Lexus LFA Nürburgring Sold for $885K at Auction
The Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package is a rare gem that combines exemplary performance with articulate styling, all with the aim of delivering what it was really built for.
A Little bit of History
The Lexus LFA Nürburgring was a variant of the supercar built by Lexus in March 2010. The car was built to pay tribute to the three successive wins made by the standard LFA at the annual German GT endurance and touring car racing event - 24 Hours Nürburgring. Lexus was going to produce a limited run for the Nürburgring Package. The idea was to boost the standard LFA with a track-oriented attitude and a sportier appearance.
How Rare is it?
Lexus built only 50 examples, which made up 10% of the 500 LFAs built between 2010 and 2012. About 15 of these were reserved for the U.S. market while the rest would be sold worldwide. For the Nürburgring package, buyers had the option of either white, black, orange, or matte black. To date, these cars are rarely sold and are not easily spotted in public.
The Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package featured more productive side skirts, larger spoilers at the front, and a new carbon-fiber wing. These added more weight compared to the standard model. Lightweight magnesium wheels from BBS were installed in place of the standard wheels. The ride height was also reduced by 0.4 inches to improve handling. A lowered and adjustable suspension, front bumper aerodynamic canards, and track tires completed the picture and added an extra $83,000 to the price of the standard LFA.
Beneath the white-colored carbon-fiber body of this monster is a 2-tone white and red leather interior that matches the red brake calipers. The steering wheel and center console also carry some elements of carbon fiber. Overall, the Nürburgring Package retains all the standard features of the base LFA which include alloy paddle shifters, a start button mounted on the steering wheel, and a 12-speaker Mark Levinson sound system.
Mileage and Accessories
The Lexus LFA Nürburgring that was sold at the RM Sotheby auction had only 54 miles on its odometer. It's a U.S. variant with little to no sign of use. In addition to a virtually brand new supercar, the lucky bidder walked away with the keys, battery tender, window sticker, car cover, and the original books.
The extra carbon fiber components of the Nürburgring Package added some downforce and drag. To maintain its top speed, engineers added 10 hp to the Formula 1-derived 4.8-liter Yamaha V10 engine. The total output reached 562 HP and 353 pound-foot of torque at 7000 rpm. All that power is channeled through a 6-speed automated manual transmission. The engine was also placed at the front to maximize the vehicle's capabilities.
There are two types of octaves produced by the engine in the LFA Nurburgring Package. Each is availed to the driver through two separate ducts that route the engine noise to where it's supposed to be. Thanks to some motivation from the Yamaha musical instrument division, the engine sound is tuned to the same note as that of the Ovation guitar. As a result, drivers get the best driving symphony as they drive around in this unique supercar.
The carbon-ceramic brakes installed in the LFA are one of it's most dynamic features. A test drive carried out by Scott Pruett, a Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series champion, proved that the world-class braking ability of the LFA is incomparable.
The original ticket price for the Lexus LFA Nürburgring was $465,000 when it debuted. Recent models put on sale are going for more than $800,000. The LFA Nürburgring model at the RM Sotheby action was sold for $885,000, a 90% increase in value from its original price.
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