In 2008, Lexus had showcased a concept car called the LFA Roadster at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. While the convertible version never went into series production, Lexus is said to have built two examples of the LFA Spyder.
Now, the elusive version of the LFA has been spotted in Japan. It’s so rare that those who haven’t followed the LFA story closely might think this is some elaborate Photoshop trick.
The Lexus LFA was produced between 2010 and 2012. During these two years, the carmaker built 500 examples of the coupe. Despite a hefty price tag of $375,000, Lexus lost money on this project due to high development costs. In fact, that was also the reason why the LFA Roadster was shelved.
Apparently, Lexus built two prototype roadsters before scrapping the project for good, and today, they probably sit proudly in someone’s private collection.
The LFA is known for its glorious naturally aspirated V10 engine. The 4.8-litre block pumps out 553 hp @ 8700 rpm and 354 lb-ft @ 6800 rpm. It is one of the fastest revving engines with a 9000 rpm redline. It is also one of the best sounding engines ever made, alongside the Porsche Carrera GT’s V10.