Following a few weeks of web-based speculation, Lexus finally revealed the details surrounding the ultra-limited edition LFA Nürburgring edition.
Inspired by the cars that recently competed in the 2010 Nürburgring 24 Hours race last month, the package is designed to further hone the already potent LFA for track use. LFA Nürburgring cars are given unique mesh-type wheels, revised suspension tuning, and a new carbon fiber body kit, which adds a larger front lip spoiler, beveled side fin spoilers, and a gigantic fixed rear wing in the name of downforce.
Downforce can help improve handling, but it can also translate into speed-sapping drag. To allow the LFA Nürburgring to achieve the same performance metrics as the “base” LFA (i.e. 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds, top speed of 202 mph, etc.), Lexus bumped the output of the 4.8-liter V-10 from 552 to 562 horsepower. A six-speed sequential transmission remains the only gearbox available, but its shift times have been slashed to a scant 0.15 seconds.
Buyers will receive complimentary drive instruction if so desired -- but the course will actually take place on the hallowed Nürburgring course. Better yet, owners will also receive a one-year driving pass to the ‘Ring, allowing them to hit the track whenever they so desire.
Lexus plans on building only 50 examples of the LFA Nürburgring, and it seems they’ll all be headed to European customers. That figure, however, won’t interfere with Lexus’ original production plans -- the 500-car total production limit for the LFA line is still firmly in place.