Lexus LFA Drag Races Audi R8 For Naturally Aspirated V10 Glory

No matter which car wins, you can enjoy its sound.

The Lexus LFA ranks among the best sounding cars ever made thanks to a quick-revving, naturally aspirated V10 with engineering input from Yamaha. While a far more common vehicle, the V10-powered Audi R8 Spyder can make a sonorous song, too. In this video, we get to see how the pair perform in a drag race.

The Audi is the more powerful machine here. It’s the latest version where the 5.2-liter V10 makes 612 horsepower (456 kilowatts or 620 metric horsepower) and 428 pound-feet (580 Newton-meters) of torque. It can get the Spyder to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 3.2 seconds.

Gallery: 2010 Lexus LFA

In comparison, the LFA has a 4.8-liter V10 making 553 hp (412 kW or 560 metric hp) and 354 lb-ft (480 Nm). While less powerful than the Audi, the Lexus has a lower weight to help even the odds of winning the drag race. The automaker made just 500 units of the LFA from 2010 through 2012.

The drag race starts with a surprise. When the flag drops, the LFA gets away ahead of the Audi, which is a surprise since the R8 is all-wheel drive in comparison to the Lexus’ rear-wheel-drive layout.

The R8 then starts pulling on the LFA. By around the half-way mark, it’s actually in the lead. When the pair cross the finish line, the Audi is about a car-length ahead.

While not a victory, the LFA’s performance at least deserves a tip of the cap. Its engineering dates back around a decade. With the age in mind, the Lexus does a very good job against the more modern Audi.

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