The speed-hunting, performance F version of Lexus’ midsize GS sport sedan -- a first for the model -- will start at $85,380, including shipping, Toyota’s luxury arm said Tuesday.
The 2016 GS F is the fourth model from Lexus’ F performance division. The IS F sedan kicked things off in 2008, and it was followed by the LFA supercar in 2012 and the RC F coupe in 2015.
The GS F uses a powertrain that’s nearly identical to that of the RC F coupe. A naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 engine makes 467 hp and 389 pounds-feet of torque. Real-wheel drive is mandatory, as is a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
The car’s 0 to 60 mph time is expected to match the RC F’s 4.4 second time, Lexus said.
Other standard goodies on the GS F include 19-inch BBS wheels, Brembo brakes and a torque-vectoring rear differential. Options are refreshingly few: painted brake calipers and a 17-speaker Mark Levinson stereo system.
Choosing a direct competitor for the GS F is tough.
Lexus is adamant that it didn’t benchmark any of the usual suspects in the sport sedan category (BMW’s M5, Mercedes-Benz’ E63 AMG, etc.) and instead forged its own path by building a driver’s car that anyone -- regardless of skill level -- could enjoy driving on a daily basis.