Lexus GS F: For Country Roads, Not Country Clubs

Lexus GS F: For Country Roads, Not Country Clubs
 

In the last decade or so, almost every automaker has sought to change perceptions and shed old stigmas. Lexus is a good case study. There was never doubt about their credentials as a fine luxury car maker. But until recently, adjectives like “edgy” or “sexy” were never associated with the brand.

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Sharp, origami-like design – and a surfeit of performance models have helped changed that. This is the Lexus GS F and it will join the RC F in the sports section of the automaker’s portfolio. It will be displayed at the Detroit motor show next week.

Power comes from a five-litre, V8 engine which produces 348kW and 527Nm of torque. Inevitably, many will compare it to the evergreen BMW M5 – although it lacks a bit in the power department, compared to the Bavarian’s 412kW and 680Nm of torque. The alternative from Stuttgart, the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG also beats it at the on-paper output game with 410kW and 720Nm.

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Perhaps it’s better likened to versions like the 550i, which caters with 330kW and 650Nm or the E500 with 300kW and 600Nm. But the GS F might have a trump card up its sleeve. According to Lexus, it is set to be the lightest car in its class with a kerb weight of 1830kg. But only by a margin, the AMG weighs 1845kgs and the M5 weighs 1870kgs.

Its eight-cylinder mill is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and Lexus’s Torque Vectoring Differential will be standard too. It boasts three modes: Standard, Slalom and Track. Structural reinforcements have been made to the standard GS platform and a tougher suspension has been added too, to cope with the extra grunt.

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We’re awaiting response on a local arrival date from Lexus SA.

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