Video of the Lexus LS TMG Edition


Another day, another round of information about the Lexus LS TMG Edition that’s been spotted testing in Germany — first up is this video of the hyper-LS taking laps at Nürburgring:

At full-tilt, the LS TMG sounds an awful lot like a grown-up IS-F, but it’s the footage at the end that amused me the most — even with the giant engine and the assortment of aeroparts, at low speed it retains the presence of an LS.

Even more, another part of the mystery has been solved, as Edmunds Inside Line reached out to Lexus and learned more about the LS TMG:

We weren’t expecting a reply with anything more than a “no comment,” but our contact came back with a surprisingly clear and quick answer, “This is a project car by Lexus of Germany.” They went on to say that photos and detailed specs could be available, we’ll update if that comes through.

So, simply, Lexus of Germany is utilizing the skill of Toyota Motorsport GmbH (you’ll remember them for doing Toyota’s F1 efforts, the EV race car, those cool Celica GT-Fours for WRC and the GT-One) to create a project to draw attention to the sportiness of Lexus and the engineering skill of TMG. TMG currently pays the bills by freelancing its skills, resources (wind tunnel) and staff to various motorsports clients.

There we have it — commissioned by Lexus Deutschland as a project car. (Not to say this couldn’t lead to bigger & better things — after all, the Mercedes S65 has 621 hp, no reason a LS-F couldn’t have 642 hp.)

[Source: Inside Line]

Comments


  • BOSS

    It’s not even trying hard and the growl already sounds….scary?

  • http://www.facebook.com/RDS.Alphard Yong Thian Ding

    Oh yeah … it’s indeed is the sound of a improvement 2UR-GSE !

  • 05RollaXRS

    I know engines very well. I can tell you that is EXACTLY the sound of a low-revving twin turbo V8 Engine. Most likely a turbocharged version of the IS-F V8.

    As I had initially suspected, the 9000 rpm redline on the engine was incorrect since it is a very tall geared, midrange power car from what is obvious in the video. Not a high-revving engine.

  • BOSS

    Do you hear the BOV and the spool? Some other who watched the video said they hear it but I dont hear anything lol.

  • 05RollaXRS

    Almost no turbocharged car comes with a BOV. It is an aftermarket thing and actually does not help performance. Also, these days turbos don’t audibly spool up. Try driving a 335 BMW and you will know what i mean.

    The sound is a turbocharged V8 engine. Just wait and see.

  • 05RollaXRS

    Almost no turbocharged car comes with a BOV. It is an aftermarket thing and actually does not help performance. Also, these days turbos don’t audibly spool up. Try driving a 335 BMW and you will know what i mean.

    The sound is a turbocharged V8 engine. Just wait and see.

  • Pete

     I was going to say the same exact thing.  turbo engines have that muffle sound to them.  kind of like a WRX…i like it very much

  • Pete

     Actually, all turbocharged cars come with a blowoff valve, its the way the factory ones vent back into the intake which is different…..factory bypass valves dump the unused air back into the intake tract while those loud aftermarket ones vent it to the atmosphere…

    all turbo cars come with a bypass valve.  unless it has some sort of anti-lag setup.  and i’ve never driven a turbocharged car that dosen’t have an audible “spool” sound to it.  just because the 335i has such a restricted intake system from the factory dosen’t mean the sound is not there…put an open filter on it and you’ll know what i mean

  • http://www.facebook.com/RDS.Alphard Yong Thian Ding

    Why TMG said 9000rpm ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sebastien-Kroetsch/550680597 Sebastien Kroetsch

    You are completely right my friend and I was about to say the same thing. This is definitely a turbo V8 sound. In my opinion it’s a twin turbo 2UR with the same 8 speed direct-shift tranny as the IS-F.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lasse-J-Nordvik/100001045418399 Lasse J. Nordvik

    A feast for the ears,indeed! :-D

  • 05RollaXRS

    Well, I have driven lots of them especially the current generation of turbocharged cars and they don’t have an audible “spool” sound. 335 is just only one of them.

    I can guarantee 100% that the engine in that LS is a low-revving twin turbo V8 engine. The best thing I can say is just wait and see. You will see the proof.

  • 05RollaXRS

    That is correct. Most of the current generation turbo cars have a muffled “roaring” sound.

  • 05RollaXRS

    Most likely an error. No matter which way you look at it, a 9000 rpm redline sounds completely implausible in that LS.

  • 05RollaXRS

    Thank you.

  • Brad

    I agree with you on the trans. because they both share the same trans.,just with different internals I believe.It does sound as though it’s moving through it’s gears in a simular fashion to the IS-F.I was intriged however to discover that competitors use a twin turbo V-12 to generate simular #’s(less hp than this latest example from Lexus actually.)ex.BMW 760Li-6.0 L V-12 twin turbo hp 544 @ 5000 rpm torque 553 @ 1500 rpm,MB S65 AMG-5.5 L SOHC V-12 twin turbo hp 603 @ 5500 rpm torque 738 @ 2000 rpm.They also offer huge amounts of torque @ incredibally low rpm as noted above.My point is,is it possible that this latest iteration of the LS could be using a 1GZ-FE with twin turbo?AKA the 5.0L  V-12 from the Toyota Century.It is the only production V-12 engine ever from both Toyota & Japan, & it’s already been proven in Smoky’s V-12 twin turbo Supra from Top Secret Japan.It had in the neighbourhood of 1000 hp (probabally less torque) & achieved a speed record of like 400 km/h(approx 240 mph) that was highly publicized.