The Terminator Cometh: Introducing the TMG TS-650


There something vaguely sinister about it. Maybe it's the setting of dark clouds and rain slick surfaces that bring to mind that scene from Terminator when Arnold first shows up. Or maybe it's just the fact that this car is just that agressive. They've even seen fit to give a name fitting it's nefarious look: The TS-650.

If anyone was still wondering whether or not Lexus was serious about changing their image, this should be the final nail in the coffin.

It's not a pretty car. At all. The hood has two gaping gashes and the front-end looks suspiciously like a WALD body kit. The thing is... In this case it's warranted. Those massive hood vents? Well, they're there ventilate the 640 hp twin-turbo V8 under the hood. The same goes for the massive intakes in the front bumper that likely channel air to the TS-650's intercoolers. Clearly the modus operandi here is function over form. And you know what? I'm more than okay with that. 

A 640 horsepower sedan that'll hit 200mph is allowed to be ugly. Especially if it's grippier and faster than it's rivals. If it does manage that much power and speed, that would make the TS-650 the fastest full size sedan available from a luxury car manufacturer. The S65 AMG comes close (620hp) but doesn't win this war of superlatives. Of course, the main difference here being that you can actually go out and buy the Benz, while the TS-650 is just vaporware... For now.

But it won't be that way for long. TMG is bringing it out to the Essen Motorshow next week. Not only will this mark the debut of what likely will be the fastest full-size production sedan, but it's also TMG's first time appearing as an in-house tuning firm for Toyota. I'd say that's a more interesting fact that this particular car is. Not necessarily because i'm look forward to a TMG tuned Camry, but Toyota has put some skin in the game regarding performance cars with the FR-S and the LF-CC.

Time will tell whether or not this is a pipe dream or a preview of the future. What I do know is that there will never be enough super sedans.

Do you want it? Let us know what you think of the TS in the forums!

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(Tue, 27 Nov 2012 19:44:51 -0800): omg.........
Mandeep Singh (Tue, 27 Nov 2012 20:15:42 -0800): ABOUT TIME LEXUS DOING IT RIGHT :D :D :D
Asher Roston (Tue, 27 Nov 2012 20:38:20 -0800): Gotta love that this possible "preview of the future" is based on an outdated model... Even if they are planning on basing thepossible production model on the current body style, it still seems odd that they would debut their flagship performance sedan on an obsolete platform.
TJ Charity (Wed, 28 Nov 2012 05:06:26 -0800): That aint Lexus thats TTE.
Mikey G Mendoza (Wed, 28 Nov 2012 07:00:04 -0800): this body style looks better than the current one, at least this one looks more original than the current ls which looks pretty much exactly like the gs, at least i think
Jason Hallowell (Wed, 28 Nov 2012 11:38:55 -0800): Bawz status right hurr.
Ardonus Baylor (Thu, 29 Nov 2012 06:55:12 -0800): yikes! scary. If I become a millionaire, I would get TMG to modify my 1997 SC400 like that. I got a better idea, lets just develop a SC650, we can call it Domination.
Nick Newman (Thu, 29 Nov 2012 20:27:25 -0800): Not a fan. Reminiscent of a Ford Taurus, a GTO, and no one's bothered to make a back end exhaust that ugly before.
Graham Kennedy (Fri, 30 Nov 2012 23:09:44 -0800): I was sat in this exact car yesterday in Essen in Germany. Please like this car and try to make a quick reply on the Toyota TMG facebook. TMG have asked me to ask you the members of ClubLexus to do this, please. I'm just a Lexus and JDM Twin Turbo Toyota fan. I have no commercial connection with them. Let's pester them into building these in volme, please. Link to TMG page: