When Performance Comes in Blue: 2016 Lexus GS F
One of the most-anticipated cars by Lexus this year has been presented at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. The high performance vehicle is dubbed Lexus GS F. It really represents a pioneer in the F-line since it is the first to be based on the larger mid-sized GS luxury sedan.
Trying to slightly get away from its comfort zone, Lexus aimed at producing a car that is rather performance-oriented with a luxury flavor. As a result, this time the automaker left behind the days when Lexus sedans had that deprived of edginess look and were quite plain, comfort-based and even boring. Thanks to the naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine, the 2016 Lexus GS F turns into a vehicle which is all about power and breaking the rules. The power output is that of 467 HP (348 kW) while the maximum torque is 527Nm (389lb-ft).
The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with manual-shifting capabilities and three modes: Normal, Sport S and Sport S+. Found in the RC F model, the Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD) is used here as well, offering three operating modes: Standard, Slalom and Track. There is also a refined and specially designed suspension system which complements the boosted output. Benefiting from 19-inch alloy wheels with larger tires (255/35-19 front, and 275/35-19 rear) as well as from an upgraded braking system, the new GS F just demonstrated a bit more aggressive character.
Some of the features that additionally underline the acute nature of the Lexus GS F are: the enlarged Lexus' trademark 'spindle' grille, with a mesh pattern and large gaping air vents, refined side skirts, a carbon fiber boot lid spoiler and headlights with L-shaped daytime running lamps. Inside, the cabin arrives with front sport seats, two-tone leather and Alcantara upholstery as well as carbon trims and a sports steering wheel.