If you're going to make a super sedan, you'd better do it in Germany. That's where Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz do it, along with third parties like Alpina, Brabus and G-Power, among others. Deutschland is the epicenter of the movement, regularly churning out the most powerful four-door rockets in the world. It's also where one of the racing divisions for Toyota has been hard at work on the TMG Sports 650.

Toyota Motorsport GmbH started with a Lexus LS and turned it into a 641-horsepower, twin-turbocharged super sedan it revealed late last year at the Essen Motor Show. But though we haven't heard much about it since then, the team behind Toyota's F1 and Le Mans efforts are apparently still hard at work on the project.

Speaking with Lexus' own UK blog, TMG chief Alastair Moffitt revealed that the project started way back in 2010, shortly after Toyota shut down its F1 program and left the racing team with nothing to do. The 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 was initially producing as much as 800 horsepower, but has since been refined to 650 so that it could theoretically be put into production and onto the road.

That's something TMG hasn't done before, but is keen to start, positioning itself alongside Toyota Racing Development in the US and Gazoo Racing in Japan as an in-house tuning division which Toyota and Lexus could rely on for this kind of project. To that end, TMG has been testing its prototype at the Nürburgring – less than an hour's drive from its headquarters in Cologne – and has already found it'll run to 60 in the same 3.9 seconds as the new Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG and top out at 200 mph.

The next step will be to set a hot lap on the Nordschleife, and we'll be keeping an eye out to see how it does. In the meantime, check out the video below.


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      Black Dyanmite
      • 1 Year Ago
      Given the upcoming Lexus RCF and GSF, it doesn't take a scientist to see an LSF coming to Lexus in the next 2-3 years. TMG looks more than ready to help get 'er done! 600-650HP sounds like the ballpark they'll be playing in.
      vripper
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is good to see and you know the have the potential. They seem to be taking it seriously and competition is a win for everyone - it pushes the manufacturers to keep moving forward.
      Mr. BaderĀ®
      • 1 Year Ago
      Loooool that's funny Toyota stick to boring cars
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      Rick
      • 1 Year Ago
      So much better without that ugly Predator front end on the current models.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice Taurus SHO.
      Bobby
      • 1 Year Ago
      Use that power source for a production car! Except not that exterior styling because it's kinda really ugly...
      Carfan0893
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm confused. if they were to put it into production, it would be based off of the old body style so both old and new would be in production??
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      Trevor
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car is ugly as fVck.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is a really bad ASS Lexus. It certainly has been rescued from Grandpa car status. The styling could use some tweaks, but it looks great otherwise. Seems to me this is their developmental mule, hence the rough edges.
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          Matt
          • 1 Year Ago
          Concepts can also be mules. Some concepts just roll and have a body hanging on rails (design concept), some have a power train but no interior other than a steering wheel and a seat (like the first NSX Concept with the black windows). He said this car is phase 3 so it very much is a development mule but it also moonlights as their Sport 650 concept to showcase what TMG can do.
          mbukukanyau
          • 1 Year Ago
          Its got that red off switch that comes in mules by the shifter.
      NamorF-Pro
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've always wanted to be part of such a project where you take a reasonably slow car and make it fast and change its character completely. They need to let this thing out to battle the S63, S8, and whatever BMW is working one, maybe Aplina.
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