Lexus GS F packs 351kW 5.0 litre V8
Lexus has launched its most powerful GS yet, the high performance and AMG E63 and BMW M5 rivalling Lexus GS F. The Lexus GS F shares is 5.0 litre V8 that develops 351kW 7100rpm and 530Nm of torque at 4800-5600rpm with the RC F coupe, but the GS F offers the luxury and convenience of a four door sedan. Prices will start at $148,800*, while the high grade model is priced from $151,700.
The Lexus GS F’s V8 is paired to an eight-speed automatic that features Lexus’ Drive Mode Select function, with its ECO, NORMAL, SPORT S and SPORT S+ settings, with the latter settings sharpening gear changes for greater responsiveness.
A dual mode exhaust system makes for a grumbling note below 3,000rpm and a higher pitched note in the higher portions of the rev range, designed to give the impression that the car is revving freely from 6,000 rpm and beyond.
Lexus has also fitted the GS F with a Nurburgring-tested torque vectoring and vehicle dynamics system with three modes: Standard, Slalom and Track, with Standard being the car’s default setting, Slalom is designed to emulate the agility of a smaller vehicle and Track provides maximum cornering stability with the heaviest of throttle applications.
The torque-vectoring system compliments Lexus Drive Mode Select and the F exclusive Vehicle Dynamic Integrated management with the system’s Expert setting disconnects electronic nannies such as the stability control for a raw track-oriented experience.
The Lexus GS F rides on 19 inch wheels bolted to front wishbone suspension with an aluminium subframe and rear multi-link suspension. There are also GS F has custom coil springs and ZF SACHS monotube dampers.
Brembo brakes reign in all that speed.
An F body kit is fitted with aggressive bumpers and there’s also the use of carbon fibre reinforced plastic to reduce weight.
Inside, the Lexus GS F features Lexus’ first heads up display, a fully configurable digital instrument cluster that reflects the car’s driving settings including a lap timer, G Force meter and even brake pressure.
There’s lashings of Alcantara trim throughout the cabin and customers have the choices of four different shades of leather in the higher spec model and the base version offers Alcantara trim.
A suite of safety technology is fitted as standard, including blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, lane departure warning and radar guided cruise control.
Lexus Australia chief executive Peter McGregor said the “GS F is the perfect complement to our line-up of exhilarating F models alongside the impressive RC F coupe,” Mr McGregor said.
“It matches a richly rewarding driving experience with the practicality and smoothness of a four-door sedan, offering customers the ability to transport occupants and their luggage in comfort and luxury.
“It brings this together with stunning exterior styling, premium driver-focused cockpit and a high level of standard specification to deliver an excellent value proposition.”