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The Lexus LFA Is the $400,000 Supercar Nobody Talks About

The Lexus LFA Is the $400,000 Supercar Nobody Talks About
this is a 2011

lexus

lfa it was an exotic

supercar

produced by

lexus

with only 500 units made for the entire world and when it was new back in 2011 the base sticker price was 375 thousand 000 now a

supercar

from

lexus

is a little bit weird so i kind of figured the values of these would drop like a stone but today the average asking price for an lfa on autotrader is 388 000 today we're going to find out why i've borrowed this lfa from audi bridgewater here in new jersey where it's owned by the owner of the dealership today i'm going to find out what makes this thing so valuable i'm going to start by showing you around giving you a tour of all of its cool features and it's unusual quirks and then i'm going to take it out on the road and find out how the lfa drives and at the end i'm going to give it a dug score for more of my thoughts on the lfa click the link below to go to autotrader.com oversteer i've also compiled a list of the most unusual

lexus

models currently on sale now on to the quirks but first a quick overview the lfa was a halo car for

lexus

intended to show people the brand was getting serious about performance and serious it was it used a 4.8 liter v10 with 553 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque made it to a sequential automatic transmission it did 0-60 in 3.9 seconds and it could hit a top speed of 202 miles an hour and

lexus

only made 500 for the whole world and yes the lfa cost nearly 400 thousand dollars back in 2011...
the lexus lfa is the 400 000 supercar nobody talks about
and yet

nobody

ever really

talks

about this car like they do ferrari lamborghini and other exotic cars more on that in a few minutes now on to the quirks now i'm going to start by showing off all the weird quirks and features of the lfa's interior starting with its trunk now you may have thought that this was the lfa's trunk back here but it isn't it turns out the lfa is actually a hatchback i had no idea the glass opens in order to release the glass there's no button on the key fob to release it there's actually a little button inside the interior you push it and this pops open and you can open it up and once you open it up you'll discover the most ridiculous do-it-yourself cargo cover you'll ever see in a 400 000 car it doesn't even cover all the cargo in this particular model underneath that cargo cover all the books and manuals there are many of them and there are some gems in these things for one thing the sheer number of books and papers and manuals and guides you get with this car is absolutely unbelievable this here is the lfa introduction and orientation manual this here inside the lfa this the owner's manual and here here's the navigation system owner's manual and it just continues this is only about a quarter of the stuff that's in there my personal favorite thing however is this this is a laminated pamphlet that tells you how to wash your lfa and there are some very specific restrictions for example it says do...
the lexus lfa is the 400 000 supercar nobody talks about
not use automatic car washes as they may scratch the vehicle body damage the paint and they spray water where it should not be sprayed there are actually some instructions in here on where you shouldn't spray water specifically the rear and the front on top of the hood it says do not aim the head of the nozzle at the hood grills or radiator grills doing so may negatively affect the engine this pamphlet goes on there's there's three sides to it front and back about washing your lfa this thing will add value one day at the classic car auctions in the future now speaking of the trunk it's not exactly huge this isn't a car i would take on really long road trips but it does come with that cool lfa bag that holds all the stuff and that would be just about the coolest thing you can carry on an airplane oh yeah i got my lfa bag yeah i got an lfa no big deal next up i swear i'm talking about the interior of the car to move on to visibility and specifically this window which is the smallest window i've ever seen in any car bar none i don't even know why this is a window it's only an inch high at its highest point the funny thing is half of it is taken up by all these dot numbers in the

lexus

logo this is the smallest window you will ever see it does nothing to add to the car's visibility next up i'm inside the car i'm going to talk about the seat controls which may look strange at first glance but they're just about the most intuitive...
the lexus lfa is the 400 000 supercar nobody talks about
seat controls i've ever seen you want the seat to go back push it back you want seat to come forward pull it forward it's actually really simple and it works really well i wish all cars had this also down here is the heated seat control zero one two three and there's a little button you can press if you wanna access the area behind the seats which is pretty small the next interesting thing about this car is the seat belts you'll notice as soon as you get inside you don't really pull it over your shoulder instead the belt part is already down here you just pull it across your waist and you buckle yourself in now one of the other things you'll notice about this seat belt is it's a little thicker than a normal seat belt that's because this car is one of the first to have inflatable seat belts with an air bag in them and i'll actually detonate an accident to keep you safer just like an airbag in your steering wheel moving on to the center of the interior one of the cool things about the lfa is you get this little plaque that tells you which number your lfa is now some exotic car companies lie about how many units of each exotic car they make in order to make the car seem more exclusive than it actually is i'm not going to name names because i don't want to get sued but the lfa has its number out of the sequence of 500 right here in the middle and anytime you want to feel special you can just glance at it take a look next up we got to...
talk about turn signal stocks nothing like getting an lfa to review and talking about turn signal stocks but these are kind of cool they are the thinnest turn signal stocks i've ever seen in any modern car designed that way presumably so they don't get in the way with the shift paddles more importantly they're really high quality they don't move around or jiggle when they're not supposed to they're really stuck in there so they don't move unless you actually want to move them you touch these things all the time so it gives you a real feeling of quality in this car now speaking of the shift panels that's another strange element in this car first off they're on the steering column instead of the steering wheel and that is how it should be done the column they don't move when you're in a turn so you always know exactly where the downshift and up shift paddle is going to be but that's not the strange part about these things the strange part is how they work when you turn the car on it's in neutral in order to get it to go you have to actually pull the right paddle the plus pedal there's no pr and d drive selector in the middle instead you pull the right pedal and then you're in first now let's say you want to get it back into neutral pull both pedals that's pretty common in cars like this the unusual thing is what happens when you want to get it into reverse look all around the interior and you will not find the...
button for reverse reverse gear is over here on the left of the steering column you pull it toward you only when you're in neutral and the car goes into reverse the other crazy thing if you're in reverse you want to go back into first you can't go directly you have to go reverse neutral and then pull the right paddle and you're back in first and that's the strange and interesting tale of the

lexus

lfa shift paddles but one of the things i like most about this car is the gauge cluster now these days every exotic car has a gauge cluster that changes color and shape and size based on whatever mode you're in but this car pioneered all that the way it works in this car is cooler than most cars even today push this little button on the steering wheel and the entire tachometer shifts over to give you some menu options now on most cars it's all digital but in this thing it's both digital and an actual physical tachometer that shifts over it looks really cool when you put it in sport mode the tachometer completely changes from a regular normal one to a sportier more aggressive one with red and white the other cool thing i noticed the lfa does when you put in sport mode it just skips a couple of the numbers at the bottom of the tachometer you no longer need to know when you're at 1 000 or 3000 rpm that doesn't matter all you have to do is focus on the top part finally another cool thing the gauge cluster does is when you turn off the car...
everything sort of turns off one by one until the last things go away the tachometer needle and then the gear you're in and then it's all gone it's very cool it seems like the future the other really cool thing about the gauge cluster in this car is that the red line is variable based on how warm the car is so when you first turn on it's right around 6000 rpm and you can see that it just inches up little by little right now the car is fully warm and so the red line is close to 9000 rpm and it just does that over time that is a really cool idea that very few other cars do another one of my favorite features of this car is these buttons in the center when you're driving along and the stereo is off these buttons don't say anything they're just unlabeled buttons and you're thinking what do those do then you press the power button to turn on the stereo and they all come to life that might be a little bit of a gimmick but i personally think it is a really cool party trick and i love playing with that stereo on off button next up is the rear spoiler now it deploys when you're driving the car it comes up pretty frequently at some speed i don't know what but in all of these cars there's always a button that you can use to manually raise the spoiler if you just want to drive around and have everybody look at you where is that button in this car take a look around and try to find it you will not turns out

lexus

hid that button all the way back...
here behind the driver's seat you gotta really want people to stare at you if you want to put the spoiler up but if you want to push the button and the spoiler rises right up in back i don't know why they hit it behind the driver's seat but that's where it is the last cool interior cork is on the dashboard surrounding the gauge cluster those thin steering wheel stocks you can't put a lot of stuff on them so some of the stuff you normally find on steering wheel stocks is instead in these cool little switches around the gauge cluster for example on the left you'll find the headlights you turn them on by moving the switch on the right i've already showed you where the drive mode selector is and below that you have the gauge cluster brightness switch and below that you have the windshield intermittent wiper timing switch that's kind of cool next up we're going to cover some of the car's more unusual exterior quarks starting with the fuel door you open it from the inside just like a normal fuel door and it pops open but when you actually look at it you'll notice that there's a place where you put the fuel and a place where you put the windshield washer fluid which is very unusual i'd love to get one of these outside autozone and start dumping windshield washer fluid in the fuel door and see if people run out and get all freaked out that i'm destroying it next up we move under the hood now the engine in this car is very...
beautiful and

lexus

has done a pretty good job of not covering it with too much plastic so that you can really look at it and check it out maybe the most interesting thing under the hood though is the fact that you pay four hundred thousand dollars for these and the hood doesn't stay up automatically in fact there's not even one of those built-in hood props you just pull up and then it's up you actually have to undo the hood prop from the top of the hood and then stick it in place yourself it's a little out of place in a 400 000 car another exterior quirk is the windshield wipers now you'll notice there's one giant windshield wiper well it turns out there's also a little baby windshield wiper too and they're on the same wiper arm so they're just both along for the ride they do a pretty good job of covering the whole window though and finally we have to talk about the keys welcome to this car and you'll notice that despite its beautiful futuristic shape covered with carbon fiber low slung exotic look there's a regular old keyhole in the door there's also a regular keyhole on this side and the passenger door and you want to know why that is it's because this car as far advanced as it is had regular rolled keys maybe more surprising is the fact that the keyless entry system isn't built into the key like it is on most normal modern cars instead there's a key and a separate key fob i really wasn't expecting that...
it's the only part of this car that seems old-school and speaking of the keys we have to move back to the interior for a second because this car has both a real key and an engine start button so the way it works is you stick the real key into the ignition like in a normal car and only then can you press the engine start button when you want to turn off just turn off the key like a regular car rendering the engine start button kind of an unnecessary little gimmick so the lfa is rather quirky in a cool way which is no surprise considering this is a first effort

supercar

from

lexus

which is a brand that isn't really known for

supercar

s but does the lfa drive like a 400 000 car time to find out this is a little scary oh my god that sound it's like a formula one car that is crazy did you hear that wow that is one of the great sounds i'm not even sorry we've said anything yet the sound is just like taking me over i can't believe it i've heard these before from the outside but oh my god that sound is unbelievable that is unbelievable that the best sounding car i've ever heard in my life i've been driving this car two minutes yeah i swear this is the best sounding car i've ever heard this is the kind of car that the people in this area call the cops even though we're going like 30 just because they hear it so i have it in normal mode which is good it's actually the ride is pretty rough even in normal here we go we're gonna try this...
wow it's so fast it is so so fast but but the transmission dulls the experience a little bit because it just doesn't provide that immediate upshift like a modern dual clutch does uh however when you get into those high revs you hear that sound all right we're in a nice corner here wow holds the line very well it's very planted there's no body roll at all the steering's a little more vague than you want a little less precise with every generation of these

supercar

s things just get a little bit better and a little bit better uh and this being a

lexus

i kind of didn't think it would have the most precise steering and that's that's true the car is very planted to the ground like you'd expect wow the sound i just can't man that that's just incredible i can't believe especially that that sound is coming out of a

lexus

i look down and like lex it like my dad has an rx ah it doesn't sound it doesn't sound quite like that the transmission is is is too slow it's just uh it's not quite but the thing is about this car it's important to remember when you're thinking about that at the time 2011 12 they didn't have dual clutch to handle this much power

nobody

was doing that now with dual clutches and everything you start you feel like it's a little bit behind the steering is yeah it's not quite as precise you can just feel the front end is a little lighter than in some modern cars and the steering is...
just a little lighter it isn't vague by any means but in a hurricane you turn it it goes and this car is not quite like that it's just it's wildly fast but the thing is the speed is almost the second story to this car to the sound i just i cannot believe how it sounds now we're just on like a street the thing is if we're going 37 miles an hour and you still hear like the faintest little bit of that sound and you're like i should be doing more than this man the ride is rough on rough roads even i'm having comfort mode right now and the ride is light this isn't the

lexus

you get in if you want to just go to the store you there are a lot of other

lexus

es for that ferrari's a ferrari and that those are always going to be cool but there's something a little bit more unique about this car the question then becomes 400 000 i mean that's an enormous money money but you know the thing about cars like this is it's not like someone's like oh should i get a camry or this they usually have 20 cars and they're like yeah i'll add that and so to people like that yeah it probably is worth 400 000 it's another name in the collection and there's only 500 of these in the entire world you know if i saw this car i would flip like here's an rx this guy has no idea right

nobody

has any idea um it's kind of funny this is probably the 400 000 car that you can drive and get the least amount of attention if you want and so...
that's the

lexus

lfa it's surprisingly fast and fun to drive and most importantly it has the single best exhaust note of any car i've ever driven it's hard to say that any car is worth 400 000 but this car certainly has some traits of some of the very best cars i've ever reviewed and yet

nobody

really

talks

about it in the same breath as ferrari or lamborghini they probably should and now on to the doug score starting with the weekend category specifically styling the lfa is a bold car it's an aggressive car but it's not a beautiful car i never hated how it looks like some people do but i never loved it still it warrants a six acceleration the lfa does 0-60 in 3.9 seconds which earns it an 8. handling is good but not among the very best due to its slightly vague steering it gets another eight the cool factor is undisputed it may not be on the level of the la ferrari but it's not far off and it earns a rare nine as for importance whether you put the lfa in a museum it's definitely up there though not at the very top of the significance pyramid so it earns an eight that makes the total weekend score 39 out of 50 easily trouncing the only other car that's been doug scored my range rover next up are the daily categories starting with features the lfa has some cool stuff but it's missing the latest tech from the most modern cars and the key thing is a disappointment it earns a six luxury measures how smooth and comfortable the car is the...
lfa has very comfortable seats but a surprisingly harsh ride earning it only a five quality measures reliability in materials and the lfa has few equals its interior quality is top-notch and while it's hard to assess actual lfa reliability we know

lexus

's reputation still there's the occasional drawback like that cheap exterior keyhole and high servicing costs it earns a nine for practicality it has about five cubic feet of storage space and therefore it gets a two finally value this is an amazing car with an amazing sound but it's hard to justify four hundred thousand dollars given its aging transmission imperfect steering and controversial styling not to mention the l on the front instead of a prancing horse or a raging bull it earns a four bringing its total daily score to 26. just shy of the range rover no surprises this car wasn't really designed for daily driving and that brings the total dug score to 65 vastly superior to my range rover the best car i've ever dug scored but since it's only the second car i've ever dug scored also the second worst we'll get some more context for that number in the future as i review more cars you