One of Japan’s modern supercar icons may make its return in 2025, according to a Japanese magazine, but say goodbye to the screaming Yamaha V10 engine.
The legendary Lexus LFA supercar could return in 2025, claims a Japanese magazine, with plug-in hybrid power and close to 1000 horsepower.
Japanese magazine The best car all-new reports LFA is “in development” for launch in 2025, but instead of the Yamaha-designed naturally aspirated V10 of its predecessor, the new model will switch to plug-in hybrid power.
Association of Lexus the brand is said to be new 4.0-liter twin-turbo petrol V8 – previously envisaged for the LC F supercoupé project on-again, off-again – con an electric motor, the new less-favored area could develop as much 699kW, all sent to the rear wheels.
This is a significant increase from the 412 kW (and 480 Nm) claimed by the original LFA’s 4.8-liter naturally aspirated V10, making the new supercar the most powerful vehicle ever built by the LFA. Toyota group (excluding the upcoming GR Super Sport hybrid hypercar).
The Japanese magazine doesn’t cite any performance figures, although with the lack of a driven front axle (as it will be rear-wheel drive), a 0-100km / h figure in the high-end of two seconds is likely.
The best car claims the new LFA will be “light” thanks to a carbon fiber body, though it’s unclear exactly how heavy the new car will be with the halo, as its predecessor tipped the scales at 1580kg (curb) , despite a carbon-fiber body of its own (a last-minute shift from even heavier aluminum).
No other details of the next-generation Lexus LFA have been provided by the Japanese outlet, although as the luxury brand’s flagship Lexus model – and the poster child of its electrification launch – they expect technical advances in drivetrain, chassis and suspensions.
News of a new LFA will come as a surprise to Lexus fans and performance enthusiasts, as the original 2011-13 model was not known to be a sales success – despite production being limited to just 500 vehicles – with examples sold as new in the United States until 2020.
Lexus executives have previously reiterated that there are no plans for a second-generation LFA, although if the Japanese magazine’s sources prove to be accurate, it appears these plans have changed.
The new Lexus LFA wants to launch in 2025, The best car reports – the same year Lexus plans to offer a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or all-electric version of every model it sells.