IS LEXUS having some sort of midlife crisis? One moment it is launching save-the-planet petrol-electric hybrids; the next it is partying with will.i.am. Now it feels like tearing around with V8 power, having launched the RC F coupé at the end of 2014 and now the new GS F super-saloon.
Set to be revealed at next week’s Detroit motor show, the 2015 GS F is the Lexus equivalent of BMW’s M5 or Mercedes’ E 63 AMG and has the same 467bhp 5-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine as the smaller RC F, with eight-speed transmission that sends power to the rear wheels.
The motor produces its peak power at 7100rpm and delivers 389 Ib ft of torque from 4800rpm; unfortunately for Lexus, both figures trail those of competitors. However, the Japanese car maker says that a kerb weight of 1,830kg makes it lighter than the M5 and E 63, which will offset its power deficit.
Its suspension has been reconfigured to improve roadholding, and its differential electronically monitors and varies the torque sent to each rear wheel.
The price has still to be confirmed but if the smaller RC F is a guide, expect it to be more expensive than its opposite number at BMW – perhaps about £75,000, to the M5’s £73,960.
The company cannot confirm precise specifications of British GS F models, or indeed when it will go on sale, but expect it to be late in 2015 if not next year.