The 2013 Lexus LFA doesn't fly — but it sure sounds like it does.
Rev up the engine, and the sports car mimics a jet engine as it goes from zero to 60 in 3.6 seconds.
This is one fast, powerful piece of machinery — it can reach 202 mph — and that's why it's got a $453,000 price tag.
To put the price of the car into perspective, look at it this way: You could buy a 4,083-square-foot McMansion with four bedrooms and four bathrooms in northwest Omaha's Huntington Park subdivision for under $453,000.
“I've driven some expensive cars, but not this expensive,” said Roger Bendet, vice president of the Performance Auto Group. “This car is a window into the way the brand is going in the future.”
Still, the car doesn't even crack the top 10 list of the most expensive cars.
Lexus of Omaha unveiled the LFA Tuesday. The two-seat “supercar” was built in Japan and is the brand's priciest model to date.
Only 500 have been manufactured and only 175 are available in the U.S. Lexus of Omaha is the only dealership with a model within a 500 mile radius.
Bendet said Omaha's car is even more exclusive because it is one of 50 that were tested at an exclusive German racetrack.
The car was designed for affluent car aficionados of the fast and furious sort. Think late-night talk show host Jay Leno, whose love of cars is well-known. In fact, Leno himself is rumored to have bought an LFA to add to his extensive collection.
For now, the car is on the dealer's show floor, near 132nd Street and West Dodge Road. It will be taken to various community events, but at some point, it will be for sale, Bendet said.
Whether an Omahan bites remains to be seen. Bendet admitted that the car is fun but not very practical. Only three inches separates the bottom of the car from the ground, a feature that isn't even a little conducive to the city's winter snow and spring potholes.
The trunk is small. So small, actually, that you couldn't put much more than a duffel bag inside.
“It's pretty outrageous,” Bendet said. “It's not something you're going to take to the grocery store.”
According to the company's website, the idea behind the LFA was to create a car that “would deliver the supreme driving experience.”
It has rear-wheel-drive and a 4.8-liter V10 engine. The body is made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic that makes it light, yet impact-resistant.
The LFA has a lot of race car features, like a flat-bottom steering wheel that has hand grips and gear shifts attached to it. The gear shifts are there so the driver can shift easier and faster, although it also can switch to an automatic transmission.
The exterior is pearl red, and the interior is all red and black suede. Lexus of Omaha had requested that custom look — not because of the Huskers, really — and the company agreed.
Other than its price, the downside to the car, even for the most avid wannabe race car drivers, is its gas mileage.
The LFA gets 11 miles per gallon in the city and 16 on the highway.
And, of course, it takes only premium gasoline.
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Got a million bucks to spare?
The Lexus LFA may be one fine pricey ride, but it pales in comparison with some other vehicles out there.
According to Forbes.com, there are a handful of cars that crack the $1 million mark.
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