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A Lexus LFA Nürburgring Pack is up for grabs
Includes one of the world’s finest supercar engines. Stop what you're doing and buy it
There is good news and there is bad news. Actually, there’s only good news. The Lexus LFA has returned to the good people of Planet Supercar. At least, for the purposes of acquisition.
Gooding & Company is offering up this exquisite, limited edition LFA Nürburgring Pack at its upcoming Scottsdale Auction next year, and you should really pay attention because, well, it is a Lexus LFA and it has a V10 and nothing else matters right now.
Only 500 LFAs were built, and of those 500, only 50 featured the Nürburgring Pack. This consisted of an increase in power to that magnificent, glorious and earth-shatteringly noisy 4.8-litre V10. Where it once made 552bhp, here it makes 562bhp.
Only 10bhp more, but an LFA thus equipped with that pack wasn’t meant to be an outright power merchant. Lexus also added a new front spoiler formed of carbonfibre-reinforced plastic, dive planes, and a fixed rear wing. And special ‘mesh-type’ wheels with bespoke, gripper tyres. And stiffer, adjustable suspension. And a recalibrated gearbox for even more insanely fast shifts. A decent overhaul, then.
So, while the performance matches the ‘regular’ LFA – 0-62mph in 3.7secs and a top speed of 202mph – those aero additions helped it record a Nürburgring lap time of 7min 14secs. Fast, in any sane universe. Eight seconds quicker than its non-packed sibling.
This one is uniquely special, in that it’s number 498 of the 500 hand-built run (it apparently took Lexus one day to build one LFA), and has done less than 60 miles since 2012. When it was new. That’s an average of 12 MILES A YEAR, people.
Ah, did we say bad news? There is some, but really it’s only good news. Yes, it’s expensive (as ever), expected as it is to sell for between $900,000 and $1,200,000 when it goes up for auction. A lot of money in the grand scheme of things.
Yet, weirdly, it doesn’t matter. Because you’re essentially getting a unicorn. The moment Lexus made the supercar world sit up and take notice. With less than 60 miles on the clock. Welcome back, old girl.