The Lexus GS F Is The V8 Hot Rod Sedan We Never Thought Japan Would Build


And its time may be limited.

This is not your typical Lexus, not even close. In fact, Jeremy Clarkson once described the Lexus GS F as the greatest Lexus since the iconic LFA. He’s totally right, as we recently learned with our 2017 GS F tester. This is a naturally aspirated V8-powered muscle sedan that may soon find itself on the endangered species list. Perhaps it already is. With a total of 467 hp and 389 lb-ft of torque, power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Powerful? Yes.

But not as powerful as its direct competitors, such as the BMW M5 and Cadillac CTS-V. Both have at least an additional 100 ponies. However, both feature forced induction. The GS F is all natural, baby. And that’s why we adore it. Zero to 60 mph happens in 4.4 seconds and you’ll hit a top speed of 168 mph.

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Exterior styling may not appeal to everyone but we do appreciate the fact that Lexus took a design chance here. The interior is also a great place to be, especially with our car’s optional 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system. Perhaps our biggest complaint about the Lexus GS F is its price tag, which only begins at $84,440. The M5’s base price is about $10 grand more, to give you some perspective. But is the GS F worth that amount? Let’s discuss.

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