2016 Lexus GS F officially revealed with massive 467hp V8; targets BMW M5

With the Detroit Auto Show starting next week, we are preparing ourselves for some very important launches. Originally destined for the Detroit Show, Lexus has pre-maturely unveiled the F performance version of the Lexus GS sedan with 467hp on tap. Spiritual successor to the smaller Lexus IS F, the 2016 Lexus GS F packs a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 under the hood and a new unibody construction that promises track-capable stiffness and superior handling. The Lexus GS F, which is the third mass-production model to receive the automaker’s performance upgrade, is part of the strategy to help Lexus draw younger driving enthusiasts towards the brand.

2016-lexus-gs-f-2The massive V8, as mentioned before is good for 467hp (at 7,100 rpm) and 389 lb-ft of torque (between 4,800 and 5,600 rpm). The power is channeled to the rear wheels through a mandatory eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. To help it compete with its German rivals, Lexus is fitting its Torque Vectoring Differential from the RC F, which uses three modes – Standard, Slalom, and Track – to alter torque delivery to better suit different driving dynamics. On the inside, details are scant but there are heavily bolstered sports seats with F SPORT branding, and carbon fiber trim. Most of the information is yet to be announced and will be made official at the Detroit Motor Show.

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