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Striking Lexus breaks cover

2008-01-16 07:42
Continuing its roll-out of concepts, Lexus has unleashed a roadster version of its LF-A sports car at Detroit and this study looks as close to production ready as the LF-A's ever been.

As with the coupe, Roadster is powered by a high-revving 5-litre V10 engine with more than 370 kW on tap using a "front-mid" engined layout (the motor is located ahead of the passenger cell, but behind the front axle).

With this engine on board, the concept roadster is capable of reaching speeds in excess of 320 km/h.

Based on the lightweight carbon-fibre and aluminium body of the LF-A coupe, the roadster is said to retain its structural strength and rigidity - even without a roof. A torque tube linking the engine and the transaxle adds rigidity to the chassis while also reducing vibration, Lexus notes.

Styling is largely based on the L-Finesse philosophy, and the roadster is aerodynamically proportioned while the rear highlights a pair of wrap-around tail lights.

Two large intake ducts positioned just ahead of the rear wheel arches feed air to the two rear-mounted radiators, which reportedly did much to aid the car's weight distribution. The roadster also adds a speed adaptive rear wing to prevent it taking off.

Added to this, the concept rolls on high-performance 20-inch tyres with cross-drilled and vented discs all round and brake calipers of the six- and four-pot configuration for the front and rear, respectively.

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