It’s the first day of SEMA and we’re standing in the Lexus tent as hundreds of journalists check out the reveal of the Five Axis GS F Sport. There isn’t much that needs to be said about the car that you can’t get from the photos. The car is a thing of beauty and moments later we were proven right. We see a group of models walk in with their eyes glued to the car. Among them was our recent cover model Eva Skye, who must have took twenty pictures of the car. After ignoring us for few minutes we call out her name and she yells back, “this is so sexy,” as she waves, turns around and looks right back at the car.
Not to say this is a chick’s car but Five Axis has done this GS the right way. Not only do we like its killer looks but also the girls like it. The car is a win-win situation. Now we just need the keys…
After the craziness of SEMA, we met up with Troy Sumitomo, owner of Five Axis, to get a closer look at the car in their Orange County facility. Five Axis is no stranger to the scene. They might have the coolest jobs in the industry besides us, building concepts, prototypes and display vehicles for major car companies. They’re responsible for the design work behind such cars as the Scion FR-S concept, another chick-magnet we should add.
This GS F Sport is their fourth project with Lexus. “They (Lexus) wanted to a create a little more excitement for the F Sport program so we put our own spin on it, keeping in mind the original styling and design language,” explained Troy.
Not having much time to build a full inside-and-out show car, Five Axis spent the few months they had perfecting the exterior. And they did! The front-end is our favorite part with the grille and center section blacked out, while the lower bumper side vents were shaped more aggressively. All four fenders were stretched 30mm for a subtle widebody. Then, the side skirts and rear received complementing goodies with a new diffuser, taller lip spoiler and rectangular exhaust tips.
Lastly, came color. The car was originally black but Troy wanted something that would stand out a little more while still being classy. “We chose Glacier white,” he told us. “It’s not a flashy paint but lets the design speak for itself. There’s also a lot of blue in it making it really cold and icy.”
The rest of the car is money with larger big brakes all-around using StopTech components. There’s also FIVE:AD S5:F wheels and Air Runner suspension to give the sedan adjustability to get in and out of driveways smoother. Of course with air-ride, this GS could have easily been slammed another inch or so but that’s not the point. Five Axis built this car to demonstrate that the new F Sport can be sexy, sporty and classy, while still being practical to drive day in and day out. With its warm reception in Vegas, Troy hinted to us he’s strongly considering manufacturing some of the exterior parts for the public. But in the meantime we’ll happily borrow the car for the weekend. Troy?
2013 Lexus GS30 F Sport
Owner Five Axis
Hometown Huntington Beach, CA
Occupation Maker Of Badass Concept/Show Cars
Engine 3.5 liter V6 with Five Axis exhaust with dual finishers
Drivetrain Six-speed sequential-shift transmission
Footwork & Chassis Air Runner TC-5 air suspension system
Brakes 380mm front and 355mm rear StopTech big brake kits with six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers
Wheels & Tires 20x9.5" front and 20x10.5" rear FIVE:AD S5:F wheels with 245/35R20 front and 285/30R20 rear Yokohama Advan Sport tires
Exterior Five Axis widebody conversion; Glacier White paint with Slate Gray accents
Interior Silver textured accents
www fiveaxis.net; airrunnersystems.com; stoptech.com; yokohamatire.com