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Lexus LF-A Caught Undisguised in White

White Lexus LF-A Prototype Testing on Nurburgring
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.

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Published Sep 17th, 2009 7:06pm By Zack Newmark

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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).
Jan 22nd, 2010 3:11am
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F.J.M.B.TECH F.J.M.B.TECH
LOOKS LIKE SOMETHING FROM NEED FOR SPEED
Sep 26th, 2009 4:27am
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boondoc001 boondoc001
Meh.....I dont love it but i dont hate it. I'll still take the GTR over this.
Sep 19th, 2009 2:01am
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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?
Sep 18th, 2009 1:46pm
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unknownuser unknownuser
Badge snob alert... Well this has a carbon fibre chassis (awseome handling) and will be able to reach 218 mph.
Sep 18th, 2009 3:36pm
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mc959 mc959
You need to tattoo this on your forehead! Everybody will know this with only one look at you...
Sep 19th, 2009 12:42am
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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!
Sep 18th, 2009 10:23am
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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.
Sep 18th, 2009 9:05am
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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
Sep 18th, 2009 6:18am
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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?
Sep 18th, 2009 5:29am
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joshg_5 joshg_5
I think they nailed it.
Sep 18th, 2009 4:07am
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TheAlchemist TheAlchemist
Yes, all the intakes look a bit over worked. It does look like it should be the new Supra though.
Sep 18th, 2009 3:33am
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Renegade Renegade
I like how this is taking shape.
Sep 18th, 2009 1:28am
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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.
Sep 18th, 2009 1:06am
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scratchy996 scratchy996
we'll see what Clarkson says about this car. it doesn't look good , but maybe it will be nice to drive.
Sep 18th, 2009 2:55am
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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.
Sep 18th, 2009 12:55am
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Renegade Renegade
Renamed Supra? Dude your nuts, this thing has nothing to do with the Supra, no parts, no styling, no nothing. Oh and stop thinking that Clarkson is a car God, he is funny and sometimes right, but he is not always right.
Sep 18th, 2009 3:07am
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Decypha Decypha
Wow, that is so disrespectful...
Sep 18th, 2009 9:24pm
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Decypha Decypha
lol
Sep 18th, 2009 9:26pm
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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.
Sep 18th, 2009 12:38am
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ifudge ifudge
i reckon they should just make this the new Celica.
Sep 18th, 2009 12:30am
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tom43 tom43
The air intake looks terrible. Just overstyled...
Sep 18th, 2009 12:23am
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Targa_Florio Targa_Florio
Indeed the side intakes look dreadful, and pretty much useless for a front-engined car...
Sep 18th, 2009 12:37am
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FOXHOUND FOXHOUND
those intakes are not useless, theyre for the rear mounted radiators, that attributes to the exact 50/50 weight distribution of the vehicle.
Sep 18th, 2009 12:59am
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