There may be hope for the Lexus LS after all.
Let’s face it: the Lexus LS is about as uncool as you can get. Despite a recent facelift, the large luxury sedan is not exactly on par with the likes of the BMW 7 Series and the Audi A8 when it comes to the excitement factor. Think of the LS as something people buy just because they want a big ass Lexus for no other reason than wanting a big ass Lexus. Toyota chairman Akio Toyoda has been on a mission to sex up Lexus in order to make it a true Japanese performance alternative to those aforementioned German brands.
Fortunately, there is hope. If anyone recalls, TMG, Toyota’s in house tuning shop, has already cooked up a high-performance LS called the TS-650. Powered by a turbocharged 5.0-liter V8, it produces 640 horsepower and 564 lb-ft of torque. Toyoda himself was beyond pleased with the result, and it’s possible that 10 examples will be built. Why 10? Toyoda wants nine for his friends. However, the current LS will soon be redesigned and there's word that an LS-F will become available for the first time. If that’s indeed true, then the next LS may finally be able to keep up with the big boys in the performance department.