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Lexus LF-A Production Prototype Shows Bigger Retractable Rear Wing at Nurburgring

The Lexus LF-A is nearing its production-version public debut at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show.

Spy pictures (and now a video) taken at the Nurburgring's Nordschleife reveal the rear diffuser back on the car. Secondly when the production car was last spied in 2007 the rear wing was visible but smaller than the one seen here. Also Lexus seems to have redesigned the air scoops that sit on the upper rear quarter panel behind the door windows. These were covered up in yesterday's photos. Lastly the side mirrors sport a new sharper shape.

Toyota is really getting serious with the LF-A (which may not be called that in final production). These and other previous spy pictures prove that development has now been accelerated to meet the speculated release date of 2011.

Rival Honda has frozen its new generation NSX due to the bad economic climate. Therefore the LF-A will have the Nissan GT-R as the only fellow Japanese to compete against. The two will be contrasted by the fact that the LF-A has a V10 engine with over 500hp (368kW) while the GT-R uses a 3.8-litre twin turbo V6 for its 485hp (357kW).

Update with Video (18th May 2009).

Published May 12, 2009 12:27 pm By Thami Masemola

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Aesthetics
this car will be very differet from the gt-r and will have much more power. actually it would interesting had they maintained turbocharing it with that rear radiator. just think the front has a stand alone intercooler, really clean set up but i guess lexs decided running a v10 would bring more class.
May 19, 2009 5:03 pm
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Swifty
I think that Supra should be a totally stand alone car, so with inline-6 and TT and of course a lot of carbonfibre and ceramic brakes, and all new tech on everything...and of course RWD!!! and Lexus LF-A should be on other hand a 5.0 V10 NA high-revving beast with RWD and a lot od racing tech! There should be two different cars in terms of getting the result in different way! In that case even Honda would re-animate NSX! And we will be pleased to see a bunch of Japs terrorizing others :)
May 18, 2009 10:18 pm
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Renegade
And terrorizing eropeans and americans too.
May 18, 2009 11:03 pm
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9TNine
Nice... but is this really the true replacement for the Toyota Supra but with a $20k badge?
May 18, 2009 7:31 pm
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jhoff_ce1
has it been 10yrs yet, whens this thing coming?
May 18, 2009 6:47 pm
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Renegade
10 years, from when? It's been presented first in Detroit 2007 or 2006, anyway it's using the Camaro marketing strategy.
May 18, 2009 7:15 pm
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awhk
Probably 2032... The problem is they cannot engineer it to beat the GTR; therefore the car cannot be released yet.
May 19, 2009 4:16 am
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IKA595
To Renegade.Somewhere i agree with you but is exact not about GS.The M devision eat such ideas on breakfast,E-AMG other story.LS fantastic car don't need f and other things i have seen the tuned model's of Ls it was awful.It's perfect how it is.What about is-f absolute agree few gen and we will se realy good shaken car real competitor with own claims and tricks.
May 18, 2009 6:34 pm
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Jamaicandude
Nothing quite like the sound of a high strung NA V10. I remember a prototype ran a confirmed 7:24 back in '07. Doesn't mean the final version will automatically live up to that, but it's a promising start.
May 18, 2009 5:51 pm
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kimbo
wow it sounds like a Carrera GT!
May 18, 2009 5:49 pm
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nederina
i think it will fit in as the mercedes' forthcoming sls amg arch rival.
May 18, 2009 5:27 pm
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IKA595
Runs realy good,It will be expensive toy for Lex Lovers not more.I never heard,seen that potentional buyer of M3 or C63 who bought is-F only If it was Lex lover.So my word the limited production.
May 18, 2009 4:22 pm
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Renegade
Hmmm...the people didn't trust the F badge like they trust the M one, but I'm sure that if that in a few years if Lexus keeps doing a good job and if we will have a GS-F,LS-F and a second gen. IS-F they will steal some clients from the germans. It's the old story, healthy food --- http://www.sushimania.com/uploads/tx_QRS/Sushi_attack.jpg --- vs. fried fat---http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2079/1795050685_988949ccdd_o.jpg---
May 18, 2009 4:40 pm
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scratchy996
i bet Toyota will claim a sub 7 minutes Ring time for this car.
May 18, 2009 4:01 pm
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BrianWCF
Six photos have been added to article.
May 15, 2009 11:16 am
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sensei
Honda is holding off on the NSX due to the poor economy. But, just how bad is it? Anyone knows the GTR numbers? Maybe now is not so bad.
May 13, 2009 3:01 am
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Phil_Owns
Front engine setup? No thanks...
May 13, 2009 12:34 am
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Get_real
and you should HEAR it! It sounds fantastic...
May 12, 2009 10:46 pm
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Renegade
I already want it, and we didn't saw it yet.
May 12, 2009 9:51 pm
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HEMI426
I think from now on I'm gonna have a lot more respect for every new petrol car that hasn't got a turbo/supercharger/compressor engine
May 12, 2009 9:00 pm
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chris25
That will be a moving spoiler like the SL65 black series & that car is looking evil like it can eat somebody.
May 12, 2009 6:45 pm
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N20_Purge
Has to be a very, VERY good car if it dreams of being a Porsche/GT-R rival. So far, in terms of visuals and performance, the LF-A seems promising.
May 12, 2009 6:13 pm
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