2016 Lexus GS F set for Detroit
As the newest member of the F lineup of high performance models, the 2016 Lexus GS F, which debuts at the North American International Auto Show, combines the performance of the 2015 Lexus RC F Coupe with the practicality of a 4-door sedan.
Although Lexus already offers the GS 350 F Sport model, the new GS F is the ultimate expression of performance for Toyota's luxury division thanks to a 5.0-liter V8 which produces 467 horsepower and 389 lb ft of torque. That engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox with a manual-shift mode.
The sedan, which rides on a 112.2-inch wheelbase, shares the same aggressive front clip as the RC F coupe, with a wider, more aggressive take on the division's spindle-shaped grille. Large intakes providing air cooling for the front brakes flank the revamped opening. At the rear, the GS F sports a decklid spoiler, rear diffuser and chromed exhaust tips.
Lexus backs that sporty look with a long list of standard equipment designed to make the handling of GS F a standout. Among those items is the Torque Vectoring Differential adopts from the RC F which features three operating modes: Standard, which balances ride and handling; Slalom, which adjust the steering response and dampers, and Track, the highest setting providing ultimate control during high-speed circuit driving.
In addition to the performance upgrades, the 2016 Lexus GS F features structural reinforcements and specific suspension components to maximize its dynamics without sacrificing ride comfort. According the Lexus the goal is to "offer drivers a very balanced sedan with genuine dual personality, equally adept at trimming lap times and the commute back home."
The 2016 Lexus GS F will go on sale later in the calendar year with pricing announced nearer to its official launch.
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