No, it’s not New York, Shanghai, Geneva, or even Toronto, but the Edmonton Motorshow is in town this weekend (April 15-17 at the Northlands Expo) and it’s worth attending for the following 10 reasons, all of which have four wheels.
The 2010 Chicago Auto Show has just wrapped up but our belated (but bespoke) coverage will continue to seep into these pages over the coming days. To start things off, here is a video of the venerable Lexus LFA that we took. While you’ve undoubtedly seen pictures of the LFA, or even video reviews, you haven’t seen it up close and personal. Until now.
The 360˚ video and 16-image gallery of the LFA are below. I think you’ll enjoy the fine details of Japanese engineering. A lot. Also, the matte gray that this LFA is painted is infinitely cooler than the white we keep seeing.
Now here’s a man who gets us. Here’s a man who gets it. Chris Harris, the man who did wonderful things at Drivers Republic and has now moved over to Evo UK, has just driven one of the first Lexus LFAs to hit UK shores. And you know what? He agrees with CarEnvy when we said that it could use a little more power to be appreciated. Now I’ll shut up so you can enjoy one of the best automotive video presenters around. Just make sure you watch it full screen.
The Lexus LFA isn’t getting the respect it deserves. “It costs too much”, they unimaginatively opine. “The shifts are too abrasive”, they continue. Was anyone this harsh on the ultra-expensive hypercars of the early part of the past decade? The Porsche Carrera GT, the Mercedes McLaren SLR, and the Ferrari Enzo have all occupied a similar stratum in motor car society; yet they all received near universal praise, despite their monumental costs. They were also all European offerings. So why isn’t the Lexus LFA, the first Japanese car in decades to even attempt the crown, being mentioned in the company its engineering justly deserves?
The Toyota FT-86, when it reaches production under the Celica badge, will be an automobile built with the same passion as the Lexus LFA but at 1/10th the cost. If this all sounds unlikely, even perverse, coming from the ever-austere Toyota brand, then you aren’t familiar with their new President and CEO, the grandson of company founder Kiichiro Toyoda, Akio Toyoda. Akio is on a hell-bent mission to bring excitement and enthusiasts back to the brand, starting with the LFA and continuing with the new Celica. As further proof of his commitment, as if any were needed after the LFA, Toyota will be showing the attendants at the Tokyo Auto Salon a tuned version of the FT-86 Concept. Dubbed the G Sport, this concept shows the potential of the new platform for the inevitable tuner frenzy that’s sure to follow the car’s official introduction.
Other than the tacky carbon fibre hood with those horrendous scoops, I think that Toyota has made a clean bit of kit. This car would be an enjoyable and reliable track companion to be sure.
For a visceral automotive experience that will shake your brain around in your skull like a vibrator in, uhh, something, there’s only one car that comes close to the Ferrari 430 Scuderia. You’re think that it must be a Lamborghini, or a Pagani, or an Aston, or something European. But it isn’t. It’s the new Lexus LFA. Yes, the maker of cocooning luxury sedans like the LS600h has a supercar that can be mentioned in the same breath as the modern greats. Even if the LFA’s price tag is the cause of much consternation and discussion, that doesn’t change the nearly miraculous result. From a company known for dreary reliability no less.
You can thank Akio Toyoda, Toyota’s new President/CEO, grandson of the company’s founder, and the man who has spent much of the last 10 years working on the LFA project personally. It’s really no wonder that the car was finally green-lit for production after Akio-san took the helm of the company.
With a V10 that revs to 9,000 rpm in only six tenths of a second, the tachometer is a TFT screen, rather than an analogue dial out of complete necessity. An analogue dial simply couldn’t keep up with the manic engine.
There is a fine line between barking madness and brilliance and that is embodied in no vehicle better than the LFA. So sit back and enjoy a Japanese Domestic Market commercial of the LFA. Ignore the Japanese voiceover and note the tail-out winter shennanigans. Those Japanese… they really get us Canadians, eh?