2K-Mile Lexus LFA is our trailer pick of the day

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• This 2012 Lexus LFA has low mileage and a $70,000 Nürburgring package; a few copies of the already rare Japanese supercar were sold this way.

• The Nürburgring package increased the total output of the Yamaha co-developed V-10 engine to 563 horsepower and added carbon fiber goodies as well as special wheels and tires, among other extras.

• According to the vehicle’s Carfax report, this 2,000-mile LFA was delivered to Massachusetts in 2012, but then transferred ownership to Florida and Montana, and it eventually found a home in California where it is listed today. today.

    Many comment sections out there in the endless web of the internet are changing fast. So if you’re scrolling through the reviews of the Bring a trailer for this almost new Lexus LFA list, you won’t be surprised to see things get a little emotional. “The only two-pedal car I covet,” adds a comment. “OMG I just got wet,” reveals another. “My heart is beating too fast this early in the morning,” says a third reader. All can be forgiven, however; they’re salivating over this 563-hp LFA, a car built to fight Ferraris that cost almost double its price. It came with a 4.8-liter V-10 co-developed with Yamaha that could howl at 9000 rpm. And when it screamed, it sang. This 2,000 mile example on Bring a Trailer, which as Car And Driver, is part of Hearst Autos—is far from ordinary. Any emotion it inspires is legitimate.

    Of the 500 cars produced during the LFA’s two-year production run, only 64 were built with the Narburgring package, and very few of them were delivered to the United States. The $70,000 package added 10 horsepower, different wheels, more aggressive performance tires, carbon fiber spoilers and a lighter battery. The six-speed automated sequential transmission has also been tuned for faster gear changes. It was offered in the whitest white, black, matte black, and Cheddar Orange paint color on this list. The interior got an extra carbon fiber treatment and Lexus went so far as to remove the floor mats, an immediate safety requirement for any track day.

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    Why not the Tokyo Expressway Edition or the Mark Levinson Bass Boost Custom? Because the 12.9 mile loop of the German track is where the LFA was developed. And it didn’t hurt that the pre-production LFA won first place in its class at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring in 2010, beating race car versions of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage and Rapide, as well as entries like the Audi R8 and Chevrolet Corvette.

    Lexus recorded a production time of 7:14.64 with the Nürburgring Package LFA at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. That’s faster than cars like the Ferrari 488 GTB, Porsche 911 GT2 RS (997), and just a second slower than an attempt with the $847,975 Porsche 918 Spyder.

    The fastest LFA we tested hit 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, continuing to a quarter-mile in just 11.7 seconds at 125 mph. That’s faster than the 612-hp Ferrari 599GTB Fiorano we compared it to.

    Each LFA purchase came with a pair of Tumi carbon fiber suitcases, a carbon fiber key and two normal keys that appear to belong to the family’s 1995 Lexus ES. All of this is included in this auction, along with a copy of the service receipts and the original window sticker.

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    With the auction set to end on Friday, March 18, bids can reach $1.6 million. That’s more than triple the car’s original $445,000 MSRP, and even more than double after calculating inflation. There are five days left for this bid to climb before No. 349 of 500 gets a new home. And we’re sure the emotional tone of the comments section will only get more interesting as the auction continues.

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