Stepping up considerably in power from the regular GS 350, with its 311-horsepower V6, the GS F packs a high-revving 5-liter V8 that whips up 467 horsepower, as well as 389 pound-feet of torque. The sole transmission is an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift unit, and the engine features a 7300-rpm redline. Active Sound Control synthesizes original sounds, creating a three-dimensional effect within the cabin.
As expected, gas mileage is not a high point, estimated at 16 mpg in city driving and 24 mpg on the highway (19 mpg combined). Lexus claims 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.5 seconds.
The standard Lexus Safety System + includes a pre-collision system, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. Additional safety features include Intuitive Parking Assist, a blind-spot monitor, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Standard equipment includes a rearview camera with dynamic grid lines, a 12-speaker 299-watt audio system, puddle lamps, leather upholstery, power front seats, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, power tilt/telescopic steering column, pushbutton start, S-Flow energy-saving air conditioning, satellite radio with shark-fin antenna, Siri Eyes Free, and 19-inch wheels. Electrochromic heated, automatic-dimming outside mirrors include a memory. LED daytime running, brake, and taillamps are standard. The multi-information displays includes such data as lap times, G-force, and rear wing position. Navigation includes a 12.3-inch touchscreen.
Options include Mark Levinson surround sound with 17 speakers and orange brake calipers.
Naturally, most GS sedan buyers will be happy with one of the “lesser” versions, with four-cylinder or V6 power. Enthusiasts, on the other hand, now have an authentic high-performance variant to consider, though the $84,440 price limits its appeal. Lexus might seem like an ordinary luxury-car maker to most folks, but some hardened performance fans have been taking an interest in the brand for years.
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