But Toyota Motorsport has certainly bucked that tendency with its Lexus LS TMG Edition, an overweight, overpowered monster caught testing at Germany’s Nürburgring. Lexus has wanted to be a performance player for years and now is reportedly preparing an LFA for the upcoming Le Mans.
A leaked spec sheet tells us that the LS TMG will do 0-62 mph in 4.2 seconds with a top speed (probably limited) of 199 mph. Is the engine a V8? A V10 derived from the LFA (which outputs 550 hp)? Speculation is rampant, but we don’t know.
We wanted to show you the video of the car at Nürburgring, but SpeedLux has disabled its embedding “by request”—presumably Toyota’s. But you can watch it on YouTube here.
Look closely, and you will see the beast (which is certainly not being pushed) exhibiting more than a trace of float and wobble in the turns. Hear the tires squeak in the first turn?
Besides which, it’s ugly as sin.
While we have no idea whether this is a production prototype, a one-off exercise or something else entirely, the very existence of a 641-horsepower, 200 mile-per-hour Lexus LS suggests that the crew behind the LFA are holding increasing sway over the Toyota luxury asylum.
To which yrs trly responds, “Who cares?” Put the car back in the garage, the inmates back in the asylum, and build a proper LFA (finally!) for the street at a decent price.
Does Lexus really need to get into the performance game? Can it compete against the high-end Germans with a car like this?