Chris Harris Compares Lexus GS F To BMW M5 With Surprising Results

For many, even as its successor is almost here, the F10 BMW M5 remains the benchmark in its class, thanks to its excellent balance, rear-wheel drive antics and handling characteristics. So on paper, compared to something like the Lexus GS F, the old M5 has the advantage.

Yet, Top Gear’s Chris Harris didn’t let that stop him from driving these two cars back to back and arriving at a pretty surprising conclusion, one that favors the Lexus over the Bimmer in a pretty major way.

Just to make it clear, it has little to do with performance, since the M5, in this case the 30th Anniversary edition, puts down 600 PS (592 HP) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque, reaching 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 sec.

The GS F on the other hand needs 4.6 seconds to hit the mark, and is clearly down on power with 473 PS (467 HP) and just 527 Nm (389 lb-ft) of torque. But what the Lexus can’t do in terms of performance, it more than makes up for with its excellent seating position, howling naturally-aspirated engine note and ride quality, especially on a harsh road.

In the end, Harris praises the GS F for being “more enjoyable to drive, most of the time”, despite the M5 being an overall better performer.


  • donald seymour

    I’m glad to see my boy Neil is working with Top Gear.

  • Kyle Newberry

    Why can’t i find the M5 on BMW website either US or UK?

    • Jonathan Gonzalez Martinez

      Because the new m5 is not on sale yet. The one in the vídeo is the older gen m5.

  • Ameer Hassan Tajaldeen

    did i just watch a lexus commercial

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Yes you did.

  • Finkployd

    go lexus yayy 👏

  • Bash

    I so want the gsf in my garage… but, they discontinue it! 🙁

  • Andrewthecarguy

    I normally enjoy Chris Harris’ reviews.
    This on the other hand was paid for by Lexus.

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