Not too long ago, an exciting report from Motoring surfaced to say Lexus is in the works with a possible LFA supercar successor, and one that’ll be cooperatively developed and built with BMW.
And although such rumors were to be taken with a grain of salt, it appears the rumors are holding to be true as AutoExpress in the UK reports the supercar should cost around $243,000 US, or around 217,000 euros when it gets launched sometime in 2020.
So far, we’re told there will be two versions of the supercar, one from Lexus and the other from BMW.
Power for the Lexus variant should be supplied by a a detuned and hybridized version of the 3.7L V8 used in the Toyota TS040 racecar, rather than the LFA’s lovely 4.8L naturally-aspirated V10, that also takes the cake as one of the best sounding engines ever made. Speculation suggests an output of around 1,000hp could be achievable from this setup, though engineers are looking at a more realistic output of around 800hp for the sake of duability, emissions, and fuel consumption. BMW’s verison is said to get a highly-modified version of their venerable 3.0L TwinPower turbo inline six.
Not much else is known, except production should be limited and the interiors and exteriors of both cars will differ greatly. But both will also use the same aluminum and carbon fiber spaceframe to keep weight low. Electric motors should be apart of both cars with the latter powering the front axles while the gas engine powers the rear, essentially creating an all-wheel drive hybrid setup.
– By: Chris Chin