Lexus Not Planning LFA Successor; Says Original Is Already An Icon

Lexus has confirmed that developing a successor to the LFA is not currently under consideration.

At the launch of the new LC500h, the company’s European boss Alain Uyttenhoven said that while there’s a chance the firm will eventually produce a successor to the LFA, it is neither needed nor a priority at the moment.

Uyttenhoven said that, thanks to the LFA, Lexus has learned about the importance of adding emotion to its cars and with this, can channel elements of the LFA into its future products.

“The LFA is an icon now and possibly always – we don’t need to replace it to keep that status. It is a car we can reference for another 25 years if we choose. Its status is assured. But what’s clear is that we can create similar emotion in more attainable cars, and that is our focus now. For the future, who knows? I’m not saying we won’t do another LFA. I just don’t know. But I am certain that we will surprise you in the future with the cars we have planned.”

“It is possible that we will one day create another supercar, but in my view a super-high-end machine is not what we need right now.”

By the time it launched in 2009,the LFA was one of the most eagerly awaited cars of the decade and while it didn’t offer groundbreaking performance, it offered driving thrills previously unheard of from the luxury arm of Toyota, thanks predominantly to its howling V10 engine.

Story references: Autocar

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