Wednesday, April 9, 2008

2008 Lexus LF-A Roadster

The Lexus supercar, the LF-A, is going topless. In one of the rare surprises to sneak past our auto show spies, has learned Toyota 's luxury division will be rolling out a roadster version of the carbon-fiber and aluminum sports car concept vehicle.

Like the concept coupe, that debuted last year, the LF-A Roadster will be powered by a high-revving, 5.0-liter V-10 reportedly producing in excess of 500 horsepower, and pushing either version of the LF-A to somewhere in excess of 200 mph.

The front-mid engine configuration is used to drive the rear wheels. The V-10 is connected to a manually shiftable automatic.

The basic styling cues of the LF-A Coupe remain, and reflect the new L-Finesse styling philosophy that's influenced recent production Lexus models. On the supercar roadster, that translates into a low-slung, aerodynamic front end. With the top up, the roadster stands just 48-inches tall.

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