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Lexus LFA Successor Is A Very Real Possibility

Lexus knows everyone wants this to happen. It's not objecting.

It’s the supercar that changed Lexus and parent company Toyota forever. The Lexus LFA has topped many people's lists of best supercars ever made in more recent years, Jeremy Clarkson included. Speaking to Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager Jeff Bracken at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, we inquired about the possibility of an LFA successor, especially given the fact the current LC halo car is a GT, rather than a supercar. His answer pleasantly surprised us.

“We need more halo representation. We hear often from our dealers if we can have an LFA follow-up,” Bracken said. “So you never know. But that car was just so out there in terms of technology, power and handling. I wouldn’t rule it out. I think that when we hear so many emotional and high number of requests for a follow-up to LFA, we certainly won’t ignore that. It’s not a closed door.” Obviously the focus for Lexus at Detroit is its new LF-1 Limitless concept, which very strongly indicates yet another crossover is likely coming. But Bracken made clear to us Lexus understands the need for emotion, and halo cars do that. Today’s LC is a perfect example.

“Just as the LF-LC concept came out in 2012, there was so much positive feedback from the media, public and dealers that we did make the decision to go ahead and build it. And we were able to make the production car (the LC) look very much like the concept.” Bracken did not provide any LFA successor timetable, but what can be summed up here is that Lexus is serious about returning to the supercar game.

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