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The Lexus LFA was a supercar that was made in limited quantities and only 2010 to 2012 model years. Although it’s over 10 years old, the LFA was ahead of its time from an engineering and design standpoint. The only issue was that it cost $375,000 when it debuted, making it a pipe dream for most buyers. However, it’s been a while since the LFA was discontinued, so how much can you pick one up for now?

2012 Lexus LFA driving
2012 Lexus LFA | Lexus

The Lexus LFA has not gone down in value

2012 Lexus LFA rear
2012 Lexus LFA | Lexus

Although about 95% of cars in the market decrease in value over time, the Lexus LFA is not one of them. As stated, the LFA cost nearly $400,000 when it was new, but the Japanese automaker only produced 500 of them in total. Considering that limited quantity, it’s easy to see why many LFAs in the used market sell for close to or over $1 million.

A nationwide search on CarGurus brought up two current listings, one priced at $899,999 and another for $1,839,999. That prices are a long way from what the car was originally priced at, and they even make it look cheap in comparison. Either way, the Lexus LFA was discontinued due to poor sales, but since it’s even less obtainable now, we wonder how many well-off collectors are actually purchasing these cars.

What made the Lexus LFA so special?

Aside from its racecar looks, the Lexus LFA’s most special attribute was its engine. Under the hood was a naturally aspirated 4.8-liter V10 engine with 553 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque and a 9,400 rpm redline. According to the Robb Report, the engine was mated to a six-speed automated manual transmission and could rev up to 9,000 rpm in half a second.

That’s impressive. But even more impressive was that all that power motivated that car up to 60 mph in only 3.4 seconds and down the quarter-mile in 11.5 seconds. Best of all, its exhaust note made it sound like an F1 car on public roads, which only added to the allure of its sports car prowess.  

2012 Lexus LFA interior
2012 Lexus LFA | Lexus

To back up all of its performance, the LFA looked the part with its various functional vents and bold body contours. It even has a speed-sensitive rear wing that rises when the car goes over 50 mph. As for the rest of the car’s design, the LFA’s body was mostly made from a carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer, which equated to a light curb weight of 3,559 pounds.

On the inside, the Lexus LFA had comfortable seating for two. Its interior had Alcantara and leather seats that were accented by a carbon fiber trim, which was indicative of the luxury the brand was known for. There were paddles behind the steering wheel and a premium Mark Levinson sound system.

On top of all of this luxury and performance, Lexus only hand built 20 examples every month the car was in production. It even picked out the customers that could purchase the new car, and each car came with a special number plaque. Ironically, the LFA was meant to be the Lexus halo car, much like what the NSX was to Acura, but it didn’t last long.

Is it worth it to buy a Lexus LFA now?

2012 Lexus LFA
2012 Lexus LFA | Lexus

If you have a cool million dollars to spend on a Lexus LFA, then by all means, do it. We doubt that it will go down in value any time soon. Also, its limited production made it one of the rarest cars in the market – so that money could be well spent.


Lexus Managed to Sell 1 Brand-New LFA in Q3 2020