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Old 06-06-2010, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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It seems lost on most of the crowd here that this car is about 90% engineering exercise and 10% marketing. They're not selling production cars so much as an engineering prototypes. I wouldn't be surprised if they were eating a loss on each car sold even at the asking price. If you want to buy a high-zoot production car, well there's plenty of Ferraris and Aston Martins and the like to choose from. If you want to drive something that makes those cars look like ancient technology, you'll need to be part of a more exclusive club than the mere peons who think buying a Ferrari gains them entry into the In Crowd.
who want to be part of that crowd for that cash I would buy a 1970 Hemi 'cuda convertible to stand out from that crowd. that is if I were super rich of course cause I am betting in places like beverly hills and the strip in vega's a F430 Ferrari would barley turn heads but a 70's hemi 'cuda would draw a crowd.
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Old 06-06-2010, 12:32 PM
 
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The LF-A definitely looks better in black matte than in white.

At least the engine is a masterpiece.
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Old 06-06-2010, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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who want to be part of that crowd for that cash I would buy a 1970 Hemi 'cuda convertible to stand out from that crowd. that is if I were super rich of course cause I am betting in places like beverly hills and the strip in vega's a F430 Ferrari would barley turn heads but a 70's hemi 'cuda would draw a crowd.
I'm guessing the people who are being qualified to buy an LF-A could probably afford to buy 5 Hemi 'Cudas without putting a dent in their bank account. If your aim is to turn heads or draw a crowd then you're probably not who Lexus is looking for anyway.
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Old 06-06-2010, 12:49 PM
 
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The asking price will never be an issue for potential buyers anyway.
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Old 06-06-2010, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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I'm guessing the people who are being qualified to buy an LF-A could probably afford to buy 5 Hemi 'Cudas without putting a dent in their bank account. If your aim is to turn heads or draw a crowd then you're probably not who Lexus is looking for anyway.
well if they are not track racing the car and it does not turn any heads whats the point of owning a super car IMO. If they are just going to buy it and park it in a garage that is lame. they might as well buy a non-street legal indy car to show case in the garage
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Old 06-06-2010, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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well if they are not track racing the car and it does not turn any heads whats the point of owning a super car IMO. If they are just going to buy it and park it in a garage that is lame. they might as well buy a non-street legal indy car to show case in the garage
Once again it's clear that you're not their audience. And it's fine by them that you don't get it because there are enough people who do and the means to be a part of it.
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Old 06-06-2010, 01:34 PM
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I'll pretend for a second that I'm Mr. Wealthy Guy looking for a new car around $400K....(Maybe it's time I talk to my boss about a raise )

If having status and impressing people around me is my thing, I'd take a Rolls Royce Drophead coupe..


I'd take a Ford GT w/ a pulley, LP670-SV, or a TTG (Twin Turbo Gallardo) if pure speed was my thing.

I'd take a Viper ACR, Ferrari F458, or Carrera GT if I was looking for pure racetrack performance.

I'd take a Lexus LF-A if.....wait...still thinking....no, I can't think of a single advantage that it would have over other cars in it's price range. Yes its fast, but there are faster cars for much cheaper, and the looks are boring and almost "pep-boy"ish.
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Old 06-06-2010, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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well if they are not track racing the car and it does not turn any heads whats the point of owning a super car IMO. If they are just going to buy it and park it in a garage that is lame. they might as well buy a non-street legal indy car to show case in the garage

If you intend to buy it and park it, Lexus won't let you have one. Part of the reason for the odd purchasing system is that they want to ensure that people will drive them.
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Old 06-06-2010, 04:32 PM
 
Location: NoVA
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who want to be part of that crowd for that cash I would buy a 1970 Hemi 'cuda convertible to stand out from that crowd. that is if I were super rich of course cause I am betting in places like beverly hills and the strip in vega's a F430 Ferrari would barley turn heads but a 70's hemi 'cuda would draw a crowd.
Strange, no crowd in sight.
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Old 06-06-2010, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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I will say though, I think it's a bit of an unfair comparison. They're both made with entirely different goals and intentions, the closest thing to the LF-A as far as intent goes, is probably the GT-R, but it can't really be easily compared to any other vehicle out there, it's just too unique.

You either get it, or you don't.

I don't think the LF-A is a natural beauty (Not that I think the 430 Scud is either but that's another story), but there is beauty in the purpose of every line, transcending it above it's mere shape, everything serves a purpose, nothing is coincidental and it's all done to get it as perfected as it can be for it's task, in therein lies the beauty.

Whether you appreciate that or not, whether the price tag is absurd or not, the car has integrity, and I don't think anything can strip it of that, not even a Lexus badge.
I understand completely. But I look at the price, performance, and the face that Toyota took a decade to deliver an uninspirational, overpriced "exotic". The only things that stir the blood on the LF-A are the engine note and unique gauges, which I actually like, oddly enough. Im sure each line on the LF-A serves a purpose, most cars in that realm can claim the same. Cars like the upcoming 599 GTO are just soooooo much more attractive than the LF-A, and should easily outperform it, too. Im just thoroughly convinced that Toyota's designers are off their rockers. I seriously think the word "sexy" is foreign to them, at least since the 2000GT was last built.

I agree the LF-A has integrity. But like the XJ220, I think the final product, although competent, is not what people wanted nor expected and is somewhat of a letdown. 5 years from now I think the LF-A will be completely forgettable.
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