Lexus LFA

2012 Lexus LFA

  • (4.6) 5 reviews
  • Available Prices: $350,475–$504,803
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 13
  • Engine: 553-hp, 4.8-liter V-10 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
2012 Lexus LFA

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Lexus LFA

What We Don't Like

  • Conventional manual transmission not offered
  • Probably won't ever see one on the street

Notable Features

  • All-new Lexus supercar
  • 552-hp V-10 engine
  • Digital instrument panel
  • Carbon fiber chassis, body
  • Shoulder-belt airbags

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Vehicle Overview

Lexus takes aim at the supercar market with its LFA sports car, which should offer competition for models like the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, Lamborghini Murcielago and Aston Martin DBS. A limited run of 500 copies of the 552-horsepower LFA will be built beginning in December 2010 over the course of two years, and it will be priced at approximately $350,000.

The wedgelike shape of the LFA hasn't changed all that much since the car was first shown in concept form a few years ago. Its design actually calls to mind one of Toyota's fabled sports cars of the past — the Supra — but with more angular styling.

The LFA features dramatic rear-end styling that's defined by thin taillights set atop large grates extending down to the bumper. A unique tailpipe arrangement — three exhaust tips set in the middle of the car below the bumper — further distinguish the LFA. A powered rear wing deploys when the car reaches 50 mph, and the LFA also has a rear diffuser for enhanced handling performance.

Twenty-inch forged aluminum wheels are standard, and they're fitted with ultra-low-profile tires.
There are hints of current Lexus models in the LFA's two-seat cabin, as its dash vents are similar to those in the brand's RX luxury crossover, and it features Lexus' Remote Touch joystick-like interface for operating the navigation and entertainment systems. That said, the overall design of the interior is distinct, with the driver's seat serving as the focal point.

The driver faces a large circular digital instrument panel that incorporates a circular tachometer, digital speedometer, gear counter and additional car information. The tachometer fades to red when engine speed passes 9,000 rpm, alerting the driver that it's time to shift. The heated leather bucket seats feature power adjustment.
Under the Hood
The rear-wheel-drive LFA's 4.8-liter V-10 engine makes 552 hp at 8,700 rpm and 354 pounds-feet of torque at 6,800 rpm. The LFA weighs around 3,300 pounds, which is fairly light, and Lexus claims the car can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 202 mph.

The V-10 teams with a six-speed automated manual transmission that includes paddle shifters on the steering wheel for manual control. The speed at which gear changes occur can be tailored by the driver, and the transmission includes four modes — including an automatic mode — for various driving conditions.
Safety features include an electronic stability system, traction control, antilock brakes, a driver's knee airbag and airbags integrated into the shoulder belts.

Consumer Reviews


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by thart from on February 27, 2017

Most reliable cars! I have not owned this car but have spokrn to many lexus owners. And they all praise this car.

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There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.