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I firmly believe that any car with a V10 will someday become a classic. And while you’re pointing out that the Ford Triton V10 exists, I’ll just say that not every V10 will become a classic as quickly as the Lexus LFA.

This 2012 example, chassis number 095, is up for sale by Hyper Voitures and has an asking price of $680,000. That’s a pretty tidy profit for whoever bought it because it cost a little less than $400,000 when new. Mind you, the Pearl Brown paint (against an orange leather interior) might not be the most flattering, but then again, that’s totally subjective.

There’s more to the LFA than its the number of cylinders, though. How fast they spin (up to 9,000 rpm) is also a part of the its appeal. Said to rev so quickly that a traditional dial could not keep up, it features an early example of the digital dash that is now de rigueur.

Also Read: This Scion FR-S Clearly Wishes It Was A Lexus LFA Instead

The LFA’s 4.8-liter V10 produces 560 hp and can propel the Japanese supercar up to 202 mph. In addition to the power and the glory of its howling, the engine’s cam covers are below the tops of the wheels. That helps keep the center of mass way down low in the car and is evidence of how all out Toyota went on the development of this car. Despite having a bigger displacement and four more cylinders, the LFA’s engine package is somehow more compact than Toyota’s 3.5-liter V6 was at the time.

Nevertheless, even though Toyota and Lexus went nuts designing the LFA, this particular example has barely been driven, as its odo shows just 1,728 km (1,073 miles). Here’s hoping that its next owner will get to enjoy driving it instead of making it a garage queen.

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Since 1989, January was the time of year that the Detroit Auto Show took place. In 2020, it moved to summer, but in the meantime COVID-19 had changed everything, and the ongoing pandemic means that it won’t be held this year either. Fortunately, we can take a look back at the 1993 Detroit Auto Show with MotorWeek Retro.

Best of all, because we know have 28 whole years more knowledge than the people in this video, we can testify that hindsight is a wonderful thing indeed. The following video gives us multiple examples of concept cars and how they turned out. By looking at the differences in three of these concepts, we can learn a lot about what automakers are trying to do with them.

To start, let’s look at the Plymouth Prowler concept, which host John Davis says shares so many parts with Chrysler’s LH sedans “that it could easily reach production.” And it did – but it didn’t go into production until 1997. Four years is a long time to wait between seeing the car and getting it. In fact, four years in ’93 was twice as long as I’d been alive. No wonder it felt like an eternity.

Still, the car’s chassis was on the show floor, as if to prove that it was feasible, and Chrysler press relations staff must have been hinting heavily at the company’s intentions for Davis to be so confident. Indeed, one of the most outrageous cars at the ’93 Detroit Auto Show wound up not changing much at all when it hit the streets.

Then there’s the Porsche Boxster Concept. The production car would launch at roughly the same time as the Prowler (a little earlier, in late ’96, in fact), but Porsche PR was a little less clear with information, apparently.

Davis says that it’s a “good idea at what the 911 replacement will look like when it arrives mid-decade.” Some of the information appears to be correct (it’ll cost less than current offerings, it’ll be mid-engine) but one crucial detail is wrong.

I don’t know if Davis misspoke and I certainly don’t mean to imply that his time in journalism has been anything but well-earned, but it turned out that Boxster was meant to replace the likes of the 924/944/968, not the 911. But in 1993, Porsche was in an entirely different state and in urgent need of money, so a lot more seemed possible.

Also Read: 2021 Porsche Boxster 25 Edition Celebrates Anniversary With 1993 Concept-Inspired Touches

Finally, I’m interested in the Mustang concept that came before it. This time Davis hits the nail on the head, calling this a fantasy, but one that did highlight some of the SN-95’s design cues. Although it’s all exaggerated, a look at the vents, their shape, and the overall shape of the car do actually hint at what was coming the next year.

If you’re missing auto shows, well, you aren’t alone. Even before the pandemic, many automakers were pulling out even from big events, choosing other means, like standalone presentations, in an effort to a. save money (participating in a car show doesn’t come cheap) and b. avoid the clutter created when all automakers get together at the same place.

The pandemic was practically one more nail in auto shows’ coffin, since everyone moved to digital platforms – and rightly so. Will they make a comeback once all this is finally over? Hard to tell at this point.

Jaguar Land Rover Taiwan台灣捷豹路虎於1月11日正式在台發表全新世代New Land Rover Defender,宣示品牌史上最強4 X 4全地形王者傳奇邁入嶄新篇章,Land Rover Taiwan更透過真實的影像紀錄,邀請全台車迷與Defender共同探索不老部落的傳奇故事,用心閱讀這一段關於傳承的荒野詩歌。

【延伸閱讀】全地形王者傳奇上市!《Land Rover Defender》267萬起 給探險家5個非買不可的理由

▲《野的傳承》紀錄的精采故事如同New Land Rover Defender,以野性引領世代向前的腳步,當心不受拘束,所有力量都將成為祝福。(圖片來源/Land Rover,以下同。)

17年前,宜蘭寒溪的7位長老與Defender共同開拓出屬於自己的自由與道路,他們從一片荒蕪開始,親手打造心中理想的家園 - 不老部落。他們打破框架,找到傳統智慧和科技新知的平衡,憑藉流傳於血脈中的強悍,成為自給、自足、自學的獨特部落。如同New Land Rover Defender,以野性引領世代向前的腳步,當心不受拘束,所有力量都將成為祝福。

 

「致敬經典,而非受經典所制約」,這是Land Rover設計長Professor Gerry McGovern OBE賦予全新世代Defender的最佳註解。

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