New 2015 Lexus GS-F - first pictures and spec

New V8 performance saloon will arrive in the UK later this year priced from around £80,000...

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Mark Tisshaw
6 Jan 2015 16:00 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

Lexus has revealed a performance saloon version of its GS, the GS-F. It will make its world debut at the Detroit motor show next week ahead of UK sales later this year.

What is it?

The GS-F is Lexus’s answer to the BMW M5, Jaguar XFR-S and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. It’s a performance version of its GS executive saloon, and has been created by Lexus’s ‘F’ performance division. F to Lexus is what M is to BMW, and has previously created the LFA supercar, the IS-F saloon, and the new RC-F coupe.

What engines can I choose from?

There’s only one. The GS-F features a normally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine with outputs of 467bhp at 7100rpm and 389lb ft at 4800-5600rpm. Economy and CO2 figures have yet to be revealed by Lexus, but the firm says the engine will be able to run on a more efficient cycle when it is not being driven for performance. An eight-speed automatic gearbox is the only transmission available.

How much equipment does it come with?

Kit has yet to be confirmed, but we’d expect a high standard of specification to match the expected high price tag. Lexus’s Torque Vectoring Differential, which improves handling, has been confirmed as standard kit. Also standard are 19in alloy wheels.

How much will it cost?

Pricing has yet to be announced, but a figure of around £80,000 has previously been mooted by insiders, which puts it several thousand pounds above the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, and about the same as the Jaguar XFR-S.

Can I get a discount?

It’s unlikely, because the GS-F is likely to come to the UK in limited numbers in the first wave of sales to catch early adopters, something Lexus has also done with the RC-F, before it goes on general sale.

How good are its rivals?

We rank the BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and Jaguar XFR-S as four-star cars. The GS-F’s engine is less powerful than all of its rivals, but it is the only one to not feature a turbocharger.

The M5 uses a twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 with 600bhp in its most powerful guise, the E63 AMG features a twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8 with up to 585bhp and the XFR-S features a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 with 542bhp.

Anything else I should know?

The new GS-F on show in Detroit is the US-spec version; the European version will be shown later this year ahead of sales in the last quarter of 2015.