A very warm Lexus LS with a bodykit and a more than adequate 641bhp – and dubbed the LS TMG Edition- has been spotted in a garage near the Nurburgring.
We’re starting to think that Lexus has finally woken up to the fact that having some properly good performance cars in their range is a good idea. And the latest indication of that new direction is the very warm super saloon that is the Lexus LS TMG Edition, spotted lurking in a garage near the Nurburgring in between runs round the ‘Ring.
The LS TMG Edition apparently sports a 5.0 litre V8 with 641bhp and 524lb/ft of torque, which will be enough to hit a 4.0 second 0-60mph and a top speed of around 200mph. Very un-Lexus.
There is no clear indication if the LS TMG has any sort of hybrid gubbins going on in addition to the immensely powerful V8 under its bonnet, but however it achieves its power is fine by us. After all, hybrids can be made to boost performance just as much as they can economy.
There is also no indication of if this super-powerful LS is a production model to be or just a test-bed for Lexus to play with. But if it is going to be a production Lexus LS it will come with the usual incredible Lexus build quality and performance that will put a Mercedes S65 AMG to shame.
The TMG bit in the name refers to Toyota Motorsport GmbH, so if this is going to be a production model then perhaps it’s aimed at the European market for super saloons? That possibility is something we wouldn’t have dreamt possible a few years ago, but since the advent of the LFA, a new and much more sporty Lexus GS and the promise of more powerful Lexus models to come, it could be a reality.
We live in hope.