Automakers go to great lengths to carefully control news of new products. Take Toyota, which had planned to unveil the final, production-ready version of its LF-A supercar at the opening press day of the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show.
Halfway ‘round the world, the automaker was getting ready to give rides to a select group of motoring journalists to coincide with the Tokyo preview. But happenstances happen, to put it politely. And, it turns out, there were no lifts at the Homestead racetrack, south of Miami, where Lexus mechanics could put one of the cars through its final check, so they wandered over to a nearby lube shop, only to have an observant fan start snapping shots.
Ah, well. So, while we’ll have to wait a bit to give readers the word on our first ride, we can at least offer up some insight into the 2010 Lexus LF-A, starting with the fact that only 500 copies will be produced — and each is expected to carry, according to the belated official announcement, a $375,000 price tag.