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Lexus Building A $1 Million Bugatti Competitor?

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On: Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 3:38PM | By: Chris Weiss


Lexus Building A $1 Million Bugatti Competitor?

We've been hearing a lot of Japanese sports car rumors of late, but this is by far the weirdest of the bunch. A report this week has Lexus building a super-LFA supercar that could compete with notables like the Pagani Huayra and upcoming McLaren P12.

Now, Lexus already has the LFA, a $375,000 supercar that's basically the most impressive, exclusive supercar ever to come out of Japan. It's also more than enough supercar for a company that's next most expensive car is more than $250,000 cheaper. So why in the world would it build an even higher end, more expensive car?

We're really not too sure, but AutoGuide reports that's exactly what Toyota's luxury brand is planning. According to the site, a Toyota executive indicated that a so-called LFA II is already in the planning stages. The automaker is working with the strategy of "twice the car," meaning something significantly more impressive than the LFA's combination of 552-hp 4.8-liter V-10 and ~3,400 lb. curb weight.

Of course, twice the car would also mean twice the price, and the LFA II could cost as much as $800,000 to $1 million. Since the market for a $1 million car is even smaller than the already small market for a $375,000 car, Lexus would only build about 100 models (the LFA is a 500-model car).

We know Akio Toyoda wants to bring sporty back to Toyota, but this just seems a little too rich for the automaker's blood. Toyota might consider spinning off an entirely new brand for such a lavish car, because it's a bit difficult to swallow from Lexus.

At first we took a short-lived breath of relief - April 1 - but that's actually April 11 on AutoGuide's report, meaning this isn't a joke. It sure seems far-fetched, though. We'll see if it materializes beyond anonymous sources.

If the LFA II does go through, hopefully it will borrow some styling from the LF-LC concept (pictured). While that concept is more humble in power aspirations than the LFA, it looks plenty more exotic, in our humble opinion. And if Lexus expects to charge $900,000 on a car, it had better build something that looks a little more exciting than the LFA. Perhaps the LF-LC teases a hybrid supercar, which could compete with the Porsche 918 Spyder and Jaguar CX-75.




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