Jeremy Clarkson Says The Lexus LFA Is Still The Best Car He’s Ever Driven

Jeremy Clarkson has driven most of the finest automobiles produced over the last couple of decades, but to the British journalist, there is one which stands above them all; the Lexus LFA.

Clarkson has expressed his love for the LFA on previous occasions and in this new video from Drive Tribe, explains how the car’s iconic 4.8-liter naturally-aspirated V10 makes it unlike any other road-going production car.

According to Clarkson, the LFA’s seatbelts were finicky and its fuel tank was too small but the V10 engine made up for all the other shortcomings. As most readers will know, the LFA’s V10 screams in a truly mesmerizing way and alongside the Porsche Carrera GT and Pagani Zonda, is frequently named one of the best-sounding cars ever.

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While writing about the Lexus LFA after Top Gear’s famous road trip with it, a Dodge Viper, and an Aston Martin Vanquish, Clarkson perfectly described the car’s evocative soundtrack.

“At high revs, it sounds like a million bonfire-night sparklers, amplified through AC/DC’s mixing desk and fired into the face of whoever it was you just overtook. It crackles. And then, when you think it can’t rev any more, the crackle turns into a baleful howl. It’s time to pull on the paddle, feel the clonk and settle back in the exquisite seat, ready for it to start all over again.”

The Grand Tour host has also said in the past that if he was offered “the choice of any car that had ever been made ever, I would like a dark blue Lexus LFA.”


  • Callanish

    Counterpoint. Paris Hilton owned one. Sucks the coolness right out of the damn thing.

    • Mr. EP9

      The coolness wan’t the only thing she sucked 😉

      • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

        And she can’t even do that right

    • Ben

      Apparently it was a gift. She also had an SLR and CGT.

    • Seats & a steering wheel

      Australian YouTuber ‘Supercar Blondie’ did a recent interview with Paris Hilton, they were checking out some BMW concept cars and during the interview Hilton singled out her LFA as one of the best cars she owned. Considering she has had many exotics and can basically have anything she wants, it says a lot about the LFA’s specialness.

      • Callanish

        Just because she can afford to buy expensive cars like accessories, there’s no way in hell you’re going to convince me Paris Hilton is a car enthusiast. No way in hell.

  • no25

    Such a beautiful car! Also, it has one of the sexiest sounds I have ever heard from a supercar. Lexus needs to make an LFA II but make it more affordable.

    • 31/12/2999

      Well let’s see if the can beat the new corvette C8.

      • no25

        Okay? Looks, sound, reliability, alone this almost 10 year old car beats that ugly turd.

  • Mr. EP9

    Definitely has an iconic sound that makes it stand out. I do wish it sold as well as the Audi R8 but not everyone will be as wildly successful with their Halo cars.

    I still like it, though

    • Ben

      From what I heard, they lost money on each unit sold(LFA) and the inventory that needed to be built to service them. If you remember, they were going to make the body from aluminum, but stopped halfway through and went with carbon fiber. Its widely believed that Toyota only built the LFA to fund their carbon fiber loom. Kinda the same idea that McDonald’s only sells food to buy real estate.

      The story goes, carbon fiber looms are(were) relatively scarce and many automakers buy from the same distributor. Toyota wanted their own, but didn’t want to pay for the advanced machine at once. So, they redesigned the LFA to be built with carbon fiber. This accomplished two things. First, built a product which they could sell to help pay for the loom. Second, to learn and perfect working with the material. Now that the LFA is finished production, I believe the same loom is being used to produce trunk lids and fuel tanks for the Mirai(hydrogen powered car).

    • DaruniaG

      The LFA cost like 4 times as much as an R8. Their intention was never to sell as many as Audi

  • FFEMT6

    I can’t agree more. Definitely the best sound imo of any car ever produced. The rest of the car is pretty mind blowing also.

  • stallion999

    Ironically, in the Top Gear home release “The Worst Car in the History of the World”:

    The Title of the ” The Worst Car in the History of the World ” went to the “Lexus SC 430” :

    So, is this an example of an automotive comeback or is Jeremy reconciling with the Auto Maker ?!

    • Сафиуллинь-Мухамед Рамазанов

      Definitely no one can ever thought before that the guys built the SC will build a real driving machine

      From the worst to the best in 10 years
      It’s amazing accomplishment to be happy about it, they just need to use this amazing accomplishment for a future models , not to use it only for carbon fibre technology

  • SteersUright

    He’s more interesting to watch acting like himself than any of the latest stuff he and the other former TG hosts have done together.

  • robotlogic

    No, he said I like it because of “the noise it makes” and stated rest of it is rubbish and had “millions of faults with it”.

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