When Lexus unveiled the IS F back in 2008, the world seemed to be impressed. While German automakers pointed and laughed at it, the model climbed its way up to be strong competitor on the market, and now Lexus is preparing another model fit to give its German competitors more reasons to fear. The Japanese market is preparing to launch the GS F, a model that will take on vehicles like the BMW M5 and the Mercedes E63 AMG .
This isn’t the first time we see something about the GS F, but this time, its official: an F version will be launched with the new generation GS set to be revealed sometime in 2012.
Expect the future GS F to combine design elements from thefuture generation GS and F elements from the IS-F sports sedan. Under the hood there will be the same V8 engine as found in the IS-F, but upgraded to deliver somewhere in the 450 HP range.
UPDATE 03/26/2012: In an interview with Autocar, Karl Schlicht has offered new details on the production version GS F super sedan. According to him, a final decision is yet to be made, but Lexus would love to see it put into production as "the final piece in a five-part product strategy to boost Lexus’s image and its sporting credentials." He also said that, if approved, the "GS F would be as much a potent grand tourer as an out-and-out focused driving tool."
UPDATE 03/28/2012: Today we have a new rendering for you for the upcoming Lexus GS F.
Hit the jump to read more about the future Lexus GS F.
Exterior and Interior
The difference between a standard GS model and the GS F will be made by a hood raised in the center to make room for the V8 engine. There will also be large brake cooling ducts adjacent to standard fog lamps, LED headlights, functional front fender air outlets with lower edges, four exhaust diffusers (two per side in a vertical arrangement), and 19" light alloy wheels.
The interior will get sports seats, aluminum-rimmed main gauges, unique steering-wheel treatment, and, of course, the F logo showcased on the steering wheel, rear-center console, and outer seat cushions.
The 2012 GS will be built on a brand new platform which will be sportier and more efficient. The engine line-up will include a new V6 engine and a 3.5 liter engine that will replace the current 4.6-liter V-8. A hybrid version has also been confirmed.
And if you were expecting to see a V10 engine under the hood of the GS F, well this just won’t happen. Instead, Lexus will use an upgraded version of the 5.0-liter V-8 from the IS-F, developing around 450 HP. It will also get a torque vectoring differential on the rear axle and a weight reduction thanks to the use of carbon-fiber.
Hey BMW M5 and Mercedes E63 AMG! Are you scared yet?
By the time the Lexus GS F goes on sale, BMW would have already brought out the new generation M5. It will be powered by a a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that will put out around 555 HP which will make it more powerful than the old version.
The Mercedes E63 AMG is powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 525 hp and a peak torque of 630 NM which enables the car to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph. The advantage of the future GS F is that it will be offered with no speed limit, so customers will be able to hit speeds of up to 180 mph with no restriction.
When Can I Buy One?
The new Lexus GS F will go on sale a few months after the official launch of the new generation GS. Expect to pay around $100,000 for the future model.