The proposed electric successor to Lexus’ iconic LFA V10 supercar didn’t make it past the concept stage, but it’s clear the company has something in the works.
The company announced this week that the concept Lexus Electrified Sport EV – revealed by Akio Toyoda last December – will soon appear for the first time outside of Japan.
Location? Goodwood Festival of Speed, Lexus Europe confirmed and what better place for enthusiasts to chat. It will appear in a special performance at the Festival’s ‘Electric Avenue’, an area dedicated to electric vehicles.
Lexus itself calls the Electrified Sport concept “a vision of a future all-electric high-performance sports car – seen by many as the potential successor to the legendary Lexus LFA”.
Those are its words, not ours.
The wild looking coupe is a featured among the 16 BEVs revealed by Mr Toyoda last year.
Lexus has succeeded in producing high-effort aura cars when they wanted to change perceptions: look no further than the 1989 LS or the iconic LFA, which did exactly this.
The company wants to “exploit the full potential of the vehicle through electrification, enhancing the fundamentals of linear acceleration/deceleration, brake feel and exhilarating handling to deliver an immersive driving experience.” more interesting”.
It adds: ‘The electrified sports car will see the Lexus Driving Signature take to the next stage.
Lexus says acceleration to 100km/h is expected to be in the low two seconds and the car will have a range of more than 700km.
Lexus adds: “It is possible that a production model could utilize the new solid-state battery technology for true high performance – clearly the best way to reduce development costs for new holy grail technologies. is to deploy them on super expensive products, supercars.
“Lexus will develop a next-generation battery-powered EV sports car that inherits the driving taste, or ‘secret sauce’, of performance nurtured by the development of the LFA,” it concluded.
The 2011-2013 Lexus LFA has become an icon, just as it says about the brand in general. The V10 co-developed by Yamaha is truly a masterpiece.
If we look up the schedule for when we can expect to see a Lexus Electrified Sport EV on the road, we can revisit the LFA model. The LFA has been in development for a decade, appearing as a concept in early 2005 and officially revealed in Tokyo in late 2009.