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Lexus Considering LF-A Roadster

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On: Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 9:55AM | By: Chris Weiss

Lexus Considering  LF-A Roadster

After being introduced in its production suit last year, the Lexus LF-A has quickly become the hottest gossip-maker of Toyota's luxury arm. Starring in news stories, supercar showdowns, pictorials and flute-shattering commercials all year, the LF-A goes into production later this year. Lexus plans to build just 500 examples of the $375,000 supercar and those have all but sold out. New indications are that those who miss the chance to own the Japanese rocket will soon have a second opportunity: Autoweek reports that Lexus will be following the first run of coupe production with a roadster.

According to the new report, Lexus will stick with its 500-model production run and then take a break from making the LF-A coupe. However, it will shift focus onto an LF-A roadster, with a January 2014 launch window speculated. The report indicates that Lexus may even build the roadster version in higher volumes than the coupe.

Lexus brought an LF-A Roadster concept to the 2008 North American International Auto Show. That model is featured in our photo gallery. The concept featured carbon fiber and aluminum design and an adaptive, speed-activated rear wing. It was powered by the same 4.8-liter 552-hp V10 engine that the coupe uses to power it to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. It measured 175.6 inches in length and bore a wheelbase of 102.6 inches.

In production form, the LF-A Roadster will undoubtedly lose conceptual favorites like the open glass windshield, sharing the polished look of the production LF-A, which hadn't yet been introduced when the roadster concept was shown in Detroit.

The roadster is said to be part of a concentrated effort by Lexus to expand and redesign in key segments and compete with players like BMW and Mercedes. Other elements of this effort are said to include a new range-topping seven-seat crossover called the VX; a lightened, redesigned LS sedan; and redesigned versions of the ES and GS models.

Initial media reports indicated that the Lexus LF-A sold out in early June, but official word from Lexus days later negated those reports. Production begins on the 500 LF-A coupes in December.

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