Sorry Blog Dreamers, there Won’t Be an LFA Roadster
By Zack Klapman
As we enter the fray of January auto shows, it’s important to put on your tinfoil speculation hat. Show floors are going to be covered in concepts, show cars, and lots of crap contracted out (at the last minute) to West Coast Customs, most of which will never be made, ever. Yes, that’s a 6-wheeled Camaro with LED rims. Yes, 6 year olds and Floridians like it. No, they won’t make it. (The hats can also work for viewing “renderings”.)
We bloggers and nerds (like us) are also susceptible to this. Yes, that’s a 700hp 1960s panel van with Magnetic Ride Suspension. It too will never be made, no matter how cool your tiny fucking bank account thinks it is.
That’s what’s happening right now with the fabled Lexus LFA Roadster, seen above at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon. This picture was taken by my favorite traveling journo, Bertel Schmitt. In case you don’t know him, he writes for our favorite site, The Truth About Cars, traveling the globe and reporting on what the industry is up to.
Few people know as much about foreign car affairs as The Truth About Cars’ Mr. Schmitt, especially when it involves the Toyota/Lexus corporations. He’s one of very few who got a complete tour of the LFA factory (which is an incredible read, btw). And despite a video of a “prototype” drifting, or this recent picture, according to Bert and his very tight contacts at Lexus, they will not be building an LFA Roadster. (One strong piece of evidence he points to, is the aged look of the Roadster’s console.)
I’m sure a few of you just cried, “Aw, what?!” but you probably can’t afford it, or, like so many other people, you didn’t buy the LFA. So, put on the foil hat, avoid the hype, and if it smells like drop-top bullshit, go to TTAC to check.
Source: The Truth About Cars