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Lexus pushes ahead with supercar


Toyota is said to be continuing to develop a Nissan GT-R rival despite the world economic downturn.

Lexus will continue developing its LF-A supercar, despite Toyota’s expected $US1.7 billion operating loss, reports from Europe say.

The Lexus is expected to challenge Nissan’s GT-R and would also have gone head-to-toe with Honda’s new front-engined NSX. But Honda has said it is abandoning development of its supercar.

Lexus is expected to build a small batch of LF-As this year and race them before starting on production models. The car reportedly runs a 500bhp V10 and will have a top speed higher than 320km/h.

Meanwhile, Lexus says it will unveil its new HS 250h hybrid-powered sedan at this month’s Detroit motor show. It’s tipped to use the Camry hybrid’s 2.4-litre petrol engine and hybrid driveline.

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