Apart from being one of the most awesome supercars on the planet, the Lexus LF-A taught us something important about Lexus. Toyota ’s luxury division is trying to shed away its conservative persona in favor of being seen as a harbinger of high-performance cars.
Now it appears they’re targeting more than just the Ferraris and Lamborghinis of the world. They’ve also got an eye towards performance vehicles like the BMW M5 , which only adds to Lexus’ growing reputation as a giant slayer.
According to Autocar, the Japanese automaker is planning on building a high-performance version of the GS-F , one that will carry a tuned version of the LF-A’s 4.8-liter V10 engine and will have at least 450 horsepower on tap. Those figures still fall short of the M5’s 550-horsepower output, but it’s still what people will consider as high-performance. Besides, you can expect Lexus to make up for the relative lack of output by packing all sorts of technology in the car.
Lexus’ intention of catering more to the world of high-performance cars was busted open with the release of the LF-A supercar. After seeing what they’re truly capable of, we’re not going to put anything past these guys.
If they want to go after cars like the BMW M5, then by all means, more power to them.
2013 Lexus GS 350 F-Sport pictured above
gallery: Lexus GS 350 F-Sport