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time noon Posted: Jun 3, 2010 11:38:26 AM

AJ
2012 Lexus LFA

Ok, seriously now. Why is it that auto mags have no clue what they are reviewing? And hearing it from their mouth just makes them sound like complete retards. "Three hundred seventy five thousand dollars? For a Lexus?" The "auto enthusiasts" at Motor Trend don't like the price so they compare it to a car that cost a fraction of it. The Nissan GT-R, because that makes complete sense... not! Lexus is a relatively newly established Luxury brand under Toyota (which everyone knows) and put forth a task to build a real Super Car. And what do car mags do? Compare it to cars that don't make much sense. The only reason they can compare it to a GT-R is because they're both Japanese and the GT-R also blazing fast around a track. But so what? A ZR-1 or Viper ACR is faster than most Exotics, does it make sense to compare it to a Veyron? They have completely missed the point with this car. You may be asking "well, what do you compare it to?" Oh I don't know, maybe something that has the same amount of thought, spirit, style, exclusiveness? What is that exactly? A Ferrari 599 GTB. Yes a Ferrari, oh my did I just compare a Japanese car to an Italian car? Am I crazy? Let me present to you the similarities and then you can see.

Ferrari 599 GTB $321K (according to MT)

http://pitstopbrasil.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/599-gtb.jpg

Dimensions and Weight
Length 183.7 in
Width 77.2 in
Height 52.6 in
Wheelbase 108.3 in
Front track 66.5 in
Rear track 63.7 in
Curb weight 3482–3722 lb
Engine
Type 65° V12
Bore/stroke 3.62 x 2.96 in
Unit displacement 30.51 cu in
Total displacement 366.08 cu in
Compression ratio 11.2:1
Maximum power 456 kW (620 CV) at 7600 rpm
Maximum torque 608 Nm (448 lbft) at 5600 rpm
Maximum revs per minute 8400 rpm (with limiter)
Specific output 103 CV/I
Performance
Maximum speed over 205 mph
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 3.7 s
Lexus LFA $375K (according to Lexus)
http://cdn-www.rsportscars.com/images/lexus/2011-lexus-lfa/008_lexus_lfa-prv.jpg
Dimensions and Weight
Length 177.4 in
Width 74.6 in
Height 48 in
Wheelbase 102.6 in
Front track 62.2 in
Rear track 61.8 in
Curb weight 3263–3483 lb
Engine
Type 72° V10
Bore/stroke 3.5 x 3.1 in
Unit displacement 30.51 cu in
Total displacement 293.2 cu in
Compression ratio 12.0:1
Maximum power 412 kW (552 HP) at 8700 rpm
Maximum torque 480 Nm (354 lbft) at 6800 rpm
Maximum revs per minute 9000 rpm
Specific output 115 HP/I
Performance
Maximum speed 202 mph
0-60 mph 3.6 s
These two cars have the same spirit behind them, they are for the rich elite. The engineering that went into putting these cars together warrant a huge price tag. Even if you say the Ferrari is a better car, sure that's fine, but at least it's being compared properly. This LFA can match the Ferrar 599 GTB around any track and more than likely edge it out, it's just as fast in a straight line and it's lighter. The sound of the engine is thanks to Yamaha's tuning and puts out more power per liter than the Ferrari. Around southern California you'll see a lot of Nissan GT-Rs, but how many Ferrari 599 GTBs? Not many, I myself haven't seen one. And the only Lexus LFA I've seen was at a car show accompanied by Toyota. The car was meant to be over engineered to be stuck into a price bracket that leaves most people behind. And anyone who says "Oh the LFA is just too expensive, I rather buy 5 GTRs or 7 Corvettes" or something along that line is definitely not wealthy enough to even think about owning something this expensive. There will only be 500 of these LFAs built and already all of them that were slated for Japan are sold out, this will be one exclusive car and maybe Japan's last Super Car of this caliber.
So does it make sense to compare a Ferrari 599 GTB to a Nissan GTR? And anyone who still needs to complain about the LFA's price tag can inhale its exhaust.