Our Bring a Trailer Auction Pick of the Day Is a 2000-Mile Lexus LFA Nurburgring

In just a few days, bidding on this Nurburgring special LFA, one of only 64 built, surpassed $1 million. How far will it soar?

  • This 2012 Lexus LFA has low mileage and a $70,000 Nürburgring package; only a handful of these already-rare Japanese supercars were sold in this configuration.
  • The Nürburgring package increased the total output of the Yamaha-developed V-10 engine to 563 horsepower and included carbon-fiber components as well as special wheels and tires.
  • According to the Carfax report, this 2000-mile LFA was delivered to Massachusetts in 2012 but later transferred to Florida and Montana before settling in California, where it is currently listed.

Numerous comment sections quickly devolve in the infinite web of the internet. Therefore, if you scroll deep into the comments section of this nearly new Lexus LFA's Bring a Trailer listing, you won't be surprised to see things get a little emotional. "The only two-pedal car I covet," one commenter continues. "OMG, I just peed my pants," another confesses. "Makes my heart race at this hour of the morning," a third reader observes. They can all be excused, however, because they're salivating over this 563-horsepower LFA, a car built to compete with Ferraris that cost nearly twice as much. It featured a 4.8-liter V-10 engine developed in collaboration with Yamaha that could rev to 9000 rpm. And it sang when it screamed. This 2000-mile example on Bring a Trailer — which, like Car and Driver, is owned by Hearst Autos — is anything but routine. All emotion elicited by it is valid.

Only 64 cars were built with the Nürburgring package during the LFA's two-year production run, and only a few of those were delivered to the United States. The $70,000 package added ten horsepower, new wheels and tires, carbon-fiber spoilers, and a lighter battery. Additionally, the six-speed automated sequential transmission was tuned for improved shift times. It was available in Whitest White, Black, Matte Black, and the cheddar-colored Orange paint color featured in this listing. The interior was treated with additional carbon fiber, and Lexus even removed the floor mats—a mandatory safety feature for any track day.

Why not the Tokyo Expressway Edition or the Bass Boost Custom by Mark Levinson? Because the LFA was developed on the German track's 12.9-mile loop. Additionally, the pre-production LFA won first place in its class at the 2010 24 Hours of Nürburgring, defeating race-car versions of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage and Rapide, as well as entries such as the Audi R8 and Chevrolet Corvette.

Lexus set a production time of 7:14.64 seconds at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with the Nürburgring Package LFA. That's faster than Ferrari's 488 GTB and Porsche's 911 GT2 RS (997), and only a tenth of a second slower than a Porsche 918 Spyder attempt.

The quickest LFA we tested reached 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and completed the quarter-mile in 11.7 seconds at 125 mph. That is faster than the 612-hp Ferrari 599GTB Fiorano against which it was compared.

Each LFA purchase included two Tumi carbon-fiber suitcases, a carbon-fiber key, and two standard keys that resembled those from the family's 1995 Lexus ES. This auction includes a copy of the service receipts and the original window sticker.

The auction is scheduled to conclude on Friday, March 18. Bidding has reached $1.6 million. That's more than triple the car's original MSRP of $445,000, and more than twice as much after inflation is factored in. There are five days remaining for that bid to progress before No. 349 of 500 is relocated. And we're certain that the emotional tone of the comments section will only intensify as the auction progresses.

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