What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?
Illustration for article titled Late20 Guide: Lexus LFA

Lexus LFA (2011 - 2012)
500 produced

Drivers: lol.
Garage Queens:
$350,000 - $500,000(base)
$800,000 - $1,000,000 (Nurburgring)
High observed sale is $918,500 for a 2012 Nurburgring package car at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in January 2019

The new Toyota Supra and current-gen Acura NSX may have made a name for themselves with their respective decade-long development (and tease) cycles, but they both must bow before the feet of the emperor of expectation himself, the Lexus LFA. We kid, but it is that absurd development cycle which drives the mythology and mystique of the LFA.

The LFA’s development took so long, in fact, that on paper (and in practice for that matter) it doesn’t really stack up to its contemporaries. But it doesn’t really need to, does it? The potential buyer of an LFA doesn’t have to choose between it and an Aventador; she can just buy both, and probably a couple of each.

The LFA is so impressive because of its Sysiphean story. It borders on charicature of the Japanese fanatical attention to detail. It was an impressive feat of will and determination to push through the production of a singular vehicle from a company known for producing anything but. That’s something we can all get behind, I think.

And lord, that V10 exhaust. Egads!

Last 5 years: prices certainly didn’t beat the S&P 500 (RIP greatest bull market of all time) as a vehicle for investment returns over the last five years, but you probably beat most Bitcoin investments.

Next 5 years: If Barrett-Jackson’s January 2019 sale in Scottsdale was any indication, up. Bigly.

The One to Buy: a base model, unless you absolutely hate your money and want to spend half a million dollars for 10 horsepower that you’ll never use.


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