Is the Lexus LFA more durable than a Ferrari?

By Vernon B. Sarne
 

Lexus LFA

Lexus's top technical guy, Paul Williamsen, tells us a story about the LFA supercar. One time, while his team was driving it around in the US, they ran into a group of Ferrari owners. The latter were surprised when they found out that the LFA unit that Williamsen and his crew were driving had already accumulated 25,000 miles (40,000km).

And so the Ferrari guys asked Williamsen: "So, how many engines has this car used through all that mileage?"

That's a question that makes sense, considering the fact that the ultra-expensive supercoupe's 4.8-liter V10 engine revs to 8,700rpm to produce a maximum output of 552hp. These numbers ought to be harsh to the powertrain components, right?

"Just one," answered Paul.

"One?" the Ferrari guys asked, obviously impressed. "And how many times have you replaced the transmission?"

"Never," Paul replied. "This car has used the same stock engine and transmission through 25,000 miles."

Needless to say, the Ferrari owners couldn't imagine their own exotic cars being driven that far without going through some engine or transmission replacement.

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  • rdjl_13 May 24 2012 @ 03:38pm
    Ngayon ko lang nalaman na hindi kaya ng isang Ferrari engine ang 40,000 kms. Kaya kaya ng LFA hanggang 100,000 kms? Hmmm...
  • car_mac May 24 2012 @ 03:39pm
    Even in the appearance, the LFA looks far more durable than other Ferrari cars. Well, Lexus is a car maker from Toyota so I think Toyota and Lexus has still the same way of making their vehicles that's why its durable. Japanese cars after all has more durability than other European car makers if I am not mistaken.
  • World Super Cars May 24 2012 @ 03:41pm
    madali daw kasi masunog yung mga wirings ng ferrari...
  • jbits May 24 2012 @ 03:53pm
    di kasi dapat ginagamit ang mga exotic pang araw-araw ...... tuwing sunday lang pang simba.. hehe
  • 16c galibier May 24 2012 @ 04:02pm
    Well in terms of durability the lexus LFA is the one for it. Lexus and toyota always make quality vehicles and even super cars.
  • GotToRead May 24 2012 @ 04:06pm
    Actually this is not really surprising since Yamaha created the LFA's engine which are known to be very durable in the super car segment and guess what, it is made with human craftsmanship, meaning it is made by hand. Yamaha also consulted Yamaha Acoustics to tune their engine with very distinct sound that makes this car so unique and special compared to its European counterparts. Supercars' engines are tend to be under stress and super heated, I've read news about Lambos that breakdown just like Cristiano Ronaldo's lambo. This is just one evidence that whatever segment it is you can always expect a Japanese car resiliency.
  • pat May 24 2012 @ 05:39pm
    Pretty interesting.. Any idea what Ferraris they might have been driving? Surely not something like a 430 or a 599..
    • Stephmeister101 Jun 11 2012 @ 12:01am
      dude the 430's and 599's are the easiest to break down. Even the new FF... It's the big problem with Ferrari's you can't use them without spending money
  • rupert May 24 2012 @ 06:23pm
    Ngayon ko lang nalaman to. . .nice Toyota kasi kaya durable :D
  • mindkinetic May 24 2012 @ 06:32pm
    mas matibay talaga LFA kesa sa ferrari . ferrari nga pag binoli mo wala pang carpet.
  • TJPewter May 24 2012 @ 06:52pm
    Still a Ferrari fan boy no matter what ;) You buy a Ferrari because of the brand, the exclusivity and if passion is what you're looking for, your shopping day is over
    • Giovchan May 24 2012 @ 06:55pm
      dude the Lexus LFA is far more exotic than Ferrari
      • dom402 May 24 2012 @ 07:19pm
        Dude, are you kidding me? A Lexus (Toyota) is far more exotic than a Ferrari? Kindly get your facts straight. :)
        • Giovchan May 24 2012 @ 07:34pm
          Yes. A Lexus (Toyota) is more exotic than a Ferrari.
          • isaac3654 May 24 2012 @ 08:18pm
            Yes the LFA is more exotic than a Ferrari, but not the whole Lexus brand. As of now, wla pang Ferrari na mas exotic pa kaysa sa LFA, pero pag lumabas ang lets say, special edition na F12 Berlinetta or compare it sa Ferrari 599 GTO, special edition ng 599 GTB Fiorano, mas exotic na ung two Ferraris. :)
            • Giovchan May 24 2012 @ 08:28pm
              Yup exactly but but so fas the LFA is still more exotic than ferrari. Maganda nga pagkagawa ng 599 GTO sa na ung next 599 mas maganda pa:))
              • isaac3654 May 24 2012 @ 09:01pm
                Meron nang successor sa 599, incase bka d nio lng alm. Un ung Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, and though beautiful, pag makkita mo ung rear end, may maaalala ka. Recall Grade 5 Science =))))))) http://www.f12berlinetta.com/
            • markdejesus76 May 25 2012 @ 09:56am
              Lexus LFA Nurburgring package pa.
        • angelcave89 May 25 2012 @ 12:02pm
          Yes..Lexus LFA far more exotic than a Ferrari..only 500 units of LFA will be produced while the ferrari has no qouta
    • Fernando Amorsolo May 24 2012 @ 09:31pm
      Dude, what we are talking about here is the DURABILITY. Given that the FERRARI brand is much more appreciated than a Lexus. Exclusivity per se, hands down.

      But the issue is its DURABILITY. Ferrari's handcrafting machinery gives it a POOR standing versus the Lexus brand.
  • isaac3654 May 24 2012 @ 07:06pm
    I really knew the LFA is a lot more durable than a Ferrari, pero the thing is, I equally like the Lexus LFA and a Ferrari, FF or California or F12 Berlinetta or 458, I like them equally, cos even though Ferraris aren't all that durable, they still have passion into it. You feel it. Actually, driving an LFA and a Ferrari, you won't really care much about reliability, (unless battered w/ potholes ang road which pro'lly you'll never drive your Ferrari into) but rather, the experience dominates everything. Dynamic handling, thrilling acceleration, and all these cars have an equally spine tingling sound, especially the LFA.
  • Giovchan May 24 2012 @ 07:39pm
    Backed by 8 years of hard work in Nurburgring. It has recently finished 15th overall and 1st in SP8 class in 24 hour endurance race in Nurburgring, the same with Toyota's GT-86 55th overall, 1st in SP3 class. :)
  • GTi May 25 2012 @ 10:25am
    Hahaha~ Isuzu 4JA1 kayang kaya 500000kms! ^0^
  • superfeister May 25 2012 @ 10:30am
    Too unclear to judge, durability of a car does not depend on transmission and engine alone.
    • angelcave89 May 25 2012 @ 11:51am
      well engine and transmission is ONE BIG aspect in durability if you don't mind
  • neotech93 May 25 2012 @ 04:29pm
    hahahahaha! This is why Lamborghini supercars were born. Mr. Lamborghini complained to Enzo Ferrari that the clutch kept breaking. Enzo insulted him and thus...Lamborghini supercars. Reliability has never been Ferrari's strong point. Passionate styling is...
  • pao_lo May 25 2012 @ 08:56pm
    Wow. So if you're an aspiring Ferrari owner, you have to prepare for the possibility of having to replace your engine more than once?
    • Stephmeister101 Jun 11 2012 @ 12:04am
      yes and the unending spending for your brakes and all those little parts which costs more than 100k pesos
  • Adrian May 25 2012 @ 09:06pm
    New all from lexus! The pursuit of perfection.
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