Remember a while back when Lexus teased their new F car to debut at Detroit this year? Well, it looks like they couldn’t wait that long and gave the full monty to the internet today by revealing that the platform for the newest F car is the GS sedan. Thus the GS F is born. Although, Lexus warns not to confuse the GS 350 F sport with the GS F. Even though they may share the same chassis the GS F is a few clicks above the GS 350 F Sport. For starters the GS F will have a 5 liter naturally aspirated V8, slated to make 467 hp and 389 ft-lbs of torque. The V8 will be bolted to an 8 speed “lightning quick” transmission which will likely feature flappy paddles behind the steering wheel. The GS F will have the same torque vectoring differential found in the RC F which should aid in 0-60 launches. The GS F will likely need the help as it comes in at a hefty 4,034lbs total curb weight.
Pricing and availability are the only things about the GS F that Lexus has not announced yet. However I suspect that information will be available at the official launch during the Detroit Auto Show. I will admit the GS F looks pretty good in pictures and on paper (though a bit more power and torque couldn’t hurt) but is it enough to woo people away from BMW’s M5? Perhaps! For now, click the thumbnails for larger pictures and check out the official press release below.
TORRANCE, Calif. (Jan. 6, 2015) – Lexus is yet again showing its sporty disposition and rumbling into Detroit. The luxury vehicle manufacturer has announced the much-anticipated GS F performance sedan, which combines a refined four-door package with the speed and agility of a premium sports car, will be revealed at the North American International Auto Show on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 8:40 a.m. EST in the Lexus display at Cobo Center in Detroit. The GS F will be the latest vehicle to join Lexus’ high-performance “F” line that already includes the RC F coupe.
Although the GS 350 F SPORT shares the same platform as the new GS F, they should not be confused. The GS F will have enhancements throughout, including to its engine. Under the hood will be a responsive, naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 that produces a remarkable 467 hp (473 PS )* at 7,100 rpm and peak torque of 389 lb.-ft. (527 Nm)* at 4,800-5,600 rpm. This sophisticated engine uses both Otto and Atkinson combustion cycles to maximize power and efficiency in given situations. Befitting the nature of this high performance sedan, the engine will be mated to a lightning quick eight-speed automatic gearbox with manual-shifting capabilities.
Lexus’ innovative Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD), also found in the RC F, will be part of a long line of standard equipment that’ll make the GS F’s handling stand out from the crowd. The TVD features three operating modes:
- Standard (default) provides a balance of agility and firmness;
- Slalom emphasizes nimble steering response and agility; and
- Track emphasizes control during high-speed circuit driving.
The GS F unibody will also feature structural reinforcements and suspension exclusively designed to optimize this super sedan’s handling envelope without detracting from its ride quality. Drivers will appreciate the GS F’s handling and smoothness on the open highway as well as the sedan’s ability to devour challenging roads, whether they’re winding up the side of a mountain or at a racetrack. The new GS F will offer drivers a very balanced sedan with genuine dual personality, equally adept at trimming lap times and the commute back home.
Overall length 4,915 mm 193.5 in. Overall width 1,845 mm 72.6 in. Overall height 1,440 mm 56.7in. Wheelbase 2,850 mm 112.2 in. Tread (Fr/Rr) 1,555 mm/1,560 mm 61.2in./61.4 in. Curb Weight 1,830 kg 4,034 lb. Wheels 19’’×9J (Fr)
– Tires 255/35R19(Fr)
–*All specifications are for the U.S. market###