2016 Lexus GS F Unveiled With a 5.0 V8 and 8-speed gearbox

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Lexus has joined the ranks of the super sports sedan-maker with the introduction of the Lexus GS F at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. The Lexus GS F sports sedan combines the opulence of a leading luxury saloon with the performance of a sports coupe and it’s the latest vehicle to join the company’s high-performance “F” line that already includes notable examples such as the RC F. Based on the mid-size GS luxury sedan, the GS F breaks new ground for Lexus as the largest vehicle ever offered with an “F” badge.

2016 Lexus GS FUnder the hood will be a fire-breathing normally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 that produces 477PS and peak torque in excess of 530Nm. The powerplant will be mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox with manual-shifting capabilities. With the GS F tipping the scales at a class-leading 1830 kg, the acceleration of the new rear-wheel-drive sedan will be similar to a sports coupe, while its top speed should give some racecars a run for their money. Lexus’ innovative Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD), also found in the RC F, will be part of a long line of standard equipment that’ll make the GS F’s performance stand out from the crowd.

2016 Lexus GS FThe Lexus GS F features an enlarged, and more pronounced version of Lexus’ trademark “spindle” grille, with a distinctive mesh pattern reserved for F models, and large gaping air vents that have been flawlessly integrated into the front fascia. Slim canted headlights with the signature Lexus “L-shaped” DRL complete the car’s elegant-yet-sporty face. The GS F sits noticeably lower and wider than other GS models, resulting in an aggressive stance that, along with its front fender air outlets and sporty 19” alloy wheels, make it instantly recognisable as an F. The rear is highlighted by a subtle carbon-fibre rear spoiler and “trapezoidal tailpipes,” with four chrome exhaust tips, that powerfully suggest that this car is meant to be driven hard.

Inside the sheet metal, the GS F’s cabin has been spiced up. It is styled in an elegant form-follows-function theme, with all controls placed within easy reach of the driver. Residing behind the exclusive “F” sport steering wheel, is a new electronic instrument cluster that can be configured between four different displays, depending on your 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.

2016 Lexus GS FThe GS F can be equipped with a premium 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system that will satisfy the most demanding of audiophiles, but when you want to listen to the music provided by the engine, simply activate the Active Sound Control by putting the drive system into “SPORT S” or “SPORT S+.” The Active Control System, similar to the one found in the RC F but better because it also utilizes the speakers at the rear seats, enhances the vehicle’s robust exhaust note for all the GS F’s occupants to enjoy, perfectly complimenting the sporty driving experience.

More photos of the unveiled Lexus GS F at the North American International Motor Show.

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