Ready for a next-gen Lexus LFA? Its successor could be based on LF-LC concept

Lexus LF-LC Blue concept

The Lexus LFA is a remarkable car, an impeccably-engineered supercar wearing the badge of one of the most boring brands in the business. Thankfully, Lexus is reportedly planning a successor.

LFA engineering boss Haruhiko Tanahashi told Autocar that his bosses are mulling an LFA successor based on the LF-LC concept from the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.

Lexus international boss Mark Templin also hinted that a new performance car is in the works, saying it could be a flagship for a planned line of F performance models – analogous to BMW’s M and Mercedes-Benz’s AMG vehicles – but that no concrete plans have been made.

The Lexus LF-LC is a luxury coupe with a hybrid powertrain, which produces a total of 498 horsepower, and a chassis made of carbon fiber and aluminum.

Lexus actually showed the LF-LC twice, indicating that it does have some interest in putting the concept into production. The LF-LC debuted in red at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, then was relaunched in blue at the 2012 Sydney show. At Sydney, Lexus added the details about the hybrid powertrain and carbon fiber/aluminum chassis.

Either way, the LF-LC seems to have the makings of an LFA successor.


Lexus’ first and only supercar has a 4.8-liter V10 with 553 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. It’s capable of propelling the 3,263-pound LFA to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, and on to a top speed of 202 mph. Only 500 units were produced.

Those numbers seem like they belong to a Ferrari, not a Lexus. Unfortunately, the same could be said for the LFA’s price tag. With an MSRP of $375,000, it was expensive even for a supercar. Because of the bespoke production process, Lexus also reportedly lost money on each car it made.

The LFA’s Achilles’ Heel may not be a problem for its replacement. Lexus engineer Tanahashi told Autocar that the new car would be cheaper than the LFA, but still significantly pricier than the most expensive RC coupe.

If the new car is anywhere near as mind-boggling as the LFA, it should be worth the price.


Has Apple rebooted its self-driving car program to develop autonomous vans?

The on-again, off-again Apple car is back on track, but it's not a sedan or a hatchback. It will arrive as an electric, autonomous passenger-carrying van, according to a recent report.

Consumer Reports bumps the Tesla Model 3 off of its list of recommended models

The Tesla Model 3 is one of the six new cars that have lost their coveted Recommended rating from Consumer Reports over reliability concerns. In 2018, Model 3 owners reported body trim falling off and problems with the car's glass.

Researchers teach self-driving cars to predict pedestrians’ next moves

University of Michigan researchers are developing a system that teaches self-driving cars to predict pedestrian movement. Humans don't always act in their own best self-interest, so autonomous cars will need to practice protective driving.

The Polestar 2, Sweden’s answer to the Tesla Model 3, begins taking shape

Volvo sister company Polestar has released a teaser image to give us our first look at the 2, its second model. Polestar tells us the 2 will arrive as a four-door fastback with a 400-hp electric powertrain and about 300 miles of range.

Subaru’s latest VIZIV concept car is pumped full of adrenaline

The Subaru VIZIV Adrenaline is the seventh member of the Japanese automaker's family of VIZIV concept cars. It debuts at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, but for now, all we're getting is a shadowy teaser image.

Audi is advancing the tech that teaches cars to talk to traffic lights

Audi is teaching its cars the language of traffic lights. The company developed technology that tells motorists what speed they should drive at in order to catch as many green lights as possible.

Waymo rules and Apple trails in California self-driving car benchmarks

California's DMV releases annual reports of self-driving car disengagements on public roads. In the most recent reports. Waymo had the best performance, GM Cruise came in second, and Apple's self-driving program was in last place.

Watch a modified Audi e-tron electric SUV drive straight up a ski slope

A modified Audi e-tron climbed up an 85-percent gradient on an Austrian ski slope in a tribute to a classic Audi commercial. The vehicle used for the stunt sported an extra electric motor and spiked tires.

Mamma mia! Alfa Romeo will unveil a new model at the Geneva Auto Show

Alfa Romeo told Digital Trends it will unveil a new model at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show. It stopped short of revealing what it has in store, but rumors claim it will be a crossover positioned below the Stelvio.

Citroën says you could drive its tiny Ami One electric car without a license

Citroën's Ami One concept car is an electric vehicle that's as cute as it is compact. The miniature motor only has a top speed of 28 mph, so the French automaker imagines it as a shareable runaround for short drives.

Arizona city slammed with $10M lawsuit over fatal Uber autonomous car accident

The family of Elaine Herzberg, the woman struck and killed by one of Uber's self-driving prototypes, has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the city of Tempe, Arizona. They claim Herzberg jaywalked because she was confused by a brick…

Mercedes lets the sun shine in one last time with SLC Final Edition convertible

The Mercedes-Benz SLC convertible sports car is going out of production. Launched in 1996 as the SLK, the model has been a fixture in the Mercedes-Benz lineup across three generations.

Aston Martin’s next hypercar, due in 2021, will pack a hybrid powertrain punch

Aston Martin will follow up the Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro with a new hypercar, code-named Project 003. The car will debut in 2021, with production limited to 500 units worldwide.

Apple opens up about its self-driving car program in letter to NHTSA

Apple has traditionally kept details about its self-driving car technology under wraps, but it has revealed details about the program in a rare instance of openness. The company takes safety seriously.