Lexus takes aim at BMW with GS F saloon

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Lexus GS F
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Lexus has announced a new performance range-topper for its GS executive saloon range, called the GS F.

Due to make its public debut at the Detroit motor show next week, the GS F is the latest 'F' performance car from the Japanese brand, and uses a 467bhp version of the naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine found in the recently launched RC F Coupe.

Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox with manual override function – the only transmission option – and a clever torque-vectoring differential. Lexus has yet to reveal full performance figures but a 0-62mph time in the early four seconds and a top speed of over 170mph are likely.

Lexus has revised the suspension from the standard GS setup for increased dynamism and drivers will be able to select from a number of driving modes, named Standard, Slalom and Track, which alter various parameters, including steering weight and throttle response.

As befits a performance model, Lexus has also beefed up the styling of the regular GS, with new front and rear bumpers, flared wheel arches and a boot-lip spoiler, which gives the car a more menacing look.

Only the second Lexus saloon to wear the 'F' badge (the first being the IS F launched in 2008), the GS F will square up against some very talented European competition when launched late in 2015, including the Mercedes E63 AMG and the arguable benchmark, the BMW M5, both of which boast more power than the Lexus. However, the GS F is lighter than either, weighing in at 1830kg.

Prices for the GS F are yet to be confirmed, but the model is expected to start from around £80,000.

Lexus GS F

Lexus GS F