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Lexus GS F Review

The comprehensive Lexus GS F review

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Critic reviews

WebsiteRatingNotable quotes
Motoring Guru82%"The Lexus GS F is an embodiment of everything that’s great about a V8 sports sedan"Read more
Car Advice90%" there’s nothing else quite like the GS F out there for buyers with particular tastes."Read more
The Motor Report80%"The Lexus GS F has improved substantially with the addition of adaptive suspension. "Read more

The complete Lexus GS F review

Lexus GS F Pricing

There is only one model of the Lexus GS F and it is priced from $153,251 before options.

options

Option packWhat's included?Price
Enhancement Pack 1Forged 19" Polished Alloy Wheels$2,625
Enhancement Pack 2Carbon Fibre Ornamentation$2,625
Enhancement Pack 3Forged 19" Polished Alloy Wheels, Carbon Fibre Ornamentation$5,250
Enhancement Pack 4Semi-Aniline Leather Accented Interior, Ventilated Front Seats$3,105
Enhancement Pack 5Semi-Aniline Leather Accented Interior, Ventilated Front Seats, Forged 19" Polished Alloy Wheels$5,730
Enhancement Pack 6Semi-Aniline Leather Accented Interior, Ventilated Front Seats, Carbon Fibre Ornamentation$5,730
Enhancement Pack 7Semi-Aniline Leather Accented Interior, Ventilated Front Seats, Forged 19" Polished Alloy Wheels,
Carbon Fibre Ornamentation
$8,355

Overview

With V8s going the way of the dodo bird, there isn't anything else quite like this large Lexus Sedan available on the market. The Lexus GS F is powerful and thirsty but incredibly fun to drive, making it a unique proposition.

Engine and performance

Lexus has placed a 5-0 Litre V8 power plant in the front of the GS F, producing 351Kw and 530Nm of torque. Reviewers across the board were impressed with the responsiveness of the car and the linear fashion in which it accelerates.

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Between the 8-speed automatic gearbox and the large V8, you are looking at a powerful Lexus that launches hard off the line and doesn’t just turn in to a cloud of smoke. The driving mode changes how gently the gearbox shifts from one gear to the next. In economy, you can expect gentle shifts like you would in any sedan, while at the other end of the spectrum, Sports+ introduces harsher shifts as the V8 roars to life. While Sports+ was the favourite mode, it isn’t recommended for everyday driving.

Despite the Lexus Atkinson-cycle/Otto-cycle, which effectively adjusts the engine capacity as you drive, it was reported that the engine could still consume up to 13L/100km. Reviewers with heavier feet saw around 16L per 100km driven.

Engine type
- 5.0 Litre V8
Drivetrain
- RWD
Engine size/displacement
- V8, 32-valve DOHC with Dual VVT-I
Engine size/displacement (cm3)
- Petrol: 4,969
Fuel type
- Unleaded
Cylinders
- 8
Fuel tank capacity
- 66 litres
Max. torque (Nm@rpm)
- 530Nm @ 4800–5600rpm
Fuel consumption – combined petrol / diesel
- 11.3L/100km
Max. power (kW@rpm)
- 351kW @ 7100rpm
Combined CO2 emissions petrol / diesel
- 262g/km
Acceleration
- N/A
Top speed
- N/A
Security
- Anti-theft Siren & Intrusion Sensor
Transmission
- 8 speed automatic (Sports Direct Shift)
Towing capacity (braked/unbraked)
- N/A

Handling

Reviewers were content with the GS F’s handling. The ride was unnecessarily firm in certain driving modes but the addition of adaptive suspension was seen as a good step forward.

There’s no hiding the fact that the Lexus GS F is big and heavy, but it’s noted that the steering is well-weighted and responsive for its size and weight.

Reviewers reported that it felt like the car wanted to step out through the corners of the track when putting the power down. This isn’t an issue when driving on public roads, but by all accounts, everyone had a ball.

Interior and other features

Reviewers were of the opinion that this is one of Lexus’s better interiors. Well constructed and roomy, the interior can be best summed up as “lavish”.

The designers at Lexus have done a good job of implementing a large 12.3-inch touchscreen, but most found it difficult to use. Reviewers found that for the price, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities should be available. Despite this, it was reported that the stereo system (Mark Levinson for those in the know) provided great sound.

If you are sitting in the back you may need to lose a few inches, though. While legroom was reported as good and better than competitors, it’s still a bit tight. One reviewer noted that rear passengers will also have obscured vision due to the front sports seats.

Feature Included?
Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System (VDIM)
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
Traction Control (TRC)
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Brake Assist (BA)
Pre-Collision Safety System (PCS) with Pedestrian Detection including Pre-Collision Braking (PCB)(3)
Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
Reversing Camera with Rear Guide Assist (RGA)
10 Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Airbags
All-speed Radar Active Cruise Control (ACC)
Tyre Pressure Warning System
Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS)
Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
Acceleration Sound Control (ASC)
F Exclusive LFA-style 8" Digital Instrumentation
Heated Steering Whee
Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) Rear Lip Spoiler
Electric Park Brake (EPB)
Lexus Remote Touch Controller (LRT)
Colour Head Up Display (HUD)
Clearance & Reversing Sonars (8 head)
10-way Power Adjustable Driver's Seat with Memory
8-way Power Adjustable Front Passenger Seat
Electronic Folding Side Mirrors with Heater and Self Dimming
12.3" Multimedia Screen
Heated Front & Rear Outer Seats
Ventilated Front Seats EP4, EP5, EP6, EP7
Smart Entry (4-door)/Smart Entry Key Card/Push Button Start
Satellite Navigation System(2) with SUNA Live Traffic Alerts(10)
Drive Mode Select – ECO, NORMAL, SPORT & SPORT+
Bluetooth® Mobile Phone Connectivity(11)
Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)
LED Front Fog Lights
Adaptive High Beam (AHS)
Digital Radio with Time Shift
17-speaker Mark Levinson® DVD Audio with Clari-Fi (12
Tri-zone Climate Control Air Conditioning
Rain Sensing Wipers
Emergency Brake Signal
Electric Rear Sunshade

Verdict

Fast and fun to drive, the Lexus GS F is a unique proposition. If you like rear-wheel drive V8s that can be driven sensibly on the streets and sideways on the tracks, you should consider the Lexus GS F.

V8s may not be around for much longer. This could be your last chance to own a performance sedan unlike any other.

How does the Lexus GS F compare with its peers?

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Name Product Maximum Power ANCAP rating Price (from) Finder Score Review
BMW M5 Competition
467 Kw
5 stars
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$156,300
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202 Kw
5 stars
$66,900
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274 Kw
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Alfa Romeo Giulia
206 Kw
5 stars
$60,900
82%
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Mercedes Benz C Class
375 Kw
5 stars
$65,800
82%
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Lexus GS F
351 Kw
5 stars
$152,980
80.67%
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331 Kw
5 stars
$157,700
80.5%
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