Clarkson Declares the LFA as the Best Car He's Ever Driven


Now, if that's not high praise, I don't know what is. Keep in mind that Jeremy Clarkson's job to drive the worlds most interesting and exciting cars... And evaluate them with brutal honesty (and humor). He's been doing this for over 20 years. And yet, it is Lexus' super car that manages to be the best car that he's ever driven. That's saying something.

Sure, the LFA may be several times more expensive than it's contemporaries. Some cars might have a higher top speed, or a quicker 0-60 time. Some might have more visually alluring sheet metal. Those things are absolutely important, but they're parts that make up a whole. The LFA's allure isn't that it excels in any of those individual areas, but it's because the car is an exceptional package all together. The price might be high, but considering the tremendous amount of R&D Toyota has poured into making the car, it's easy to understand why.

Clarkson understands that it's not just the numbers that make a car. That's why Ferrari's are special, and Jags are special, and Alfas are special. Ferrari's have a certain "Ferrari-nes" to them that makes them unique, performance be damned. In the LFA's case, it's as close as anyone's been able to get to mechanical perfection. In Clarkson's words, it's like the Terminator.

There's only one comparable car I can think of. The Ferrari 599 GTO. Kato, if you follow the show closely. Obviously, this has bags more personality than the LFA and feels so much more human as a result. It's fallible and confused, and when it rains it goes all to pieces. It's hard to master, but deeply rewarding when you do.

The LFA doesn't show any of those traits at all. It's more like a Terminator. You tell it what to do, and it will keep on doing it. It absolutely will not stop.

via [LexusEnthusiast]
Gregory JnoBaptiste (Wed, 20 Feb 2013 07:24:01 -0800): Nice!
William Hamilton (Wed, 20 Feb 2013 07:34:46 -0800): It all sound amazingly beautiful, what do you think the depreciated price will be in 10-15 years? and will they be as maintenance free as the SC400 series.
Peter Sterns (Wed, 20 Feb 2013 07:56:38 -0800): Base price $375K.
Warnin Tuyou (Wed, 20 Feb 2013 08:13:24 -0800): What difference does it make? You can't buy one!
Grace Antares (Wed, 20 Feb 2013 08:26:45 -0800): well I think my Lexie is the best car I've ever driven too...but this thing is a whole other ball game. Bravo Lexus! Mine didn't carry quite the price tag
Sergio Velez Giraldo (Wed, 20 Feb 2013 08:52:52 -0800): I wil love to ride that car....maybe rent it for a complete day with windows down so I can memorize that v10 screaming :)
William Barry Sansome (Wed, 20 Feb 2013 09:15:40 -0800): FROM THE FIRST TIME I WAS SMITTEN WITH LEXUS............ I drive a lexus ls400 1998 and before this I had bmw 7 series , the lexus is miles ahead of the 7 and jags and mercs............
Jake Siegal (Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:23:24 -0800): jeremy's opinion of the best car... IN THE WORLD does change about every week but I'm sure the LFA is spectacular to drive and own. I wouldn't expect anything less. still though I think I'd rather have a GT-R, an MP4-12C, and a bunch of extra money still lying around as opposed to one LFA.
Jake Siegal (Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:27:23 -0800): nice... i too have a 1999 LS 400 and i love that car. it's got 86000 miles on the clock and still performs flawlessly every single time i turn the key. that 1UZ-FE is surely one of the all time great engines. it'll even do better than 30 MPG on the highway if you're careful and the conditions are good
Bruce Williams (Wed, 20 Feb 2013 19:50:23 -0800): My wife's LS600hL is the best luxury car we've ever owned. Looking forward to the LF-LC. Dealer won't accept a deposit on one though.
(Wed, 20 Feb 2013 22:10:49 -0800): I drove ES300 2003, LS430 2002, gs300 2006, gs430 2006 and lately gs300 2004. So I experienced mostly all types of lexus and lexus is the best car I ever used comparing to BMW and Mercedes. I am looking for to try ls460L.
Liljan Fosse Meredith (Fri, 22 Feb 2013 23:23:55 -0800): Just had to let you guys know that we have the same ls 400 down here in Western Australia is by far the best car we have ever had, have driven it for 8 years from 34000 kms tp 147000 kms, Liljan calls it SMOOTHY, it does 9ltrs to 100kms , every day, Lexus you tops.