As the Lexus LFA approaches its tenth birthday, it seems that numerous examples are starting to appear on the second-hand resell market — such as this 2012 example that sold for $808,000 USD just last month — and now another, even rarer example has sold through RM Sotheby’s for $1.6m USD. The one you see above is an LFA Nürburgring Package, meaning it’s just one of 64 built (of which 25 were sold in the U.S.A.), making it a rare modern classic from the Japanese brand.
Finished in a very clean black-over-black colorway, the Nürburgring Package adds lightweight magnesium BBS rims and plenty of carbon fiber exterior components, from a revised front splitter to a huge rear wing and canards on the nose, which come together to improve downforce but subsequently reduce top speed (alas, this is no slump, hitting 0-60 MPH in 3.7 seconds before maxing out at 202 MPH).
An addition of 10 HP makes for a 4.8-liter V10 that produced 562 HP and goes all the way to the iconic 9,000 RPM redline, making for a sound that screams out of the trio of pipes at the rear. A six-speed auto-clutch manual transmission makes shifts quicker by 0.15 seconds, while a suspension tune lowers the car by 0.4 inches for a better center of gravity, and thus better handling.
This example is seen in near-as-makes-no-difference new condition with just under 930 miles on the clock, and as a result of its condition coupled with its rarity, it went on to fetch $1.6m USD at auction. We think we’ll start to see more LFAs appearing for sale in the near future, but for now, check out the Nürburgring Package version above.
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