All-New 2016 Lexus GS F has a 467HP 5.0-liter V8

This is what Lexus has come up with to compete with the BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, Jaguar XFR-S and Cadillac’s new CTS-V: the new GS F.

However, Lexus’ decision to give the high-performance version of the GS saloon the same naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 as the RC F makes you wonder if they actually mean business, as the Japanese model is seriously underpowered compared to its chief rivals.

At least it is on paper where the eight-cylinder unit is rated at 467hp (473PS) at 7,100 rpm and peak torque of 389 lb.-ft. (527Nm) at 4,800-5,600rpm. That’s a far cry from the BMW M5’s 552hp (560PS), the Mercedes E63’s 550hp (557PS), let alone the Cadillac CTS-V’s almighty supercharged V8 with 640hp and 630 lb-ft (855 Nm).

Acceleration figures have yet to be announced.

The GS F’s V8 is hooked up to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with manual-shifting capabilities 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.

Lexus says the GS F also benefits from structural reinforcements and suspension upgrades “designed to optimize this super sedan’s handling envelope without detracting from its ride quality”.

At 1,830kg or 4,034 lb, the GS F is 115kg (253 pounds) lighter than the M5 and 195kg (430 pounds) lighter than the E63 AMG 4MATIC.

It’s a pity that the GS F doesn’t have the oomph under its hood because Lexus did a nice job with the exterior – better than Cadillac, if you ask me, even though some may find the huge chrome grille at the front on the excessive side.

It has a mildly aggressive kit with reworked bumpers on both ends, a rear diffuser with quad exhausts, flared wheel arches, side skirts, a carbon fiber boot lid spoiler, plus 19-inch rims shod in 255/35 front and 275/35 rear tires.

The interior is dressed in two-tone leather and Alcantara surfaces with body-hugging front sport seats, carbon trims, a sports steering wheel and added kit.

We’ll learn more about the new GS F at the Detroit Motor Show next week.

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  • pimpassnigga

    Kill those headlights with fire!!!!

    • dumblikeyou2

      …and that Toyota Mirai front end too.

  • 3rdworldjunkie

    Is this info from a credible source?

  • Mike Gonzalez

    really?! the competition is almost 600hp and Lexus comes with something under 500hp and no turbo…

  • Bo Hanan

    It’s like the M5, E65-AMG, and the CTS-V were all invited to an Asian restaurant for lunch.
    Specialty of the day: fried Lexus with GS sauce and a side of F.

    • fabri99

      Well, who knows…
      It might be very very spicy, or they could also get diarrhea.

      • Bo Hanan

        I think all of the aforementioned competition will eat the Lexus and still be hungry.

  • UhhHuhh

    buahwahaha!! what a joke

  • thisguyhere

    this makes no sense for it to be so underpowered

  • jc914

    “Cadillac CTS-V’s almighty supercharged V8 with 640hp and 630 lb-ft (855 Nm).”
    Where are you getting this info? C/D claims 556HP & 551LB-FT.

    • RDS Alphard

      That 556hp is older CTS-V number .

  • Ein Stein

    The GS F’s specs may not quite measure up to these competitors, but it is hardly underpowered. And it’s a great looking ride. Keep in mind that few of those buyers who can afford the CTS-V will get much use from its 640 hp. And those that do will probably need their lawyer on speed dial.

    • Bo Hanan

      The RC-F can’t move it’s 4100lbs in any way that suggest it a serious threat to the competition. Why would the GS-F, (same engine and extra 300lbs) be able to?
      P.S. More people use the power than you think.

      • Ein Stein

        Being a “threat to the competition” requires more than simply upping the horsepower. And anybody who can actually afford an RC-F (or GS-F, or M5, etc.) will understand that the joy in owning one of these involves more factors than just the ability to accelerate quickly in a straight line. (incidentally, 467 hp will do this too)
        All of these cars offer good driving dynamics, not to mention sweet exterior styling, excellent build quality – and in particular with Lexus – top, or near top-of-segment interiors.
        If all you want is horsepower, buy a Dodge Hemi Hellcat…

        • TheBelltower

          In this segment, the Germans, Jaguar and Cadillac all are offering more than just HP. They’re all very refined and offer excellent driving dynamics as well. It will be interesting to see if the magazines include the GS F in these comparisons.

          • Ein Stein

            All true, but once you reach a certain threshold in terms of power, that “need” is more or less taken care of. Other factors like exterior styling (I still maintain that this GS is a head turner), technology, build quality and interior will all come into play.
            In the past, Jaguars, for example, haven’t been the most powerful in their segment, but they’re a treat to look at. Eye candy goes a long way.
            Lexus interiors (and build quality) are still among the best in the business. And take note of how well they score with JD Power. All are reasons to buy.
            The GS F has some superb competition, but it is no slouch either.

          • TheBelltower

            The quality ratings are obviously stellar. No one can argue Lexus’ success in developing dependable machines. Though I disagree completely with you on the style of the GS. It looks too much like a shrunken ES, which is proportioned too similarly to a Camry. The grille is nightmarish hunk of plastic hanging off the front of an otherwise generic looking sedan.

          • Ein Stein

            Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I like it; you don’t – and that’s OK.

        • Bo Hanan

          Lexus gave their cars a V8, (their most powerful engine available) for a reason so let’s not play that game.
          The 3 cars I mentioned offer far more than just a power advantage and YOU know it. So to belittle them, (and me) based on their far greater capability to the GS-F is just sour grapes on your part.
          So in short- stop apologizing for the Lexus lack of power, handling, superiority,
          and knowhow…

          • Ein Stein

            Cool your jets Bo Hanan – what have I said that belittles the competition? I’ve only criticized your position that based on a few power numbers, the GS-F should be dismissed as a contender in its segment. Neither you or I have driven the GS-F, so why not have an open mind until then?

  • Love it!!! Awesome to see the Torque Vectoring Diff as standard equipment!

  • NG212

    I’m no Lexus fanboy, but I do find it interesting that enthusiasts here and elsewhere on the web are stoking the horsepower war. This has much, much less horsepower than some of its rivals, but how jaded have we become?

    467 (naturally aspirated) horsepower is not insignificant. This won’t be the quickest car in its segment, but it’s clear Lexus wasn’t looking to build the quickest car in the segment.

    If power is all that matters, then the CTS-V is the only car worth considering in this segment. God help us all if that’s the case. I may be American, but I’m not *that* American.

    • Ein Stein

      Well said.

    • k king

      Agreed. I think the CTS-V’s 640 hp is overkill and unnecessary, especially when automakers are now trying to make their cars lighter. However, if Lexus is actually serious about the GS F competing with cars like the BMW M5 then it’s going to need numbers that are at least competitive. I think somewhere around 500 to 550 hp would be more acceptable.

  • Kalala

    You missed about a 100 horses and torques, Lexus..

  • TheBelltower

    That is impressive hp… said someone back in 2007. it’s beautiful… said no one about any Lexus since the early 90s.

    • Ein Stein

      Speak for yourself NE1BUTU, a lot of us think this is a pretty sweet ride. And in this segment, the sophisticated buyers who would be considering a GS F are looking for more than just horsepower.

      • TheBelltower

        Yes. Yes they are. If we want to see how a GS with less HP has performed in this segment, we can always look at the current one. It is regarded as being a bizarre balance of boring and ugly, with performance that doesn’t distinguish it from any of the other cars in its class. Currently, to remain relevant, cars in this class are in a horsepower war. That’s just the reality.

        • Ein Stein

          This is a 161 hp bump over the current one, with significant handling mods and a new look. No comparison with the existing V6-powered GS. And the buyers spending this kind of money are not gearheads or “boy racer” types. Many will find that 467 hp is plenty.

          • TheBelltower

            Depending on the price and who Lexus plans to compete against, 467hp will be adequate.

          • Bo Hanan

            Do you work for Lexus Bro?

          • Ein Stein

            No I do not.

  • JK

    Dear Lexus,

    Please stop the stacked tailpipes requirement on all F cars. It didn’t work before and it doesn’t work now.

    Hyundai wants it’s taillights back from the Sonata Hybrid as well.

    Thanks.

  • iKaizen

    Maybe with the less weight, it can perform close or as much as the M5 and AMG. Also, maybe Lexus is just being safe with the power. How many videos have we seen with overpowered cars losing control and crashing?

  • k king

    I’m going to give Lexus the benefit of the doubt here and assume that their intention is to target cars like the Audi S6/S7, BMW 550i, Cadillac CTS V Sport, etc with this car. Hopefully they will have a more powerful version coming later that’s aimed at the M5, E63 AMG, etc like how Jaguar has the XFR-S and Mercedes has its Black Series versions.

  • Guest

    I would buy a Charger Hellcat over this Lexus and ALL of its ‘chief rivals’.

    • Robert

      Just because the Hellcat has over 700hp doesn’t mean it competes in the luxury saloon segment.

      • Guest

        I say otherwise. Besides – none of the ‘luxury saloons’ can match Dodge’s UConnect system. And I doubt any of them have better stereos. So what in your mind classifies those other cars as ‘luxury’? Their brochures? Their price?

        • Robert

          Well you can say ‘otherwise’ until you turn blue in the face, you are still wrong.

          “So what in your mind classifies those other cars as ‘luxury’?” Certainly more than a UConnect stereo like you have suggested. It’s attention to detail ‘luxury details’ like hand crafted interiors, quiet tuning, highly refined chassis, high quality leathers and suede, latest technology and quality, quality, quality… did I mention quality?

          • Guest

            Good night Robert.

          • Robert

            Good night!.. Quick question: was it the truth that scared you off? 😉

          • Guest

            No. Your arrogance.

          • Robert

            HUH??? You have it twisted my friend. I merely stated fact about the difference in vehicle segment, and actually you came back rather arrogant with this “I say otherwise” and “So what in your mind classifies those other cars as ‘luxury’? Their brochures? Their price?”.

          • Status

            Call it arrogance, but Robert is right.

            700hp and a Uconnect stereo doesn’t magically make the Charger more of a threat to the established players in this segment. The kind of clout and image that a Hellcat Charger has is weaker than that of what a luxury car has; it’s something that can’t be simply tacked onto the car.

            If anything, the Chrysler brand should have gotten the Hellcat engine exclusively for their range and charged sizable premium for it. No Dodge is worth $90K, and Chrysler doesn’t have the guts to even charge anything near that; not when they all are running on re-heated platforms well over a decade old.

            Don’t even bother mentioning the Challenger Hellcat; nobody buying an $90K+ luxury sports sedan would be caught dead in that retro heap, or would want to give the impression that the past is more important than the future.

  • looks nice. but 467hp from a 5 litre v8 is nothing special in today s standards. hard to justify the price.

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    CTS-V looks WAAAAY better.

    • Keith9

      Every new lexus looks weird in pictures these days, they are very striking in person though.

  • Robert

    I see a Storm Trooper face

  • take your Pick

    Guys NA cars are almost extinct, M5, E63 and so on all have a gimmick to make them faster. Nothing sounds better than a NA V8, and people know that. Got to give it to Lexus for making these cars, sure they can pop in turbos and make that engine stupid fast. It all depends what the customer prefers. Want a quick 0 to 60 car Hell cat all the way, it even beat the new Z06. Want a turbo go with GT R or 911. All are great. All worth the money.

  • Kiyoshi Manabe

    As a whole, the LEXUS GS-F is as potent as the Audi S6, so she could do well as an alternative toward the likes of S6, Maserati Ghibli S, and 550i M-Sport, not toward the E63 and the M5.
    If to take on the M5-E63-CTS-V troikas, she should be supercharged.