NEXT F-BADGED SPORTS CAR: The new Lexus GS F has made its debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. Image: Lexus
• GS F latest addition to Lexus’ F-range
• 50kW/530Nm 5.0 litre V8
• Four driving modes
DETROIT, Michigan - Lexus revealed its new GS F at the 2015 Detroit auto show, the latest addition to its F-badged high-performance models.
The V8-powered GS F is based on the GS sedan, weighs 1830kg, seats five and is the largest car yet to bear the Lexus F badge.
The GS F is powered by a non-turbo, 350kW/530Nm five litre V8 engine mated to an eight-speed auto, offering four driving modes - normal, eco, sport S, sport S+.
‘DESIGNED TO BE FUN’
Yukihiko Yaguchi, Lexus chief engineer, explained: "Our cars with the F designation are meant to generate a very positive feeling when you’re behind the steering wheel, and are designed to be fun to drive, no matter who’s driving, or where.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Lexus GS F
"With the GS F we wanted to make a special car that would not only exceed the expectations of the most discerning enthusiast, but which could also be enjoyed by all drivers. In this spirit, it embraces the virtues of sound, response and power – the cornerstones of the Lexus F brand."
It has 255/35R19 (front) and 275/35R19 (rear) tyres, 19” alloys and an improved braking system.
Lexus’s Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD), used in the RC F, offers three modes:
• Standard (default)
• Slalom - for nimble steering response and agility
• Track - enhanced stability
It terms of styling the car gains a larger, more pronounced, "spindle" grille with F-specific mesh pattern, large air vents and special badging. It has slim and angled headlights, signature L-motif daytime diode headlights, carbon-fibre spoiler and chromed exhausts.
Its sports theme continues throughout the cabin with leather trim, an analogue clock, and a remote-controlled video monitor. There's also an electronic instrument display that automatically adjusts content and appearance according to the selected drive mode.
The GS F will be available (depending on market) with a 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system while buyers who prefer to listen to the engine can use its "active sound control" when the car is driven in Sport S or Sport S+ mode.
The system is borrowed from the RC F but with additional rear speakers.