Lexus LFA Code X unveiled at Tokyo Auto Salon
The supercar gets a displacement bump to tackle the Nurburgring.
The Lexus LFA's extremely limited production run might have ended, but development of the supercar will continue in motorsports. In fact, Toyota has just debuted a new version called the LFA Code X at the Tokyo Auto Salon.
The Code X takes LFA's already potent 552hp V10 and increases displacement from 4.8 to 5.3 liters. Toyota was tight-lipped about actual power figures, calling the car an "enhanced sports car research vehicle.” Like the original LFA, Toyota sees it as a rolling guinea pig for its most advanced technology research.
Built by Toyota subsidiary Gazoo Racing, the LFA Code X will be entered into this year's 24 Hours of Nurburgring. It will run alongside the existing "regular" LFA race car that Lexus has been campaigning in the German enduro since 2010.
Only 500 examples of the original LFA were built, with the final 50 being a special Nurburgring Package edition that had 10 extra horsepower and tweaked aerodynamics. According to Autoguide, an even more powerful LFA is in the works, which will have appreciably improved performance, a higher price tag, and a production of just 100 units. The Code X could be the first step towards that goal.
The 2014 24 Hours of Nurburgring will begin on June 19.