EVO Reviews the Twin-Turbo Lexus LS TMG TS 650 Super-Sports Sedan


Lexus TS 650 Review by EVO

David Vivian of EVO Magazine has driven the TMG-developed Lexus LS-based TS 650, and clearly loved every second behind the wheel:

There can be no argument here: the TS-650, when you put your toe all the way down, is blisteringly, almost surreally, rapid in a straight line. But what is surprising is how benign and relaxed the external visual & aural violence seems from behind the wheel.

But however many liberties I take, there seems to be all the time in the world to sort things out, the big car drifting so progressively under power in the slower turns, you’d swear you were in a Toyota GT86.

No other performance limo goes, sounds, handles and stops like the TS-650. If it could be produced, even at £150,000, I’m sure it would sell. But don’t hold your breath.

When TMG first announced the TS 650, there was a lot of excitement about its twin-turbo V8 power, but obviously there’s much more to this monster LS.

It’s no small accomplishment to have a magazine like EVO rave about a Lexus “limo”, but TMG pulled it off — in the final verdict, Vivian gives the TS-650 a full five stars.

(The review is not yet on the EVO website — you can view the full review over at Imgur or German Car Forums.)

(Thanks Jimbo!)

Comments


  • z2cents

    Production please

  • Yong Thian Ding

    I was hoping EVO produce video review … :P

  • BlackDynamiteOnline

    If anybody has the guts, the maracas, to make a LSF with this much power, it is Akio Toyoda.

    My guess is he’ll need to see some decent sales and media love from the ISF and upcoming GSF before taking the plunge.

    Suggestions: Power similar to the S65 (621 HP). I would have it above, at 640-650HP.
    0-60 in under 4 seconds, with 12 second quarters
    20″ wheels, Brembo Brakes, Ceramic brakes, Carbon Fiber trunk and hood
    Price: $140k (Above the Audi S8, but below the S65)
    BD

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Ибрагимов

    My thoughts that this beast will be true, if not why suddenly a lot of magazines start to test it!!!!

  • Bobby

    Wow! I had no idea it drove that well! Build an LS-F! Lexus will soon be synonymous with drivers car!

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    That was my biggest surprise as well — I expected it to be a little more clunky.

  • Mike DeLorca

    Yes…….this powerful beast will be in the shadows being modified and enhanced to be a market buster and much quicker to production waiting to see success of other full throttle “F” models. AKIO can build whatever he wants to and will, if the market accepts what is about to be introduced, I have full respect and admiration for this man !

  • matt

    What the Ford is this?

  • BlackDynamiteOnline

    I would expect it to have twin-turbos, over the single turbo of the GSF.
    Just add another 100HP…..
    BD