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Tony O'Kane | Aug, 22 2013 | 1 Comment

Rumours of F-branded high-performance versions of the Lexus LS and GS sedans have been circulating for a while, but the carmaker remains quiet on plans to extend the F lineup beyond the current IS F.

There's the upcoming RC F, of course, but what if your tastes favour something... larger?

Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) reckons it has the solution in the Lexus LS-based TS 650, which packs the V8 heart and eight-speed transmission found in the IS F.

The special LS winds the wick up to a collossal 447kW with the help of a pair of turbochargers, then pairs it with a track-ready suspension setup and mammoth carbon-ceramic brakes.

Besides being handy around a circuit (well, handy for a gigantic luxury sedan anyway), the TS 650 is also claimed to rocket to 96km/h in just 3.9 seconds. Top speed? 322km/h.

TMG's Formula One know-how has been applied extensively to the TS 650 to enable it to reach such heights, but unfortunately it's far from the LS F we've been dreaming of.

Instead, as TMG's Alistair Moffit details in this video, the TS 650 represents a technological showcase for TMG, and could form the basis of a future large performance car from Lexus - if, that is, Lexus management approves of TMG's handiwork.

Watch this space.

 
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