Shortly after a stint on a track behind the wheel, Dutch motoring journalist and
race-driving instructor Thomas Bangma has described the upcoming Lexus LF-A as
"the best car I've ever driven". Mijnheer Bangma is a highly respected car
scribe so there's very little reason to doubt his sincerity. The man has driven
basically all modern cars considered supercar royalty. And he says none match up
to the LF-A. Some endorsement.
Lexus are promising a ‘Supercar’ at the Tokyo Motor Show. A supercar that
‘epitomises the purest form of driving exhilaration and performance’. Which
seems to be confirmed by Thomas’ impressions of the LF-A. And we have no reason
to doubt that Thomas is anything other than an impartial journo.
During the clip he mentions how true collectors who know their cars and have
machinery like Pagani Zondas, McLaren F1s and Porsche RSs in their garages would
do themselves major justice by including the Lexus. He also lets slip that only
500 units will be built but that part was edited out by Lexus. While Bangma
talks one LF-A just out of camera view screams down the main straight and then
again a second time right on queue as he closes out his thoughts.
What we do know of the LF-A is certainly very promising. Apart from the usual
Lexus attention to detail and build quality – which should make the LF-A an
everyday-drive supercar – the new Lexus will come equipped with a new V10 which
will be good for something well over 500bhp – and probably approaching 600bhp.
The same engine should also make an appearence in the new Lotus Esprit.