Undergoing formal development testing since last summer, the striking Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package makes its official limited-production public debut in Geneva. Intended to give the standard LFA a more track-focused personality, this $70,000 bundle of upgrades to the base $375,000 supercar brings visual and functional enhancements plus a bit more power. If its pricing isn't sufficient to ensure exclusivity, Lexus plans to constrain output of the Nurburgring Package to a maximum of just 50 of the 500 total LFAs it will build. Production of all Nurburgring Package variants will take place in 2012.
The bulk of the LFA's Nurburgring Package modifications have been devised to add an extra measure of downforce to this mid-engine supercar. A larger front spoiler, blade-type side-deflector elements, a canard fin and a large, fixed rear wing -- all rendered in the same superlight CFRP (carbon-fiber reinforced plastic) as the rest of the LFA's body/tub structure -- help generate additional aero downforce at speed. The suspension has been recalibrated to a more competition-oriented setting and ride height lowered by 10mm while unique lightweight wheels wear ultra sticky performance tires. Finally, to help overcome the added drag of its new rear wing and maintain the standard car's 3.7-second 0-62 mph time and a 202-mph top end, the 4.7-liter V10 engine in the LFA Nurburgring Package gets its output bumped from 552 to 562 horsepower.
All Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package buyers will be able to specify white, orange, black or extra-cost matte black exterior colors and have the choice black/red, black/purple and all-black interior trim. However, Lexus indicates that only cars delivered in Europe will come with a carbon-fiber center console and door trims plus special carbon-fiber sports seats wrapped in Alcantara. As an additional bonus, the heady price of admission for the Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package also will include individual driving instruction from a Nürburgring chief instructor plus a one-year pass to wring out their vehicle on the fabled Nordschleife circuit for which it's named.