Even the company that built it may not be able to recreate the LFA.
Back in 2010, Lexus gave us the incredible LFA. It wasn't really appreciated at the time due to its insane $375,000 price tag that made it more expensive than almost any competitor. The Ferrari 599 had more power than the LFA, and even the Nissan GT-R was able to match its performance. The LFA didn't really shine until its production ended and we all realized that we may never see such a special car ever again. It was Jeremy Clarkson who enlightened us on the LFA's greatness, calling it the best car that he has ever driven.
That is quite a claim coming from an experienced journalist who has probably driven thousands of cars. In his review of the new Lexus RC-F, Clarkson confesses his love for the LFA and explains why he thinks that it is the greatest car of all time.
The RC-F ended up being a complete disappointment in Clarkson's eyes because it shared no DNA with the LFA. It is understandable that a sub-$100,000 car wouldn't share much with an almost $400,000 supercar, but Clarkson hoped the Lexus could recapture the spirit of the LFA. Unfortunately, this lead to the realization that not even the company that built the LFA might be able to replicate its greatness. And it's not that difficult to understand why. The LFA took nearly a decade to reach full production, and the end result would have never been as good if the process didn't happen so specifically. Lexus began working on the LFA back in 2000, and basically completed the car in 2005.
Then, Lexus scrapped the aluminum design and instead decided to make the whole thing out of carbon fiber, which took another five years. Lexus also had some help developing the LFA's 4.8-liter V10. The engine produces 553 horsepower and 338 lb-ft of torque, but still manages to be lighter than Toyota's 3.5-liter V6. This unique masterpiece of an engine may be one of the greatest sounding of all time, thanks to sound tuning by Yamaha's musical instrument division. Only the Porsche Carrera GT may be able to match the LFA on sound, and that engine was derived from a race car. The LFA's engine revved so fast, that a digital tachometer was used because a physical tach just couldn't keep up.
If you are unfamiliar with the LFA's sound, just sit down and listen to this spectacular car.
Lexus has stated in the past that it isn't interested in building a halo supercar like the LFA in the near future. Clarkson already proved that the RC-F was no true successor, and the LC is a completely different car all together. The LC will doubtless be a very nice car, but we don't know if it can match the incredible lineup of cars that is currently coming from Mercedes-AMG. The new AMG GT is showing that Mercedes can go toe-to-toe with the likes of the Porsche 911, whereas the new LC will be much more luxury oriented. We don't think that Lexus needs to recreate a $375,000 LFA, but a car in the $150,000 to $200,000 price might make sense.
If the LFA didn't have such a long and expensive birth, the price may have been kept down to a "normal" level. The LFA's 3.6 second 0-60 mph time was by no means slow, but it didn't really justify its insane price tag. We don't know if Lexus even has the potential to build something as special as the LFA again, but the partnership with BMW could yield some impressive results. We know that Toyota will get a Supra successor from the partnership while BMW will get a Z4 replacement, but what if Lexus built a model from this partnership as well? Wouldn't it be nice to see a hybrid Lexus sports car with around 600 horsepower? We doubt that Lexus will entertain this idea, but we can certainly dream.