2016 Lexus GS F: First Look

 

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The fast executive sedan market has traditionally dominated by the Germans. Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi have all handed over their executive sedans to their performance arm and they have all produced some serious metal. The Americans have been busy with the new Dodge Charger Hellcat and the Cadillac CTS-V. Until now, the Japanese have strangely kept clear from this market. However, Lexus wants to show the world that they too can make a fast sedan. Enter the Lexus GS F.

Powering the Lexus GS F is the familiar 5.0 liter naturally-aspirated engine that is found in their smaller performance car, the RC F. This engine makes 467 hp at 7,100 rpm and 389 lb-ft of torque between 4,800 and 5,600 rpm. Sadly there is only no manual option, only an eight-speed automatic transmission to send the power to the rear wheels. Lexus’ engineers have provided some tech that is supposed to help make the GS F handle better. It comes equipped with a “Torque Vectoring Differential” that optimally distributes torque to each rear wheel. This is done using a series of controlled multi-plate clutches, rather than using the brakes as some other manufacturers are doing. In contrast, the Lexus RC F uses a conventional Torsen-type Limited Slip Differential.

To put this car into perspective, let’s take a look at how the GS F’s numbers stack against its competitors. The BMW M5 makes 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque from a 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8. So the Lexus GS F is about 90 hp and 111 lb-ft down. However, it makes up for the lack of power by weighing in at 4,034 lbs vs. the M5’s 4,387; a difference of about 350 lbs. Lexus has not confirmed any performance numbers yet though.

When looking at the raw numbers, the GS F seems a bit lack luster compared to the other offerings in this segment. However, Lexus should be given credit to actually entering this market. These fast, executive sedans are not volume selling cars, they are a niche product for the wealthy business man that will daily drive them and occasionally take these cars to the track and play with them if they wish. Also to note, the Lexus GS F is the only one with a naturally-aspirated engine in this segment. If that isn’t a something to celebrate, I don’t know what is.

Source: Autoblog

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