For fans of Japanese supercars, December 12, 2012 can easily be called the Day the Music Died. It was on that day that Lexus completed the 500th – and last – LFA. However, a few weeks before that rather somber occasion, the crew of MotorTrend’s YouTube channel traveled to Japan to visit the LFA factory and document the building of the last handful of cars. More importantly, they interviewed the men who played pivotal roles in the short, glorious life of the most extreme production car ever to come out of all of Toyota, much less its Lexus division.
As the LFA’s guardians explain, the LFA isn’t like other supercars…which was their intent. Moreover, it’s proudly Japanese in its construction, design, and overall ethos. It is a shrieking, atmo-V10-hearted siren that works with its surroundings, not against them. We know, we know: It’s ate up with computer, has neither a proper manual transmission or a dual-clutch automatic, and was made by the company that brings the world vehicles that are among the leading triggers of adult-onset narcolepsy. But here’s the thing, kids: The Lexus LFA was a classic when it was in production, and will only become more classic with the passage of time. Those of you who dispute this can kindly go slather your tongues with wasabi.