Exclusive: Lexus LFA Roadster is not planned image

The Roadster version of the LFA will not be hitting the market, as a company representative has recently confirmed to inautonews.com.

After seeing a mysterious Lexus LFA Roadster just a few days ago, at an event in Japan, the 2015 Media Ambition Tokyo, we assumed that this is the carmaker’s way of announcing us on a production version of the model but when asking a company representative about it, we found out that such a model has no future with Lexus.

“The LFA is now a discontinued model, there is no intention to develop a roadster model. Regarding a successor to LFA – as this regards our future product plans, I refrain from making comment”, said the Lexus official.

As a small reminder, the Lexus LFA was a supercar with a front mid-engine and a rear-wheel drive layout, produced by the Toyota’s luxury brand between December 2010 and December 2012, in Motomachi, Toyota City, Japan. The development of the model began back in the early 2000s as the P280 and the concept car named the LF-A was shown in 2005, followed by a second LF-A in 2007. The third version of the LF-A was a roadster shown in 2008 but the production version, the LFA, was revealed in Tokyo, in 2009. Power to this was provided by a 4.8 liter V10 engine, with dual VVT-I, producing a total output of 560 HP (412 kW) at 8,700 rpm and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) of torque, available at 6,800 rpm. The unit was sending power to the rear wheels through a 6-speed automated transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.