Japanese automaker Lexus has revealed its new GS F at the Detroit motor show – the latest member of its F-designated high performance stable.
With 470bhp, this V8 powered GS F manages sports car performance and handling – all wrapped up in a luxury saloon car package.
With similar styling to the current GS saloon – it keeps the four-door format and can easily seat five adults – the largest car yet under the Lexus name.
Chief engineer, Yukihiko Yaguchi, explained, “Our cars with the F designation are meant to generate a very positive feeling when you’re behind the steering wheel, and are designed to be fun to drive, no matter who’s driving, or where.
“With the GS F we wanted to make a special car that would not only exceed the expectations of the most discerning enthusiast, but which could also be enjoyed by all drivers. In this spirit, it embraces the virtues of sound, response and power – the cornerstones of the Lexus F brand.”
Powered by a normally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine which produces 470bhp and 530 Nm of torque – this unit is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission that offers a manual shift capability and four driver-selectable operating modes.
The GS F features structural reinforcements as well as an exclusive suspension design to capture the potential offered by its powerful engine.
Lexus aimed to achieve sports car-like handling with a significant amount of circuit testing japan and at the world famous Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany.
Yoshiharu Nakajima, project chief designer, said: “Fun to drive – it’s what characterises all the cars wearing the F badge, and it was our intention that the GS F should be true to that quality.
“The style philosophy is ‘form following function’. For example, the GS F’s spindle grille was designed to further improve the car’s aerodynamics and internal cooling, while the air outlets in the front wings, first seen on the IS F and more recently on the RC F, have been adopted because of their efficiency.