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2016 Lexus GS F Review - 20 Things You Should Know

F Yeah!

Mar 11, 2016
Photographer: Lexus

1. "F" stands for "Fuji" as in Fuji Speedway.

2. The "F" brand was created to sway the perception of Lexus from the old man's car to a luxury sports car with track capabilities. All "F" cars are engineered from the ground up—not simply modified versions of the base model.

2016 lexus gs f side view Photo 2/16   |   2016 Lexus Gs F Side View

3. "F" is not to be confused with "F Sport," Lexus' accessory brand.

4. The GS is the most popular Lexus model in the U.S. In '16, the GS will have the 200t (four-cylinder turbo, woo!), 350, 450, and "F" trims.

2016 lexus gs f 2ur gse engine Photo 3/16   |   2016 Lexus Gs F 2Ur Gse Engine

5. There will only be 2,000 GS Fs for sale in America. Grab one while it's hot!

6. The hood, fenders, and front fascia are all unique to the GS F.

2016 lexus gs f alloy wheel Photo 4/16   |   2016 Lexus Gs F Alloy Wheel

7. While an option in the RC F, Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD) comes standard. We found it eliminates cases of both under- and oversteer. The technology works instantaneously and allows rear-wheel torque control without using the brakes. This comes in handy going hard into a corner where the TVD can put all the power to the inside wheel, improving turn-in. When you're back on the gas, it can shift power to the outside tire to prevent oversteer and offer maximum grip.

8. Don't let the numbers fool you... The 5.0L V-8 is still rated at the same 467 hp and 389 lb-ft of torque in the RC F. But each GS F engine has been balanced individually (clip-on weights added to the front of the engine crank pulley) for better efficiency. What's that mean? Smoother power delivery!

9. Active Sound Control (ASC) is a new feature that uses dedicated speakers to amplify engine and exhaust noise. Personally, I wasn't a huge fan of the artificial noises. I'd rather have a free-flowing exhaust!

2016 lexus gs f exhaust tip Photo 5/16   |   2016 Lexus Gs F Exhaust Tip

10. The GS F comes fully loaded. There aren't many options to add except a 17-speaker Mark Levinson stereo. Got bass?

11. Impeccable stopping power for the 4,000-pound sedan thanks to Brembo brakes—15" front, 13.6" rear slotted rotors matched with six- and four-piston calipers.

12. The 12.3" center screen is leagues better than the RC F's smaller display. It's also easy to use with a mouse and "enter" buttons.

2016 lexus gs f interior Photo 6/16   |   2016 Lexus Gs F Interior

13. Stronger and stiffer chassis via a new underbody brace, structural adhesive, and additional welds in important areas. The spring rates, shocks, and sway bars are also updated.

14. Holy drive modes! You can toggle between Eco, Normal, Sport, and Sport Plus (S+) modes, but S+ is what you should keep it on unless in traffic. S+ offers heavier steering and holds the revs when you enter corners, as well as downshifts during hard braking. Works magnificently!

15. With the longer wheelbase of the GS F (hinting toward more weight in the rear), the GS F feels more neutral than the RC F. We found it easier to drive despite a curb weight 100+ pounds more than the RC F.

2016 lexus gs f gauge cluster Photo 7/16   |   2016 Lexus Gs F Gauge Cluster

16. Interior is hard to beat with beautiful bucket seats, carbon accents, stitched leather, and alcantara bits—how a Lexus should feel!

17. "F" model cars don't take the massive horsepower approach such as AMG or Cadillac. The GS F won't win a drag race, but we promise it's still fun and capable around the twisties.

18. The exterior design doesn't have the commanding road presence we would have liked, but it still features some very cool elements such as the carbon rear spoiler and specially designed undertray.

2016 lexus gs f front seats Photo 8/16   |   2016 Lexus Gs F Front Seats

19. After taking a few hot laps at the Circuito del Jarama (former home of the Spanish Grand Prix), we're 100 percent convinced the GS F is an able track car! Just keep the TVD in Slalom or Track mode and the Drive Mode in S+...

20. The median age buyer of the GS is 53 years old. Lexus' hope is to bring that down with the sportiness of the GS F. The $85K price tag is still too much for a struggling editor like me, but if I had the money...

Orange County

2016 lexus gs f advan racing gt premium wheels Photo 9/16   |   2016 Lexus Gs F Advan Racing Gt Premium Wheels

We can always count on our pal Gordon Ting to come through with a dope build. Here is his GS F that debuted at SEMA '15 featuring Advan Racing GT Premium twenties, larger Brembos, TEIN suspension, GReddy exhaust, and a custom carbon-fiber lip kit from Sumeru. Gordon, please hand us the keys!

When in Madrid

Madrid spain spain Photo 13/16   |   Madrid Spain Spain

While the highlight of my trip was driving the GS F on Circuito del Jarama, here's a taste of some other cool things to check out if you ever make your way to Espana!

Madrid spain restaurante vaca nostra Photo 14/16   |   Madrid Spain Restaurante Vaca Nostra

Restaurante Vaca Nostra had best steak I've ever eaten in Europe!

Madrid spain jamon iberico Photo 15/16   |   Madrid Spain Jamon Iberico

Two words: jamon iberico!

Madrid spain Photo 16/16   |   Madrid Spain

Exploring the mean streets of Madrid on a Wednesday night...

Sam Du
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2016 Lexus GS F Review - 20 Things You Should Know
That New Car Smell
The Sticker Pricing: Starts at $85,380
Price as tested: $215,000
Engine: 5.0L 32v DOHC V-8 with VVTI-iE
The Power: 467 hp at 7,100 rpm; 389 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm
0-60 mph: 4.4 seconds (est.)
Quarter-mile: 12.8 seconds (est.)
Scale Tipping: 4,034 pounds
Layout: Front engine, rear-wheel drive
Drivetrain: eight-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic with paddle shift and manual mode; Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD)
Footwork & Chassis: double wishbone front suspension with forged upper and lower control arms and stabilizer bar; rear multi-link suspension with forged control arms; ZF Sachs shocks
Brakes: 380mm front, 345mm rear Brembo slotted rotors with six-piston front, four-piston rear aluminum mono block calipers
Wheels & Tires: 19" forged aluminum wheels; 255/35R19 front, 275/35R19 rear tires
At the Pump: 16/24 mpg (city/highway)
The Competition: BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, Audi RS7
Deep Thoughts: Strikes a good balance among street, luxury, and performance. Doesn't compare to an M5 or E63, but it's also thousands of dollars cheaper. We enjoy how it drives compared to the RC F, too!

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