Toyota and Lexus joined the electric vehicle revolution a little later than other automakers, but through a media briefing in December of last year, Toyota ramped up its future EV offerings.
Soon after, Toyota unveiled the bZ4X electric crossover and its corporate cousin, the Subaru Solterra. The bZ4X, the first-ever production EV to lead a bZ (Beyond Zero) lineup of electric vehicles, represents a watershed in Toyota’s history.
By 2030, Toyota intends to introduce at least 30 new electric vehicles, the most notable of which is the Lexus Electrified Sport. This futuristic supercar, which will serve as the Lexus brand’s halo vehicle, is a preview of the next-generation LFA.
Since then, the topic of an electrified LFA has been constantly discussed online. The Lexus Electrified Sport is still largely unknown, but what is known about it is interesting.
Electrifying an icon
The Lexus LFA initially received little love from enthusiasts for two main reasons: It was a very limited edition model (only 500 were produced worldwide) and each started at about $400,000 back in 2010.
According to Classic, the secondary market going price for a base model LFA has risen dramatically over the past ten years, ranging from $750,000 to about $850,000. A unique Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition sold for a staggering $1.6 million at a Bring a Trailer auction in March 2022.
It is easy to understand why the wealthy went scrambling for a Ferrari or Lamborghini instead when you consider the murky ownership schemes (the first LFAs were only available for lease) (which were both half the price of the LFA).
Although it is an absurdly expensive supercar, the Lexus LFA has a feature that other supercars do not. The legendary 1LR-GUE 4.8-liter naturally-aspirated V10 engine was created in collaboration with Yamaha and is housed under its carbon fiber hood.
This mill is unique to the LFA and has an earth-exclusive sound. If you look at every online list of the best-sounding cars of all time, you’ll probably find the Lexus LFA. If you haven’t heard it yet, the video below will convince you.
The Lexus LFA is the best vehicle that Jeremy Clarkson, the iconic host of old Top Gear, has ever driven. A digital rev counter was installed by Lexus engineers because no analog unit could keep up with the engine’s rapid rotation from idle to its 9,000 rpm redline in less than 0.6 seconds.
With these features, it’s clear why the LFA will be difficult to top, but it seems the Lexus Electrified Sport concept is off to a fantastic start.
Toyota has not yet officially confirmed that the much-anticipated next-generation LFA supercar, the Lexus Electrified Sport, actually exists.
But if the new LFA’s fantastic styling is any indication, it unquestionably looks more futuristic, expansive, lower, and sleek than its predecessor.
If you look closely, you’ll notice that the concept shares some LFA styling cues with the car, such as the aggressive nose (which features air intakes in the form of an inverted triangle) and the sloped rear end.
The Drive predicted that the twin-turbocharged gasoline V8 that would replace the LFA might show up by 2025. If the “LFA2” supercar is real, it will be Toyota’s final gasoline-powered sports car overall.
Additionally, it might take on the mechanical components and styling cues of the Toyota GR GT3 Concept, a racing vehicle designed to compete in both domestic Japanese races and the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The Electrified Sport, according to Lexus, is a vision of the LFA’s afterlife. If we had to guess, it would have three or four electric motors, along with a small battery pack, to provide a range of 430 miles.
To keep up with EV supercars like the Lotus Evija and Pininfarina Battista, Lexus adds that it might also include a solid-state battery pack. This battery pack would be powerful enough to propel the concept from zero to 60 mph in under two seconds.
In June of last year, at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Lexus Electrified Sport made its European debut. At the event, Lexus also unveiled its brand-new RZ 450e and UX300e EV crossovers.