Press Release) Lexus unveiled the LF-A sports car concept
at a press conference today at the 2005 North American International
Auto Show (NAIAS). The two-seat concept blends the performance of an
exotic sports car with the luxury refinements of a Lexus. Designed
to express a bold new direction in styling for the Lexus brand, the
LF-A concept is a vision closely aligned with the company's Formula
One commitment to achieving superiority among its rivals in speed,
quickness, agility and reliability.
"The Lexus LF-A is like no sports car we have ever builtˇor even
imagined," said Jim Press, Toyota Motor Sales executive vice
president and COO. "Currently only a concept, it is a realistic
vision of how we might address the boundaries that define the exotic
sports car landscape."
The Lexus LF-A concept features an engine capable of developing more
than 500 horsepower from a displacement of less than five liters.
With a combination of optimum gearing, weight and aerodynamics, the
LF-A concept would produce a top speed in the neighborhood of 200
miles per hour.
"The LF-A is theoretically developed to run a parallel course to our
company's efforts in Formula One racing," added Press. "It would
probably feature a powertrain and drivetrain configuration strongly
influenced by whatever is being used in competition at the time."
Inside, the LF-A is designed as a luxury high-speed capsule that
blends extravagant comfort with precision operation. Although it is
about five inches shorter in length than the Porsche 911 Turbo, its
wheelbase is nine inches longer. At 48 inches, it is nearly
identical in height to the Ferrari F430. And with a width of 73.2
inches, it splits the difference between the Mercedes Benz SL55 and
the Aston Martin DB9.
While the LF-A makes a major statement in how Lexus would define
exotic sports car performance, it was conceived to express the
emergence of a new direction in styling for the Lexus brand,
"Over the last two years, a new styling philosophy that we call
L-Finesse, has taken shape at Lexus Design," said Wahei Hirai,
Toyota Motor Corporation's global managing officer of design. "What
has emerged from this two-year journey is not just a new direction
in philosophy. It is a new design language, based on the dynamism
and inherent contrast between simplicity and elegance."
Simplicity, in form and function, reflects styling that is
uncluttered and void of extraneous elements. Elegance, inside and
out, avoids exaggeration by prioritizing understated luxury that is
intriguing, subtle, seamless, and slightly surprising. The key to
the formula is how the visual contrast between simplicity and
elegance creates a look that is dynamic, forceful and vigorous.
The LF-A is a fundamental shift in both style and design for Lexus.
The positioning and sizing of major components have been redefined
and condensed. By taking an entirely different approach to
proportion and packaging, designers have achieved the ultimate
weight balance, so vital to high-speed handling and stability.
As a total package, the Lexus LF-A concept is a bold statement and a
clear indication of the path that Lexus' global design will follow
in the near future.