Lexus GS F 2015







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: January 30, 2015
Categories: Lexus, Lexus GS F

Lexus shows its wild side with the new GS F 

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Lexus is seriously flexing its muscle by adding yet another model to its high-performance ‘F’ Line.

Cue the all-new GS F sports sedan. Sadly not destined for our shores anytime soon, we will however shortly be on the receiving end of the storming RC F (similarly engined) which blasts its way onto our roads within the next few months.

But back to the GS F… Based on the premium, mid-sized GS, this ballistic sedan breaks new ground for Lexus as the largest vehicle ever offered with an F badge.

Powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 producing a robust 348 kW and a positively brawny 527 Nm of torque, the GS F doesn’t sacrifice fuel efficiency on the power altar thanks to the innovative use of Atkinson cycle fuel delivery (borrowed from our Hybrid models) during narrower throttle openings.

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The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with manual-shifting capabilities and three modes: Normal, Sport S and Sport S+.

The vehicle's handling was honed at the Fuji circuit in Japan as well as Germany's famed Nürburgring. Demonstrating that the GS F is more than just power dressing, it features structural reinforcements and an exclusively designed suspension system to match the car's enhanced output, along with larger tyres (255/35-19 front, and 275/35-19 rear). There’s also an upgraded braking system complete with bright orange callipers.

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Lexus' Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD), also found in the RC F, features three operating modes: Standard (default), providing a balance of agility and firmness; Slalom, emphasising nimble steering response and agility; and Track, which enhances stability during high-speed circuit driving.

 

And, proving that it’s got the show to match the go, the GS F is decked out in distinctive sports livery including an enlarged and more pronounced version of Lexus' trademark 'spindle' grille, with a distinctive mesh pattern and oversized gaping air vents.

Slimline headlights with the signature Lexus L-shaped daytime running lamps complete the car's elegant yet dynamic face.

In profile the GS F sits noticeably lower and wider than other GS models, combining with its front fender air outlets and 19-inch alloy wheels to make it instantly recognisable as an F model.

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Indoors, the GS F cabin gains an F steering wheel and a new programmable electronic instrument cluster that can be configured between four different displays depending on preferred driving style: Normal, Eco, Sport S and Sport S+.

Custom front and rear seats provide the vehicle's occupants with more lateral support.

GS F chief engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi said vehicles with the 'F' designation were created to generate a positive feeling behind the wheel for all drivers.

"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," Yaguchi said.

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"In that way, the GS F embraces the virtues of sound, response and power, the cornerstones of the Lexus 'F' brand."