Lexus unveiled its latest high performance vehicle, the GS F, at the 2015 North American International Auto Show overnight.
The much-anticipated GS F sports sedan combines opulence with the performance of a sports car, and joins the marque’s high-performance ‘F’ line that includes the soon-to-be-launched RC F.
GS F, which is based on the mid-sized GS luxury sedan, breaks new ground for Lexus as the largest vehicle ever offered with an F badge.
It is powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 producing 348 kilowatts and 527 newton metres of torque, and provides fuel efficiency through the use of Atkinson cycle fuel delivery during narrower throttle openings.
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.
The GS F 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) as well as an upgraded braking system complete with bright orange callipers.
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.
The GS F features an enlarged and more pronounced version of Lexus’ trademark ‘spindle’ grille, with a distinctive mesh pattern and large gaping air vents.
Slim canted headlights with the signature Lexus L-shaped daytime running lamps complete the car’s elegant yet dynamic face.
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.
GS F’s cabin gains an F steering wheel and a new 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,” Mr Yaguchi said.
“In that way, the GS F embraces the virtues of sound, response and power, the cornerstones of the Lexus ‘F’ brand.”
Lexus Australia is currently negotiating to introduce GS F to the local market.