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There's little question that Lexus has succeeded in challenging its German rivals in the luxury marketplace. And with the LFA, it has proven that Japan can build a world-class supercar. What's left blank is the space in between.

Toyota Motorsport GmbH came up with a compelling answer in the form of the Sports 650 prototype, a Lexus LS with a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 641 horsepower and other go-fast components to challenge the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG and Audi S8. Toyota boss Akio Toyoda was reportedly so impressed with the project that he initially ordered TMG to build ten examples – one for him and each of his nine best friends. But since the model on which the project was based has since been replaced, questions remain over the project's fate.

Georg Kacher – European correspondent for Automobile and Car magazines – recently drove the prototype and reports that "the project will now likely be transferred to the new model out in 2015." That could come down purely to speculation, but Kacher tends to get the inside line on industry news, so this particular bowl of gossip soup might not requite the usual grain of salt we otherwise might add.

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      This would be a simply perfect car as long as they is the LS Five Axis body they introduced a while back at SEMA 2012. That body and this power... crazy stuff happens!
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      If this car comes into being, the main question will be the price as the determining factor between it and for instance the S63 AMG which is the top dog in this hyper performance large sedan segment. If this costs within $20k of the S63, and the S63 is as gorgeous on the outside and as amazing on the inside as we know it to be, then Lexus will have a hard time competing. If this Lexus comes in at a 100 grand, about $40k below the S63, it may have a chance, but it will need a much improved interior and the exterior will have to be distinctly different from every other appliance like and boring looking LS out there.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Credit goes to Akio Toyoda for supporting the project. Though production is up in the air, his intentions were clear and have been since he's taken his place as CEO. Lots of change in Toyota and I'm loving it. Three or so years ago, I frowned when I walked through a parking lot full of bland Camry's. In a couple more years, it seems they'll have a respectable lineup.
        • 1 Year Ago
        well, some credit :) most goes to TMG for building one hell of a car.
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      DAMN.. wtf is going on over at Lexus ? The engineers are supped up on performance this is insane. From the GS-F, to RC-F, Next gen ISF and now this ? I never seen so many performance models come from one brand in such a short period of time. Regardless this LS 650 mops the floor with the S8, S65 and 7 Series.
        • 1 Year Ago
        APR (Audi), Weistec (MB), and Dinan (BMW) would like to have a word with your Lexus....
          • 1 Year Ago
          Sorry Lexus is only talking to Audi Motorsport gmbh, BMW M GmbH, and AMG motorsports.. ARP, Weistec, and Dinan don't count. They're aftermarket tuners not a OEM work's.
          • 1 Year Ago
          Since you brought that up EKanoo and GReddy would like to have a talk with your Germans.
      • 1 Year Ago
      MAYBE THEY NEED IT IN JAPAN TO GET RID OF THEIR SHAME ABOUT JAPANESE WANTING GERMAN CARS Here, it would be a laugh -- like Grandma in a mini-skirt trying to pick up the waiter
      • 1 Year Ago
      TMG....what a laugh
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      History has warned us to never press the giant red button! It's a beast of a car.
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is a 2012 Lexus - the 2013 has a revised dashboard.
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      I understand that TMG is an in-house division but whatever happened to Lexus' "F" line? The IS F, which is a pretty serious factory modded sports car, does indeed compete with Germany's m3 and c63. Soooo why wouldn't they just carry on with that idea onto the LS? Now the "F" moniker is used as a trim line as opposed to that of an actual badge signifying "this ain't your base model/motor car" like that of Amg and M. Things like this confuse me. If I'm way off can someone please enlighten me. I feel that car companies nowadays are moving backwards with their thinking. Or maybe I'm just wrong completely and TMG and F are the same damn think. I'm confused lol
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      I'm sorry, but this looks too much like a quickly tacked together SEMA car. The guts, absolutely marvelous, but the exterior doesn't have the sophistication of it's German targets. I'm sure it's wonderfully "big car" precise in it's handling, and surely rides like a dream like most LS's, but it looks almost to "boy racer"ish for the class it's aiming for.
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