Those who mourned the end of Lexus LFA production in 2012 may have cause to turn that frown upside-down. Bloomberg reports that Lexus executive vice president Mark Templin told reporters in Kyushu, Japan that another LFA-like supercar may be on the way, and the idea has Toyota president Akio Toyoda’s full support.
“Akio believes that every generation deserves to have a car like an LFA, so we’re building an LFA for the generation we have today,” Templin told reporters. “At some point there may be another special car for another generation.”
Templin’s statements are somewhat cryptic as far as what plans are moving forward, but ultimately it’s not a huge surprise that Toyoda would give a Lexus LFA successor his blessing. Toyoda was an outspoken LFA enthusiast who piloted the supercar on numerous occasions, including during the 2013 Nürburgring 24-Hour race.
With a lofty list price of $375,000, the last 552-hp, 4.8-liter V-10-powered Lexus LFA rolled off the line in December 2012 after a production run of 500 units. A decade in development prior to its introduction in 2010, the LFA brought a much-needed dose of performance-driven energy, cachet, and excitement to the Toyota and Lexus brands at a time when sports cars were scant.
We’ve heard rumors that a replacement for the Lexus LFA is already in development, with former LFA engineer Haruhiko Tanahashi suggesting that the successor would come in at much more accessible price point than that of the $375,000 LFA. Another dimension of this storyline places the 2012 Lexus LF-LC at the center of the conversation, with speculation that it will form the basis of the rumored LFA replacement. The LF-LC concept won over onlookers at the 2012 Detroit show with its striking, forward-looking design and hybrid powertrain. Lexus’ F Sport line of vehicles has already adopted many of the concept’s styling cues, including the large black-mesh spindle grille.
Templin fielded questions about the LF-LC perhaps birthing an LFA replacement, to which he offered, “I won’t tell you yes, but I won’t tell you no.”
If Toyota does decide to bring the Lexus LFA successor to market at a lower price point, it would parallel Mercedes-Benz’s strategy of replacing the $204,525 SLS AMG GT with the less expensive Mercedes-AMG GT, which is expected to sticker at about $100,000. At this point it’s still far too early to tell where Lexus would position an LFA replacement price-wise, or even if it would use a traditional combustion or hybrid powertrain.
Another possibility is that the next LFA is a lot further off than we might think--one Lexus spokesperson estimated as much as 30 years in the future. Check back with us again for more details on a potential LFA successor in the coming months.