Lexus GS F: The 477 HP Rival To BMW's M5
|   Sunday, November 08, 2015
Lexus GS F is the newest model in the Japanese company's performance range. Although it was premiered in January this year, the Japanese returned to the public with a complete photo gallery of the new performance sedan, bearing the insignia of Fuji Speedway, the track where all the company's sports models are developed.

As you know, the Lexus GS belongs to the E segment, so it is struggling with models like the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, so the performance GS version is faced with strong rivals with a stable reputation.


In front of this the Lexus GS appears to be a modest competitor from Japan, because it gets only 477 horsepower from its naturally aspirated 5.0 liter V8 engine. For comparison, the BMW M5 provides 600 hp from a twin-turbo V8 engine in the most powerful variant offered so far, and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG announces 585 hp in the most powerful version. Even in the usual variations, the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG have close to 100 HP over their Lexus rival.

These differences are significant without bringing into question the difference in torque of 173 Nm in favor of the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S and BMW M5, all because both have a turbocharged 4.4 liter unit, while Lexus has opted for an aspirated 5.0 liter unit, which provides only 527 Nm. It is a little when compared with the above mentioned models, but sufficient if we refer to a commonly class E model.

The Japanese have not yet detailed the performance for the GS F, but we're sure it is not approaching the 3.9 seconds needed by the BMW M5 30 Jahre Edition to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h and certainly it not will touch the 3.6 seconds scored by Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S.

The aspirated unit of the Lexus GS F can climb up to 7,300 rpm and is coupled to an automatic eight-speed Sport Direct Shift, which has gear changing paddles. Contrary to expectations, the gearbox is not made by ZF but by another supplier. The motorization is capable of running both in the Atkinson cycle to reduce fuel consumption at light loads and in the Otto cycle, for maximum performance when strongly accelerating. Lexus offers four driving modes for GS F: Normal, Eco, Sport S and Sport S +.

The rear axle differential comes with a Torque Vectoring system (with three ways) and the entire drivetrain is optimized for grip and handling at the highest level possible for this platform.
Cornering is how the Lexus GS F hopes to compete against its direct rivals.

The Japanese have announced that, when the 2016 GS F hits dealerships in December, it will be priced at about 85,000 dollars. For comparison, a BMW M5 sedan costs 94,000 dollars, which is about 10,000 dollars more than the Lexus. Note that in a Mercedes showroom you will see the E63 AMG is even pricier at about 102,000 dollars.
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