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Lexus LFA successor unveiled as a $10k bicycle

 Lexus LFA successor unveiled as a $10k bicycle
Lexus F Sport Road Bike 12.5.2013

An odd effort to keep LFA Works open

A lot of fans have been clamoring for a Lexus LFA successor but the latest model to out of LFA Works shares little with its predecessor... because it's a bicycle.

Currently on sale in Japan, the limited edition F Sport Road Bike is a 22-speed bicycle that features carbon fiber construction and tier-one craftsmanship. The bike has also been equipped with F1-inspired paddle shifters and an electronically-controlled derailleur for smooth gear changes. Unsurprisingly, this doesn't come cheap as the bike reportedly costs ¥1,000,000 ($10,060 / €7,710 / £6,660).

Lexus' decision to build a bike is perplexing but the company appears to be doing it as a stop-gap measure to keep LFA Works open until while a more practical purpose can be found. Ironically, Automotive News talked to Lexus sales and marketing manager Naoki Watanabe who confirmed the carbon fiber components aren't built by Lexus but instead shipped in from Taiwan.

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Comments (10)

 SeanWynne SeanWynne
Hahaha Toyota finally goes to super eco... Bicycle. LFA's V10 to human energy.
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July 15, 2013 11:43 am
 schizo schizo
Kind of insulting to the LFA Works people being denegrated to work reserved for the guy at the local bike shop...assembling bicycle components on to frames. *Not saying that assembling bikes with electronic shifting is an easy task...I'd rather pay the shop $200 to do it for me. Lexus could've atleast gotten some some specially marked seatposts, handlebar, and stem. But it's got standard Shimano Durace Di2 components and wheels. Not even a special decal for the wheels! The stupid BS about the shifters (standard Shimano Di2) makes me think twice about what Lexus marketing says. All in all...bad move from Lexus. I don't know what they think to profit from this.
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July 15, 2013 4:38 am
 KSM KSM
can Toyota post the bicycle's Nürburgring time? hehe
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July 13, 2013 8:45 pm
 hajimekishi hajimekishi
remember back then when they said "young consumers are drifting away from cars to smartphones"? seems they still dont understand whats wrong.
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July 13, 2013 9:09 am
 9TNine 9TNine
So it's really a Taiwanese bike with a $9000 badge...??
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July 13, 2013 5:12 am
 vasgko2 vasgko2
I guess the fat rich guys who buy their cars are not so eager to ride a bicycle...
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July 13, 2013 4:39 am
 Homerlovesbeer Homerlovesbeer
Hilarious!
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July 13, 2013 4:37 am
 brian245 brian245
I wonder what that is a copy of
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July 13, 2013 3:01 am
 pzigly pzigly
They could have at least put carbon-ceramic discs on it. Are the paddle shifters connected to a single clutch or dual clutch set-up?
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July 12, 2013 8:14 pm