The 2016 Lexus GS F is four doors performance sedan that has enough space in cabin to comfortably accommodate five adult passengers. This is a proof that throaty rumbles and nimble handling aren’t just for sport coupes. It is not a standard luxury sedan or track car and it had its debut at the Detroit North American International Auto Show. The 2016 GS F is a luxury cruiser, based on the GS sedan, with the sport car handling. Right now it is the latest vehicle to join the company’s high-performance “F” lineup that began in 2008 with the IS F sedan, then the fabulously exotic LFA in 2012, and just last year, the RC F coupe. From its drivetrain, to its engine, suspension and completely tuning that optimizes its reflexes, the Lexus GS F 2016 is an entirely new upgraded model in the Lexus showroom.
Yukihiko Yaguchi, GS F chief engineer said: “The cars with the ‘F’ designation are meant to generate a very positive feeling when you’re behind its steering wheel, to be something that’s fun to drive no matter who is driving or where it’s being driven. With the GS F, we wanted to make a special car that not only would exceed the expectations of the most discerning driving enthusiast, but also something that most people can enjoy. In that way, the GS F embraces the virtues of sound, response and power, the cornerstones of the Lexus ‘F’ brand.”
2016 Lexus GS F redesign
The 2016 Lexus GS F features a special version of Lexus’ trademark “spindle” grille, with a distinctive mesh pattern reserved for F models, and large gaping air vents that have been integrated into the front fascia. Slim canted LED headlights with the signature Lexus L-shaped daytime running lamps complete the car’s aggressive face. The GS F sits noticeably lower and wider than other GS models, resulting in a planted stance that, along with its front fender air outlets, forged 19-in. alloy wheels, and carbon fiber accents make it instantly recognizable as an F model. The rear is highlighted by a subtle carbon-fiber rear spoiler and trapezoidal tailpipes with four chrome exhaust tips that powerfully suggest that this car is meant to be driven hard.
Yoshiharu Nakajima, project chief designer of the Lexus Design Division said: “Fun to drive, it’s what characterizes all cars wearing the F badge, and it was our intent to design the GS F to exude that character. The styling philosophy of the GS F is one of form following function. For example, the GS F’s spindle grille was born to further enhance the car’s aerodynamics and internal cooling, while the air outlets in the front fenders, first applied in the IS F and then the RC F, have been adopted in the 2016 Lexus GS F because of its efficiency. The styling direction of the GS F is one that promotes Lexus’ commitment to ‘Progressive Luxury,’ and I feel this car conveys that brand message flawlessly.”
Inside the sheet metal, the GS F’s cabin is designed to exude the look and feel of a jet fighter’s cockpit. The interior is styled in an elegant form-follows-function theme, with all controls placed within easy reach of the driver. Residing behind the exclusive “F” branded steering wheel, is an electronic instrument cluster that can be configured among four different displays, depending on the driver’s preferred driving style: Normal, Eco, Sport S and Sport S+. Also, custom front and rear seats have been implemented to provide the vehicle’s occupants with more lateral support while not sacrificing comfort.
Along with all the sporty touches, the 2016 Lexus GS F retains a luxurious feel, thanks partly to the high-grade Alcantara trim on the doors, on the center console and above the instrument panel. An analog clock adds a touch of class to the already elegant dashboard that features a 12.3” central video monitor controlled by the Remote Touch Interface on the center console. The Lexus GS F 2016 offers the optional 17-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Audio system that will satisfy the most demanding of audiophiles, but when drivers want to listen to the music provided by the engine, they can simply change the drive mode to “Sport” or “Sport S+” to engage the Active Sound Control. The Active Sound Control system is similar to the one found in the RC F but is enhanced with rear speakers. All occupants can enjoy the driving experience complete with robust exhaust note.
2016 Lexus GS F horsepower, specs
Under the hood of the 2016 Lexus GS F will be a naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 that delivers 467 horsepower and peak torque of 389 lb-ft at 7,300 rpm redline. This engine will be paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters placed on steering wheel. It will also be available with four different driving modes: Normal, Eco, Sport and Sport S+. The latter mode is designed specifically for the racetrack or drivers favorite challenging road.
The 2016 Lexus GS F will include structural reinforcements and an unique suspension system matched to the car’s added power. The latest member of the “F” line features a level of controlling and agility unusual in a midsize luxury sedan. The main reason for that is a custom firm suspension, along with bigger created wheels shod with staggered Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires (255/35-19 front, and 275/35-19 rear). The suspension combined with an improved braking system depending on 15-inch front rotors that are readily available with bright orange 6-piston calipers help give the GS F amazing handling and braking capability at high speeds. With over 300 pounds less weight than key German sedan competitors, the Lexus GS F 2016 provides a near sports car level of agility and nimbleness. These features assist provide near-neutral handling balance and a high degree of driver control.
At the rear of the vehicle, Lexus’ Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD) with two electro-mechanical clutch packs, will belong to a long line of basic equipment that will make the GS F’s controling stand out from the competition. 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).
Lexus GS F 2016 release date, price and safety features
The 2016 Lexus GS F will feature an updated suite of standard safety equipment that includes Pre-Collision System with pedestrian detection and automatic braking, Lane Keep Assist, Radar Cruise Control with full stop from certain speeds, Automatic High Beam and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Name of this package of features is Lexus Safety System+. There are no official announcements about release date and price. It will come to dealerships in the second half of this year. We estimated that the new Lexus GS F 2016 will have start price around $70,000, which is impressive like its other specifications.