Every carmaker must have some sort of a benchmark in their production line. The final showdown, the ultimate production car to carry their marque to greater heights. In short, the flagship. As for Lexus, it is the F marque. The F in Lexus represents the the word flagship of high-performance division of cars produced by them and also Fuji Speedway, the chief test site of Lexus performance vehicle development in Oyama, Suntō District, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. So far there has been only two. The go faster version of the IS series, the ISF and then there is… the LFA.
We know that where flagships from car makers is concerned, fast and highly technologically advance models such as the GTR from Nissan, the HSV from Honda, the Furai for Mazda, enthusiasts were in awe and shock to their existence.
Therefore, we were waiting for Toyota to have their Supra successor as well but the nutters at Toyota had a notch higher in planning their flagship car by having Lexus, their luxury vehicle division to do its bidding. So it is and will be from Lexus. You cannot really compare this to the Supra though it is a safe move, a disclaimer of sorts whereby if Toyota would want to launch the actual new Supra, they can. And hopefully they will. Signs are imminent when they rolled out the new hachiroku and boy, the hachis rocks everywhere.
Production started in December 2010 and the first 22 cars were sent to the US where they were not sold, but leased for a two year programme. Very much like the Ferrari F50 when it was launched. The move is to highlight its exclusivity and Lexus wanted to expand the desirability among enthusiasts and it worked. Demands were high and it showed when Lexus unveiled a website with an ‘LFA configurator’ which allowed users to select exterior and interior colours, brake caliper colours, seats, steering wheel leather, and other interior designs. In total, there were over 30 billion possible configurations but Lexus capped the amount of 500 for its Nurburgring edition pushing the brand a notch higher. When production ended, no successor was scheduled. The LFA plant in Motomachi continued making the spare parts with a small team.
Now, with the limited of number of the LFAs that exists in this world, Wing Hin Motorsports Sdn Bhd managed to obtain the LFA for its newly opened Lexus Showroom in Sungai Besi. This is the first and only LFA on Malaysian tarmac. Enthusiasts rejoiced as it will be the only chance for all to see, touch and smell the LFA (yeah, we do like to smell the interior of such exotics) in the carbon fibre-reinforced polymer which account for 65 percent of the LFA’s body composition by mass.
We are sure by now you fanatics already know what the stock LFA’s facts and figures are. You can read it in the web or any other magazines but what we want to know is how bright the future is for this super car (Japanese super cars is up there with the european counterparts) on our roads. The price of the LFA is one thing but does any of the potential super car owners would like to have this in their garage?
If they do, getting one is no easy task due to the limited number of them available in the open market. But nevertheless, Malaysia should have the LFA.
May it be tuned, tracked, roving around the streets like any other super car or simply showcased in a private garage as it is worthy of that status. The sought after status of a super car. Just like any other flagships around.
words: Jeo pix: Hazwan Najims & Faiz Zakariah