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Toyota to Launch Lexus $170,000 Supercar in 2008

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Report: Toyota Set to Launch Lexus $170,000 Supercar in 2008

Date posted: 03-06-2006

TOKYO — Toyota has secretly approved plans to put its sensational 200-mph Lexus LF-A supercar in the market, according to a report in Tokyo.

Japan's media are reporting that Toyota will launch a luxury sports car for the Lexus brand embracing F1 technology in fall 2008. The reports also say Toyota is pitching hard to bring the Japanese F1 Grand Prix to its newly refurbished Fuji Speedway track, which will help the company drive home the car's F1 connection.

The supersleek LF-A, as shown so far, has a 5.0-liter, front-mounted V10. However, with F1 engine regulations switching to V8, it raises the question whether Toyota will make that change on the LF-A as well. The fact that Honda is preparing a new V10 NSX for 2009 suggests Toyota will stick with the V10 so it won't lose out in the image war, and at the same time to hold firm to the LF-A's premium status.

The LF-A sticker is expected to be just under $170,000, a bargain by supercar standards.

Honda's contract to hold the F1 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka expires this year. This has not escaped the attention of Toyota, which will be lobbying hard to stage the race at its own Fuji Speedway, near Tokyo. Honda, however, seems determined to fight to keep its F1 date. That raises the possibility of two F1 races in Japan, which sounds exciting!

What this means to you: Toyota, with cash to burn, puts the pedal to the metal with F1, both on the circuit and the road.

Link: http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=109529

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Good, with their track record this means the Lexus just has a cold chance in hell of beating the Z06's time around Nurburing for $100,000 more. And the Evil Giant will sell tons and keep marching on.

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Good, with their track record this means the Lexus just has a cold chance in hell of beating the Z06's time around Nurburing for $100,000 more. And the Evil Giant will sell tons and keep marching on.

Exactly, except I find it hard to believe anyone would consider buying another "supercar" when you have the 650+hp Corvette coming along in the near future which I'm sure will be way less expensive and quicker too.

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Sorry, but the LF-A design never screamed "supercar" to me. Looks more like a modern Supra.

Personally, I would pick a late 90's Supra over this anyday. I don't think Toyota is ready to dance with the big boys yet.

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Sorry, but the LF-A design never screamed "supercar" to me. Looks more like a modern Supra.

Who is saying Toyota is going to use the camo'd design shown in the spy shots? Rumors have it Toyota will be getting a sportscar, also, so we could have actually been seeing the Supra. No one knows.

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Good point Supremus.

The new Z06 lacks only one thing that Exotics usually have: mid-shp-engine mounted behind the driver... btu at leqst the Corvette has an excellent reputation and great customer base. This Lexus will be loved and lusted after by high shcool kid driving Corolla Matrix Wagons wiht TRD rims... the serious enthusiasts will laugh at it in lagre numbers me-thinks.

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I don't see it being aimed at the Corvette but the Aston DB9, Ferrari F599 and other front-engined coupes with prestige brands and high prices... different market.

The Supra will be more of a Vette competitor, I think.

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I don't see it being aimed at the Corvette but the Aston DB9, Ferrari F599 and other front-engined coupes with prestige brands and high prices... different market.

The Supra will be more of a Vette competitor, I think.

Bingo. Same with the V10-super luxo car Honda is developing. Unlike what all the magazines like to report, it is not an NSX replacement (and will more than likely not share the name), but a FR layout V10 car like an Aston Marton (or possibly AWD). It only makes sense that both Toyota and Honda are doing this at roughly the same time. I'll bet both companies will come out with a Supra/NSX that are more bare-boned racing cars (although not really bare bones) like a Corvette sometime in the near future as well.

Despite Honda offing the NSX, I doubt it will be gone for long. With Honda having a full factory sponsored F1 team again for 2006, they are obviously putting a lot of time and energy (and money) into racing and racing-inspired road cars.

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wont last....... this thing will come and go faster than the ford gt did and will have half the numbers and a higher price, that car would make a descent 60 thousand dollar car but 170 thousand is laughable

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Bingo. Same with the V10-super luxo car Honda is developing. Unlike what all the magazines like to report, it is not an NSX replacement (and will more than likely not share the name), but a FR layout V10 car like an Aston Marton (or possibly AWD). It only makes sense that both Toyota and Honda are doing this at roughly the same time. I'll bet both companies will come out with a Supra/NSX that are more bare-boned racing cars (although not really bare bones) like a Corvette sometime in the near future as well.

Despite Honda offing the NSX, I doubt it will be gone for long. With Honda having a full factory sponsored F1 team again for 2006, they are obviously putting a lot of time and energy (and money) into racing and racing-inspired road cars.

Car and Driver or one of the magazines this month has an artist's conception of the Honda/Acura... it looks like the artist took a DB9 and put an Acura-style grille and headlights on it.

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Excuses, excuses.... I love how the Corvette is eating other "supercar's" lunches.

If they make a GT front engined GT-style car called NSX then HOnda is evenj dumber than I thought.

As far as Lexus going after Aston Martin, that's posible but just as laughable.

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As far as Lexus going after Aston Martin, that's posible but just as laughable.

Not really.. Toyota/Lexus is ambitious...they've already been successful against Mercedes in the luxury market, so why not take on the big-league sports car brands? They have the technology and determination..

Whether you dislike Toyota or not, never underestimate them... they are relentless.

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Excuses, excuses.... I love how the Corvette is eating other "supercar's" lunches.

What's with you and corvette's? At $70k they arn't exactly cheap (the high end model), and there are plenty of cars that cost less and will beat it around a track. One of them I can think of is the Evo MR, and it's more practical too, although if you buy that you're getting a Mitsubishi, and chances are it'll fall apart after the victory lap. :lol: too much boost!! lol

If they make a GT front engined GT-style car called NSX then HOnda is evenj dumber than I thought.

Honda will most likely not name a front engined GT type car an NSX. They haven't said the car they are planning with a v10 will replace the NSX, only that they are building one. Hey at least they don't spell "even" with a 'j' at the end :P

As far as Lexus going after Aston Martin, that's posible but just as laughable.

Keep laughing. Lexus, Acura, and Infiniti will all have $100k+ cars before long (Acura has already had a car equivalent to $100k+ in USD, the NSX Type R).

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All I'm saying (in essence) is that it takes more than mouse-fur visors, super-decked out dashboard and the US media's sucking up to sell a car for $170,000. That's ten times the cost of typical Scion. Better have some serious performance to back it up since the Lexus name is not THAT high end yet.

(I hear you though Moltar)

siegen:

I may suck at spelling but I think 97% of enthusiats agree that the Corvette Zo6 is the best performance car value at ANY price. It's like some kind of VooDoo how this car can pull off David & Goliath style defeats. :)

Edited by Sixty8panther

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What's with you and corvette's? At $70k they arn't exactly cheap (the high end model), and there are plenty of cars that cost less and will beat it around a track. One of them I can think of is the Evo MR, and it's more practical too, although if you buy that you're getting a Mitsubishi, and chances are it'll fall apart after the victory lap.  :lol:  too much boost!! lol

are you $h!tin me?

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What's with you and corvette's? At $70k they arn't exactly cheap (the high end model), and there are plenty of cars that cost less and will beat it around a track. One of them I can think of is the Evo MR, and it's more practical too, although if you buy that you're getting a Mitsubishi, and chances are it'll fall apart after the victory lap.  :lol:  too much boost!! lol

Honda will most likely not name a front engined GT type car an NSX. They haven't said the car they are planning with a v10 will replace the NSX, only that they are building one. Hey at least they don't spell "even" with a 'j' at the end  :P

Keep laughing. Lexus, Acura, and Infiniti will all have $100k+ cars before long (Acura has already had a car equivalent to $100k+ in USD, the NSX Type R).

Please prove this to me because I find that very hard to believe. I would be scared to go that fast in a car that ways that much.

Edited by ChrisPauwels

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Toyota's supercar is front-engined, I'm thinking they did this in order to incorporate a hardtop vert version. Should have midmounted it w/a soft top.

5.0L V10

3050lbs

560hp@8750rpm

$120k

those are my estimates

Edited by toyoguy

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