While the Lexus LFA may be one of the most controversial supercars of all time with some proclaiming it is not as capable as it price will have you believe -- they're just looking at basic statistics -- there is something that IS for sure: it is highly desirable AND the Nurburgring Edition is completely insane!
For those of you who did NOT know, the Nurburgring Edition clocked a STUNNING lap time of 7:14 around the track it's named after.
The kicker: It was achieved on STREET tires.
While the price of this specific LFA is not mentioned, we're going to guess it's north of $400,000 as the original price was around $450k AND this vehicle only has a claimed 318 miles on it.
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Since its debut in 1989, the Lexus division of Toyota Motor Company had been praised for building high quality luxury cars. By the end of 2007, that reputation for quality netted the company annual sales in excess of 500,000 vehicles worldwide. While checklist items like comfort and reliability were always part of the brand’s image, extreme performance was not. In early 2000, Lexus executives decided it was time to add speed to their repertoire by building a limited run supercar. Developed over nine years under codename P280, the end result was the stunning LFA coupe. The initial run consisted of 500 units with a base price of $375,000. The Nurburgring Edition, a circuit tuned variant, appeared in 2012. With only fifty produced and a price tag starting at $445,000, it is one of the most exclusive, expensive and impressive cars to ever come out of Japan. RK Motors Charlotte is proud to house one of those fifty cars.
Despite an absolutely endless array of interior options, Lexus opted to limit exterior choices to four colors on the Nurburgring Editions: Matte Black, Gloss Black, White and Orange. White is Japan’s traditional racing color, so it makes sense that this Japanese supercar wears a glossy coat of Whitest White. Under that paint, a carbon fiber body has been fashioned with the sole intent of cutting through air as quickly as possible. Up front, a small gap under the hood forces air into the engine bay. The mirrors have been designed to channel air directly into the large vents that help cool the rear brakes. Absolutely every piece of this car serves a distinct purpose. The angles are sharp and the profile is low but neither come at the expense of aesthetics. From every angle, this Lexus is thrilling to look at.
The most obvious feature between the Nurburgring edition and the base LFA (if any LFA can be considered a “base” model) is the large fixed carbon fiber reinforced plastic wing. When combined with the exclusive front dive planes and a deeper carbon fiber front spoiler, the Nurburgring trim increases downforce by nearly a third while claiming a drag coefficient of just 0.31. With a 202mph top speed, this is no small consideration. While many cars can claim low drag coefficients and high top speeds, few are as well rounded as the LFA. When placed in the hands of Lexus driver Akira Iida, the Nurburgring Edition completed a lap around its German namesake in just 7.14. It is the fastest lap ever posted by a production car on street tires. Disregard the tire situation and it’s still the fifth fastest lap posted by a production car – just a few down from completely mental cars like the Radical SR8 and Gumpert Apollo that seriously blur the line when it comes to being “production” models.