2K-mile Lexus is a pick for auction

2K-mile Lexus is a pick for auction

Many comment sections in the endless web of the Internet quickly devolve. So if you scroll deep into the comments of the Bring a Trailer listing for this nearly new Lexus LFA, you won't be surprised to see things get emotional.

They're salivating over this 563-hp LFA, a car built to fight against Ferraris that cost nearly double its price. It came with a 4.8-liter V-10 co-developed with Yamaha that could scream to 9000 rpm. And when it screamed, it sang.

Of the 500 cars produced during the two-year production run of the LFA, only 64 were built with the Nürburgring package, and very few were delivered to the US. The $70,000 package added 10 horsepower, different wheels, more aggressive performance tires, carbon fiber spoilers and a lighter battery. The automated six-speed sequential transmission was also tuned for faster shifts. It was offered in Whitest White, Black, Matte Black, and this listing's cheddar-colored orange paint color. The interior was given extra carbon-fiber treatment, and Lexus removed the floor mats — an immediate safety requirement for any track day. Why not the Tokyo Expressway Edition or the Mark Levinson Bass Boost Custom? Because the 12.9-mile loop of the German track is where the LFA was developed. And it did not hurt that the pre-production LFA won first in its class during the 24 Hours of Nürburgring in 2010, beating out race-car versions of Aston Martin V12 Vantage and Rapide, as well as entries such as the Audi R8 and Chevy Corvette.

Lexus stamped a 7: 14.64 production time with the Nürburgring Package LFA in Nürburgring Nordschleife. This is faster than cars like the Ferrari 488 GTB, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS (997), and just a second slower than an attempt with the $847,975 Porsche 918 Spyder. The quickest LFA we've tested achieved 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, continuing to a quarter-mile in just 11.7 seconds at 125 mph. That's quicker than the 612-hp Ferrari 599GTB Fiorano we compared it against. Every LFA purchase came with a pair of Tumi carbon-fiber suitcases, a carbon-fiber key, and two normal keys that look like they belong to the family's 1995 Lexus ES. That's all included in this auction, as well as a copy of service receipts and the original window sticker.

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