Lexus GS F (2015 Detroit Auto Show)

2015 Detroit Auto Salon: Lexus GSF, over 130kg lighter than its German rivals

Lexus premiered the GSF at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show on January 13. It is likely that the GS F has the same sense as the high-performance sedans from Germany.

The GS F is the newest car of the F family, Lexus’ high-performance cars. The base vehicle is the Lexus GS. Following the release of the RC F, the GS F will further enhance Lexus’ sports brand image.

The Lexus GS F is equipped with a direct-injection 5.0-liter V8 2UR-GSE naturally aspirated gasoline engine, the same power train as the RC F. The North American model generates a maximum output of 473ps/7100rpm and a maximum torque of 53.7kgm/4800-5600rpm.

The Lexus GS F competes against German high-performance sedans like the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and the BMW M5. The Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG is equipped with a twin-turbo direct-injected 5.5-liter V8 engine, and it generates a maximum output of 585ps/5500rpm and a maximum torque of 81.5kgm/1750-5000rpm. Meanwhile, the twin-turbo direct-injected 4.4-liter V8 engine of the BMW M5 generates a maximum output of 560ps/6000rpm and a maximum torque of 69.3kgm/1500-5750rpm.

Unlike its rivals that generate over 550ps, the GS F delivers moderate power with its maximum output of only 473ps. According to Lexus, they did not incorporate turbochargers because they pursued the linear feel and the excellent response unique to naturally aspirated engines.

Despite its moderate output, the Lexus GS F is lighter than its German rivals. The American models of the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and the BMW M5 weigh 1990kg and 1975 respectively. In contrast, the Lexus GS F weighs only 1830kg. Lexus said, “The GS F is over 130kg lighter than its German rivals.”

(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)