The upcoming Lexus LFA has sold out, months before it even begins production. Most buyers are from Germany.
The LFA only starts production in December, yet Lexus has already sold all 500 planned copies of its first supercar. Germans were the most eager buyers, snatching up a third of the allocation by making US$125,715 down payments. While Europeans can buy it outright, US customers have to lease it for the first two years in order to protect it from speculators. They can then choose to buy it after the lease period. A monthly production rate of only 20 units is planned over a two-year period.
The LFA weighs 1480kg (3,263 lbs) and is powered by a 4.8-litre V10 producing 412 kW (553 bhp / 560 PS) at 8,700rpm and peak torque of 480Nm at 6,800rpm. Power and torque go to the rear wheels through a 6-speed ASG transmission. The 0 - 100 km/h sprint is achieved in 3.7 seconds and top speed is 325 km/h (202mph).