The Lexus GS F is the newest addition to Lexus’s stable of F-branded high-performance models, models which emphasise and strengthen the dynamic and emotional characteristics of the brand.
F stands for Fuji Speedway, the Japanese circuit that’s the spiritual home and development centre for all the F models, a line which began with the IS F in 2008, followed by the LFA the following year and the RC F in 2014.
The GS F, a five-seat, four-door saloon is powered by the same potent 471bhp naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 featured in the RC F coupe and benefits from handling tuned in testing on some of the world’s most demanding circuits, including the Nürburgring.
Its elegant-yet-powerful styling captures the essence of what Lexus ‘F’ models are about, reflected in the commanding frontal design with race-inspired air inlets, low and wide stance, brilliant orange brake callipers, carbon fibre rear spoiler and distinctive quad tailpipe arrangement.
In terms of character, the GS F combines its exceptional performance and handling with comfort and practicality that make it a great companion for everyday driving. It seats five in a spacious cabin appointed to Lexus’s established standards of premium quality and equipped with advanced technologies, including the Lexus Safety System+, to make journeys safer and more enjoyable.
Semi-aniline leather upholstery, carbon fibre interior trim, a high-efficiency dual-zone climate control system and the Lexus Premium Navigation system with 12.3-inch multimedia display are all provided as standard.
Lexus’s commitment to delivering driver rewards is supported by the eight-speed Sports Direct Shift automatic transmission and Drive Mode Select, with four modes that allow performance to be tailored for any driving scenario – from fuel-saving Eco to ultimate Sport S+.
The GS F is designed to offer the best of both worlds: it’s a car that can deliver the thrills and excitement on challenging roads, while being able to take you there and back in style and race-tuned luxury.
Yukihiko Yaguchi, Chief Engineer, says: “As Lexus’s F-brand vehicles continue to evolve and grow in number, it is important that these models bring different and unique driving characteristics to their market segments.
“The GS F is a very capable performance saloon that offers excitement behind the wheel in all kinds of performance driving. It’s a car that’s fun to drive, no matter who is at the wheel, or where it’s being driven. It embraces the virtues of sound, response and power that are all part of Lexus’s F-brand identity.”
The GS F is available to order now, price £69,995 on the road. Deliveries to UK customers will begin in February 2016.