Lexus Super Car Races To Melbourne Motor Show
Lexus will stage the Australian debut of its own supercar, the LF-A Roadster, at the Melbourne International Motor Show on 27 February.
The LF-A Roadster goes on display in Melbourne after headlining motor shows in Tokyo and Detroit.
The Roadster's V10 engine is capable of producing more than 360 kilowatts and test-track speeds greater than 330km/h.
Its sleek design utilises a lightweight carbon-fibre and aluminium body that ensures structural rigidity is maintained, even without a roof.
Styling of the LF-A Roadster draws extensively from the Lexus L-Finesse design philosophy and has been designed to deliver maximum aerodynamic efficiency.
The rear of the Roadster is marked by a pair of wrap-around, arrowhead-shaped taillights and a trio of centrally positioned exhausts.
To attain the best possible weight distribution, Lexus engineers positioned the radiators at the rear of the vehicle, which also allows for a sleeker front-end design.
The two rear-mounted radiators are fed cool air by two large intake ducts located forward of the rear wheel wells, and heated air is vented out behind the vehicle via a pair of large grilles.
The engine is mounted in a "front-mid" configuration - in front of the passenger compartment, but behind the front-axle centreline.
The engine is connected via a torque tube and propeller shaft to a transaxle that is controlled by paddle shifters. The torque tube is a structural member that adds rigidity to the drive train and chassis, while also reducing vibration.
The LF-A Roadster features wide high-performance tyres on turbine-styled alloy wheels.
Lexus Chief Executive John Roca said the Melbourne International Motor Show signals a new era for Lexus.
"The 2009 Melbourne Show will debut Lexus' most exclusive and powerful vehicle the LF-A Roadster concept.
"The LF-A is the ultimate representation of L-Finesse design and would be a fantastic halo vehicle for the brand, if produced.
"In addition to the LF-A, Lexus will display an all-new production model, the IS-F and our range of hybrid vehicles," said Mr Roca.
The Melbourne International Motor Show is on at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 27 February to 9 March.
Lexus LF-A Roadster Concept Preliminary Specifications Body type: Two seat roadster
Powertrain Type: Front-mid-engine, rear-mid-transaxle Engine: V10 (under 5.0-litres) Transmission: SMT (sequential manual transmission) Horsepower: More than 360kW Top speed: More than 330km/h
Wheels Front tyre size: 265/35R20 Rear tyre size: 305/30R20 Front brakes: 361mm cross-drilled, vented discs; six-piston calipers Rear brakes: 345mm cross-drilled, vented discs; four piston calipers
Dimensions (mm) Overall Length: 4460 Overall Width: 1895 Overall Height: 1210 Wheelbase: 2606