We spy, with the lens of our spy guy, a rather unique Lexus LS that's taken to the track. Spotted lapping Germany's Nürburgring, this particular LS is wearing puffed-out fenders, a strongly styled decklid spoiler, what appears to be a faux nose hiding new bodywork, deep side skirts and a pair of vents on the hood. Something sporty is afoot, and we're itching to know more.

Toyota is clearly testing a super sporty version of its flagship luxury sedan. What's not clear, however, is what exactly is going on underneath the bodywork. We do know that this is work of the automaker, and not an aftermarket tuner testing some new performance parts out. The license tags on the car are from Cologne, and the car was spotted at the automaker's garage nearby.

Could we be staring at a Lexus LS F in disguise? The automaker has hinted in the past at such a car coming to market over the years, and this luxury sedan is certainly wearing some athletic upgrades. Funny, we thought for sure that a variant of the new GS was going to be next in line to get the F Sport treatment. Could this just be a one-off piece for the Tokyo Motor Show or Tokyo Auto Salon, or is it indicative of something more?

Final amusing note: The wheelman at the helm of this mystery "LS F' must be new to the 'Ring – that giant "L" on the rear window indicates he's a Learner.


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      Evan Hayden
      • 3 Years Ago
      Strange... I'm not usually into anything that Lexus makes, and I'm not one for large cars, but this is pretty appealing to me. It looks like a Hot Wheels car come to life with those huge wheel arches and gaping intake, and I'm digging it!
      ChrisD69
      • 3 Years Ago
      That should be " SUPERCARS "
      mbukukanyau
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is one big Camry
        Chris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        That is one big stupid comment
        Helix
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        Camry is a POS econobox next to this.
      Jon Norman
      • 3 Years Ago
      So basically they made that ugly, boring car look more like an S550. I guess they are learning from the equally crappy Hyundai Equus. NO THANK YOU - I'd rather keep giving my money to Mercedes Benz.
        Helix
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jon Norman
        MB is happy to take your money, most of it goes for the badge anyway.
      caddy-v
      • 3 Years Ago
      42 seconds in it was passed by a much better looking and faster Amish buggy.
      Ed
      • 3 Years Ago
      If this is true, nobody under the age of 73 yo will care. If it's anything like the LFA, it will be overpriced and it'll be slower than sedans 1/2 the price....And you'll still be driving a car that looks like a Camry.
        Tony
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ed
        Yes, because only speed is what gets considered into the price of a car. Idiot.
          IBx27
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tony
          When it costs $400,000, there's a lot more that gets considered that the LF-Ails at.
      Shane Gardner
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone else see Scion on the front of that thing? Atleast the headlights scream Scion to me.
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Remember all that talk about Lexus making their brand not in "the middle of the road" and more exciting? This is a good start.
      AE86
      • 3 Years Ago
      ISF.. LFA.. this mystery LS and the talk about a GS-F.... Toyota is back.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Straight concept for a show to turn heads, nothing more. That or a collaboration with a tuner like HKS/Blitz or the like. The car obviously has forced induction judging from the enormous intercooler and heat extractor hood. That I would say greatly lessens the possibility of it being a factory job. I say tuner collaboration.
        madgamer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        I'm not sure why you got a bunch of down votes. This seems like the most likely outcome to me as well. This looks like something you would see done as a one-of just for the Tokyo Motor Show.
      kaneda
      • 3 Years Ago
      All the Japanese do is "tease" hot cars but nothing ever makes it to market. Lexus is finally waking up to the fact that luxury and performance go hand and hand. Mercedes, BMW and Audi have been well aware of this for years. What I can't stand is how the Japanese never seem to understand one simple principle...if your late to the performance game you need to BEAT the competition. Take the Lexus IS-F. Who would buy this over an M3 or C63? It doesn't match either in performance, yet was developed AFTER both the Bimmer and Merc. It's like the Japanese build cars to please themselves as engineers, regardless of raising the bar. Um, the LS-F is the same deal.
        Tom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kaneda
        Um, the LFA was indeed in development for an absurdly long time, but look what happened: it did actually come to market, and it did beat its competition. The original IS-F had a terrible ride, but supposedly that has been fixed and reviews of the updated version have been very positive. By the way, what exactly do you think motivates Germans who build cars? What is the motivation behind, for example, the BMW X6 ActiveHybrid?
          kaneda
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tom
          Apples to orange Tom. The Japanese people cover themselves in labels and fashion trends because as a people, they all look the same. Can't find your kid? Don't worry, just slap a Louis Vuitton baseball cap on him and some camo fatigues and you're all set. But back to cars. What car does the Lexus LFA beat at 400k? Heck the Nissan GTR beats it in almost every performance category and is 90K. Put an LFA against a Lambo Aventador and you'll quickly discover why the Lexus is out matched, out classed and out of place.
        AP1_S2K
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kaneda
        I totally agree with you and it reflects the Japanese culture to not stand out. I think if they were in the kitchen, they'd make the most kick-ass vanilla ice-cream, but everybody else is enjoying all types of new flavors of ice cream that appeal to a wider range or patrons where as the Japanese person would be smiling his a** off at the fact he made some damn good vanilla. I'm kind of surprised to see this LS because I think the LF-A/GS was a huge disappointment.
          Tom
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AP1_S2K
          Your stereotypes are outdated. Do a quick search for pictures of Japanese street fashion -- it's very much part of the culture to "stand out." More importantly, this is a whole country we're talking about, and just like any other country, it includes people of all kinds.
      bubciak
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looking at that garbige i feel like i want nr #2
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