2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package

RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 2019


Chassis No.
Serial No.
JTHHX8BH8C1000485
488
  • Virtually as new with just 54 miles
  • One of only 50 Nürburgring package-equipped LFAs

To celebrate taking three victories in a row at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, Lexus decided to produce a limited run of LFAs with some race-inspired features. Dubbed the Nürburgring Package, this package was intended to give the LFA, an already capable car, more of a track-focused attitude.

Visually, the car received a number of carbon fiber exterior components, including a revised front splitter, fixed rear wing, and winglets on the nose. Of course, as this added to the car’s downforce and therefore reduced its top speed, engineers compensated for the difference by coaxing an additional 10 hp out of the LFA’s sensational Formula 1-derived 4.8-liter V-10, making for a total output of 562 bhp. All that power is managed through a six-speed auto-clutch manual transmission, and shift times were increased by 0.15 seconds. The standard wheels were replaced with magnesium wheels sourced from BBS with more aggressive Bridgestone tires, and the ride height was dropped by 0.4 in. to further improve handling and lower the car’s center of gravity.

Only 50 examples, just 10% of the LFA’s production run, were fitted with the Nürburgring Package, and of those cars, no fewer than 15 examples were earmarked for U.S. customers. Although the standard LFA was offered with a plethora of colors to choose from, for the Nürburgring Package, customers were allowed to select one of four options: orange, matte black, black, and white, like the car offered here.

Underneath its white paint, this LFA boasts a two-tone red and white leather interior to complement its exterior and red brake calipers. Further accentuating the car’s racy attitude, carbon fiber trim is present on the center console and steering wheel, and the car retains all of the standard LFA’s plush accoutrements. A U.S.-delivery example, the car has been carefully preserved since day one and has been driven just a paltry 54 miles at the time of cataloguing. As such, it is presented today in virtually as-new condition with nary a sign of use throughout. Furthermore, it is important to note that the car comes with its original books, keys, car cover, battery tender, window sticker, and even the original letter from Lexus to the first owner.

One of the most highly anticipated Japanese cars of the 21st century, the LFA was a car years in the making and one that exceeded all expectations upon its long-awaited delivery to clients worldwide. Thanks to their sportier appearance and rarity, the Nürburgring Package cars are without a doubt the most desirable LFAs and are seldom offered for sale or seen in public. To the collector of Japanese cars, modern supercars, or simply the enthusiast who missed out on buying an LFA new, this is not an opportunity to be missed.



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