Fans of the performance-oriented Lexus IS F now have something else to consider – the bigger, more powerful GS F, which has the ambitious goal of taking down the BMW M5. The mid-size Japanese sports sedan has 467 horsepower on tap.
Tipping the scale at 4,034 lbs (1,829 kg), the GS F is powered by the same 5.0L V8 breathing under the hood of the RC F coupe. The engine uses both Otto and Atkinson combustion cycles to maximize power, generating 389 lb-ft. (527 Nm) of peak torque between 4,800 and 5,600 RPM in addition to the aforementioned 467 ponies.
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An eight-speed automatic transmission with manual-shifting capabilities sends all that power to the rear wheels, propelling the high-octane sedan from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.4 seconds, to 100 mph (161 km/h) in 10 seconds, and to a top speed of 171 mph (275 km/h).
Like the RC F, the GS F benefits from Torque Vectoring Differential with three modes (Standard, Slalom and Track), as well as a sport-tuned suspension and a stiffer chassis compared to the ‘lesser’ GS350 F Sport on which it is based. That bodes well for its handling on and off the track.
Distinct design highlights that let people know you’re driving the ranging-topping GS include a prominent grille flanked by LED headlights, large air intakes, ventilated front fenders and revised side skirts. We also see tinted taillights, a trunk-mounted spoiler, quad-exhausts and spiffy 19-inch alloy wheels.
The sportier interior houses a revised instrument cluster, two-tone sport seats, carbon fiber trim, contrast stitching and metallic accents.
Unveiled at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, the new Lexus GS F is currently on sale in North America and elsewhere around the world and has fared well against the BMW M5 is some comparison tests. Would you choose it over its German rival?