Appearing in October 2012 at the Nürburgring race track, the Lexus LFA AD-X is the third prototype that’s show up based off of the Lexus LFA supercar. The latest prototype has
surfaced again at the end of April making a few more laps around the tracks. With all these sightings of LFA prototypes (the AD-X was preceded by the AD-A and AD-B), many are wondering whether Lexus is planning a special edition or new version of the LFA. Lexus says they aren’t, but then what is the purpose of these mysterious supercars?
Lexus Says No to LFA Special Edition
Most likely because of the rampant speculation about the supercar prototypes, Lexus has made an official statement that resolves some questions while introducing new ones. According to Etienne Plas, who is the senior manager for production communications at Lexus Europe, these prototypes were created through the TMC technical division.
Their purpose is not for a special edition of the current LFA—this makes sense the LFA is limited to only 500 models—but for “technical purposes only” as one-off vehicles. Umm, what? If it’s not for a special edition, what could these cars be for? Our guess is Lexus is starting work on a future version of the LFA or another supercar to replace it. While the cars all look like the LFA, apart from the prototype labels, there might be some secret engine component under the hood we don’t know about.
LFA Prototype Timeline
- June 2012: The LFA AD-A makes its first appearance. It’s blue and has a few noticeable changes like an exhaust system overhaul and front-lip spoiler.
- July 2012: Emerging shortly after the AD-A, the AD-B was lime green and had many of the same modifications, but without the new exhaust system.
- October 2012: Lexus brings out the white AD-X. Again, very similar to the first models, but people are left wondering what happened to AD-C through AD-W.
- April 2013: The same white AD-X makes another appearance.
Purchase the 2013 Lexus LFA Through McGrath Lexus
While we don’t know what the true purpose of these prototypes models is yet, we’ll have more information as it becomes available. If you’re at all interested in the Lexus LFA supercar, then please contact McGrath Lexus. We can give you more information about availability and ordering.