2016 Lexus GS F Looks Good, is Underpowered Compared to Rivals

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Lexus officially lifted the veils off the all-new 2016 GS F performance sedan in Detroit and has also released new photos and information – still no acceleration times, though.

As we know from last week’s preview of the car, the GS F sports sedan is powered by a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 producing 467hp (473PS) and 389lb-ft (527Nm) of torque – considerably less than rivals like the BMW M5 (552hp) or the Mercedes E 63 AMG (550hp).

It has to be said though that the Lexus GS F is significantly lighter than both quoted rivals. Tipping the scales at 1,830 kg (4,034 lbs), it is 115 kg (253 lbs) lighter than the BMW M5 and 195 kg (430 lbs) lighter than the E 63 AMG 4Matic. Whether the GS F’s weight advantage can offset the horsepower deficit over its rivals, remains to be seen.

The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters driving the rear wheels through the same Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD) found in the RC F, with three operating modes named Standard, Slalom and Track.

The car features an exclusive suspension system “honed on Japanese circuits such as Fuji Speedway and perfected on the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife” and rides on wide 19-inch forged wheels shod with staggered Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires (255/35-19 front, and 275/35-19 rear). The GS F also has an enhanced braking system with 15-inch front rotors that are available with bright orange 6-piston calipers.

Styling wise, the GS F sports an aggressive kit that includes revised bumpers, a rear diffuser with quad exhausts, flared wheel arches, side skirts and a carbon fiber boot lid spoiler. The cabin gets two-tone leather and Alcantara surfaces with front sport seats, carbon trims, a sports steering wheel and added kit.