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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lexus GS F 10th Anniversary Special Edition.

What Makes The Lexus GS F 10th Anniversary Special Edition

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While the GS F 10th Anniversary Special Edition doesn't bring anything new in the mechanical department, it does get a well-rounded aesthetics upgrade outside and in the cabin.

While the GS F 10th Anniversary Special Edition doesn’t bring anything new in the mechanical department, it does get a well-rounded aesthetics upgrade outside and in the cabin. Let’s start with the exterior, where we find the GS F finished in a matte Nebula Gray paint scheme. Lexus says these 10th Anniversary Special Edition models are the very first time the brand has used a matte-finish paint on a production car since it offered the top-dog LFA supercar.

In the corners is a standard set of polished black multi-spoke wheels measuring in at 19 inches in diameter. Just behind the wheels, there are blue brake calipers, which are sure to turn a few heads against the grey and black around them. The tires are the usual high-performance Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 compound, which should do well to complement the high-tech suspension components (more on that in a bit).

Take a peek inside the cabin, and you’ll find a good deal more of that blue color added throughout. There’s carbon fiber with a blue tint added to the switch panel and dashboard, as well as blue carbon for the center console. The front seats were designed to look like the sitters you get in the Lexus RC, and blue leather accents were added to spice up their appearance, plus there’s blue leather added to the side bolsters in the rear bench. Blue suede was added to the dash trim and seat belt straps, and there’s extra blue leather added to the steering wheel and shift knob. Rounding it off are the requisite plaques declaring the model’s limited edition status.

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Take a peek inside the cabin, and you'll find a good deal more of that blue color added throughout. There's carbon fiber with a blue tint added to the switch panel and dashboard, plus there's blue carbon for the center console.

Like I said earlier, the oily bits go unchanged compared to the standard Lexus RC F. Under the hood is 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque thanks to a thumping 5.0-liter V-8. Output is sent through an eight-speed automatic transmission to reach the ground through the rear axle. Extra traction is made by a torque vectoring rear diff as standard, a piece normally offered as an option for the non-special edition models. Put your foot down, and the GS F will do the 0-to-60 mph sprint in about 4.5 seconds. Keep your foot off it, and it’ll return upwards of 24 mpg on the highway.

There’s also a set of variable dampers that offer multiple drive modes for whatever the occasion may be, including cruising and corner carving.

Lexus is planning on producing just 100 units of the 10th anniversary GS F. There’s no official pricing as of yet, but the standard Lexus GS F starts at $84,350, so expect a number above that mark.

References

Lexus GS F

2016 Lexus GS F
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Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus GS F.

2016 Lexus GS F – Driven High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full driven review on the2016 Lexus GS F.

2018 Lexus RC F 10th Anniversary Special Edition
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Read our full review on the 2018 Lexus RC F 10th Anniversary Special Edition.

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