It took four days to get all the times, readings and photos – there were only short slots on the well-booked route. A mean madness. That was also the LFA, in the best sense.
200 kg lighter ten-cylinder in the Lexus LFA
At first you are amazed, for example by the chopstick-thin steering column levers or the virtual digital cockpit, in front of which an electric motor pulls a plastic ring back and forth depending on the driving dynamics mode. The interior is, shall we say, very independent. The first impression: somehow freaky.
Then you experience the 200 kg light, incredibly revving, seemingly weightless ten-cylinder with the characteristics of a racing engine in action. You listen and you’re spellbound: the sound is one of the best, most racing and finest series engine sounds ever. The whole truth then reveals itself on the Nordschleife.
The LFA is worth more than double today
The former owner of Vulkan Racing and Lexus fan mainly uses the 560 hp hammer “as a comfortable everyday car”, although the ex-racing driver could do otherwise. “I’ll always keep it,” says Sattler, who is still enthusiastic about the history and technology of the LFA.
He could easily sell it. The LFA, which traded for around 400,000 euros (list price: 375,000 euros) in 2010, is worth more than twice that today.
Specifications and price: Lexus LFA
Engine: V10, front longitudinal
Perfomance: 412 kW (560 hp) at 8700 rpm
Max. Torque: 480 Nm at 6800 rpm
Drive: Rear wheel/6-speed sequential
L/W/H: 4505/1895/ 1220mm
curb weight: 1580kg
Consumption: approx. 16-18 l SP
Price: 375,000 euros (2010)