Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package is now worth US$1.6 million


With car prices continuously soaring in the past decade, it comes as no surprise the trend poured over into the world of high-end cars worthy of Bonhams and RM Sotheby’s auctions. Still, every once in a while, a particular car will sell for so much money that it leaves many of us scratching our heads. And to a great extent, that was the case when a Lexus LFA Nürburgring package sold for US$1.6 million.  

At that price, it was half a million over what the RM Sotheby’s auction house estimated it would sell for. Moreover, at the time, the Bugatti Veyron, McLaren P1, and even the Ferrari F40 sold for less, among other and to many more exciting cars. However, someone obviously pulled 1.6 million bucks out of their pocket, and there were other bidders besides the winner. And, after all, a car is worth what someone is willing to pay for it. That leaves us with the question of why the LFA Nürburgring edition is worth so much.  

What Sets the Nürburgring Edition Apart

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The Lexus LFA Nürburgring edition/package was introduced as the final send for the model, with the last 50 examples being Nürburgring editions exclusively. And what better way to send a supercar to retirement than by making it even faster and more exclusive?  

And the means by which Lexus achieved that is by pulling ten more horsepower from the 4.8 V10 engine for a start. After that, the active decklid spoiler was now fixed in place, so it’s in maximum attack mode all the time. Moreover, the Nürburgring edition got lightweight racing magnesium wheels, plus a completely new suspension tune.  

All that resulted in a 7:14.64 Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time which, according to the Australian Drive, was faster than the Porsche GT3 RS, Nissan GTR, and the record-holding Dodge Viper ACR. Moreover, the fastest recorded lap of the standard LFA was 7:38, a whopping 24 seconds slower, which means that all the performance upgrades were well worth it.  

You can check out the whole lap time in this video. 

Why Is the Lexus LFA Nürburgring Worth US$1.6 Million  

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Special edition and limited production cars always entail a premium price, and the LFA Nürburgring edition was $70,000 more than the standard version. That’s $445,000 for the Nürburgring pack and $375,000 for the standard LFA. However, the prices have changed quite a bit since then. Today, you can buy the standard LFA for around $800,000, while the Nürburgring edition is double that.  

Still, there were only 50 Nürburgring editions built initially, with 14 more converted later on. That leaves us with 436 standard LFAs, compared to 64 Nürburgring edition ones. Now, that alone is enough to boost the price, but the example sold is even more exclusive because it’s only one of five finished in the non-matte black color, according to lfa-registry.com.  

And lastly, we have to consider that the LFA is a single-generation flagship supercar with a designated engine and chassis. That means we will likely never see anything like it come out of the Lexus/Toyota factory. And in the end, all those factors add to its exclusivity and, consequently, price. That ultimately means the LFA is a long-term investment as much as it is a supercar.  

What Makes the Lexus LFA So Special  

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The LFA as a concept was conceived in the year 2000, right at the same time when Lexus started to take the global market more seriously. Even more importantly, Lexus started aiming at BMW and Mercedes by introducing the new IS and the facelifted GS model. But given how the performance sedan market is the most difficult to break into, Lexus needed more attention and recognition from potential buyers. And what better way than to make an all-new supercar to challenge the status quo?  

Unfortunately for Lexus, the development of the LFA took ten years instead of five, resulting in them losing money on every example they sold. But for customers, it was well worth the wait, even though it was arguably a tad overpriced. Still, everything in the LFA was bespoke, from the interior, the carbon fiber monocoque chassis, the V10 engine, the rear-mounted transmission, etc.  

And although the LFA was never the fastest, prettiest, and certainly not the cheapest supercar on the market, that never seemed to matter. After all, that was never the point anyway. Instead, the point was to make the most perfect and pure driver’s car, with the perfect engine, handling, sound, and everything else relevant to the driving experience.  

And by all accounts, they achieved exactly that. The naturally aspirated V10, revving to over 9K RPMs and faster than any analog rev counter, was perfect. The engine sound, tuned by Yamaha’s musical instrument branch, was perfect. The handling, thanks to the carbon fiber chassis and ten years of perfecting, was perfect. And at the end of the day, a perfect car is pretty special in my book.