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2015 Detroit Auto Show: 2016 Lexus GS F (FAQ)

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What Is It?
2016 Lexus GS F

What's New About This Model?
The 2016 Lexus GS F is a high-performance version of the standard GS sedan. It features a V8 engine, retuned suspension and visual changes inside and out.

When Does It Go on Sale?
Expect to see the GS F at dealers in the second half of this year.

How Much Does It Cost?
No official pricing has been released yet, but we expect the GS F to start in the $70,000 range.

How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The GS F will be available as a four-door, rear-wheel-drive sedan only in one well-equipped trim level. As the top dog in the GS hierarchy, the GS F will come standard with most of the features that are optional on lesser models.

What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?

  • 5.0-liter V8: 460 horsepower at 7,100 rpm, 389 pound-feet of torque at 4,800-5,600 rpm
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission only

What Unique Features Does It Offer?
A torque-vectoring differential comes standard on the GS F. It allows very precise control of power to each of the rear wheels depending on the driving conditions. From the driver's standpoint, it gives the GS F a feeling of stability at high speeds and agility at low speeds.

What Models Will It Compete Against?
Audi S6: With "only" 420 hp, the S6 is slightly down on power compared to most of the cars in this class. For maximum thrust with an Audi badge you need to step up to the RS 7 variant with its unique hatchback body style.

BMW M5: This is the super sedan that spawned the category. It's grown to become a little less agile and more comfortable over the years, but it's also the only such vehicle that still offers a manual transmission.

Cadillac CTS-V: All-new for 2016, the 640-hp CTS-V is the most powerful car in this category. If all-out speed is your priority, look no further.

Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG: A true brute even in this category, the E63 offers up to 577 hp in a sedan that still looks like a proper luxury car.

Should You Wait for It?
The GS F isn't going to offer anything you can't already get in one of its German competitors right now, so in that respect it may not be worth waiting for. On the other hand, we were pleasantly surprised by the performance of the standard GS 350 F Sport we owned for a year. The GS F promises all that and more in a package that's distinctly different from the super sedans that have dominated this category for years now.

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