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Toyota Motorsport GmbH boss downplays TMG-branded models, hints at a new Lexus IS F 21-06-2014

Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) unveiled the Lexus LS Sports 650 concept a few years ago and it fueled speculation about a high-performance sub-brand. We haven't heard much about TMG models since then but the company's Director of Business Operations, Rob Leupen, has revealed "I don't think you will find in the next four or five years a TMG car in any dealership." Leupen went on to say the Sports 650 concept won't be going into production despite earlier reports that it could arrive as early as next year. As he explained, "The LS for us is a showcase, it had nearly everything changed." Despite downplaying plans for production models, Leupen confirmed TMG is working on a "manual-shift gearbox" for the Lexus RC F and IS F. Speaking of the latter model, he hinted it could use hybrid technology.
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