Scoop: Is Lexus Working On A Hotter LS?

Lexus has been spotted testing an unusual-looking LS prototype in Southern Europe, raising questions about what is the company planning for the near future.

The prototype was wearing the company’s spider-web front grille which had extra cuts and holes in it, which leads us to believe that there’s an engine in there that requires more fresh air and additional cooling.

At the back, the Lexus LS prototype wears a rear spoiler and the Hybrid version’s bumper with no visible exhaust pipes but the sound coming out of the car was louder than usual. We can also spot Lexus’ effort to hide a badge glued on the lower part of the rear doors.

Lexus has already revealed the LS500 F Sport which currently is the sportiest version of the range but it only offers upgraded suspension and brakes, with the 415hp twin-turbo V6 engine remaining unchanged over the regular models.

Should this be a more powerful and dynamic derivative of the Lexus LS, then expect it to offer the same big numbers as produced by the Mercedes-AMG S-Class. Lexus may solve the mystery pretty soon too, as the car could be heading to the Frankfurt Motor Show either in production or concept form.

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  • Bill Nguyen

    Hmm… We’ve heard this story before. First, it was the TMG LS, then the TRD LS, and now this. Somehow I don’t think it’s ever gonna happen.

  • ediotsavant

    Lexus needs to elevate the brand so they can be taken more seriously. They need high performance models to compete with the Ms, AMGs and Rs of the market.

  • DuDE

    It could also be the rumored LS Fuel-cell vehicle. The lack of an exhaust pipe and additional cooling pretty much explains it.

  • UhhHuhh

    love those skinny tires

  • SizzleMizzle32

    This is the hydrogen powered version. Damn near certain.

  • Benjamin B.

    I don’t understand why Lexus doesn’t offer the LS with the 5.0L V8 from the LC500.

  • Ermal Morina

    Why does this look like a Panamera to me.Much more ugly tho

  • Karl
    • Six Thousand Times

      An old one from the turn of the millennium.

      • Karl

        Huh?

        • Six Thousand Times

          Your meme. Easily 10 years old and maybe closer to 15. That killing fire has burned itself out. 😉

          • Karl

            I like to think of it as an eternal fire or flame..

  • Zandit75

    “Scoop: Is Lexus Working On A Hotter LS?”
    Nope, just an uglier one!

  • Six Thousand Times

    It wouldn’t kill them to put the 5-litre V-8 back into it.

  • Craig

    I hope Lexus is secretly working on a 4.0 litre 600+ hp V8.

  • Craig

    It’s a bit of a mess above the rear door handles. Not a very pleasing transition.

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