Lucky YouTuber Gets to Spend a Day in a Lexus LFA
Seen Through Glass goes down under to drive the V10 LFA supercar around Australia’s wine country and watch the Australian Open.
There are certain things you just don’t say “No” to. If you’re on a road trip and you get the opportunity to use the bathroom at a gas station, take advantage of it. You might not get the chance to do it again for a long time. A trip to Australia is something else you don’t turn down. So is the privilege of driving the Lexus LFA for a day. When Sam Fane of the popular Youtube channel Seen Through Glass was given the opportunity to experience Lexus’s V10 supercar in the “Down Under,” he said “Yes.”
That should be anyone’s logical response to being asked if they would like to drive a car with 552 horsepower, but there are even more reasons to say yes to driving the LFA. One is that it’s relatively rare; Lexus only produced 500 of them. The LFA’s engine is another. No other Lexus production car has had a V10 under its hood. The LFA’s positioning is a third. Lexus made fast cars before the LFA and made them afterward, but none of them can be considered supercars like the LFA. And let’s not forget the way it sounds. Fane says, “It still has, possibly, one of the best-sounding factory exhaust and engine sounds ever,” then puts his right foot down to let out the 4.8-liter V10’s exotic raspy wail.
Although the LFA is a special car, it’s still just that – a car. Like any other vehicle, it has its shortcomings, especially when you consider how much technology has advanced since the LFA first came out. According to Fane, “The biggest sign of age with this car is, unfortunately, the gearbox.” The LFA’s six-speed single-clutch automatic can be a little slow and rough, although some settings tinkering can unlock faster shift speeds. Flat out, the LFA continues to impress. In Fane’s words, “When this thing gets up and goes, it still gets up and goes.”
As if a day behind the wheel of an LFA weren’t enough incentive, Lexus found a way to make Fane’s experience even more appealing. They sent along a representative in an LC 500, the LFA’s spiritual successor, to accompany him to Melbourne’s Yarra Valley wineries and blast through the sun-soaked countryside with him.
Then Fane zooms off to the Rod Laver Arena to watch Roger Federer face Stefanos Tsitsipas in a round of the Australian Open. Whether you speak English, German, or Greek, that’s another experience you say “Yes”…or “Jah”…or “Ναι” to.
Join the Club Lexus forums now!