Lexus to reveal V8-powered GS F sedan in Detroit
Recent months have proven prolific for makers of fast luxury sedans, with Cadillac unveiling its twin-turbocharged 185 mph ATS-V and supercharged 200 mph CTS-V. Now Lexus continues to challenge its reputation for sensible, staid cars with the announcement of the high-performance GS F.
Following on from the RC F coupe announced at NAIAS 2014, the GS F's 467 hp (348 kW) peak comes at 7,100 rpm, while the car's 527 Nm (389 lb.ft) of torque is produced between 4,800 and 5,600 rpm, though what this translates to in terms of performance hasn't yet been revealed.
For the sake of comparison, the BMW M5 Jahre Edition's turbocharged V8 makes 575 hp (429 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb.ft) of torque while the smaller M3's turbocharged six-cylinder makes 425 hp (317 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb.ft) of torque.
Lexus has also thrown plenty of tech at the GS F. Based on the GS 350 F Sport, the GS F has been fitted with Lexus' torque vectoring differential (TVD), which can trim power to individual wheels for sharper handling. Extra body reinforcement also contributes to the GS F's handling.
Just like the Germans, Lexus offers a number of different driving modes for GS owners. Standard mode is designed to provide "balance of agility and firmness" for everyday driving, while Slalom mode sharpens the car's steering response for quicker turn in. If owners feel the need to take their 4034 lb (1830 Kg) luxury sedan to the racetrack, they also can select race mode, which Lexus says will emphasize "control during high-speed circuit driving".
Styling-wise, the GS F is still fairly restrained, but its 19-inch wheels wrapped in 255/35 tires at the front (275/35 at the rear), coupled with a more aggressive bodykit give the it some extra road presence, while quad exhaust pipes hint at the V8's performance potential.
Lexus has not revealed details about pricing yet, but the car will be on display at the Detroit Motor Show next week, where Gizmag will be on the ground covering all the action.