Lexus has unveiled its latest high performance ‘F’ branded model, the GS F, at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, along with fresh new high resolution photos of the sports sedan.
The much-anticipated GS F becomes the second model to join the marque’s performance oriented ‘F’ line that includes the recently launched RC F sports coupe.
GS F, which is based on the mid-sized GS luxury sedan, breaks new ground for Lexus as the largest vehicle ever offered with an F badge.
It is powered by the same engine found under the bonnet of the RC F, a naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 producing 348 kW of power and 527 Nm of torque. Improved fuel efficiency is provided through the use of Atkinson cycle fuel delivery during narrower throttle openings.
The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters and three driving modes: Normal, Sport S and Sport S+, driving through the rear wheels.
Honed at the Fuji circuit in Japan as well as Germany’s famed Nürburgring, Lexus says the GS F embraces the virtues of sound, response and power, the cornerstones of the ‘F’ brand, though it has not disclosed official performance figures.
The GS F features structural reinforcements and an exclusively designed suspension system to match the car’s extra power, along with larger tyres (255/35-19 front, and 275/35-19 rear) as well as an upgraded braking system complete with bright orange callipers.
Lexus’ Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD), also found in the RC F, features three operating modes: Standard (default), providing a balance of agility and firmness; Slalom, emphasising nimble steering response and agility; and Track, which enhances stability during high-speed circuit driving.
Distinguishing design elements on the GS F include an enlarged and more pronounced version of Lexus’ trademark ‘spindle’ grille, with a distinctive mesh pattern and large gaping air vents, front fender air breathers, side skirts, revised rear diffuser with stacked quad exhaust tips and bespoke 19-inch wheels.
Slim canted headlights with the signature Lexus L-shaped daytime running lamps complete the GS F’s aggressive makeover.
The GS F’s cabin gains an F steering wheel and a new electronic instrument cluster lifted straight from the RC F, which can be configured between four different displays depending on preferred driving style: Normal, Eco, Sport S and Sport S+.
Custom front and rear seats provide occupants with more lateral support, while carbon fibre trims on the dashboard and doors further add to the sporty touches.
Lexus Australia is currently negotiating to introduce GS F to the local market.
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