Weeks ago, Lexus teased us that it was adding a new model to its F lineup, and our speculation meters spiked. Despite the mystery, most folks, myself included, believed that this would be the recently spied GS F. Well, the cat is now out of the bag, as Lexus has officially previewed its 2016 GS F.
The GS F’s official reveal will take place on January 13, 2015 at the Detroit Auto Show, but Lexus was kind enough to give us a sneak peek at what this four-door performance rig is working with.
The most important piece to this puzzle is what lies under the hood, and Lexus did not withhold that information. The 2016 GS F will hit dealerships bearing the same 5.0-liter V-8 as its RC F sibling. This V-8 punishes concrete to the tune of 467 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 389 pound-feet of torque between 4,800 and 5,600 rpm — yup, no fancy-pants turbo tech here; just raw, high-revving power. I was hoping for a little more power to compensate for the weight increase over the RC F, but Lexus decided to carry the engine over unchanged.
The engine mates to an eight-speed auto transmission with manual-shifting capabilities that delivers power to the rear wheels via a Torque Vectoring Differential to assure maximum traction. The TVD has three settings to conform to your driving conditions: Standard, Slalom, and Track.
Lexus was coy on the details surrounding its performance numbers, but estimating it shouldn’t be difficult since we already know all of the details on the RC F. The GS F will tip the scales at 4,034 pounds, which is just 76 pounds more than the RC F. With this extra weight, I suspect the GS F will need an extra 0.1 seconds to reach 60 mph, putting it at about 4.5 seconds. In terms of top speed, the standard 2015 GS 350 is actually a little more slippery than the RC 350 — 0.27 Cd to the RC 350’s 0.29 Cd — so I wouldn’t be shocked to see the GS F slightly exceed the RC F’s 167-mph top speed.
Another part of the GS F that one cannot help but notice is the completely revised front end. Instead of the more reserved two-piece grille that the 2015 GS has, the GS F features the exaggerated Spindle grille seen on the RC F. This huge grille and the large side inlets on the front apron will help feed the burbling V-8 all the air it needs to stay cool. Also changed up are the headlights, which are now thinner and feature the now-signature Lexus LED checkmark underneath them. Around back, the GS F gets the typical stacked quad-exit exhaust.
The details on the cabin are scarce, but the image shows an aggressive set of sport seats wrapped in some sort of supple animal hide. The bolsters and seat inserts also seem to have a different texture, which will likely help prevent sliding in the corners. there also appears to be a few carbon-fiber inserts on the dash for good measure.
This is all that Lexus released for no. We’ll bring you all of the details as soon as the GS F makes its official debut.