Monterey | Lot 268
2012 Lexus LFA
$819,000 USD | Sold
| Monterey, California
13 August 2021
- Finished in Metallic Silver over exclusive black and red leather interior
- 552-hp, 4.8-liter V-10 engine; Aisin six-speed automated manual transmission
- Under 3,850 miles indicated at time of cataloguing
- The 54th of 500 total LFAs produced between 2010 and 2012; one of just 26 examples clad in Metallic Silver
- Delivered new via Lexus of Austin, Texas; original MSRP of $380,000
The Lexus LFA came about as the pet project of Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda, who, after years of producing relatively anodyne road cars, wanted to build a supercar to challenge those being offered by the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, and Lamborghini. The project’s development phase became excruciatingly lengthy, but when it was finally unveiled at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, it was immediately clear that the marque had produced something truly remarkable.
The highlight was the 4.8-liter V-10 engine, co-developed with Yamaha and built in the same facility as Toyota Racing’s F1 V-10s. The block is a space-age blend of aluminum, magnesium, and titanium alloy, which made it smaller than an equivalent V-8 and lighter than an equivalent V-6. The supremely advanced internals permitted for razor-sharp throttle response, allowing the V-10 to rev from idle to 9,000 rpm in just six-tenths of a second. The LFA’s instrument cluster is all-digital, solely because no analog tachometer could keep pace with the engine’s ability to gain and lose revolutions. This miraculous powerplant is mated to a lightning-quick six-speed automated sequential manual transmission. The LFA’s unique exhaust note is unrivaled among modern supercars, and is undoubtedly worth the price of admission.
With its radical styling and howling V-10 engine, the LFA exudes automotive awe. One of its great achievements lies in its construction. The LFA has a curb weight of just over 3,200 pounds with a near-perfect weight distribution of 48:52 thanks to the liberal use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic, aluminum, magnesium, and titanium alloys. The 500-example production run lasted from late 2010 to 2012, with all examples labeled as 2012 products; overall, 436 “standard” LFA’s were produced in conjunction to 64 “Nürburgring Package” examples.
This stunning LFA offered here is serial number 54 of the 436 “standard” examples produced, and one of just 26 clad in a Metallic Silver exterior. Completed in January 2011, it was delivered new to Lexus of Austin, Texas with an original MSRP of nearly $380,000. As with each LFA, the cabin is a completely bespoke affair. This particular example was specified with a combination of red and black leather upholstery, black stitching, black alcantara headliner, red floormats over black carpeting, and gloss carbon fiber accents with black-anodized magnesium trim. This vibrant suite of interior appointments ties in very well with the car’s exterior paintwork, red brake calipers, and polished 20-inch wheels.
This LFA is now accompanied by its service records, original car cover, carbon fiber Tumi luggage, delivery documents, manuals, keys, and even its original, serialized laser-cut crystal sculpture and cradle. Presented today with under 3,850 miles at the time of cataloguing, this uniquely-specified LFA is a tremendous example of a model unlikely to be replicated ever again. The LFA’s stunning performance, astounding drivetrain capabilities, exotic construction, and sharp styling have all contributed to its enduring mystique and collectability.