Spied: Modified Lexus LS Laps Nurburgring

Would you take a Lexus LS to the Nürburgring? We didn’t think so. The big, heavy, flagship luxury sedan is far better suited to country clubs than to Germany’s famed circuit. Yet these photos, snagged by our colleagues at Motor Trend, show a modified Lexus LS being hustled around the Nürburgring.

Though it’s easy to dismiss this as a tuner car, our sources tell us the big Lexus was spotted inside a nearby Toyota garage, giving credence to the idea that this is a factory-baked performance machine. The big new wheels, deep side skirts, trunklid spoiler, massively flared fenders, and aggressive new front fascia are all reminiscent of the visual upgrades applied to the Lexus IS F.

If this is indeed a prototype of a Lexus LS F, it would need to offer more power than that car’s current top engine, a 380-hp 4.6-liter V-8. That might mean a 400-hp-plus Lexus luxury sedan; the IS F has a 5.0-liter V-8 good for 416 hp that could potentially work in a go-fast LS. Or, if we’re willing to indulge in even more speculation, could the LS F score the potent 552-hp, 4.8-liter V-10 engine from the LFA supercar?

We’re still trying to wrap our heads around the logic of using the cushiest and most luxurious of all Lexus vehicles as the basis for a performance car. If a Lexus LS F does go into production to counter the likes AMG-tuned Mercedes-Benz S-Class models, expect it to be an extremely limited-appeal affair that will sell in miniscule quantities. Until then, be sure to check out the full set of spy photos at Motor Trend.

Source: Motor Trend

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