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Lexus LF-A Roadster news - Roofless streak - 2008

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We
had hoped, against the odds, that the production version of the Lexus LF-A
sports car would make an appearance in Detroit. No such luck, sadly. But Lexus
went some way to assuaging our loss by unveiling this: a roadster LF-A concept. 

With
the same carbon-fibre-and-aluminium body as the coupe, the LF-A roadster should
remain rigid despite the loss of its roof. It is powered by the same V10 as the
hopefully-soon-to-reach-production LF-A, widely suspected to be a 4.8-litre
unit, though Lexus hasn’t confirmed this yet. 

That’ll
develop in excess of 500bhp and help the LF-A to a top speed of over 200mph.
Such pace has led the Lexus engineers to fit the roadster concept with a
speed-adaptive rear wing - like that on the Bugatti Veyron - which raises to
provide extra downforce at silly speeds. 

Just
under that wing lurks a pair of radiators, fed cool air by the intake ducts
above the rear wheel wells. Sticking the radiators at the back helps to
centralise the weight of the front-engined LF-A: indeed, Lexus is referring to
the concept as ‘front-mid-engined’ because the V10 sits well behind the front
 axle. 

All
of which sounds wonderful, but a concept’s still a concept. We want to see the
real thing please, Lexus. Soon. Please.

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