Porsche gets behind kicked by Lexus
I was highlighting some time ago how the 2009 Nissan GT-R outran many high-dollar exotics at the Nurburgring racetrack in Germany, with a time of 7:38 minutes, better than the Porsche 911 Turbo and the overhyped Audi R8. However, the pricier Porsche 911 GT2 is even faster, at 7:32 minutes. But another upcoming Japanese car is already running circles around it. The prototype Lexus LF-A posted a time of 7:24 minutes, in full camouflage no less.
Everything else that is faster than the Lexus are all either tuner cars or limited-production toys like the Pagani Zonda F and the Mclaren F1. Even the Porsche Carrera GT, the Koenigsegg CCR and the Bugatti Veyron are slower than the Lexus.
The Lexus LF-A’s time is remarkable, and we expect it be come the world’s most reliable supercar. Its 4.8-litre V10 reportedly churns out 552 hp, with a 9,000 rpm redline. Top speed is said to be at 336 kph. No other details are available, as the final design is not even exposed yet, except for the for the auto-show concept shown in these pictures.
The car will be as expensive as at least the base Ferrari, but will play with the top Ferrari in performance. This car, the Corvette ZR-1 and the GT-R are all showing the snobby European supercar makers how to do it better, for less.