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2016 Lexus GS F - Nebula

The GS F Might Be One of the More Overlooked Performance Sedans, But This One Wears Its Understated Presence Like a Badge of Honor and Hones in on Its JDM Roots

Danny Korecki
Dec 11, 2019
Photographer: Sam Du

In a world with luxury sedans like the Audi RS7, Cadillac CTS-V, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, and BMW M5, it's easy for the Lexus GS F to be undeservingly overlooked. The GS F is a rear-wheel-drive thrust-performance sedan, which is one of the few offerings Lexus deemed worthy of stand-alone "F" branding. (Fun fact: "F" stands for Fuji, as in the legendary Fuji Speedway). Powered by a 5.0L V-8 engine pushing out 467 hp in stock form, the GS F is more than capable of holding its own.

2016 Lexus GS F TOMs Carbon Rear Diffuser Photo 13/13   |   2016 Lexus GS F - Nebula

This '16 GS F owned by Brandon Choi won our hearts due to the sheer fact that this much carbon fiber has been added without making the car appear too flashy. When chatting with Brandon, he mentions he loves that the GS F is understated. "The reason for the car and the color is not to stand out; I always loved being low key. I like being a sleeper and try to be humble. I still have people mistake my car for an F Sport," he explains. F Sport? Try adding 150 hp and two cylinders to that notion. People will quickly understand once Brandon pulls away on the highway or off the line.

He nicknamed his GS F after Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy character Nebula; he spoke about the love story between his car and himself. "When I drove the car, I was in love. 5.0L V-8, raw engine, raspy exhaust, that red interior. She has superhuman strength, agility, and durability just like the character," he adds.

2016 Lexus GS F Engine Photo 13/13   |   2016 Lexus GS F - Nebula

Brandon's particular GS F is basically a TOM'S Racing special. Don't know TOM'S? Shame on you... Founded in 1974 by Nobuhide Tachi and Kiyoshi Oiwa, TOM'S Racing is an extremely well-known JDM brand. On the racing front, TOM'S has had its feet wet in Super GT, Super Formula, and Japanese Formula 3, while on the tuning front it offers a huge catalog of goodies for all things Toyota. Take a gander at the catalog for a particular GS F part, and it's probably on Brandon's car, like the carbon mirror covers, B-pillars, fender garnish, rear diffuser, and more. The intake under the hood, plus the steering wheel inside are carbon. Even with all that carbon-fiber, our favorite TOM'S part is the low-key push-start button—subtle, but it lets you know you switched on something special.

2016 Lexus GS F TOMs Racing Steering Wheel Photo 13/13   |   2016 Lexus GS F - Nebula

For the future, Brandon plans on diving even deeper into the TOM'S catalog. "Most of the parts are TOM'S, minus the exhaust, mid-pipe, and coilovers, but realized I need to stick with TOM's, as it does not disappoint when it comes to fitment and quality," Brnadon says. He has no ill will toward his GReddy exhaust or RS-R coilovers, he just wants to complete the full catalog car like something you'd see at Tokyo Auto Salon. He also plans on adding in a few minor accessories, such as a carbon heat shield, some titanium bolts/clamps, and headers. Brandon concludes, "My ultimate goal is to take the car to the track and enjoy the ride." As he used all parts developed by a company that knows a thing or two about racing, we don't doubt him one bit.

By Danny Korecki
5 Articles
2016 Lexus GS F - Nebula
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Owner: Brandon Choi
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Occupation: Wireless Telecommunications
Instagram: @nebulafujista
Power: 490 hp
Engine: TOM'S Racing carbon intake; GReddy Supreme exhaust; Meisterschaft stainless steel LSR mid-pipe
Engine Management: TOM'S Racing throttle controller
Footwork & Chassis: TOM'S Racing front and rear strut bars, lower front and rear performance rods, lower member brace; RS-R Sports+ coilovers; SPC rear camber arms
Wheels & Tires: 19x19.5 front, 19x10.5 rear Volk Racing TE37 Ultra Saga bronze wheels; 255/35R19 front, 275/35R19 rear Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires; Conix R40 blue lug nuts
Exterior: TOM'S Racing carbon door mirror covers, carbon sheet for B-pillars, carbon sheet for front fenders, carbon sheet for headlights, carbon rear diffuser, carbon side diffusers, front diffuser, carbon blue oil cap, fuel cap
Interior: TOM's Racing carbon steering wheel, start button; custom carbon shift knob
Thanks: Wife, Dan Kang (@danklife15), Tae Chang (@s2tae)

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