Lexus LFA successor with PHEV drivetrain in the works?

Studies out of Japan say that a successor to the Lexus LFA is in the operates. When this news should arrive with a planet-sized grain of salt, there is a non-zero probability. And because the LFA is a person of the most effective sports activities vehicles we have driven, it bears at the very least contemplating, so let’s search at the mere possibility of a successor.

Greatest Automobile journal promises to have in their upcoming Dec. 10 difficulty a scoop about the new “tremendous athletics” automobile. They say that the successor is a plug-in hybrid with a front-midship layout (the large motor powering the entrance axle) under a carbon fiber overall body. The gas side of the equation is mentioned to be a twin-turbo 4.-liter V8 building close to 937 horsepower. It is really supposedly scheduled for a 2025 debut.

This appears to be a distinctive motor vehicle than the rumored Gazoo Racing Super Sport, which is centered on the Toyota’s entrant in the WEC’s new Le Mans Hypercar class. That automobile would have to resemble the race car to some degree, and as this kind of would have a twin-turbo hybrid V6.

We locate it really unlikely that Toyota would establish two super-high priced automobiles at the similar time. Also, take note the rumored engine is a 4.-liter V8, a displacement that doesn’t exist in any fashionable Lexus. Perhaps that could suggest a substitution for the recent 5.-liter V8? Or possibly just a indicator that this is all a great deal ado about nothing. 

Nevertheless, we have witnessed an LFA prototype with modified bodywork lapping the Nürburgring in late 2018, some six a long time following the original ended output. The exact car or truck was noticed in summer time of 2019 as properly, the same calendar year Lexus’ then vice-president, now president Koji Sato informed Autocar, “We will need powerful requests for a new LFA from the media. This can assistance us proceed.”

Nicely, if which is what it usually takes then think about this yet another vote in the certainly column, even however we have explained its 4.8-liter V10’s 552-horsepower output as not extremely amazing on paper by the time it came out and coated how it wasn’t a incredibly hot vendor, with new examples continue to currently being made available for sale as new in 2018.

In the a long time given that, although, it looks the collector market appears to be to have taken a liking to the LFA. At Monterey Car or truck Week this calendar year, a standard LFA sold for $819,000, far more than doubling its original $375,000 sticker, whilst a 1 of 50 Nürburgring Edition marketed for $1.6 million. If the GR Super Activity seriously is canceled as some rumors suggest, maybe there is home in the Toyota relatives for an additional LFA.

We still would not keep our breaths, while.