Lexus Launches 2016 GS F With 467 HP Naturally Aspirated V8

The 2016 GS F is the range-topping model of the GS family

The latest addition to Lexus’ “F” performance brand is the 2016 GS F, a sports sedan that aims to compete with the BMW M5 and Cadillac CTS-V, despite having significant less power than these models.

Based on the GS sedan, the performance version comes with a 467 horsepower, 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 and a tuned chassis developed on the most demanding race circuits, including the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife.

The V8 powerplant delivers 467 hp and 389 lb-ft (527 Nm) of torque and has a 7,300-rpm redline. It runs both in the Atkinson cycle for improved fuel efficiency at cruising speeds, and in the Otto cycle for better performance when accelerating. The V8 unit is linked to an 8-speed Sport Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Lexus did not announce performance and fuel economy specs.

The 2016 Lexus GS F comes equipped as standard with the Drive Mode Select system, which offers four driving modes: Normal, Eco, Sport S and Sport S+. The performance sedan is also fitted with a Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD), which is said to improve handling and performance in all conditions by controlling rear wheel torque.

The 2016 Lexus GS F features a newly developed chassis consisting of new parts developed to help maintain handling control and performance.

The car sports a more aggressive body kit than the 2016 GS, with restyled bumpers, a rear diffuser with quad exhausts, more prominent wheel arches and side skirts, a carbon fiber boot lid spoiler and 19-inch alloys.