Lexus LFA CEC Tuner Edition: Aesthetics Not Performance

By Posted 31 Jan 2011, 15:28

Since the Lexus LFA first came out last summer we have seen one or two limited editions. The latest to be released is from CEC, a tuner company based in LA; but how does it compare to offer versions of the supercar/sports car? Well the simple answer is pretty good, as this new model is more about aesthetics and not performance – much like the others

Autoblog explains how CEC has still managed to get another 10hp out of that already powerful 4.8-liter V10, which is the same as the Nurburgring Edition. We knew that the price of that model was going to be $445,000 to $465,000, but Drew Phillips from Autoblog believes that the CEC version will have an even higher price tag.

There are those of you out there who wonders why they just do not put an engine in that will create more than 10 extra horsepower, but you have to remember that doing that can change all the characteristics of how the car handles. Lexus and Toyota would have spent millions on R&D, so they have done all they can to get the LFA to handle and perform as it does.

Bugatti had this same issue with the Veyron when developing the SS version, as they knew if they wanted to increase the top speed by just 10mph, then they need to put an even bigger engine in. We are not talking about 10 or even 50 extra horsepower here, as the faster you go the harder it is to push through the air at speed. So a much larger engine is needed, and that will not work with a car like the LFA, as it will give it a negative result on the racetrack, which is what the car is designed for.

CEC has been a fan of the Lexus LFA since it was launched in 2010, so much so that the boss of the company was caught speeding in one. He was doing 91mph in a 35mph zone, which you can see for yourself in the video that we have embedded for you below.