It was mid-December 2021 when Lexus surprised us with the Electrified Sport, billed as a “next-generation battery-electric sports car that inherits the driving taste, or secret sauce, of performance cultivated through the development of the LFA.” It wasn’t until June this year that the stunning concept made its public debut at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. A production version will follow, eventually.
Meanwhile, the swoopy coupe will make its first American appearance at The Quail. However, popular YouTuber Supercar Blondie has already had the opportunity to approach the Electrified Sport in a warehouse in Los Angeles. Featuring fully blacked-out windows to conceal the interior, the LFA’s EV replacement is a stunner and has a few design cues reminiscent of the naturally aspirated V10 machine.
Since the production version won’t be arriving anytime soon, Lexus has been tight-lipped on the technical specifications of the car. Toyota’s luxury division said it would have a maximum range of over 700 kilometers (435 miles), but the test cycle was not specified, so the number could very well be based on the Japanese JC08.
We know the performance machine is designed to support solid-state batteries, which will initially be fitted to a hybrid Toyota by 2025. Lexus has promised that the next production version of the Electrified Sport will do 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just over two seconds. He did not specify whether the car will have a single-motor rear-wheel-drive configuration or a dual-motor AWD configuration.
The presentation video makes us wish that the changes implemented on the way to production were kept to a minimum. It rolls on center-lock wheels measuring 20 inches in the front and 21 inches in the rear and has a much steeper roofline compared to the LFA before it. While its predecessor had a six-speed single-clutch automated manual gearbox with paddle shifters, the EV could allow drivers to shift their own gears via a simulated manual transmission.
There’s still a lot we don’t know about the Electrified Sport or whatever it will be called in production form, but we’re just glad Lexus is working on a follow-up to the LFA.