By Ronan Glon
Tuesday, Nov 27th, 2012 @ 11:01 am
 

After releasing a series of teaser photos last week, Germany-based Toyota Motorsports GmbH (TMG) has fully unveiled a hot-rodded version of the Lexus LS. Christened TS-650, the sedan will make its public debut at the Essen Motor Show that will open its doors to the public later this week.

The TS-650 is equipped with a long list of carbon fiber add-ons that includes a trunk-mounted spoiler, side skirts on both sides and a new roof panel. The car is equipped with fender flares that accommodate 20-inch BBS wheels mounted on low-profile Michelin tires, and it wears model-specific bumpers on both ends. Four chromed exhaust tips round out the look.

Pictures of the interior are not available yet but it has likely been given a similar treatment. Abundant carbon fiber trim, bucket seats and a slew of extra gauges will give the LS' whisper-quiet cabin a performance-inspired feel.

The TS-650's cavernous engine bay is home to a twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that makes 650 horsepower and 564 lb-ft. of torque. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the V8 propels the 4,500-pound behemoth from zero to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds and on to a top speed of roughly 200 mph. Carbon ceramic brakes built by Brembo take care of stopping the car.

When it debuts in Germany, the Lexus-based super-sedan will be presented as merely a prototype but it might be added to the Toyota lineup as a limited edition model if the company's CEO gives it the proverbial nod of approval.