Toyota unveils its AMG, Brabus and M challenger
Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) held the global debut of its high-performance TMG Sports 650 (TS-650) Concept at the Essen Motor Show. The Lexus LS based TS-650 is Toyota's answer to Brabus, AMG, and BMW's M division. As a showcase for TMG's high-performance capabilities, this heavily-modified road car is intended to push the limits of performance in all areas.
While the car is based on Lexus' flagship car, the similarities end there. Aerodynamics has received generous improvements with a generous application of carbon fiber and TMG's cutting-edge wind tunnels. Under the hood is a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8 capable of 650 PS and 765Nm of torque revving all the way ‘til 7450rpm; it is mated to an eight-speed high-torque-capacity transmission. The car goes up to 320 km/h.
To maximize driving performance, a Torsen rear differential was fitted, a performance multi-link suspension system was put in place while Brembo Carbon Ceramic brakes provide the stopping power. The car rolls on huge 20-inch wheels; 10-inches wide at the front wrapped with 275/35R20 tires and 12-inches wide at the rear with 345/30R20 tires. As a performance option, 295/35R20 upgrades will be available for the front for even better front-end grip.
The TMG Sports 650 promises to be a high-end limousine-sized car which is equally comfortable and exciting on the road as on track days.
Displayed alongside the TS-650 at the TMG stand are the TS030 Hybrid WEC car, GT86 CS-V3 and Yaris R1A.
"The Essen Motor Show is a great opportunity to highlight a range of TMG's current projects, from the very high-end engineering like our race-winning WEC car or the road-going TMG Sports 650 to entry-level competition with the GT86 CS-V3 and Yaris R1A. These vehicles perfectly illustrate the diversity of our company and they also highlight the spirit of TMG; high-performance is part of our DNA and we want to share that passion with fans, drivers and racers," said Yoshiaki Kinoshita, President of TMG.