Lexus has unveiled the GS F sedan, the latest addition to its F performance
line that began in 2008 with the IS F sedan, then the exotic LFA in 2012, and
just last year, the RC F coupe.
Although the 2016 Lexus GS F sedan will share the same engine as the RC F, it has been further fine-tuned for use in the sedan. The naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 produces a 467 hp at 7,100 rpm and peak torque of 389 lb-ft (527 Nm) at 4,800-5,600 rpm. This engine uses both Otto and Atkinson combustion cycles to maximize power and efficiency in given situations. The engine will be mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Lexus' innovative Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD), also found in the RC F, will be part of a long line of standard equipment for which Lexus hopes will make the GS F stand out from the competitors, which include the BMW M5, Mercedes E63 AMG, Audi RS 7 and Jaguar XFR-S.
Distinctive Styling That Defines "Form Follows Function"
The 2016 Lexus GS F features a unique version of Lexus' trademark "spindle" grille, with a distinctive mesh pattern reserved for F models, and large gaping air vents that have been integrated into the front fascia. Slim canted LED headlights with the signature Lexus L-shaped daytime running lamps complete the car's aggressive face.
The GS F sits noticeably lower and wider than other GS models, resulting in a planted stance that, along with its front fender air outlets, forged 19-in. alloy wheels, and carbon fiber accents make it instantly recognizable as an F model. The rear is highlighted by a subtle carbon-fiber rear spoiler and trapezoidal tailpipes with four chrome exhaust tips that powerfully suggest that this car is meant to be driven hard.
Inside: Jet Fighter's Cockpit
Inside the sheet metal, the 2016 Lexus GS F's cabin is designed to exude the look and feel of a jet fighter's cockpit. The interior is styled in an elegant form-follows-function theme, with all controls placed within easy reach of the driver. Residing behind the exclusive "F" branded steering wheel, is an electronic instrument cluster that can be configured among four different displays, depending on the driver's preferred driving style: Normal, Eco, Sport S and Sport S+. Also, custom front and rear seats have been implemented to provide the vehicle's occupants with more lateral support while not sacrificing comfort.
Along with all the sporty touches, the GS F retains a luxurious feel, thanks partly to the high-grade Alcantara trim on the doors, on the center console and above the instrument panel. An analog clock adds a touch of class to the already elegant dashboard that features a 12.3" central video monitor controlled by the Remote Touch Interface on the center console. The GS F offers the optional 17-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Audio system that will satisfy the most demanding of audiophiles, but when drivers want to listen to the music provided by the engine, they can simply change the drive mode to "Sport" or "Sport S+" to engage the Active Sound Control. The Active Sound Control system is similar to the one found in the RC F but is enhanced with rear speakers. All occupants can enjoy the driving experience complete with robust exhaust note.