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2016 Lexus GS F

2016 Lexus GS F
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  • Lexus GS F
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    eight-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    467 @ 7100
  • Torque @ RPM:
    389 @ 4800
  • Displacement:
    5.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.4 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    168 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    84440
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Luxury, four-doors, and speed – it’s a popular combination, one that’s usually associated with the big three German brands of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. And while the Teutonic-dominance of this segment is well established, the Japanese are closing fast. One of the latest attempts at upending the executive sports sedan status quo comes from Lexus with the mid-size GS F, the newest addition to the brand’s go-faster F lineup. Based on the GS 350 F Sport, the GS F comes with a larger engine, stiffer chassis, a trick differential, and new suspension, all of which are aimed squarely at models with the letters “M” and “AMG” on the trunk.

Before the GS F, there was the IS F and the RC F, not to mention the venerable LFAsupercar. In part, the “F” lettering is a nod to Fuji Speedway, Lexus’ primary test grounds and the place where cars like the GS F are refined for optimum performance. Lexus says the GS F also saw track time at the Nurburgring – ground zero for bragging rights in this segment.

But it isn’t just about handling and power – to stand up to the Germans, the GS F needs to bring that elusive Jekyll and Hyde personality of face-melting velocity on the track and backside-coddling comfort on the road.

Can the GS F pull it off? Read on to find out.

Updated 10/16/2015: On the U.S. market the new Lexus GS F will be priced from $84,440.

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A much needed spark for the F sub-brand

Now that major performance brands have introduced electric cars, Lexus’ Performance wing may also start buzzing electric. According to President Yoshihiro Sawa, Lexus’ F sub-brand could be heading towards electrification, while retaining the petrol engines as well. Are we going to get newer models, or will the existing cars get hybrid souls?

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10 Years of Lexus’ F Series Culminates With Pair of Chicago Auto Show-bound Special Edition models

Give the marque a standing ovation!

10 years ago, Lexus shed its luxury skin and revealed a side of it that, until that point, very few of us knew existed. The birth of the Lexus F marque not only gave Lexus a chance to showcase its performance capabilities but more importantly, it opened the doors for a series of performance cars that have made their mark in the business. Without the Lexus F, we wouldn’t see the IS F, the RC F, the GC F, and most prominently, the LFA supercar. Imagine a world without the LFA. I certainly can’t.

The Japanese automaker is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and it’s bringing not one, but two special edition models to the Chicago Auto Show. If you haven’t paid attention to the Lexus F yet, the arrival of the RC F and GC F 10th Anniversary models in Chicago is a good time to start giving the marque the credit it deserves.

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2018 Lexus GS F 10th Anniversary Special Edition

2018 Lexus GS F 10th Anniversary Special Edition

Celebrating a decade of go-faster Lexus models

The Lexus GS F has been around in one form or another since 1991, offered as a mid-size four-door with a solid dose of opulence in the cabin. The latest fourth-gen model dropped in 2011, giving the lineup a little extra sportiness when the mood is right. Now, Lexus is using the platform to pay homage to it’s F-branded trim levels. In case you weren’t aware, Lexus’ F models make up the quickest of the automaker’s stable, with the singular letter tacked to the trunk added as a nod to Japan’s world-famous Fuji Speedway. Lexus first started making F models back in 2008, and now, a full decade later, it’s offering up two special edition F’s to celebrate the anniversary.

The limited-run duo consists of the 2018 Lexus GS F 10th Anniversary edition and the 2018 Lexus RC F 10th Anniversary edition, both of which will make their first stateside appearance at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. Both also initially dropped at the Tokyo Motor Show last year, but now they head to Chi Town for their big U.S. debut. Both will also arrive in dealers this summer, and bring customers a slick blue and grey color scheme. Interested? Then read on for the low-down on this upgraded go-faster GS F.

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How the Lexus GS 200t F Sport Compares to the GS F

How the Lexus GS 200t F Sport Compares to the GS F

Two very different trims of the same sedan

Lexus might be best known for its cushy cars and that unforgettable Spindle grille, but the company has a long list of high-performance vehicles that include the iconic LF-A and a handful of F Performance models. The F stands for Fuji Speedway where the vehicles are developed, but it might was well stand for fun. These models have performance-oriented suspensions, larger brakes, a powerful engine, and more aggressive styling. A perfect example of this is the Lexus GS F. It’s a full-size sedan with a 467-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8, rear-wheel drive, massive Brembo brakes, and looks to kill.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is the Lexus GS 200t – the same sedan but powered by a 241-horsepower turbo-four. While the cars couldn’t be more different, Lexus offers something in the middle: the F Sport package. This adds 19-inch wheels, larger brakes with high-friction pads, an adaptive suspension system, variable ratio steering, and a body kit that closely resembles the GS F’s.

This week happens to have a 2017 Lexus GS 200t F Sport in my driveway, and I wanted to explore the differences between it and the all-out GS F, especially haven driven both.

Continue reading for the quick comparison.

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2016 Lexus GS F by Clark Ishihara

2016 Lexus GS F by Clark Ishihara

Wide-body kit adds some sporting character to Lexus’ performance sedan

VIP Auto Salon’s Clark Ishihara has been in the aftermarket business for over 10 years now so by way of simple longevity, the man has built his fair share of SEMA creations, most notably with Lexus models. This year, Ishihara once again put his tuning hat to good use with two new Lexus offerings at the world’s biggest aftermarket auto show. One of these two programs is for the Lexus GS F and it’s been loaded with a wide-body kit to go with splashes of interior and performance upgrades.

Known for being a “Lexus enthusiast,” Ishihara’s history with Toyota’s premium brand goes a long way. In 2015, he presented the Macadamia LS 600hL show car and in 2010, his modifications on a 2011 LS hybrid was recognized for a Mothers award for design excellence. The man knows his way around Lexus models more than most tuners and to no one’s surprise, he was the guy that Lexus tapped to work on the GS F and the RC F models.

The upgrades for both Lexus models are admittedly more subtle than what you’d expect at an outlandish show like SEMA. But Ishihara has never been outlandish about his project cars, opting instead to give them real-world aftermarket applications that GS F and RC F owners can look at and say, “that’s something I’d like to see on my GS F.” And on that note, that’s what the man behind VIP Auto Salon did with the sports coupe. Sporty and aggressive without going over the edge. This is Clark Ishihara and this his aftermarket take on the Lexus GS F.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Lexus GS F by Clark Ishihara.

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Motor Trend Pits The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Against The 2016 Lexus GS F

Motor Trend Pits The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Against The 2016 Lexus GS F

In a battle between on-the-rise premium performance sedans, which of the two is better?

On one side you have the all-American powerhouse and on the other you have the Japanese spitfire. It wasn’t always the case that we could describe a Cadillac and a Lexus in such glowing terms, but the times have definitely changed. The premium performance sedan segment isn’t just an exclusively European party anymore, not when you have both the Cadillac CTS-V and the Lexus GS F lurking in the background and ready to pounce. These two gnarly machines still have a ways to go before it can claim to being on the same plane as the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-AMG E63, but for what Cadillac and Lexus have come up with, that timetable may be sooner than later.

The boys at MotorTrend aren’t ones to waste an opportunity to line up two competing cars against one another and not surprisingly, that’s what we get here with the 2016 CTS-V and the 2016 GS F. Both models have their share of strengths, just as they do their warts. The CTS-V, for instance, packs a lot of power and drives wonderfully. The GS F, on the other hand, is one of the best handling cars in its segment and it also received a bump in power.

But which of the two is better? As is the case with match-ups like this one, it’ll probably boil down to a matter of preference for the customer. But that’s not going to stop MotorTrend from discussing what to look for when the choice boils down to the CTS-V and the GS F. Which is better on the road? Which handles its business on the track? This 26-minute episode has all the answers, so go check it out.

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2016 Lexus GS F – Driven

2016 Lexus GS F – Driven

Big power, rear-drive, and impossible to miss

Lexus is working hard to rebrand itself as something far different than dolled-up Toyotas. That’s clearly apparent with its list of F-Sport and F cars, the polarizing RC coupe, and now this – the GS F. It’s a V-8-powered sedan with rear-wheel drive, paddle shifters, low-profile summer performance tires, massive brakes, and an aggressive appearance far beyond any sedan Lexus has made before.

The GS F is Lexus’ answer to cars like the BMW M5 and Cadillac CTS-V – bit bruisers in the segment with loads of horsepower and tons of brand cache. Lexus uses the same style recipe as BMW and Cadillac, too. All the performance and appearance goodies are added to a soft-riding, plush sedan built for those with high-class tastes. As such, the GS F is based on the standard Lexus GS sedan – the same one that comes with a V-6 and a hybrid option.

The differences, however, are all in the details. Up front is a 467-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 mated to a quick-shifting, eight-speed automatic transmission. Power is sent through Lexus’ proprietary Torque Vectoring Differential to 275-series Michelin Pilot Super Sport rear tires. The whole thing rides on Sach-sourced shock absorbers at each corner with a fully independent suspension system. Six-piston front and four-piston rear Brembos bring everything to a stop – and quickly.

I recently spent a week with the 2016 GS F, using it as a daily driver and highway cruiser like most folks typically would. However, a week before, I blasted around the infield track at the Texas Motor Speedway with another GS F example at a recent Texas Auto Writers Association event. The extensive seat time allowed the GS F’s true nature to be found. So what’s the GS F all about, you ask? Keep reading.

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2015 Lexus GS F By Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing

2015 Lexus GS F By Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing

The Lexus GS F sedan may not have the visceral look of its coupe cousin, the RC F Coupe, but the former can still attract an audience wherever it goes — especially if it’s rocking a bright orange wrap that’s impossible to ignore. Such is the scene at the SEMA Auto Show where Lexus, in collaboration with aftermarket shop Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing, is showcasing a fully customized GS F Sedan.

The revamped GS F is a real looker, and it’s not just because of the blindingly bright orange wrap. It also has quite the list of aftermarket modifications, most of which were installed to improve the sedan’s performance and handling capabilities. There’s an aero kit in there too that gives the GS F an aggressive look and, in case it hasn’t been established enough, the bright orange wrap really does wonders in enhancing the sedan’s already overflowing charisma.

The GS F sedan is one of two models that Lexus and Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing are presenting at SEMA. The other one is the RC F Coupe and, not surprisingly, it also has a similar orange wrap. These two Lexus models may not win any “best-in” awards, but they’ve certainly made their mark at SEMA.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lexus GS F By Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing.

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2016 Lexus GS F

2016 Lexus GS F

Luxury, four-doors, and speed – it’s a popular combination, one that’s usually associated with the big three German brands of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. And while the Teutonic-dominance of this segment is well established, the Japanese are closing fast. One of the latest attempts at upending the executive sports sedan status quo comes from Lexus with the mid-size GS F, the newest addition to the brand’s go-faster F lineup. Based on the GS 350 F Sport, the GS F comes with a larger engine, stiffer chassis, a trick differential, and new suspension, all of which are aimed squarely at models with the letters “M” and “AMG” on the trunk.

Before the GS F, there was the IS F and the RC F, not to mention the venerable LFAsupercar. In part, the “F” lettering is a nod to Fuji Speedway, Lexus’ primary test grounds and the place where cars like the GS F are refined for optimum performance. Lexus says the GS F also saw track time at the Nurburgring – ground zero for bragging rights in this segment.

But it isn’t just about handling and power – to stand up to the Germans, the GS F needs to bring that elusive Jekyll and Hyde personality of face-melting velocity on the track and backside-coddling comfort on the road.

Can the GS F pull it off? Read on to find out.

Updated 10/16/2015: On the U.S. market the new Lexus GS F will be priced from $84,440.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Lexus GS F.

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Lexus Will Offer New Halo Car For The Next Generation

Lexus Will Offer New Halo Car For The Next Generation

Akio Toyoda, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation, believes that every 20 or 30 years, his company needs to produce a halo car so exceptional, so advanced, and so amazing that its brilliance shines down on the rest of the lineup for a whole generation. Currently, that car is the $375,000, 200-mph, 4.8-liter V-10 tour-de-force known as the Lexus LFA, which means we won’t see another vehicle like it from Toyota until at least 2030. In the meantime, however, the Japanese automaker says it has a few tricks up its sleeve to pique the interest of performance enthusiasts worldwide.

Most of the sporting goodness will spring from Lexus’ F brand, but will be informed by the advances made during development of the LFA. “Everything we learned from the LFA is trickling down into every other product in the lineup,” said Mark Templin, vice president for Lexus International, in an interview with MotorAuthority at the NYAS last week. “The F brand itself is one of the halos,” he added, saying, “We’ve started to expand it already, and you’ll see more coming… but there are some other surprises coming, too, later.”

While vague, this statement does offer some hope that Lexus will continue to develop sporty luxury cars like the GS F and RC F in the future. And as long as they draw inspiration from the venerable LFA, I don’t think you’ll be hearing too many complaints.

Continue reading to learn more about Lexus’ future halo car.

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Lexus GS F Flexes its Muscles on the Detroit Auto Show Floor

Lexus GS F Flexes its Muscles on the Detroit Auto Show Floor

The recently-unveiled 2016 Lexus GS F was finally launched at the 2015 edition of the North American International Auto Show, with Lexus giving it a reveal worthy of a super sports car. Following in the footsteps of the IS F compact sedan and the 2015 RC F coupe, the all-new Lexus GS F sedan comes with every intention of battling established performance sedans like the BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG and the Cadillac CTS-V. Unfortunately, there is a rather long road between intention and actual delivery, as the new Lexus is down in both power and performance compared to any one of its competitors.

The GS F is powered by the exact same engine as the RC F coupe and based on the midsize GS sedan. Its 5.0-liter, naturally aspirated, high-revving V-8 delivers 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque, both figures being obviously put to shame by any of its turbocharged or supercharged rivals. Paired with a sport-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission, the new Lexus GS F can hit 60 mph from a standing start in a yet-to-be-disclosed amount of time, but my money is on around 4.6 seconds considering the not-exactly-extraordinary power-to-weight ratio.

As far as the styling goes, probably no one will ever call it understated, as the F Sport bodykit is extreme from just about every angle, with the car looking like it wants to prey on small Toyotas. "The styling philosophy of the GS F is one of form following function. For example, the GS F’s spindle grille was born to further enhance the car’s aerodynamics and cooling, while the air outlets in the front fenders, first applied in the IS F and then the RC F, have been adopted in the GS F because of its efficiency. The styling direction of the GS F is one that promotes Lexus’ commitment to ‘Progressive Luxury,’ and I feel this car conveys that brand message flawlessly." said Yoshiharu Nakajima, project chief designer, Lexus Design Division. I can’t but agree with most of that.

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Spy Shots: 2016 Lexus GS F Caught Testing

Spy Shots: 2016 Lexus GS F Caught Testing

Although Lexus has yet to confirm plans to offer a high-performance version of the GS sedan, it appears the Japanese luxury automaker is indeed working on a competitor for the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. And this time we’re not quoting another rumor that surfaced the Interwebz, but relying on a batch of photos we just received from our trusty paparazzi. Yes, folks, the Lexus GS F is alive and rolling on tarmac, although for the time being only in the form of a prototype.

The vehicle you see above was just spotted roaming the streets, and the body panels hidden behind the camouflage suggest we’re looking at a beefed-up version of the GS. The sports sedan is set to arrive for the 2016 model year, when it will join the brand-new RC F in Lexus’ quest to take on BMW’s popular high-performance sedans.

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Lexus Prepares GS F and Four-Door RC F for 2016

Lexus Prepares GS F and Four-Door RC F for 2016

It seems Lexus is preparing a new GS F sedan for production in the 2016 model year. Reports confirm the performance sedan will be powered by an upgraded, 5.0-liter V-8 that powers the upcoming RC F coupe. The GS F will also get an eight-speed automatic from ZF, along with a Torsen rear differential as standard equipment.

We can expect the GS F’s V-8 to pump out roughly 506 horsepower and just under 400 pound-feet of torque. That should put the four-door sedan in the mid four-second range to 60 mph and at a top speed exceeding 170 mph.

Holding everything together will be a lengthened version of the RC’s chassis. A multi-link, electronic suspension with separate drive modes is also expected. The new GS F will borrow some of the RC F’s styling cues, including that massive Lexus Spindle Grille. Expect the GS F to cost around $130,000 when it hits the market.

What’s more, Lexus is apparently working on a four-door version of the RC F. If that’s the case, it will surely ride on the same lengthened platform as the GS F and share much of its underpinnings. It may be a case of slight size and styling differences being the only separators. AutoCar is reporting the four-door RC F is likely to bow "sometime in 2016" as well.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus GS F and RC F.

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Leaked Japanese Magazine may Show the 2015 Lexus GS F

Leaked Japanese Magazine may Show the 2015 Lexus GS F

Lexus has been testing F variant of the new-generation GS sedan for quite some time. Unfortunately, it has always been under heavy camouflage. Today, a leaked Japanese magazine seems to reveal the upcoming GS F, and it certainly appears to be the real deal.

As we can see from these leaked images, it looks like the GS F features large air intakes and a sporty carbon-fiber body kit. For the rear, the GS F features the signature, double-stacked exhaust exits seen on the Lexus IS F before it.

As for the powerplant, we have heard all kinds of rumors that range from a possible V-8 engine to a performance-based hybrid powertrain. This Japanese magazine does reveal that the GS F will carry a 5.0-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 engine with an output of 465 horsepower. Now we just need to find out if these are for real, or just a prank.

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Future Lexus GS-F could get LF-A's V10 Engine

Future Lexus GS-F could get LF-A’s V10 Engine

Despite the recent credit crunch and new car sales falling by the wayside the muscle car day are back, in more ways then you think. In the 1960s it was American automakers pulling their most powerful engines and installing them in smaller vehicles to create and fun factory built hot rod. And while U.S. car builders have come back with models like the Camaro SS and Shelby GT500, but it looks like things are taking shape across the Pacific as well. It turns out that the one cancelled F tuned version of the Lexus GS luxury sedan has just received a new lease on life, much like the IS-F a GS-F will receive a high output power plant exotic to that chassis and be beefed up everywhere else to accommodate the extra ponies. The Lexus GS-F high performance four door will compete with models like Audi RS6, BMW M5, Cadillac CTS-V and Mercedes E63 AMG.

The Japanese magazine Best Car is speculating that a future Lexus GS-F will be powered by the same 4.8 Liter V10 piston pumper that can be found under the hood of the current Lexus LF-A super car. With a V8 being the largest engine offered in the current Lexus GS, a ten cylinder is next logical step, cranking out 553 HP and 354 lb-ft of torque from the 1LR-GUE, a 550 HP sport sedan sounds quite fun, however Toyota is going to have to shed a considerable amount of weight from the Lexus in order to work well with considerably less torque. However they know what they are doing, taking a decade to develop the LF-A, and we are sure that they have already taken that into consideration.

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