Browse over 9,000 car reviews

Sorry, there are no cars that match your search

5 February 2018

So... there's a Lexus LFA for sale in Australia, right now

By Tom WhiteTom White

#177 beckons you. Sell your organs. Do it.

Everyone should remember that time ever-conservative Lexus went mildly insane and made a V10 supercar.

They literally just built it so that the marque had a 'hero' car, then seemingly decided that was enough and never announced a sequel.

At the time of release, cheif engineer Haruhiko Tanahashi said it was "A machine engineered to achieve a single goal - to deliver a supreme driving experience." Needless to say it wasn't anything like any past or present Lexus...

After only 500 cars were built in 2011 and 2012, the LFA disappeared.

What would you pay for the Japanese icon? What would you pay for the Japanese icon?

But now's your chance. LFA #177 has appeared for sale in Queensland. Nobody knows if or when there will be another one, it's one of just 10 cars originally destined for Australia. It's been up for sale since at least September 2017, but hasn't disappeared quite yet.

The cost? Oh, just $1,075,000. Yes, that's over a million bucks. I didn't look up the cost of organs on the black market, but I suspect you'd need to sell a few.

The original 10 Australian LFAs hit the showroom with a price-tag of $750,000 so clearly, Lexus' intention for this car to become a coveted legend is working. 

This example is in 'Whitest White' with red interior and carbon highlights. It's got 26,426km on the clock, so somebody has done the wearing-in for you.

The red interior is a little... intense... The red interior is a little... intense...

The 4.8-litre V10 with one-off Toyota engine code 1LR-GUE was co-developed with Yamaha and produces 412kW/480Nm. It reaches a rather unhinged redline of 9500rpm, at which point it will be making a glorious noise.

Oh, and why isn't the bonnet longer? That'd be because the packaging is so good, the engine smaller than some V8s and about as heavy as a V6.

The LFA was fitted with an LCD tacho as supposedly analogue instruments would 'not keep up' with the revs, which the car can max out in a record time of 0.6 seconds.

Of course, the closest you can get to the LFA outside of this opportunity is the almost $200,000 LC500 V8. You could have five of those for the same money, but they wouldn't be near as special.

Would you buy the LFA with a million bucks, or five LC500s? Or three Nismo GT-Rs? Or two McLaren 720s? Let us know in the comments.