Here’s something with pace as well as space – Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has released images of its Sports 650 high-performance sedan, based on the Lexus LS. It’s no slouch – a twin-turbocharged 5.0 litre V8 producing 650 PS at 6,500 rpm and 765 Nm at 5,460 rpm feeds its power through an eight-speed high-torque capacity gearbox.
0-100 km/h is dealt with in an estimated 3.9 seconds, while top speed is an unconfirmed 320 km/h. Brakes are carbon ceramic Brembos, while the suspension is a multi-link setup with coil springs and Sachs dampers. There’s also a Torsen differential.
The pictures show some mean twin bonnet scoops, a liberal splashing of mesh on the intakes, an aggressive front bumper with LED strips, side gills and what appears to be a carbon-fibre bodykit with flared wheel arches that house sporty 20-inch BBS wheels, encased in 275/35 series tyres up front and 345/30 out back. TMG’s website says 295/35 series rubber is also available for the front wheels as a track option.
At the back, you’ll find a rear spoiler and lower diffuser, with the latter incorporating a very unusual tailpipe arrangement. We find the overall visual effect rather striking and tastefully appointed – what say you?
TMG’s Facebook post tells us that the car’s aerodynamics were developed in its wind tunnels, with considerable emphasis placed on handling, but divulges little else, so we’ll probably have to wait until the car’s debut at the tuner’s paradise that is the Essen motor show next week for more details.
Will we one day see TMG to Toyota as AMG to Mercedes-Benz?