Rick Pitino Drives a $450,000 Lexus Because Life Is Going Fairly Well for Him

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterAugust 30, 2013

Photo Credit: @Cooper_Warner41 (via Busted Coverage)
Photo Credit: @Cooper_Warner41 (via Busted Coverage)

This whole life thing seems to be going pretty well for Rick Pitino, because he is driving around in a car that costs as much as a house. 

Busted Coverage spotted the following Instagram picture from Louisville forward Luke Hancock, which reportedly features the sweet new ride of the Cardinals' championship coach. 

Take a look at this whip:

According to their report, that's a Lexus LFA, and according to one of their sources, it sells for about $450,000. 

Now, to be fair, a quick search on eBay shows you can get an LFA with 900 miles for about $380,000. If that doesn't sell you on getting one of your own, a quick search on KBB.com shows a new LFA with standard options has about a $377,000 price tag. 

Essentially, these cars cost a pretty penny, and we are assuming Pitino got this thing fully loaded with all the posh features. Hell, they may have even thrown in an air freshener at that price. 

Here is another shot of the sweet car (h/t @Cooper_Warner41):

Now, BC is careful in saying they merely assume this is Pitino's ride but haven't yet received confirmation. 

Using context clues, we will go ahead and assume right along with them that coach treated himself to almost half a million dollars' worth of car. 

Left Lane breaks down some of the more intriguing details of the LFA:

The Lexus LFA features an all-new 4.8-liter V10 developed exclusively for use in the high-dollar supercar. Power is rated at 552 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. Although maximum twist doesn't come on until the needle sweeps past the 6,800rpm mark, Toyota says that 90 percent of the LFA's torque is available between 3,700rpm and the screaming 9,000rpm redline.


The net result of Toyota's efforts is a vehicle that can accelerate from zero-to-60 mph in just under 3.7 seconds, with a top-speed of 202 mph. Fuel economy is rated at 11 mpg in the city and 16 mpg on the highway.

If you are keeping score at home, 2013 saw Pitino win his second title as a college basketball coach—the first coming when he led Kentucky to a title in 1996. 

Shortly after, Pitino reveled in the party that is the Kentucky Derby with a horse of his own. Sure, it didn't win, but did you have a horse in the field?

BC does remind us of the one fact that might be weighing on your mind: How much does coach have to spend on a car?

Well, first, we can't call this thing a car. That would be like calling Marty McFly's DeLorean a simple automobile. 

The title earned coach a $425,000 bonus that sits like a cherry on top of his $5.7 million sundae of a salary. 

So, it seems he can thank his second NCAA championship for this ride. 


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