650hp Lexus breaks cover


It's clearly the annual ‘announce an enormous saloon with a huge V8, forced induction, and slightly bonkers amounts of power’ week. If it wasn’t enough that Jaguar officially revealed the XFR-S last night in Los Angeles, TMG – Toyota’s German motorsport arm – has just released the first official full pictures of its fantastically ridiculous Lexus LS hyper-saloon concept, the Sport 650.

Staid limo now hits 62mph in 3.9secs
Staid limo now hits 62mph in 3.9secs
We reported last week that the car was imminent, but even so, we weren’t quite prepared for the insanity that was heading our way. The Sport 650 will be powered by a 5.0-litre V8 with two turbos, which will produce 650hp and 565lb ft. That’ll be matched to an eight-speed gearbox with three automatic modes and one manual.

It'll hit 62mph in 3.9 seconds, and top whack is expected to be 200mph, or as near as makes no difference. There’ll be a TorSen limited-slip diff, Sachs dampers and Brembo carbon ceramic brakes. The BBS wheels will be 20in in diameter, and the rears will be 12in wide. Gosh.

It’s not subtle, then, and neither are its looks. Vents, scoops, and carbon fibre addenda all turn the handsome-but-unassuming LS into a boy racer’s dream. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing, we’re undecided, but at least the Sport 650 is going its own way, rather than trying to take a leaf out of the ‘teutonically understated’ book.

There’s still no news on whether this will be purely a prototype, or whether the limited production run that TMG is proposing will be given the go-ahead. If it does it'll be based on the newly revealed facelifted version rather than the current model this is built around, but either way it'll create one of the most ludicrous saloon cars ever made, and provide a real rival to the Brabus-tuned S-Class Biturbos.

Now, has anyone else got any hyper-saloons they’d like to announce, or are we done for the week?







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  • Pistonwot 02 Dec 2012

    ScoobieWRX said:
    "the Max Power comparisons are so old and unintelligent it beggars belief they're still being used"
    clap
    This ilk are comedy gold.
    Talk about advertising your own ignorance, they obviously couldnt even tell a tuned car from a stock car unless a magazine has told them what to think.

  • Pistonwot 02 Dec 2012

    Some Gump said:
    Why are people rattling on about badge snobbery? Look at this thing. You could put any badge you want on it, it would still be more kahn than class.
    The oriental manufacturers do this all the time - i'd love a scooby, except they look so halfords. If they made a wrx without all the max power bits, I'd be driving one now. Instead, i'm running an rs4 because the recent m3 is too in your face to be accepted at work.
    I feel sadness at that,
    sadness and despair how youre being limited to such monotony in order to 'impress' strangers on the basis of someone elses opinions.

    This is the main problem of the UK 'fashion clone' attitude in a nutshell.
    An incredible lack of knowledge combined with a comically aimless pomposity.

    We are currently enduring the worst period of car banality in history, cars like this are a breath of fresh air in a sea of boring tedium, point in case are cars like Audi and BMW.
    B O R I N G on every level.
    The trouble is the clones dont even know what they are looking at let alone if its good or quality.
    Instead their 'choice' is guided by a magazine rating.
    And because they all only read 1 magazine they all end up in the same car.
    When will it end?



    Edited by Pistonwot on Sunday 2nd December 13:48

  • 279 01 Dec 2012

    Garlick said:
    Maybe I'm just getting old and maybe (as JAYB suggests) this Lexus is an attempt to show what they can do, but I just prefer fast limos with a pinch of discretion

    This looks great IMO, just enough to let you know it's got some punch

    Granted I won't be in the market for either until they are about 20 years old, but the Merc looks woefully boring in comparison. And If the AMGs are built anything like the vanilla w221s it'll be woefully disappointing interior/comfort/driver interface wise as well.

    I had 20 minutes in a w221 a while back, being the first Benz I've driven let alone the first S Class I was expecting something special... Easily the most disappointing car I've ever driven. The crap stalk mounted gear selector was enough to make me want to get a gallon of petrol and some matches for it alone.

  • Some Gump 01 Dec 2012

    Sadly, yes. HR classed an M3 as a "sports car". Sports cars are against company policy. gits!

  • LuS1fer 01 Dec 2012

    Some Gump said:
    Instead, i'm running an rs4 because the recent m3 is too in your face to be accepted at work.
    Does anyone really honestly care? Are people that shallow?

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