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Lexus LS Targeting Porsche Panamera, LS F Hero Planned: Report Photo:
 
 
Mike Stevens | Jul, 24 2014 | 0 Comments

Lexus is planning to give its LS badge a kick in the pants for the next generation, if talk of a more sporting and powerful limo is to be believed.

According to American magazine Motor Trend, the LS, traditionally aimed at the likes of the S-Class, will turn its sights on models like the Porsche Panamera.

That suggests the next LS will get a sleek and more coupe-like profile, meaning that models like the Jaguar XJ will also be on its radar.

The S-Class won’t be completely dropped from the big Lexus’ kill list however, with the new Merc already sleek-looking in its own right.

And, with powerful S 63 and S 65 AMG options to choose from, Mercedes buyers will need more than fast looks to become Lexus conquest sales.

Lexus may have just the thing for that, though, with the report adding that the Japanese luxury brand is planning not only a GS F hero but also a flagship LS F performer.

Both top-shelf Lexus models will likely get the same 5.0 litre V8 that will drive the new RC F coupe, although the report claims the LS F will tack on a pair of turbochargers for a boost to around 450kW - true S 63 AMG rivalling power.

And if Lexus needs inspiration for its new F model, it could look to the TS-650 Concept developed by Toyota Motorsport GmbH in 2012.

A highly modified version of the current LS, the TS-650 is powered by a 478kW/710Nm twin-turbo version of the IS F's existing 5.0 litre V8.

That ought to do the job.

Still, the current LS is expected to soldier on a little longer, with the all-new model not due until sometime in 2016.

 
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