Lexus beefs up the F range

Singapore gets the 5.0-litre V8 GS F sedan. Time to Hyde, Dr Jekyll.

The Lexus Singapore Motor Show showcase will focus on the three main powertrains of the brand – Hybrid, Turbo and ‘F’ performance range which include the Lexus IS, ES, GS, NX, RX, RC F and the first-ever Lexus GS F. The key highlight of the Lexus Showcase was the official unveil of the first-ever Lexus GS F sedan. The GS F was honed on one of the most demanding race tracks, Japan’s Fuji Speedway, with gruelling development trails that has forged the most dominating Lexus vehicles ever built, from the LFA supercar to the RC F coupe.

The Lexus Showcase features other highlights such asthe launch of the newly face-lifted GS and the all-new IS Turbo, further expanding the Lexus turbo line-up. Displaying at the Showcase was the GS Turbo F Sport while the GS Turbo Executive, GS Turbo Luxury, GS 350 Luxury and GS Hybrid Luxury are slated to launch in Q2, 2016.

The GS F is powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 that produces 470 bhp and peak torque of 530 Nm. The power plant is mated to an 8-speed Sport Direct Shift Transmission, good for a 4.6 century sprint and will keep going up to 270km/h. More sporting bits include the rear lip spoiler and the lower moulding of the spindle grille are made from Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP). Lexus claims that they will increase downforce and create more grip when cornering. We'll find out one day.

A pocket-friendlier 2.0-litre Turbo GS joins the current 3.5-litre V6 engine and 3.5-litre V6 Hybrid engine offerings. The same engine finds its way into the new IS Turbo as well, with both cars putting out 241 bhp and 350Nm of torques. The GS Turbo does the 0-100 in 7.3 sconds while the Is Turbo is 0.3 seconds faster. With both topping off at 230 km/h, they look to be quick on paper, at least.

Krado Low
Author: Krado Low
Always finding ways to keep his hands full, Krado loves to tinker with his car whenever he has the free time. Usually ends in tears or a multiple fluid facial.