NAIAS 2015: Lexus Expands F Lineup With 2016 GS F

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

For those who prefer their Lexus F to have four doors instead of two, the premium brand has just the thing: The 2016 GS F [Live photos now available – CA].

Under the bonnet, one will find a naturally aspirated 5-liter DOHC 32-valve Atkinson V8 producing 467 horsepower and 389 lb-ft with a redline of 7,300 rpm. Power goes to the back via an paddle-shifted eight-speed automatic with manual shifting. Four driving modes are available depending on preference, from the fuel efficiency-minded Eco, to the track day-ready Sport S+. Firmer suspension, torque vectoring, wide 19-inch alloy wheels shod in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, and 15-inch front rotors with 6-piston calipers round out the performance aspect of the GS F.

Inside, occupants can enjoy Alcantara trim, the optional 17-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Audio system, Active Sound Control for those who prefer the sound of the V8 over the strings of Vivaldi, lateral support for all in front and back, and an analog clock.

Other features include: radar cruise control; pre-collision warning; LED headlamps; carbon fiber rear spoiler; 12.3-inch central dashboard monitor; and blind-spot monitoring.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • LOmnivore Sobriquet LOmnivore Sobriquet on Jan 13, 2015

    Alfa-Romeos are less pretentious to my eye...

  • VenomV12 VenomV12 on Jan 14, 2015

    I went to look at the new Lexus NX for my mother last week which by the way is a great vehicle and the salesman practically forced me to test drive the new RC350 and that is a truly great car. It looks great inside and out, especially inside, the seats are super comfortable and the fit and finish are great. I found the performance more than satisfactory for real world everyday driving so I doubt the F model of the RC or the GS should have any problem performing well. The reality is you can't do 200 mph anywhere so that is a worthless stat, you can't or won't go around doing 0-60 in 3.whatever so pretty much another worthless stat. The reality is that you really don't need much more than 400-450 horsepower. The Lexus will be great too because it will have all the finery of a Lexus and will drive trouble-free for 10 plus years and have excellent resale value. The GS-F should come in at about $80,000 which will be $20K or so less than the E63 or M5 so it is not really competing with them so it should be just fine.

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    • Dbar1 Dbar1 on Jan 20, 2015

      Meanwhile the CTS-Vsport costs 20k less and will be just as fast if not faster with the best chassis in the segment. YOU ALWAYS NEED MORE POWER!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Grg I am not sure that this would hold up in snow country. It used to be that people in snow country would not be caught dead in a white car. Now that white cars have become popular in the north, I can't tell you how many times I have seen white cars driving in the snow without lights. Almost all cars are less visible in a snow storm, or for that matter, rain storm, without lights. White ones become nearly invisible.
  • Douglas I have a 2018 BMW 740e PHEV, and love it. It has a modest electric only range compared to newer PHEV's (about 18 miles), but that gets me to the office and back each day. It has a small gas tank to make room for the battery, so only holds about 11 gallons. I easily go 600 or more miles per tank. I love it, and being able to take long road trips without having to plug in (it just operates like a regular Hybrid if you never plug it in). It charges in 75 minutes in my garage from a Level 2 charger I bought on Amazon for $350. Had an electrician add a dryer outlet beside the breaker box. It's the best of both worlds and I would definitely want a PHEV for my next car. 104,000 miles and ZERO problems with the powertrain components (so far).
  • Panther Platform I had a 98 Lincoln Mark VIII so I have a soft spot for this. The Mark VIII styling was not appreciated by all.
  • Grant P Farrell Oh no the dealership kept the car for hours on two occasions before giving me a loaner for two months while they supposedly replaced the ECU. I hate cords so I've only connected it wirelessly. Next I'm gonna try using the usb-c in the center console and leaving the phone plugged in in there, not as convenient but it might lower my blood pressure.
  • Jeff Tiny electrical parts are ruining today's cars! What can they ...