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Hot Lapping the Lexus LFA at Infineon Raceway

Thursday March 3rd, 2011 at 10:33 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

By contributing editor David Colman

Hits

  • Acoustically tuned F1 exhaust note more inspiring than the London Philharmonic
  • Telepathically enhanced electric power steering
  • Carbon ceramic discs stronger than a “Stone Cold” Steve Austin headlock

Misses

  • Exclusive price tag
  • Personal high performance driving instructor not included with purchase
  • Lacks storied racing tradition

The Lexus LFA is, without doubt, the hottest ultra supercar to fly down the Autobahn since Audi introduced the R8 several years ago. The 552 hp, composite monocoque two seater is a complete aberration for Lexus, the buttoned-down purveyor of conventional luxury cars renowned for quality, silence and longevity. Why the sea change in Lexus strategy? The company is going after the lucrative sports sedan market currently owned by Audi, BMW and Mercedes. Lexus sedans have always been perceived as somewhat stodgy alternatives to the German Big 3. Consequently, the Japanese company has decided to launch an all-out assault on the sporting opposition by building the LFA as a halo car for their revamped F-line cars and parts.

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