Two of the Japanese supercars were sold in America in 2018.
Lexus finished producing the LFA at the end of 2012. So you'd figure they'd all be gone by now, right? Only they're not.
A year and a half ago we reported that there were a dozen of the Japanese supercars in American dealers' hands. And though those dealers may be rather hesitant to part with them, some eager buyers have evidently been able to wrestle them away. In fact two of them still showed up on Toyota's sales chart for 2018. With three having sold in 2017, that ostensibly leaves seven still up for grabs.
The LFA was the only real supercar Toyota had ever made (excluding the GT-One, of which only two examples were built for the road to meet homologation requirements). It entered production at the end of 2010 after a nearly decade-long development program, with a purpose-built 4.8-liter naturally aspirated V10 in the nose of a carbon monocoque chassis, revving to 9,000 rpm and sending 552 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox. 500 examples were crafted at a dedicated assembly facility in Japan before the plug was pulled at the end of 2012.
So what's left them sitting around at this point? Some dealers, it seems, have hung on to them as showpieces – still serving as the halo models they once were and drawing customers into showrooms – even over eight years now since production came to an end.
Though the LC coupe does a handsome job of it, the Japanese automaker has yet to fill the void left at the top of its lineup by the LFA's demise. That could change, though, once the Toyota GR Super Sport enters production, and if Lexus ever builds another flagship supercar of its own to carry the LFA's carbon-fiber mantle.