What’s more important in a fast sedan? Outright speed, or fun? Given that sensible four-doors are rarely as sharp as their two-door counterparts, engineering in favour of passionate dynamics is legitimate.
It seems Lexus agrees. The latest effort of the brand’s F performance division is the GS F. Under a coat of Lava orange paint, F have transformed the competent but unremarkable GS sedan into a loud, in-your-face executive express. But it’s not built to beat a BMW M5 or a Mercedes-AMG E63 in the 0-100 sprint stakes.
Instead, the 2016 Lexus GS F is built for fun. Under the bonnet sits an old-school, five-litre V8. It’s naturally aspirated: unlike the Germans, there are no turbos here. No turbos means there’s not much torque down low. Instead, to push the 351kW of power to the rear wheels, it’s up to you to wring out the motor.
And if you wring it out, you will find a 7,300rpm redline. Approaching it is a sensual experience akin to a symphony orchestra in full flight. Feed in engine speed and butterfly valves – and some well-calibrated speaker enhancements – open up to a brutal scream. There’s no hiss of induction. There’s no short-shifting around turbo torque. It’s just you, a tremendous engine, rear wheel drive, decent handling, and a beautifully-built car.
Who would have ever thought we’d be describing the Lexus GS F as the purist’s option in the segment owned by the BMW M5?
And yet, that’s exactly what this car is.
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