Adding further strength to its ‘F’ performance brand, Lexus has unveiled its new GS F at the North American International Auto Show… and Australia has put its hand up for delivery.
The largest Lexus to ever wear an F badge, the GS F is designed to tackle BMW’s M5 and Mercedes AMG E63 head on. But where the latest German super saloons have moved to turbocharging, the Lexus GS F stays true to the F tradition with a high-revving, naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8. For GS F, it produces 348kW and 527Nm and is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed torque converter automatic gearbox with three tailored drive modes: Normal, Sport S and Sport S+. Lexus says the V8 switches to ‘Atkinson’ cycle at narrow throttle openings to maximise touring fuel economy.
Lexus engineers honed the GS F at Mount Fuji circuit as well as the Nurburgring, adding structural reinforcement and a unique suspension design to ensure improved dynamics. A torque vectoring differential, which also sees service in the imminent RC F, also offer three modes: Standard, Slalom and Track.
Larger tyres (225/35/19 front, 275/35/19 rear) maximise grip and an upgraded braking system pulls things up.
Sitting lower and wider than the GS, the Lexus GS F features an enlarged, blinged-up spindle grille with additional air vents for added aggression. Inside, custom sports seats are said to offer a more cossetting, supportive drive environment.
“With the GS F we wanted to make a special car that not only would exceed the expectations of the most discerning driving enthusiast, but also something that all people can enjoy,” said GS F chief engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi.
Lexus Australia has indicated its interest in bringing the GS F to market. We’ll keep you informed of any developments.