Come on Lexus.
Japanese luxury car manufacturer Lexus is best known for building premium sedans and SUVs, with cars such as the RC F bringing up the high-performance side of things, but a small number of people will remember the absolutely insane Lexus LFA, which made its public debut at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show. Only 500 of these supercars were produced with a starting price of $375,000. After the LFA was sold out, Lexus went quiet on whether or not it would be bringing a new version to the market, and speculation has run deep. In 2018, a heavily camouflaged LFA was spotted being driven around the Nurburgring and was again spotted in 2019. Now YouTuber Sketch Monkey has decided to take matters into his own hands, designing what he believes the next LFA should look like.
"What I did was take the 2011 LFA and redesign it to modernize it by applying some modern Lexus design language and styling features." says the Sketch Monkey. As he starts working on the car, one can see some common themes emerging, such as the addition of more contemporary side vents, enlarged front intakes reminiscent of modern Lexus models, and a beefier stance thanks to wider wheels and broad fender flares. A lot of styling features are borrowed from the new Lexus IS, a car that the Sketch Monkey is enraptured with. He also de-chromed the LFA and removed the front lower intake and replaced it with integrated units flowing into the grille. The end result is a car that clearly resembles the LFA but looks sharper, fresher, and ready to enter production.
Speaking of the possibility of a new car, Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager Jeff Bracken commented at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show that "We need more halo representation. We hear often from our dealers if we can have an LFA follow-up, 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." The demand is surely there, now all that Lexus needs to do is pull the trigger.