Lexus LFA Supercar to Make North American Debut at 2009 SEMA and Los Angeles International Auto Shows

Wed Oct 21, 2009 11:00am EDT

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Lexus LFA Supercar to Make North American Debut at 2009 SEMA and Los Angeles
International Auto Shows
- Lexus' First Supercar Redefines the Segment for the 21st Century













TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The highly anticipated LFA supercar,
which just made its global debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, will be on display
for the first time in North America at two back-to-back premier venues -- the
2009 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show in Las Vegas
this November and the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show in December. 


Next year, Lexus will show the LFA at the North American International Auto
Show in Detroit, Chicago Auto Show, Dallas Auto Show and New York
International Auto Show.


As the first Lexus supercar, the LFA serves as the flagship for the F
portfolio of Lexus performance models and redefines the supercar for the 21st
century.  The Lexus F brand complements the core Lexus DNA by emphasizing
serious performance.  The LFA was carefully developed from a blank canvas by a
small and dedicated team of hand-picked engineers that pushed every possible
dynamic boundary.


"The development of the LFA was unlike any other Lexus," said Mark Templin,
Lexus division group vice president and general manager.  "Minute details were
engineered to provide an engaging and serious supercar that delivers
impressive performance on and off the race track.  Only 500 will ever be built
worldwide, and each will be assembled to customer order, offering a
once-in-a-lifetime chance to be part of a small, exclusive group of
individuals."


All 500 LFA supercars will be hand-assembled by skilled technicians in the
"Lexus LFA Works" at the Motomachi Plant in Toyota City at a rate of no more
than 20 per month.    


The rear-wheel drive LFA is dynamically styled and powered by a sophisticated
new high-revving 9,000 rpm (redline) 4.8-liter V10 engine that generates 552
hp and 354 lb.-ft. of torque for adrenaline-fuelled 202- mph performance. 
This specially-developed powerplant is paired with a unique six-speed
Automated Sequential Gearbox (ASG) with blazing-quick paddle-activated shifts
for ultimate driver control.  Linked by a rigid torque tube for excellent
drivetrain integrity, the ASG is located in a transaxle layout over the rear
axle for an optimal 48:52 front-to-rear weight distribution. 
Motorsport-developed lightweight aluminum alloy suspension components are
complemented by Carbon Ceramic Material (CCM) brake discs and an innovative
electrically assisted rack and pinion steering system.


Lightweight, powerful and balanced, the LFA features advanced Carbon Fiber
Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) construction for its chassis and much of its
bodywork to deliver a light, incredibly strong and impact-resistant structure.
 Rather than outsource this sophisticated materials technology, the LFA team
took the radical step of developing its own CFRP processes internally for
ultimate quality control and to make a sound engineering investment in the
future.


The LFA's sporty styling is distinguished by coherent lines that flow from
roof to sill in a seamless convex to concave line for sophisticated
aerodynamics.  Its front-mid engine layout, long wheelbase, short overhangs,
and snug, low-slung cabin identify it as a supercar.  CFRP also gave the LFA's
designers a far higher degree of design freedom, allowing them to create
shapes, curves and edges that would have been impossible with metal.  For
example, the sharp trailing edges at the rear of the LFA that help provide
superlative aerodynamics would not have been possible had traditional metal
been used for the bodywork.


A dramatic low-slung cockpit has been intelligently designed and
hand-assembled with the finest materials to reflect the car's driver-centric
dynamics.  The intimate two-seat cabin has been conceived at every stage --
ergonomics, acoustics, materials, comfort, versatility and visibility levels
have all been painstakingly engineered -- to put the driver at the center of
the driving experience.


Production of the LFA supercar will begin in December 2010 with deliveries
continuing for the following 24 months.  Consumers may contact the Lexus LFA
Information Center at 866-LFA-4794 to express interest or visit
www.Lexus-LFA.com for more information.


*All LFA specifications are preliminary.


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SOURCE  Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Ming-Jou Chen, +1-310-468-5315, ming-jou_chen@lexus.com, or Nancy Hubbell,
+1-310-468-7633, nancy_hubbell@lexus.com, or Bill Kwong, +1-310-468-3764,
bill_kwong@lexus.com, or Allison Takahashi, +1-310-468-5315,
allison_takahashi@lexus.com, all of Lexus Public Relations
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