Lexus Executive Says LFA Successor Might Eventually Materialize

Ever since Lexus pulled the plug on the LFA in 2012, there have been several reports regarding a possible successor.

The latest one comes courtesy of CarBuzz, which quotes the brand’s VP and General Manager Jeff Bracken, who spoke about this issue during the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, and hints that the Japanese automaker might eventually make a new supercar.

“We need more halo representation. We hear often from our dealers if we can have an LFA follow-up. So you never know”, said Bracken. “I think that when we hear so many emotional and high number of requests for a follow-up to LFA, we certainly won’t ignore that. It’s not a closed door.”

Lexus’ global President Yoshihiro Sawa shares that idea as well, but that’s all for now, as we have no info whatsoever concerning such a model.

In the meantime, Lexus continues its SUV push with an entirely new concept that debuted in Motor City earlier this week, called LF-1 Limitless, with a futuristic front end design and an undisclosed powertrain.

Lexus’ parent company, Toyota, on the other hand, is testing the waters with the Gazoo Racing GR Super Sport hybrid hypercar. The study was shown during the Tokyo Auto Salon, and combines a Toyota Hybrid System with a 2.4-liter twin-turbo V6 for a total output of 1,000PS (986hp).

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  • Vanquish

    they should add more F models and engines worthy of them before spending another near decade producing a limited run production car……they have 2 F cars with the same engine and both arent really that competitive the GS is way underpowered for its competitive set and the RC due to its weight is to slow

    • SteersUright

      Lexus is very much let down by the fact that Toyota will not allow them to have many bespoke engines fitting of a luxury marque and Toyota itself doesn’t have many very good ones for them to utilize, unlike VW group where Audi can borrow from both Porsche (2.9 V6 T) and VW (2.0 4cyl T). Props to VW group for strategically setting up the shop.

      Lexus’ hi-po V8 is stunning but its a low torque engine best suited to a lightweight sports car and its a damn shame it never found a good home in one. Toyota could’ve made a BRZ based coupe with the V8 and called it the new Supra and it would’ve been much cooler than the crap they’re producing with BMW. Or thrown a turbo on it to boost torque and then it would’ve made the GSF an LC500 that much more of a match for their German peers.

      Something is amiss at Toyota in their management of Lexus. No wonder they dropped the “relentless pursuit of perfection” tag line. It should now be “relentless pursuit of mediocrity”. I’ll always admire their reliability/build-quality so long as it remains industry leading. But their attempts to wrap mediocre automobiles in outlandish packaging to try and swindle buyers into thinking their cars are “special” is almost offensive. Its very clear that Toyota, Infiniti, and Acura place priority on their economy cars first, then their luxury brands which is why a German luxury car will always be that much better. Perhaps the Asians need to copy the Germans in first developing excellent engines and chassis fitting for the higher-end brands, then down-tuning them and letting the economy cars benefit from excellent higher-end tech.

  • Six_Tymes

    and be all electric… I would guess.

  • Well LC is touted as successor, so if there is new LFA probably in 2025 or something.

    • SteersUright

      LC is clearly a very capable GT cruiser but no true sports car. They still have plenty of room for a proper 911, AMG GT, R8 competitor in their lineup and as the Lexus Halo car.

      • I think LC birth is still a milestone, considering that it was never in Lexus product plan.

        For Lexus halo car, I think the accountant just couldn’t agree on making bespoke platform. But yeah Lexus halo car can bring more customer to their showroom.

  • Christian Wimmer

    The LFA was an impressive technological tour de force only let down by some pretty bland styling. Then again design is subjective, but I always thought it was and still looks rather dull.

    • Hmmmm, I always feel that LFA design is tidy, the buttress c pillar though,,,

  • But it’ll be electric, right?

  • ediotsavant

    I hope they still use an internal combustion engine, this time make it an inline 8 cylinder. This will set it aside from every car in the market.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      That’ll fit…

      • ediotsavant

        It should. Lexus doesn’t need to build a short hooded car. Just look at the LF Limitless cuv they just showed in Detroit.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    And I will hang everyone at the Lexus HQ if it looks ugly.

  • Shane

    They will look nice next to the LFA on the showroom floor.

  • DR.FUNK

    The LFA was forgettable.
    Make the new one full electric…and get someone else to pen the lines.

  • dude

    Yeah, and do not forget to limit production to 500 cars. Or why not 50?

  • TheBelltower

    Stay below $200k. Well below.

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