Perhaps it was something that was never meant to be.
There was a time when Toyota was quite serious about its Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG). The initial plan was to make it a solid competitor to the likes of Mercedes’ AMG. The business model and idea sounded fantastic. However, things don’t always pan out as planned. According to a new report coming from Australian publication Motoring, Toyota’s plan to turn TMG into a Japanese AMG has been dropped, at least for now.
The news came during a recent visit to TMG near Cologne, Germany when operations director Rob Leupen went into detail regarding a very different role for the brand in the near future. "I don’t think you will find in the next four or five years a TMG car in any dealership," Leupen stated. What will happen, instead, is that TMG will provide "ongoing" vehicle development assistance to Toyota. "We are not just on performance, we go everywhere," Leupen added. In other words, this news confirms what we’ve long suspected: that a production version of that kick ass TMG Sports 650, based on the Lexus LS, won’t enter production.
It was powered by a turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 with 640 horsepower and 564 lb-ft of torque. Leupen also made something else very clear: unlike AMG, TMG won’t become a road car company. It will strictly stick to development of high-performance components.