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2016 Lexus GS F Road Test

2016 Lexus GS F Review and Road Test.

Lexus has a genuine sports sedan in its ranks in 2016 with the arrival of the new Lexus GS F.

As we know, when the first Lexus models came on the market some three decades ago the aim was to take the fight up to the Germans. Have they succeeded? Well, you could say both yes and no.

What Lexus did manage to do however was quickly established itself as a car for discerning buyers and has certainly built a fine reputation for quality.

Now, with models like the GS F and the RC range, Lexus is also looking to inject some real fun and excitement into the mix too.

Lexus will be pleased to read that, in my opinion, this new high-performance sedan really puts the German makes on notice.

It is certainly no slouch in the performance stakes – Lexus is claiming a 0-100km/h sprint in just 5.6 seconds and it feels every bit as quick from the drivers seat.

Offered in just the one specification level, the 2016 Lexus GS F is powered by a 351kW/530Nm V8 engine. The transmission on offer is an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters fitted behind the steering wheel.

Massive brakes and firm, but not uncomfortable suspension, also come as part of the package.

Being a Lexus there is plenty of differentiation between the selectable drive modes with everything from mild to wild adequately covered.

Fuel economy though is not great, expect to use as much as 16.8L/100km in the city, you might better this with very gentle throttle use (but what fun is that?).

The 2016 Lexus GS F arrives with a quality cabin look and feel with seating materials and dash finishes and other refinements that are top-notch.

The sporty seats hold you in snugly and even when going around sharp bends they keep you firmly in place.

While the standard features list is long, as you might expect from a car starts at nearly $150,000! Those features include a powered rear window blind, digital radio, sat-nav, reverse camera and DVD player.

Lexus has also gone to town with a whole array of standard active and passive safety systems in the GS F, though at this stage there isn’t an ANCAP safety rating for the new model.

While there are seven different ‘Enhancement Packs‘ on offer as well, these range in price from $2,500 to $7,900 and include things like larger alloy wheels and carbon fibre interior highlights.

Refreshingly there is no extra charge for metallic or premium paint and Lexus has a selection of eight different paint colours for you.

Summing it up; the Lexus GS F is an impressive car to drive. It feels refined and yet quite exciting too.

The cabin shuts out road noise, except for the very sexy sounding exhaust (though not so much in Eco or Normal drive modes) and on the highway the suspension comes into its own.

Again, this is probably the closest the Japanese sport/luxury has come to matching the Germans. Well done Lexus!

NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Lexus GS F

Engine: 5.0 litre V8 developing 351kW and 530Nm

Transmission: Eight-speed automatic

Safety: Not tested

Warranty: 4yrs/100,000km

Origin: Japan

Price: from $148,800

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About Garry Fabian 131 Articles
Garry is a contributor to Behind the Wheel. He has been a freelance journalist for over 25 years across a wide range of subjects, including technical and health areas. He has written weekly car reviews and automotive articles and historic features for a number of newspapers and magazines.

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