Tom Phillips

The final version of the Lexus LF-A supercar has been built in Japan

The final version of the Lexus LF-A supercar has been built in Japan. The last LF-A model, a white car featuring the higher performance LF-A Nurburgring Package, rolled off the production line at the Motomachi Plant in Toyota City, Japan, on 14 December.

Talking about the occasion, LF-A chief engineer, Haruhiko Tanahashi, said, "I’ve lived and breathed supercars for the past decade. Specifically one supercar, LF-A. Very few people have the opportunity we had to create a world-class supercar from a blank sheet of paper."

Production of the LF-A began two years ago, on 15 December 2010. To ensure quality, Lexus hand-picked a team of 170 workers to assemble the car, building just 500 examples of the LF-A at the rate of one per day. The £345,000 LF-A was sold in the UK, where just five examples have found homes.

Although it was very expensive, the Lexus LF-A project didn’t turn a profit. However, the company has said that it will use engineering expertise from the project and production knowledge of carbon-fibre developed for the LF-A for future Lexus models.

The LF-A is powered by a 4.8-litre V10 which develops 552bhp in standard tune, or 562bhp with the £55,000 Nurburgring Package fitted. However, both cars have the same 0-62mph time of 3.7 seconds and top speed of 202mph.