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

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.

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  • Which Demographic?

    Underpowered, yes, but an automobile that will fine fancy with the female buyer who will take luxury reliability, and build quality factors over power.

  • MG

    LOOKS GOOD?

  • Status

    I’d really like to see Lexus try harder with the GS-F and be a real player among the performance luxury sedans. It isn’t like them to put forth this weak an offering. They need to try much harder and weight advantage isn’t going to be enough to please and entice these kinds of buyers.

    If Alain Uyttenhoven feels that Germans are “Impossible” for Lexus to beat, then why bother with the GS-F and it’s unchanged, 8-year old engine in the first place? Why not just can the entire F range?

  • G

    Don’t make the power comparison, without making the price comparison as well, they correlate.

    • TheBelltower

      How do they compare? This will likely start at around $70k. Which is in-line with the pricing of cars that produce better power. Regardless of the HP numbers on paper, it’ll all matter once it is tested side by side the competition. It may actually surprise everyone. I know the grill surprises me. Frightens me actually.

  • thisguyhere

    it might be down weight but it is down A LOT of torque as well

  • Pic no.25 oh hell yeah!! ..that CD slot (if it is one) looks like a floppy disk drive slot LOL

  • Chuck Norris

    But where else other than the race track and the drag strip would you need all of the power? The 630HP CTS V is amazing but you won’t be using all of that power all of the time.

  • donald seymour

    I don’t think that is it under powered. 467 is a lot of horsepower for any midsize sedan. What I think Lexus is going for is maturity and balance, which is hard to understand in this nut slinging contest. They have reached a point were they don’t have to prove to themselves that they are a formidable choice over their rivals. It’s call maturity folks.

  • rover10

    One thing is for sure you’ll never be bored owning this, there’s so much surface activity and interesting detailing. As for being underpowered, even if you attempted to use all the power you probably couldn’t, it’s all relative, good job Lexus.

  • Aldo

    Looks like a boy racer, kinda like the E63 and CTS-V. The M5 is considerably more refined.

    • ForTehNguyen

      M5 looks like a $60k car, not something I’d look for when spending $120k

  • SteersUright

    Not a refined looking beast. The altezza rear tail lamps look cheap. The overall design looks like forced aggression and rather unnatural. The interior looks like someone hit the aftermarket catalog on the standard GS350 (which I drive). Where’s the bespoke interior and subtle, flared fenders, and beautiful design? Take a look at an CLS AMG or an S7, these are beautifully made inside and out. Spindle grill or not, this is a cool car but not a beautiful one.