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The Lexus GS F Revealed: First Photos & Information

Lexus GS F Revealed

Lexus has revealed the 2016 GS F high-peformance sedan a week before its official debut at the Detroit Auto Show.

Details are limited right now, but one thing is for sure — the GS F will share the RC F’s 5.0-liter 467 horsepower V8 engine.

Four photos in total were released, here they are in full resolution:

There will be plenty of time to analyze, but start with the full press release after the jump.

Lexus is yet again showing its sporty disposition and rumbling into Detroit. The luxury vehicle manufacturer has announced the much-anticipated GS F performance sedan, which combines a refined four-door package with the speed and agility of a premium sports car, will be revealed at the North American International Auto Show on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 8:40 a.m. EST in the Lexus display at Cobo Center in Detroit. The GS F will be the latest vehicle to join Lexus’ high-performance “F” line that already includes the RC F coupe.

Although the GS 350 F SPORT shares the same platform as the new GS F, they should not be confused. The GS F will have enhancements throughout, including to its engine. Under the hood will be a responsive, naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 that produces a remarkable 467 hp (473 PS )* at 7,100 rpm and peak torque of 389 lb.-ft. (527 Nm)* at 4,800-5,600 rpm. This sophisticated engine uses both Otto and Atkinson combustion cycles to maximize power and efficiency in given situations.

Befitting the nature of this high performance sedan, the engine will be mated to a lightning quick eight-speed automatic gearbox with manual-shifting capabilities.

Lexus’ innovative Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD), also found in the RC F, will be part of a long line of standard equipment that’ll make the GS F’s handling stand out from the crowd. The TVD features three operating modes:

  • Standard (default) provides a balance of agility and firmness;
  • Slalom emphasizes nimble steering response and agility; and
  • Track emphasizes control during high-speed circuit driving.

The GS F unibody will also feature structural reinforcements and suspension exclusively designed to optimize this super sedan’s handling envelope without detracting from its ride quality. Drivers will appreciate the GS F’s handling and smoothness on the open highway as well as the sedan’s ability to devour challenging roads, whether they’re winding up the side of a mountain or at a racetrack. The new GS F will offer drivers a very balanced sedan with genuine dual personality, equally adept at trimming lap times and the commute back home.

Preliminary Specifications

Overall length: 4,915 mm/193.5 in.
Overall width: 1,845 mm/72.6 in.
Overall height: 1,440 mm/56.7in.
Wheelbase: 2,850 mm/112.2 in.
Tread (Fr/Rr): 1,555 mm/1,560 mm 61.2in./61.4 in.
Curb Weight: 1,830 kg/4,034 lb.
Wheels: 19″×9J (Fr)/19″×10J (Rr)
Tires: 255/35R19(Fr) 275/35R19(Rr)

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  • January 6, 2015
Excited about this. Finally another real 'F' comes out. This is really good for the brand and even though people always look at numbers. Yes, it is at least -100hp, also -200torque from current ///M and AMG. I will wait for several legit driver journos to have their say before i say my 2cents. Lexus takes too long for their brands to hit mass production. Not a good thing imo.
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    Roman Pogoretskiy
  • January 6, 2015
Don't know how to put this... it looked better in the teasers. Despite the awkward looks, I was expecting quite a bit more power. Don't get me wrong, I was looking forward to this thing since before the latest generation GS came out. Idk, I'm personally disappointed. Let's see how it drives...
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    Mike Forsythe
  • January 6, 2015
100% getting this. Thank you Lexus, some of us have waited a long time and you have responded!!
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      Trexus
    • January 6, 2015
    100% agreed!!! "Build it and They Will Come" was a Facebook thread that you created back late 2012 and now the GS F is coming...I wanna get this too... https://www.facebook.com/groups/303254406353133/permalink/537690769576161/
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    Thomas
  • January 6, 2015
Too much, Lexus. Too much! Where is the "finesse" and elegance that Lexus used to have? It's all been replaced by cartoonish non-design. So sad!
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    abed
  • January 6, 2015
it doesnt looks right!! i am really disappointed, i expected something a lot better, and i am not talking about the numbers, i am talking about the style, they took the normal GS and put 4 pipes and thats it, oh and the RC-F bumper, i dont know what lexus thinking but they lost again!!!!!!!!!
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      Phucken Zee Deutche!
    • January 7, 2015
    It's okay, you can go drive your POS Beemer Schnitzel... Ill enjoy my Lexus... My god the haters are everywhere, that means Lexus is doing something right!
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      abed
    • January 8, 2015
    i dont have a beemer nor MB nor AUDI, and i am a lexus fan. but then you see something wrong you have to say it, i am feeling sorry for lexus that they made something less than a lexus....it looks like when you see someone comment in a negative way then he is a hater....
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    abed
  • January 6, 2015
the RC-F looks a lottttttttttt better, end of story....!!
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    Hakop F
  • January 6, 2015
These pictures don't do it's justice. If you go on carscoops.com they have more realistic images of the GS F
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      Thomas
    • January 6, 2015
    Just as ugly ... Awful! A design-scandal.
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      abed
    • January 6, 2015
    the car doesnt look good, thats it, no website can make it look better, the rear of the car is just boring and uninteresting, the front is "not bad", the RC-F is better in every angle....
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    Thomas
  • January 6, 2015
The tail-lights are really ugly. I cant believe trained designers did this? Are the designers american? Calty? It's a scandal anyhow!
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      abed
    • January 6, 2015
    i am with you, they should of adapted the RC-F taillights...
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    Thomas
  • January 6, 2015
Those incompetent designers are totally destroying Lexus' image. 3. gen GS was Perfect and so is the LS. Lexus should have hold on to that design-Language.
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    PG
  • January 6, 2015
The numbers are disappointing in light of the competition to say the least. Lexus needs to realize that they are the challenger and cannot simply try to match the big boys. If they want to build serious credibility for the F brand, they better start figuring out how to beat the competition. While it is definitely not helping to build the F brand, the GS F may prove crucial for recouping the R&D expenses of the drivetrain, incl. the V8 and TVD. If they price it right (significantly lower than M5, E63, RS6 and even CTS-V), they may get respectable sales figures.
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      abed
    • January 6, 2015
    but this car is not for selling numbers, i think the F brand was built to match the germans in the performance territory and not sell well, and they failed, totally failed....still there is the RC-F which looks a lot better....
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    OlFius
  • January 6, 2015
To be honest, this is not good. It's a hodgepodge of the current GS model with the new design directives, but it doesn't match quite well. I don't like this way of working, Lexus !
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    Bobby
  • January 6, 2015
First impressions are disappointing. Especially after Cadillac's unveil of their CTS-V. I don't like that this car has the same horsepower as the RC-F. Guess that explains not having an IS-F anymore since this would basically be it. Styling isn't wowing me either. Hopefully they nail the pricing.
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    Riley Freeman™
  • January 6, 2015
What a disappointment! From the weird styling taken from four different vehicles to the grossly underpowered, recycled RC F engine. I am really disappointed this is what we've all been waiting for all this time! A sloppy, overweight dog! Anyways, someone posted about this turd on MotorTrend. There's loads more pictures than what's shown on here. I guess that'll make someone happy. As a Lexus loyalist, I am disgusted. http://forums.motortrend.com/70/9616970/the-general-forum/2016-lexus-gs-f/index.html
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    Travis
  • January 6, 2015
First impression.. 1) These Lexus press shots are cartoony and dont show off the car in a good light. 2) In these days and in its class its highly out powered.. how could Lexus only give it 467 HP compared to its rivals? Not saying it will be slow but HP matters in high performance cars. 3) Not in Love with the taillights right away Will hold final judgement upon more INFO and better pics
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    sebisab93
  • January 6, 2015
I would take a GS 450h over this space ship every day. In the moment, Lexus disappoints me in design. The NX is too much, the RC is too much, the IS is too much, the LS Facelift with its big ass. And now the GS F. In my eyes, the 4th gen standard GS was the last beautiful Lexus. And they also have destroyed it. But I hope that the next gen LS and RX look more elegant like the older Lexus models. If not -I will go with Mercedes, Caddilac, Jaguar or Infiniti.
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      Thomas
    • January 6, 2015
    Yes, I agree With you. Only the ass of the GS is a little tame and they should have done a bit of shaping of it like on the concept Lf-GH. Now it look as if they're gonna ruin the GS instead. What a bunch of lousy designers!
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    Rein Reinu
  • January 6, 2015
GS4500h full packet cost 80k eur If this car cost over 90k eur , big fail
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    4GS Starfire
  • January 6, 2015
Lexus is really getting people to "care" with their new design language. Regardless it is good or bad, it just make people want to come up and say something.
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      Hed
    • January 6, 2015
    I'm sorry for you if you think that is a positive thing.
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    Levi
  • January 6, 2015
I like, and I wasn't expecting any M5/E AMG/RS6/CTS-V/XF-R-Killer.
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    blkpantha
  • January 6, 2015
Yes it under power because of its class. Yes BMW and Mercedes are over 550; yes Cadillac has 640 supercharger engine. But if you guys haven't realized Lexus doesn't do turbo charger nor supercharger; Lexus never competes base on numbers they never have probably never will. Cadillac need the CTS-V to standout; Lexus doesn't need that. Cadillac is Americans; and no matter if this car had 700hp it wouldn't mean anything. The styling is just like any other F; same thing people said about the NX is ugly at first site; but just wait and see. Same thing people said about the LFA its not a super car; because its under power. Those cars went on to be success; i thought Lexus fans was knowledgeable about Lexus. If you like numbers there is BMW Mercedes and the Germans; because Lexus will never win that battle. However if you love quality craftsmanship; tech that works; then you can count on LEXUS. They never disappoints.
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      Riley Freeman™
    • January 6, 2015
    The sad part is... everything Lexus has basically said and done is proving your entire post wrong. Lexus is completely (or claiming) to be going after the Germans with their new design language and vehicle lineup. Lexus has more cachet than any other non-German luxury brand, but they don't have the cachet to sell on brand name alone. If Lexus released the IS with the crappy Audi A3 interior, the IS would flop. The Germans can get away with mediocrity in certain areas, because they have prestige and brand cachet. Therefore, Lexus DOES have to have the numbers and performance to rival the Germans. Lexus isn't going to be stealing any BMW or Mercedes snobs based on a lackluster, 4-door RC F that doesn't even crack the 500hp line. If Lexus wants to be respected outside of brand loyalists, the GS F needed to have 550+hp and it needed to lose weight. If weight could not be lost, it needed more hp. People who buy in this segment, are buying to impress people. No one needs a $90,000 mid-sizer with 600hp and a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds. They buy those cars to make a statement. They buy it for prestige. They buy it show off. You can't show off in a wannabe car that's subpar to the cars you're claiming to go after, in every way. I agree with a comment I saw on one of those auto enthusiast boards. Since Lexus has basically failed out of the gate with the GS F if they try to make it go head-to-head with the M5 or even CTS-V, if Lexus prices this car in the GS F-Sport range (basically what this car is), they could actually have a hit on their hands. If Lexus tries to go insane and price this as a true M-Class or AMG competitor, this car is already done.
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    • January 8, 2015
    Exactly on point! This is proof that they do not mean what they say. They claim to be going after the the 'Germans' (Be Em Ve & Merc) this is all noise, publicity. Very poor showing, I'll stay away from the design arguments and focus more on the drive train. Absolutely, shocking if those numbers are true. #Shame
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    Chase
  • January 6, 2015
I really, really love Lexus, but I'm very disappointed. What do they think they're taking on with an RCF engine?? I'm hoping they have some trick up their sleeve, like an FS variant or something. Something doesn't feel right here... Either way, I still like the look, but I'm going to bet performance will be lacking. Please prove me wrong...
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    Don Clione
  • January 6, 2015
1. If Lexus sold a car to every single commenter on the internet, that has something negative about the GS, then it may justify going through the extra effort to make a whole new engine; other than the 24 hr RACE tested engine in this car. This is a true special engine not just some turbocharged numbers generator. Natural aspiration gives it more character, driving wise and sound wise. 2. Thank goodness they kept the weight down. Should have made the TVD optional imho and could have saved even more weight. 3. I still think the best GS is the 01-05? GS. That being said, all I wanted out of this F was for them not to put those pathetic standard lights on this car. Although I still do not like the separated and dotted, led lights; they look pretty good on this model. 4. To all those who are complaining about power, how old are you? You do realize that the more power you give a car, the more inherently dangerous it becomes? At 4,000 lbs that power to weight is plenty enough for an everyday driver. I dont think people realize that you almost never flat out floor a car from 0 to 60 in every day driving, almost never. Plus that it is just unsafe these days in cars with this type of power. Check out the orange m4 video that went viral yesterday at cars and coffee. That 600+ Z07 motor in the CTS-V sounds crude and will probably have traction control cutting in all the time anyway, like with the other turbo engines. That's what the driving experience is mostly like with cars like that. Think you are a hero and try turning the electronic aids off and see what happens. 5. Lexus needs to start differentiating their models a bit. Stop copying the others, trying to save money with cookie cutter interior and outer designs and interior designs across model ranges. Just because other brands do doesn't mean you have to. Make the cars stand out from one another more; you could have least made this engine a bit different than the RC F with a power bump etc... or changed up the interior a bit more than just putting in the RC guages; the interior is still good though. The RC interior so it looks no different than the in the IS. It is a good idea to make at least small differences. Also, not all models have to have the same recycled look, it gets boring and tired. Not every model has to get the "spindle grill", same engine, stupid separate headlight treatment. Make the cars special and differentiate them! 6. Sorry, final point here.... I think the other brands are making a mistake with this "horsepower war" and Lexus is very smart to not be playing it. It is good for marketing and "numbers" but foolish in real life. It is making their cars too expensive and making them have to outdo themselves every time. Lol the 600 hp range is outrageous for a family sedan in my opinion, i mean whats next in 5 years to keep up 800? In real life those numbers add up to nothing when crawling in traffic, avoiding speed cameras, and trying not to kill yourself because your car is too powerful. Lexus still has a few model iterations to improve design, weight reduction, handling improvement; while still adding hp to where it is still manageable.
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      Riley Freeman™
    • January 6, 2015
    I can't address all of the ignorant points in this because I've already kind of done that in other responses, what I will say is that it's beyond clear you aren't the target demographic for cars in the M-Class/AMG-Class segment. I say that because you won't find a single enthusiast of those vehicles, who will have a mirror opinion of what you stated. You stated something that a early-50s near retiree who still likes a little fun, would value. People in this segment want "show off" numbers and performance. It doesn't matter if a 467hp Lexus engine performs as well as a 570hp BMW engine. Enthusiast snobs drool over the numbers. That's what impresses. With the new CTS-V just announced, if Lexus can't even beat that, no way they are touching the Germans.
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      Don Colione
    • January 6, 2015
    Umm...Let me help you with that... I can't(am not intelligent enough to) address all of the ignorant points in this because I've already kind of done that in other responses(i'm psychic like that), what I will say is that it's beyond clear you aren't the target demographic for cars in the M-Class/AMG-Class segment(i will restate the obvious, as that is what you made clear in your last paragraph of your comment). I say that because you won't find a single enthusiast of those vehicles, who will have a mirror opinion of what you stated(because every single one of them feels exactly the same way, and just so happen to all agree with me). You stated something that a early-50s near retiree who still likes a little fun, would value(even though you may be in your early thirties gunning for an RC-F). (Ignorant)People in this segment want "show off" numbers and performance. (Exactly proving my point because)It doesn't matter if a 467hp Lexus engine performs as well as a 570hp BMW engine. (NON)Enthusiast snobs drool over the numbers. That's what impresses(fools). With the new CTS-V just announced, if Lexus can't even beat that(even though they beat them in just about every other category), no way they are touching the Germans(who they have been consistently beating since their creation). The end.
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    Travis
  • January 6, 2015
Another thing.. I have a feeling it will handle really good if not better then everything else in the class. But once again this is a NA engine. Where other cars are turbo and supercharged. Its sallow to think power is all there is to performance cars.. but Lexus could have gave the Lexus at least 500 or 550. To me they half assed it and rushed the GSF to market. We dont know this might be a better all round then the rest we will have to wait and see. Regardless im happy its here either way.
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    Mike Forsythe
  • January 6, 2015
The LFA wasn't about peak HP, it was about the entire experience and handling and sound etc and it is now considered one of the all time greats, even if it wasn't the fastest car 0-60 (it was around the Nurburgring :)). The way a F/F-sport fits and makes one feel counts more than some numbers on the internet. The Cayman and Boxster have never had the most power but they handle so well and do so many other amazing things well they have always been highly regarded. I didn't purchase a LS F-sport b/c of power, it obviously has less than the Germans but overall I could not be more happy with the car. Different strokes for different folks and the GS F with "only" 467, a whopping 161hp more than the GS 350 will I am sure drive utterly amazing. The RC F with only 467hp drives utterly amazing. Personally the GS F has me elated and excited and I can't wait to drive it.
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      MD
    • January 6, 2015
    Unfortunately, while drawing parallels with Lexus LFA, LFA blew everyone away who drove it. The staunchest hater to the biggest admirer. It meant nothing. Everyone would do backflips and act all silly and laugh like a little girl while driving the LFA. It could command more passion compared to the likes of Porsche Carrera GT or Ferrari 590 GTO. That magic seems to have not been reproduced before or since for Lexus.
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    Johnny
  • January 6, 2015
Hmm... to me this could be the IS F replacement. If it takes the front section from the RC F and the RC F is a coupe, the "GS F" in actuality is the IS F replacement. It makes sense that their sharing the same engine without any gains in horsepower and torque and they weigh almost the same. The GS F is just a sedan version of the RC F now or that is what I think their going for.
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      Heilo
    • January 6, 2015
    You dont make sense ...
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    MD
  • January 6, 2015
This should have been the IS-F. Same 184 inches long as the RC-F. The dimensions are much bigger, yet it is like a RC-F sedan. Very confusing. Is Lexus becoming a one-hit wonder? Lexus took the world by storm by making one of the very greatest cars ever made - Lexus LFA. It simply blew everyone who drove it. Hater or admirer, it did not matter. It would make every driver act crazy. LFA would clinch the driver's soul and command more attention next to the likes of Porsche Carrera GT or 599 GTO Ferrari. But then it seems to have been confusing since then. Lexus seems to have lost the steam and focus Lexus had when Tanahashi developed the LFA.
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      Mike Forsythe the Lexfather
    • January 6, 2015
    Lexus has never sold better, quality has never been better and the cars have never gotten better reviews. I fail to understand how they lost focus or steam?
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    whateverdude
  • January 6, 2015
Lexus should call it the new GS F-Sport not the GS F. $70k or bust.
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    gyrase321
  • January 6, 2015
Great car. I would buy it. More practical than the RCF which I considered buying but was drawn back by the lack of rear space. I don't know what the whiners here are whining about. The HP and torque specs on this car are more than adequate. Those looking for 500 or more HP for Lexus to declare "victory" over the Germans are afflicted with the "my penis is bigger than yours" syndrome...teenagers or racer wannabes who can't really afford this car anyway but would like to sound "macho" on the internet.
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    Alex
  • January 6, 2015
Any chance that they only gave it the hp they gave it because they are going to come out with GSFS or something soon? We still don't have any idea on the other F car they are coming out with in Detroit do we?
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    noamberhere
  • January 6, 2015
Yay! They got rid of the amber tail-lights but added orange calipers... guess I'll take it.
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Man, I really wanted this car to be around the 550 HP mark. 550HP + 4,000 lbs would have handled the new M5 quite nicely. I don't get why Lexus is so content with not going after the M5 or E63 AMG. They finally release the GS-F and it is underpowered. I still love this car though, will look amazing in White or Black.
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      Mike Forsythe the Lexfather
    • January 7, 2015
    The 420hp S6 beat the 550hp or so M5 or E63 in Car and Driver before. Peak HP rating isn't everything. Lexus obviously knows those cars have more power so they hope to shine in other areas. Again Lexus is not the company to expect to out horsepower anyone. For anyone mentioning the GS 400 nearly 17 years ago, that was an anomaly, not the norm. And it had 18hp more than the 540.

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