Lexus LFA: The Best Sounding Modern-Day Beast with a Touch of Japanese Aesthetics

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Being a subsidiary of Toyota and known for its reliability and luxury, Lexus only dared to get out of its comfort zone once. They manufactured the Lexus LFA, a modern world. Although Lexus had been producing the most reliable, luxurious, practical, and manageable automobiles over the years before the Lexus LFA, this leap of faith for Lexus proved to be a miracle for the supercar community and Lexus itself too, as it resulted in the unveiling of a somewhat surprising but a one-off wonder. 


This all-time hit, a legendary supercar, is powered by a feisty V10, making the Lexus LFA one of the best-sounding cars ever made. This supercar is expensive, making it more costly than some of the big names in the market at its launch. The Ferrari 599 GTB and Lamborghini Gallardo were found to be cheaper than the Lexus LFA, putting its sales rates in retard. But on the bright side, despite a mighty price tag, this supercar is still considered a masterpiece of Japanese machinery.

Lexus LFA’s Uniqueness 

As we pop the hood, we can see the godly 4.8-liter V-10 engine, developed with the collaboration of Yamaha. While designing the LFALexus’s main aim wasn’t just to make the LFA fast and good-looking, but they also wanted it to sound like one actual race car. That is why Toyota partnered with Yamaha to design and manufacture an engine and an exhaust system, which, when combined, sounded like no other supercar ever to exist – and they delivered. 

Yamaha tuned every minute aspect, ensuring that the engine sounded as sensational as possible. To achieve this perfection, they even piped the funnel part of the intake through the passenger cabin to enhance the beastly sound of the V10 for the driver and thus, enhancing every drivable experience. Moreover, the V10 in the engine bay of the Lexus LFAcould rev up to 9000 rpm so rapidly that Toyota ultimately had to install a digital gauge instead of an analogue rev counter. 

This is simply because an analog rev counter couldn’t handle and keep up with the rapid revs. Ultimately, the subsequent sound of such a powerful and high-revving engine was undeniably the best, most aggressive, and the closest to a racecar sound a road-legal car can get. The unique triple exhaust ports of Lexus LFA are arranged triangularly and inverted, and these ports are manufactured and placed in the middle of its rear bumper, making it look even better. The 4.8-liter naturally-aspirated V10 of the LFA is a raw beast which emits a symphonious exhaust note that no car can match, even today. Together, Toyota and Yamaha attained the pinnacle of tuning so much that one of Toyota’s engineers referred to the sound of the Lexus LFA as the ‘roar of an angel.’

Key specs of Lexus LFA

The 4.8-liter V10 engine that rests under the LFA’s Japanese-style hood has an astounding 553 horsepower at 8700 rpm and 354 pound-feet of torque at 6800 rpm. This shoots the super Lexus LFA from a standstill to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, reaching a top speed of 202 mph. The Lexus LFA has a six-speed manual transmission which is lightning fast and immensely flexible and comes in two configurations – automatic and manual, which makes the driver able to determine how to shift when to shift. 

The Lexus LFA cannot be taken lightly regarding handling as it only continues to impress more and more. The levels of stability and balance are immaculate, even at the outrageous speeds of +150. The LFA, helped by an automatic rear wing, possesses ample deadly aerodynamic body parts to improve downforce, electric handling, and a Torsen limited-slip differential, allowing it to pose sharp and immensely precise handling and stability, making it deadly, also on a racetrack. 

Lexus decided to r instead of manufacturing the whole body with aluminum to keep weight down, claiming that the body is 221 pounds lighter as sixty-five percent of the body structure is made of carbon fiber, and the remaining 35 percent is aluminum. Carbon fiber is beneficial as it allows the various body parts to be modeled with sharp edges, resulting in improved aerodynamics. Due to this, the LFA has a reasonably low drag coefficient, which is 0.31, and it produces more downforce than most of the cars of its time. The entire outline and shape of the Lexus LFA keeps the air flowing to specific regions of the vehicle. As an example, the door mirrors are designed in such a shape that they help funnel air into the fender-mounted air intakes, which cool off the LFA’s dual radiators in the rear. Braking is as crucial as handling, aerodynamics, or acceleration in a car, and the LFA having carbon-ceramic brake discs and Brembo brakes grants this vehicle a powerful stopping potential.

The subtle interior

The cockpit of the Lexus LFA is quite delicate and exquisite. The main eye-catching element is the flat-bottom steering wheel wrapped with fine leather and carbon fiber, which beholds the alloy paddle shifters fixed to its column. Apart from the Engine Start button on the right and a navigation toggle on the left, the steering wheel has no complex switch work. A center console houses the infotainment screen and numerous physical buttons denoting various in-car functions, including the air-con, leaving the rest of the dashboard as a clean layout focusing on minimalism. 

The state-of-the-art sporty bucket seats are futuristic artwork and very comfortable because of the extravagant use of fine leather. Lexus’s main goal for the interior was simplicity as there were no distracting displays, no annoying beeps, just a pure-driving, focused cockpit filled with a soulful engine note. The most significant interior features are seatbelt airbags, which are safer than the standard seatbelts nowadays. This is why a fair group of enthusiasts agree to call the Lexus LFAa worthy GT car.


Lexus LFA – The exotic, two-door, front-engine, and rear-wheel-drive was, and still truly is, a very ambitious supercar envisioned and manufactured by Toyota. It would have stood tall with Ferrari, Porsche, and Lamborghini if Lexus didn’t take nine years to transform it from a mere idea to a delicate yet vigorous Japanese beast.

But despite all the collapses and disgraces, the Lexus LFA is an example of a modern supercar that has aged like fine wine. Sadly yes, it didn’t get the recognition or the sales it deserved at the time of its disclosure to the world, but in the end, people got enlightened about what a remarkable engineering marvel was, the Lexus LFA. The interior indicates how driver-focused the first sight, and the exterior rather raw but bosses the department of aerodynamics and other functionalities.

Written by: Motorcardata

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