In the latest expression of the LF-A, they have removed the car’s top to create a high-performance roadster. The LF-A Roadster is based on the LF-A coupe.
The engineers and designers at Lexus continue to use their groundbreaking LF-A premium sports car concept as a medium for expressing ideas about what a high-performance sporting vehicle not only can be, but should be. In this latest expression of the LF-A, they have removed the car’s top to create a high-performance roadster.
The LF-A Roadster is based on the LF-A coupe, which helps maintain strength and rigidity even without a top.
Like its coupe counterpart, the LF-A Roadster is powered by a 5.0-litre V10 capable of more than 500 horsepower and test-track speeds greater than 320 km/h. Paddle shifters take care of gear changes.
Styling is rooted in Lexus’ L-Finesse design philosophy, conferring the Roadster’s front end with a compact, low-profile, aerodynamic shape. Like its coupe counterpart, it stands just 48 inches tall, but the Roadster configuration adds a speed adaptive rear wing.
The rear features a pair of wrap-around, arrowhead taillights that bracket a pair of large grilles. These grilles vent the heated air from the car’s two rear-mounted radiators. The radiators are fed cool air by two large intake ducts mounted just above the rear wheel wells. This aft radiator positioning not only allowed the designers to keep the car’s front profile low and tight but also aided chassis engineers in their search for optimal weight distribution.
Helping to provide balance and scale to the design are high-performance tires on turbine-styled alloy wheels — 265/35R20s up front and 305/30R20s on the rear.