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Lexus LF-A Caught Undisguised in White

 Lexus LF-A Caught Undisguised in White
White Lexus LF-A Prototype Testing on Nurburgring / Copyright Carpix

Spies appear to have captured a near-ready production model of the Lexus LF-A during track testing in Europe.  Wearing German plates and painted in white, the car was caught almost completely undisguised on the 'Ring.

These pictures show a model even more road ready than the last time it was spied in June.  It now appears to have finalized bodywork, including front and rear bumpers, a lip spoiler, and possibly a rear diffuser.  About the only thing covered up is the lighting.  Previous spy shots suggest the light clusters to be LED strips at the back, and triangular shaped in front.

The car is rumored to feature a 4.8-liter V10 engine that produces upwards of 600 horsepower.  Weight will probably be kept low, with use of carbon fiber throughout the interior and parts of the exterior.  The car appears to be using alloy wheels with five double-spokes.

First shown as a concept car at the NAIAS in 2005, the LF-A was also seen as a convertible in January '08.  Word on the street is that the production coupe will be on display at the Tokyo Motor Show next month.

Although previously, pundits have said the car will be released as a 2011 model.  However, with the Nissan GT-R gaining such tremendous popularity, but Honda pulling the plug on the NSX, Toyota could capture both imagination and market share with a 2010 release for the Lexus LF-A.

Published Sep 17, 2009 12:06 pm By Zack Newmark

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Comments (24)

 Scatagorical Scatagorical
well just looks like another japanese copy... except they copied the Lambo, Ferrari 430, Aston/Jag and then smushed it into a typical Z/Supra looking thingy. I'm sure its a great car and all, but lets be real - it's a copy of a managerie of copies for a battle of not-being-outdone- by the GTR (which is the same kind of managerie of copies). There is not one original line in the looks. So be it.... I'm sure its a great car (forget cost).
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January 21, 2010 8:11 pm
 F.J.M.B.TECH F.J.M.B.TECH
LOOKS LIKE SOMETHING FROM NEED FOR SPEED
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September 25, 2009 9:27 pm
 boondoc001 boondoc001
Meh.....I dont love it but i dont hate it. I'll still take the GTR over this.
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September 18, 2009 7:01 pm
 ExoticCarOwner ExoticCarOwner
I have an LP560 and I spent $278,000 for it. I certainly wouldnt have spent that much for a Lexus. For God sakes they sell $30,000 cars and soccer mom SUVs. What qualifies them to sell a car in that price bracket?
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September 18, 2009 6:46 am
 Swifty Swifty
definately this car will be as notorious as GT-R cos' it will be build on that to win over the GT-R! it will be in the range of ZR1, 911 GT2 and SLS, R8 etc. but Supra is another car, of course with Toyota plate and Turbocharged engine! Imagine as that...LF-A is rival to SLS, ZR1, F458 etc. and Supra is rival to 911 Turbo, GT-R, Z06...maybe M3!
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September 18, 2009 3:23 am
 scratchy996 scratchy996
this car will be fast , but you have to be a fan of Japanese cars to like its looks. at its price it will compete with the Gallardo LP-560 and Ferrari 458. i'm curious how it will do.
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September 18, 2009 2:05 am
 Bonganie Bonganie
I must say thats a good looking machine but it looks as if they aiming this car at GT-R only, we want a Lexus that will compete with the great machines such as R8, SL, XKR, etc
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September 17, 2009 11:18 pm
 RobERob RobERob
Nissan has the GT-R. Toyota will have the LF-A, which looks beautiful, btw; has a nice continuous flow to it! Now, Honda... care to rethink the NSX?
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September 17, 2009 10:29 pm
 joshg_5 joshg_5
I think they nailed it.
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September 17, 2009 9:07 pm
 TheAlchemist TheAlchemist
Yes, all the intakes look a bit over worked. It does look like it should be the new Supra though.
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September 17, 2009 8:33 pm
 Renegade Renegade
I like how this is taking shape.
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September 17, 2009 6:28 pm
 2010S5 2010S5
I hope that this car may improve my perception of Lexus as a souless brand. I am very optimistic for this car; it's been in the works for what is seemingly an eternity.
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September 17, 2009 6:06 pm
 scratchy996 scratchy996
not bad for a renamed Toyota Supra, but it doesn't have the class of a supercar. fortunately , it will be a limited edition so i guess they won't have problems selling it.
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September 17, 2009 5:55 pm
 Wickedated Wickedated
Can't say I like japanese design- this looks like a reskinned GTR. Way too angular, no curves at all. I'm sure it'll be incredibly fast and a technological masterpiece. But to me, that doesn't appeal half as much as a sexy design. If this thing is gonna cost 100K+, I can think of at least 5 cars I'd rather have.
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September 17, 2009 5:38 pm
 ifudge ifudge
i reckon they should just make this the new Celica.
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September 17, 2009 5:30 pm
 tom43 tom43
The air intake looks terrible. Just overstyled...
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September 17, 2009 5:23 pm