Lexus models normally don’t flood consignment lots at big-name auctions, but more than a few interested parties are likely to step up to bid on this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition.
The special LFA, one of just 50 built, will be offered at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction, which runs from April 12 to 15.
Lexus debuted the LFA Nürburgring Edition at the 2011 Geneva auto show, and while the car doesn’t offer much more power than a stock LFA, it features enough mods to make it a serious track car. At one point, it was the fastest production car around the race track whose name it bears.
Lexus did bump the mid-front-mounted 4.8-liter V10 engine’s power up to 562 horsepower, compared with 552 for the regular LFA. Additionally, a handful of carbon fiber components, a larger front spoiler and a fixed rear wing help improve downforce and handling, and none of which compromised the supercar’s top speed or acceleration. The LFA Nürburgring Edition can reach 202 mph, and 0-62 mph happens in 3.7 seconds.
A sport-tuned suspension, grippier tires and special multi-spoke wheels further set the Nürburgring Edition apart from standard LFA. Not that a standard LFA is a common sight.
This example has been driven only 1,600 miles and sports a clean CarFax – no track-day mishaps here. Toyota has serviced the car for its faulty Takata airbag inflator.
It will be truly interesting is to see how this LFA fares on the auction block. A regular LFA set buyers back $375,000 originally, and the Nürburgring Edition cost an extra $70,000. Surely, the LFA will be something of a collector item, but a $445,000 hammer price seems a tad optimistic. Thankfully for potential buyers, there’s no reserve.