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by Tim Beissmann

Toyota Motorsport GmbH has taken a stock Lexus LS460 and turned it into the TMG Sports 650 – a supercar-hassling track weapon that is on display at the Essen aftermarket motor show in Germany.

A twin-turbocharged version of the larger 5.0-litre V8 from the Lexus LS600 sits under the bonnet of the 5.1m two-tonne Japanese limo, producing a whopping 478kW (650PS) and 765Nm. (For comparison’s sake, the Lamborghini Aventador’s 6.5-litre V12 generates 37kW more power but 75Nm less torque than the lethal Lexus.)

TMG predicts the enhancements will help propel the Sports 650 from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 320km/h.

A revised suspension set-up with coil springs and Sachs dampers teams with Brembo carbon ceramic brakes and a set of 20-inch BBS alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin high-performance tyres to ensure the dynamics keep pace with the power boost.

The unique aero package was developed using TMG’s wind tunnels. Based on the pre-facelift model, the exterior features a bespoke grille and front bumper with gaping intakes as well as vents on the bonnet and behind the front wheel arches, deep side skirts, a boot lid lip spoiler, and a new rear bumper with diffuser and stacked quad tailpipes.

LED daytime running lights bisect the front intakes while TMG badges replace the standard Lexus logos at the front and rear.

TMG describes the Sports 650 as a showcase of its high-performance capabilities, with the highly modified road car “intended to push the limits of performance in all areas”.




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