Lexus LFA electric successor debuts


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Lexus Electrified Sport concept hits the stage at SEMA in 2022.

The striking Lexus Electrified Sport concept has made its public debut at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, offering a first glimpse at the figurehead for the firm’s ambitious electrification program. Among the various all-electric models it has in the wings, including the usual spread of SUVs and sedan cars, is this super sports car, which Lexus has modelled as a successor to its iconic LFA, therefore a natural halo model for the brand.

As such, much like how the LFA pushed its combustion engine technology to the absolute limit, this new Lexus sports car will form a test bed for innovations in battery development, such as solid state technology.

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Toyota president Akio Toyoda has confirmed that, until the technology has matured enough to be used in a production vehicle, this new sports car will utilise lithium-ion battery tech, targeting an acceleration time to 100km/h in the low-2sec zone along with a range of almost 700km.

The concept car shown also previews the next-generation design language that will debut in these new models, confirming that despite an electric powertrain, the coupe will share its classic sports car proportions of a long bonnet and cab-rear layout with the LFA.

This halo sports car will cap a plan for the total adoption of battery electric technology across the Lexus line-up in European, Chinese and American markets by 2030, eventually phasing out combustion models globally by 2035.

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The first step in this total electrification will be the introduction of the brand’s first bespoke EV. Called the RZ, it’s a midsize SUV that will share its bespoke EV underpinnings with the Toyota bZ4x and Subaru Solara. Unlike Toyota, Lexus already has a pure-electric model available in the UX300e, but its construction is adapted from an existing Corolla-derived platform.

Earlier this year, Lexus also revealed design studies for a larger SUV and a range of midsize models that look equivalent to the current IS in sedan, wagon, shooting brake and convertible forms. Each features a distinctive new take on the Lexus design language, including a new inverted spindle grille not dissimilar in execution to Audi’s inverted grille design motif. Each of these models will come on stream later on.

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