The GS is Lexus' answer to midsize rear-drive European luxury sedans, however, the GS F adds a twist: a performance-oriented V8 engine from Lexus' RC-F sport coupe. We've come to like the Lexus GS, particularly the carmaker's willingness to improve it year after year. And 2017 brings a significant change to the Lexus GS F: Continuously variable dampers, which promise to make a noticeable improvement in the car's ride quality.
At the heart of the GS is a naturally aspirated (non-turbocharged) 5.0-liter V8 that produces 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque, delivered to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. It's quick, though many of its competitors are quicker. The GS F features an electronically controlled differential, which is an option on the smaller RC-F. The chassis is further upgraded over the standard GS with stiffer springs and optional orange-painted brake calipers
The EPA estimates the 2017 Lexus GS F's fuel economy at 19 mpg combined (15 city/24 highway). Though the GS F doesn't stand head and shoulders among its sport-sedan rivals, we like what it brings to the table: It is a solid performer and a very engaging car to drive.
This being a Lexus, we expect luxury to go with our performance, and the GS F delivers: Materials quality is high and build quality is on par with the proverbial brick outhouse. Backseat space is good, but the trunk is tight, and never the twain shall meet as the GS F's rear seat does not fold down. Our biggest complaint, though, is the Remote Touch interface, which uses an input device not unlike a computer mouse. The paradigm will be familiar to anyone who uses a desktop computer, the problem being that when one uses a computer, one is looking at the screen; when one drives a car, one should be looking at the road. We think Remote Touch requires too much of the driver's attention to be diverted from the road ahead.
Lexus sells the GS F in a single trim level, and the list of standard equipment is long (though the price is high). The GS F is offered with several options and packages, some useful and some not. What's the best way to spec out your own car? Let Edmunds help find the perfect 2017 Lexus GS F for you.
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