SEMA 2014: Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition

lexus-lfa-nurburgring-frontIn a previous article, I talked about many of the superlatives that encompass the Lexus LF-A. From its mid-mounted V10 engine to its eye-popping price tag, the first supercar from Lexus is one that only 500 people can own.

As if the LF-A weren’t exclusive enough, the end of the LF-A’s production run was capped off with the last 50 cars carrying a special “Nurburgring Edition” designation. I saw one of these ultra-rare cars on display at SEMA 2014 in Las Vegas. The “Nurburgring Edition” has a few goodies which are not found on the standard coupe. These include:

-0.05 second Faster gear changes
-Special wheels
-Larger front spoiler and rear wing
-Carbon fiber center console and trim
-Special priviliges at the Nurburgring
-A Nurburgring branded jacket

lexus-lfa-nurburgring-rearThe regular LF-A supercar starts at $375,000 while the Nurburgring edition is $465,000 – a staggering $90k increase! As cool as this car looks, I don’t know that the extra carbon fiber bits and driving privileges are worth the premium price to me – but maybe some potential buyers wouldn’t bat an eye over the extra ninety grand.

Flogging this car around one of the world’s most notoriously difficult racetracks has got to be a supremely fun experience – if you can afford it. While I am a fan of the LF-A, I’ll take the base model and save my money for something else.