The Lexus LF-A concept was shown to the public in 2005 and ever since then other companies have been racing to compete with it. We were lucky enough to spy the new car when someone taped it on the test track in Nurburgring, Germany. Of course at that point in the production there was no design to it and it was completely bland.
The latest spy photos of a similar prototype on the same track reveal a few more details than before. Up front you can clearly see the detailing of the headlights. With their amber marker lights and single projector beam in the middle, the clusters are significantly different from those of the concept. Other revisions worth noting are the three large air intakes and F1-inspired front airdam.
The brand new big hybrid from Lexus is unusually fast. When you floor the gas pedal, the tach needle flicks almost instantly at the bidding of the continuously variable transmission to 6000 or more rpm, a point at which the new 5.0-liter V-8 pumps out about 389 horsepower. This is supported by a 221-hp electric motor, and together the two machines send 438 horses to all four wheels through a Torsen center differential.
The 2007 Lexus ES 350 is more powerful than last year’s ES 330. In fact, the Lexus ES with it’s new engine, the 3.5 liter engine is now a serious performer. Buyers will be impressed with it and found it quick and responsive. Lexus says it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, a solid performance from its 272-horsepower engine. Likewise, the steering and handling are much more responsive than with last year’s model.