Lexus has taken the wraps off its first ever GS F model.
Set to be officially unveiled at the North American International Auto Show on January 13, the BMW M5 slayer is powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine shared with the RC F. It produces 348kW (467 bhp) and 537Nm of torque at 4,800-5,600rpm, channelled to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
The engine uses both Otto and Atkinson combustion cycles to maximise power and efficiency. The car also gets Lexus’ Torque Vectoring Differential to put those power to good use. It features three modes: Standard (provides a balance of agility and firmness), Slalom (emphasises nimble steering response and agility) and Track (emphasises control during high-speed circuit driving).
The GS F’s unibody also feature structural reinforcements and suspension exclusively designed to optimise handling without detracting from its ride quality.
On the styling front, the GS F gets an aggressive front fascia that has been totally redesigned, sporting Lexus’ trademark “Nike slash” LED running lights below a pair of LED headlights. Its spindle grille is flanked by a pair of large air intakes. Along the sides, the high performance GS gets chunky side sills, ventilated front guards and rolls on 19-inch alloy wheels. At the back, the car has restyled tinted taillights, a boot-mounted spoiler and quad tailpipes.
Inside, the cabin is jazzed up with carbon fibre trim, contrast stitching and two-toned sport seats.