What Is It?
The 2016 Lexus GS F is a high-performance F version of the Lexus midsize GS luxury sedan. It follows in the sporty footsteps of the IS F sedan, the newly released RC F coupe and the LFA supercar, each of which were sold under Lexus’s high-performance F banner.
On the outside, the GS F certainly looks the part: In addition to huge multispoke wheels that hide enormous uprated brakes, the GS F boasts an enlarged front bumper, sporty side skirts, unique quad exhausts and an aggressive rear diffuser. While things aren’t as heavily updated inside, the GS F adds a unique gauge cluster, Alcantara accents and grippy sport seats designed to keep the driver and passenger in place during hard cornering.
Of course, the GS F also packs an impressive punch under the hood. That’s where you’ll find Lexus’s 467-horsepower 5.0-liter V8, which is borrowed from the RC F coupe and mated to a standard 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. The GS F also features a standard torque-vectoring differential for improved handling and steering-wheel paddles for quick gear changes.
Lexus hasn’t announced pricing, but expect a hefty premium over the $58,000 MSRP of Lexus’s top-of-the-line GS 450h.
When Can You Get It?
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Lexus’s high-performance F division means business, and the 2016 Lexus GS F is only further proof of that. While 467 hp isn’t quite enough to compete with serious performance sedans, such as the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and BMW M5, the GS F probably won’t have those cars’ price tags, either. We suspect it will also offer traditional Lexus reliability and a dealership experience that’s second-to-none.
Other Cars to Consider
2015 Audi S6 — With a base price of around $76,000, the S6 starts around $10,000 more than the GS F’s expected base price. It boasts standard all-wheel drive and Audi’s traditional sport sedan prowess.
Used BMW M5 — With 560 hp and truly exceptional handling, the BMW M5 is the reigning king of super sedans. Pricing is a prohibitive $94,000 and up, which means it might be better to consider a pre-owned model.
Used Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG — With 577 hp and standard all-wheel drive, the E63 AMG packs a serious punch. But it also packs a serious price tag, as even base models start above $94,000 with shipping. It’s probably best to consider a used model.